One goal down, but several more big ones remain ahead for Sounders rookie Michael Seamon, who signed with the club on Wednesday.
“I didn’t know (if they would offer a contract). I was just hoping,” he said Thursday after his first training session as a professional. “But you know, it’s funny: You reach one goal and then obviously the next goal steps in, so you don’t even get to enjoy it too much. Now, you want to get onto the travel roster, and then you want to get into games, eventually you want to start and be a contributor.”
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid implied that all of those goals are open to the young midfielder if he continues to build on what he has shown so far: strength in the air, confidence and willingness to learn.
“If he’s ready to contribute, he contributes,” Schmid said. “We’re never going to stop a player in that regard. Right now, it’s a little bit about learning. He did well in the reserve game (against the Kitsap Pumas on Monday). He played well against Boca. He’s going to get opportunities to play when we roll into the Open Cup and when we roll into CONCACAF. … It’s always tough joining in midseason, like he’s joining, but I think he’s got a good future.”
Seamon, 22, was the 27th overall pick in the winter SuperDraft. He trained with the Sounders during preseason and then returned to Villanova University in Pennsylvania to complete his education.
He returned May 18 and made an impression little more than a week later by scoring from 25 yards in the Sounders’ 3-0 friendly win over Boca Juniors.
“I was looking at it as that was my big judgment day,” Seamon said. “And besides the goal, I was happy with the way I performed. And if they didn’t think I was a fit, then I felt I did mostly everything I could in that game.”
FUCITO HAS SURGERY
Second-year forward Michael Fucito underwent what was called successful surgery this week for a knee injury that he suffered April 17 against Kansas City.
Schmid said Fucito has been told to keep the knee immobile for a while but that full recovery is expected before the end of this season.
Designated player Freddie Ljungberg showed up Thursday with a Mohawk haircut. He explained that it simply was time for a new look. … The Sounders practice again this morning and then return to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the New England Revolution visits Qwest Field.
Don Ruiz, 253-597-8808 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer