Seattle Sounders FC removed defender Damion Lowe and forward Kevin Parsemain from the disabled list last month.
And while Parsemain’s move appears to be mostly for bookkeeping, Lowe is expected to be back on the pitch Monday in an MLS Reserve League match at Colorado.
“We want to see how many minutes he can actually log and how he can play,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “He’s a pretty aggressive defender. He can be physical, and sometimes I know he has to temper his play a little bit in training with us. But that’s something we want to see now how he does in the game — that ruggedness, and his quickness — and he’s got good pace. He’s definitely our fastest defender.”
The title of “fastest defender” doesn’t come lightly on a back line that also features speedy right back DeAndre Yedlin, who was asked who is faster.
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“I don’t know,” Yedlin said. “He’s close. He’s fast. He’s probably going to surprise a lot of people. …
“He’s a very fast, athletic center back. Good with his feet. Aggressive. He’s definitely a good player. I look forward to him getting his chance and hopefully he can show well.”
Lowe, 21, was Seattle’s top pick in the 2014 SuperDraft, the eighth selection overall. He is a 6-foot-3 central defender from Jamaica, who started 44 games in three seasons at Hartford.
However, he has missed most of his rookie season since undergoing surgery on his left hip in April.
“It’s not a lost year because we have a team of very good players, so I learn from them a lot,” Lowe said after Wednesday’s training. “Being on the sideline I watch Chad Marshall, Djimi Traore, watch how they play and try to learn from them. I watch a lot of tape and stuff, so I don’t see it as a lost year. I still got something out of it, and the season isn’t over, so you never know when I’m going to be back.”
The sooner the better for a Sounders defense that has allowed a club-record 46 goals this season, and which has struggled to find a regular central defender alongside Chad Marshall.
The role has been shared mostly by Traore and Zach Scott, who are both 34 years old and have missed time with injuries this season. Scott is recovering from an ankle injury and remains questionable for the Seattle’s league match Sunday at Colorado.
“There’s always opportunities,” Lowe said. “We have injuries and stuff here and there. I just want the opportunity to get back out there. And yes, for sure, I’ll show the fans what I have. I know what I’m made of, but I just focus on getting fit right now and getting up to par, and then my time will come.”
Parsemain, 26, shared the club lead with three goals during the preseason. But he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament April 6 and underwent surgery April 22. He and Lowe were taken off the disabled list Sept. 15 and are eligible for league play.
Sporting Kansas City was welcomed at the White House on Wednesday in honor of their 2013 MLS Cup.
Schmid, who won MLS Cups at Los Angeles and Columbus, recalled a similar visit he made after the 2008 championship with the Crew.
“I got to meet President Obama and shake his hand on that one,” Schmid said. “Funny video if you could ever find it, because (assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson) was there and Ezra was trying to shake his hand, and he keeps missing Ezra’s hand, so he’s like in one row, and another row, and finally like in the third row … he got him, eventually. It was a great experience, a unique experience.”
Schmid added that he would love another visit.