Because the 2021 MLS season inches nearer, former Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani feels that his old team has reason for concern.
Seattle made MLS Cup in 2020, after all, however Zakuani pointed to veteran departures and Jordan Morris’ ACL injury as compounding elements that create questions of whether or not a dip in outcomes awaits.
“There’s a variety of query marks, I believe much more than you prefer to for a team of this caliber with this sort of expectations,” Zakuani said on Extratime. “I don’t suppose the Sounders have gotten higher. I believe they’ll be good. How good? It’s robust to inform.”
The Sounders have introduced in a number of MLS veterans, together with striker Fredy Montero and midfielder Kelyn Rowe, plus introduced Joao Paulo back to strengthen their midfield. However in any other case, Seattle haven’t made a marquee move that one may expect from a membership of their stature.
A high-impact switch may come in the summertime, as Seattle have sometimes opted for under normal manager and director of soccer Garth Lagerwey. Specifically, Zakuani sees the necessity for somebody to fill Morris’ position and replace management that players like proper back Kelvin Leerdam and midfielder Gustav Svensson supplied.
“I could be as biased as I need, however I’d be mendacity if I said they bought higher,” Zakuani said. “This isn’t a greater team than they have been last year. I believe modifications needed to be made, however you’ve lost expertise.”
Seattle may lean extra on young players, one thing that head coach Brian Schmetzer has completed sparingly whereas main the membership to MLS Cups in 2016 and 2019. That method can have its drawbacks, Zakuani feels, given the training curve and rising pains that generally comply with. Homegrowns like midfielder Danny Leyva and forward Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez are promising US youth internationals, however their first-team alternatives have been restricted.
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“The reason this membership is held in such regard is as a result of they win,” Zakuani said. “The Sounders win, the Sounders are all the time there, they get trophies. First it was Open Cups, then it was by no means missing the playoffs and now it’s MLS Cups.
“So you’ll be able to play a bunch of youth players, it received’t change what we wish as followers. We wish the team to be winning, and in order that’s the robust factor in MLS. Are you able to do each? I’m unsure it may be completed persistently.”
For extra from Zakuani and the Extratime hosts, verify out the complete episode right here.