Coming off an injury-riddled 2020 season, 2021 might be the year that Seattle Sounders homegrown midfielder Danny Leyva will get his chance to make a constant impression.
The 17-year-old had a speedy ascent from standout academy prospect to the team’s youngest-ever first-team signee when the Sounders inked him on the age of 15 in 2019. However after making six appearances and 4 begins in his rookie season, Leyva was restricted to just 56 MLS minutes last year as he suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal through the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando that forced him out of motion for the remainder of the season.
With the departure of veteran Gustav Svensson, the door has opened for Leyva to take in among the minutes in Seattle’s defensive midfield behind the possible first-choice duo of Cristian Roldan and Joao Paulo. As he units his sights on doing so, Leyva instructed SoundersFC.com in a function printed on Friday that he is acquired recommendation from none aside from the recently-loaned Jordan Morris, who tore his ACL in 2018 however bounced back to win the league’s Comeback Player of the 12 months award and assist the Sounders win their second MLS Cup in 2019.
“It’s a great motivation, particularly seeing the place he is at now with Swansea,” Leyva instructed SoundersFC.com’s Joseph Mondello. “Clearly, it was a big blow for him together with his injury, however I really feel like he got here back a great skilled and had a few breakout seasons.
“[Morris] just instructed me to come back stronger. Seeing him capable of come back from that injury, which was method longer than mine, it just motivates me and exhibits me that I can come back like him and have a great season.”
Leyva is not the one young player for Seattle who ought to have a chance for some elevated minutes for the membership in 2021 given the opposite departures on the roster. Fellow academy merchandise Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez and Ethan Dobbelaere are additionally signed to the primary team, and Sounders normal manager Garth Lagerwey has said that his hope is that that is the year his long-term venture with Seattle’s youth growth system begins to pay constant dividends.
Learn Mondello’s full story on Leyva right here.