Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer met with the media Friday afternoon and performed the one task all coaches hate to perform. Delivering a team injury. No matter how many times coaches perform the tasks it does not get easier.
Sounders nation had been on pins and needles since the team’s Wednesday night win that saw Midfielder Jordy Delem and goalkeeper Stefan Frei left the game with injuries. Both players have played a significant role in the Sounder’s success since they donned a Sounders jersey. Frei has been a steady, disciplined, leader who has been the anchor of the Sounders defense.
Frei joined the club in December 2013 and has been relatively injury-free. The 35-year-old goalkeeper has missed just five matches in the past six seasons: a shoulder sprain in 2015 (three matches), hip flexor in 2017 (one match), and a concussion in 2018 (one match). Sounders FC has two other goalkeepers currently on its roster in Stefan Cleveland and Spencer Richey, with Homegrown Player Trey Muse on a season-long loan to San Diego Loyal.
CONSISTENT PERFORMER WHEN CALLED UPON
While he does not have as many starts as Frei Delem has been a jack of all trades and a master of none playing right-back, midfielder, and center back. The 28-year-old midfielder from Martinique has logged 74 MLS appearances since joining the First Team in January 2017. Wednesday was Delem’s first start with the team this season after seeing action in the Sounder’s last two games as a sub. What the Sounders will miss in Delem is his ability to be a disruptor on the field regardless of his position. A disruptor in soccer terms is someone who can disruptor an opponent’s attack by clogging passing lanes and dislodge the ball from an opponent with sheer speed, power, and tenacity.
LODEIRO INFLAMMATION STILL AN ISSUE
Schmetzer was able to shed some light on the continued absence of captain Nicolas Lodeiro. The Sounders midfield maestro has seen just 24 minutes of game action so far this season.
“He’s on anti-inflammatories,” Schmetzer said of Lodeiro’s medical treatment. “We’re trying to calm that down as much as we can. I’m not sure he’s going to make this game. He’ll remain day-to-day.”