Monday, October 1, 2012

Soccer's David Estrada Back On Field

SEATTLE - MARCH 17:  David Estrada #16 (L) of ...
SEATTLE - MARCH 17: David Estrada #16 (L) of the Seattle Sounders celebrates with Fredy Montero #17 after scoring his third goal of the match against Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field on March 17, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated Toronto FC 3-1. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
David Estrada was not about to let his fitness decline when he broke his foot. While his foot was still in a cast he spent hours pedaling, one footed, on a stationary bike. When the cast came off, he moved to running endless laps around the practice field.
Estrada returned to the soccer field over a week ago, playing 19 minutes in the Seattle Sounder's 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. He later said after the game, "I don't feel winded. I think that's a good indication that I could have gone more. I went 45 minutes against the reserves and felt fine. Honestly, I really feel good and I don't feel like I've been out."
The next day Estrada played 62 minutes for the reserves, scoring one goal and picking up one assist.
Fitness has always been one of Estrada's strongest qualities, even when he was down with a foot injury. During his first two years for MLS, when he barely played, his coached praised him for being one of the fittest players on the team. Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid expected Estrada to bring some life back to the team when he returned. Estrada did just that, and he didn't look terribly rusty after his four month rehabilitation.
Schmid said of his player's performance, "I thought it was good. I thought his touch was good. He connected with some good passes and he was dangerous."
Estrada has insisted that he wasn't frustrated by his injury or the amount of time it took to heal. It is clear to fans however that he is looking forward to getting back in the groove and continuing to make this his best season yet.

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