David Estrada started the 2012 campaign with four goals in three matches in all competitions including a hat trick against Toronto FC to open the MLS season.
Seattle Sounders FC will have to spend the next two to three months of the MLS, CONCACAF Champions League and US Open Cup campaigns without their leading goal scorer David Estrada who broke his left foot during a Tuesday training session.
UPDATE — Estrada is scheduled to get surgery on the broken foot tomorrow. After today’s practice, coach Sigi Schmid said that “He just got clipped a little bit from behind in practice and as he went down he sort of rolled on it to the outside.”
Estrada who has played in all 13 of the Sounders MLS matches as well as both of the Open Cup ties, has scored five goals on 10 shots this season in MLS play.
The team has yet to make an official release on the injury, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Estrada has been a lighting rod for success so far this season. After a stellar training camp and pre season, Estrada got the start alongside Fredy Montero in the Champions League quarterfinals against Santos where he scored the first goal in Seattle’s 2-1 home victory before falling 7-3 on aggregate.
Estrada’s injury is one of many that has already plagued the Rave Green this season with other starters Eddie Johnson, Adam Johansson, Michael Gspurning, Mauro Rosales, Alvaro Fernandez and Brad Evans having missed matches due to injury. Also add to the list Steve Zakuani who has yet to return from the broken leg he suffered at the beginning of last season.
With another grueling stretch of MLS on the horizon along with matches in the other two competitions, the Sounders depth will continue to be challenged, but look for players like Alex Caskey, Andy Rose and Cordell Cato to get minutes after their impressive showings in the side’s two Open Cup matches.