Sounders FC

Encouraging words from pitch

Sounders FC has had several encouraging updates on the improving health of the team this week.

However, the best of the bunch might have come directly from Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani, who turned to Twitter with some upbeat news of his own.

“I actually ran w/the ball and did some dribbling, passing, & light touches today,” Zakuani tweeted Wednesday. “Wow, I never thought I’d be where I am just 3 months on.”

Of course, Twitter is limited to 140 characters, so after training at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila on Thursday, Zakuani was asked to expand on his recovery from the leg fractures suffered April 22 at Colorado.

“It’s going great,” he said. “I feel good in terms of physical recovery. It’s three-and-a-half months now, so (neither) the doctors nor myself felt I’d be this far at this stage. There’s still a long way to go … but it’s way better than when I was in the hospital. I’ve made progress, and I have peace of mind because of that.”

Zakuani said he has no doubt that he will be ready for the start of next season.

Beyond that, he is willing to take as many steps as necessary at whatever pace is needed to recover.

“(The injury) happened on a Friday, so every Friday we sit down and say, ‘OK, what could we do this week that we couldn’t do last Friday, and what can we try to do next week that we can’t do this week,’ ” Zakuani said.

He added that his recovery has been aided by the support he has received from Sounders fans.

“It’s strange that this had to happen for me to realize how much the fans mean to me,” he said. “… I have four boxes of unopened letters in my house because I just can’t go through them all yet, and I want to read each letter carefully because people took their time to reach out to me. I think the fans have made it so easy. They’ve been great, saying, ‘We can’t wait to have you back,’ and this and that. It’s just every day something new. That definitely motivates me and gives me strength.”

Meanwhile, No. 2 goalkeeper Terry Boss returned to full training this week for the first time since suffering a concussion in the July 20 friendly against Manchester United.

That was Boss’ third concussion over the past two seasons, so the medical staff was especially careful about clearing his return.

“Concussions are scary,” Boss said. “It’s one of those gray areas when you get hit in the head, like: Was that a concussion? Was it not? But with this last concussion when I got hit I was instantly disoriented and felt like I was on a tilt …”

Boss allowed six second-half goals in the Red Devils’ 7-0 pounding of the Sounders. However, he said he doesn’t think his injury played a part in the onslaught.

“I’ve watched the game film 100 times, and whether I had a concussion or not, we were put in some pretty bad spots and against (one of the best teams in the world). I don’t think the concussion contributed in any way, shape or form to a goal that was given up.”

Also, defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (knee), forward O’Brian White (leg) and midfielder Brad Evans (hamstring) all have returned to training.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said Hurtado and White could play Saturday when Chivas USA visits, while Evans likely won’t return until the CONCACAF Champions League match Tuesday against Comunicaciones of Guatemala.

Don Ruiz, 253-597-8808 don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com twitter/donruiztnt blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer

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