Perseverance is still there. The leg injury could not have been more admirable for Danny Leiva’s excellent ability, although it delayed his goals at Sounders FC.
Instead of 2021 With minutes to start the season as a certified opponent, Leiva still has to prove that his new MLS season was not a fad. His shooting a few minutes later created a welcome training camp among the midfielders.
“I have high hopes for Danny,” said Sounders coach Brian Schmitzer. “We will bring him in the pre-season, we will see how he behaves. Try him out in some pre-season games… and then the rest is up to him. It’s always about the players, they are the ones who bring them out on the field. “
Leiva became the youngest player to sign for Sounders when he made a deal at the age of 15 in April 2019. Four months later, Homegrown Player launched three times and blended in well with the veterans on the roster.
Schmetzer did not select Leiva to win the L MLS Cup play-offs at the club’s playoffs, but Leiva was expected to play a bigger role in 2020. And he did so by playing against Seattle’s CONCACAF Champions League’s CD Olimpia in Honduras, starting with the MLS season opener against the Chicago Fire, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the Sounders at Lumen Field.
But the epidemic happened in March, changing everything globally. The MLS resumed competition after a four-month hiatus from the Florida tournament, with Levan playing 11 minutes as a substitute in the group stage game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in July.
That would mean Leiva’s 2020 The end of the season, when he broke his fifth metatarsal during training in Florida. Leiva returned to Seattle to undergo surgery to repair his injury.
“I planted it wrong, I heard the crack,” Leiva said of the injury that left him for two months. Although he was able to return to training last fall, he is repeating another failure with a minor quadruple injury.
“It was a difficult moment,” Leiva continued. “It was one of my first major injuries. When I was young, I (had an injury), but there is no such thing. I learned a lot during the injury. I do not think it was negative to be biased all that time. “
Leiva said he was more helped by Sunders striker Jordan Ordan Morris and midfielder Nico Lodeiro. In 2018, Morris tore his right ACL և returned to win the 2019 MLS Player of the Year award.
Lodeiro suffered a leg injury similar to that of Levan in March 2018. The Senior managed to return և to finish the MLS schedule with 16 career assists, starting all 27 of his games in Seattle.
Maurice և Lodeiro’s biggest piece of advice was how to take care of your body. Leiva took those tips back to his native Las Vegas home, training with his former Las Vegas club Barcelona coach և dad’s off-season.
“It was a different region,” Leiva said. “I focused more on the preparations, on the physical side, I took more care of my body. Due to the injuries, I had to have some activation, to be more careful about how I prepare for the games and the experience. I have worked hard on that aspect. “
This year, Leiva moved from his Sounders host family home to his own apartment. Leiva, who turns 18 in May, is an associate professor of art at Bell College and is learning to cook his family’s favorite dishes, such as carne asadilla chilakila.
“It’s a much bigger responsibility, but I kind of like it,” Leiva said. “The more you are yourself, the older you become. “Everything is part of that, the next step to becoming a professional, trying to play a bigger role in the team.”
The Sounders are finishing their third week of training. Striker Freddie Montero is the latest to join the group after undergoing mandatory quarantine և COVID testing. The club’s all-time leading scorer, almost a decade later, was re-signed earlier this month, playing for his native Colombia, Portugal and most recently Vancouver.
In midfield, Levan competes with veterans such as Kelin Rowe, Jim Immy Medranda, Academy teammates Shandon Hoopo and Ethan Dobbelare. Next week, The Sounders play their first qualifying match, a closed-door match against U.S. Championship team Tacoma Defiance at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.
“My goals and objectives this year are the same as last year,” Leiva said. “Win with the team, help the team as much as I can, personally to get more minutes, maybe to strengthen the starting position.”