Jun 2, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake forward Brooks Lennon (12) and midfielder Danilo Acosta (25) congratulates Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Silva (20) for his second half goal against the Seattle Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
The return of the Seattle Sounders’ Victor Rodriguez may have been the lone positive from the club’s 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake June 2. Rodriguez, who had not played since the 2017 MLS Cup final against Toronto FC, played the final 16 minutes of the match.
At training Monday, Rodriguez said he was glad to be back.
“I am feeling good,” Rodriguez said. “Obviously, not 100 percent. It’s a lot of months off the field. Now I need recovery and good feelings, but my teammates and the coaches are helping me a lot. Hopefully I will feel up to my best performance soon.”
The Sounders hope the Spaniard’s return will bolster their ailing season. Against RSL, Seattle did not have a shot on goal and looked anemic in the attacking third.
If Rodriguez’s quickness and agility have not been diminished by the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent May 3, then his midfield play may provide a much-needed shot in the arm to Seattle. The Sounders have been shut out eight times in 2018, while only scoring seven goals.
With an upcoming league match Saturday against similarly struggling D.C. United, the return of Rodriguez may prove timely if the 28-year-old can stretch out a back line that has allowed 18 goals in 10 matches.
Rodriguez now faces the difficult task of returning to form on a struggling team, but he said at least he will no longer have to deal with feeling helpless like he did watching the club for the first several months of the season.
“When you can’t help your teammates on the field it’s frustrating,” Rodriguez said. “I was out three or four months, it’s difficult for me, but hopefully now I will come back stronger.”