Seattle Sounders injury update: Pedro de la Vega out for 6-8 weeks

Brian Schmetzer talks injuries, tactics for upcoming game against Philadelphia Union
Interview: Brian Schmetzer on Pedro de la Vega's injury status
Interview: Brian Schmetzer on Pedro de la Vega's injury status / Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders FC coach Brian Schmetzer talk to the media today to discuss injuries to some of the players and the upcoming game against Philadelphia Union.

The interview begins with a worrying news about Pedro de la Vega's injury. The young winger pulled his right hamstring and will need six to eight weeks to heal. Schmetzer also gave updates on the other injured players. João Paulo and Yeimar returned to training today. Albert Rusnák and Stef Frei will be sidelined for another week. Braudilio Rodrigues and Reed Baker-Whiting are expected to be back in two to three weeks.

Schmetzer admitted that muscle injuries have been frequent this year. He says that they are investigating the causes of the injuries but he doesn't believe they are connected to the amount of training or travel.

The interview shifts to the topic of how the team played in the last game versus Austin. Schmetzer stated that the team had chances to score but failed to execute well in the attacking third. He also complimented the opponent's defense.

Schmetzer anticipates a difficult match against Philadelphia Union, who have a skilled coach. He also plans to rotate his players more frequently in the future games.

In the interview, Schmetzer discusses the team's tactics. He states that the team is trying to achieve balance and play more through the center. He also expresses his satisfaction with the team's performance in training and their goal-scoring mentality.

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