Naddy and PugetPounder,
I will look into finding answers to your questions Monday when I return to Seattle. Thanks for asking them.
Soundersfan in Bellevue raises an interesting point that can be discussed here. He (or she) asks:
“If Parke comes back who does he bump? Is he even good enough to bump a person?
My response is sort of the same one I gave Chris Henderson the other day when we spoke. When I covered the Seahawks, the writers sometimes wondered why GM Tim Ruskell signed players at given positions when it seemed that there was already plenty of depth at those spots. As we saw later at times, adding depth was key because inevitably, a starter or key reserve went down with injury or was ineffective and had to be replaced.
Hard to say whom Parke would bump but it’s a good problem to have. This team does have a lot of defenders, however. Sturgis, Brown, Wahl and Ianni are all coming off the bench right now, and Taylor Graham would be, too, if he wasn’t injured. There’s no substitute for experience, though. Parke still has a few more games to serve on his suspension but for now he can practice with the team and the team can take some time figuring out who will be impacted on the roster if someone is.
It should be interesting to see how the dynamics change in the midfield when Ljungberg is ready to play. Evans scored a goal Thursday and Alonso was really solid in the middle. I want to say ‘If it isn’t broken why fix it’ after a big win, but then Ljungberg is getting paid a lot of money to be on the bench if that’s how Sigi Schmid plays it. Again, another “good” problem to have as far as depth.