In the 52nd minute of Saturday’s
1-0 2-1 win against Chicago, Sounders FC center back Jeff Parke was on the receiving end of a long-range shot by Fire midfielder Mike Videira.
To put it bluntly, Parke was drilled in the face something fierce. The 29-year-old talked about the aftermath of the blow Sunday.
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(How was that shot to the face?) “When it happened I was like, ‘Damn, not another concussion,’ because I was on my back and my eyes were teared-shut. I was trying to open them and it was like the first time you see light in two days. I sat up, but then I had to lay back down. I’m laying back down and I’m like, ‘OK, it’s not nearly as bad. I’m not spinning. I’m not throbbing.’ Luckily it hit me so solid — it didn’t hit me in the chin — but now my nose is a bit swollen. I’d rather that then be talking you today saying, ‘I don’t know how long I’m going to be out for.’ ”
(Did you fear you had a broken nose?) “No, because I couldn’t feel it. If it was broken there’d be throbbing or blood would be pouring down or somebody would be like, ‘Oh (shoot) just stay there! They’re coming! Don’t worry.’ I didn’t hear any scared voices.”
(A lot of people remember the gruesome broken finger from last year…) “That would’ve been two nice ones, right? At least I blocked the shot. They can’t say I didn’t get in front of the ball this time.”
(What were the last few minutes like?) “It was a little wobbly at first. I was like, ‘Oh (shoot), am I going to be alright here running around?’ I was in a daze a little bit, but it kind of wore off and I was getting back into feeling focused and getting my feet back underneath me.”
(Did you watch it on replay?) “Yeah! I actually went and watched it because I was like, ‘Where did it catch me?’ I’ve been out cold before on something similar, and luckily I didn’t slam my head back. That’s one of the main reasons I wasn’t out. All I remember is being on my back and saying, ‘Wow. I went down fast.’ ”
(The ball went out of bounds a ways down the field…) “I know. That’s what a lot of guys were laughing at, saying ‘If you saw how far it went back, you would’ve been laughing pretty hard.’ It was good.”