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July 12, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Tetteh: “I think I’ve made huge strides. I know I will make it, and to make it there are always obstacles that come.”

tetteh mug2.jpgI got the chance on Monday to catch up with Sounders FC rookie Michael Tetteh (right), who recently returned to the team after a short loan with Orlando City, a USL Pro team in what is essentially the third division of American soccer.

Tetteh played at left back and shared his thoughts on the experience:

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(What did you make of your time with Orlando City?) “It was good. I got to play a couple games and it’s always good to get full 90-minute games under your belt. I felt like going there, and them giving me an opportunity to play in games, was good. I enjoyed it.”

(What did you make of the idea of going out on loan? Were you skeptical at first?) “At first I was a little skeptical, but then I thought about it. For me the most important thing is to learn and get games. I can sit here and honestly say I have a couple things that I have to work on for me to be able to get where I want to get to. Obviously (I came) to a team where we have a lot of good players and a lot of guys that have played the game for a long time professionally. For me it’s very important that I take my time to really, really learn and study my position very well. I took it as an opportunity because at the end of the day, when I get to be on the field to play what I love and what I was born to do, it’s great. Just going there to play — even though the level wasn’t like the way it is in MLS — it’s still football. It was good for me.”

(You mentioned studying your position and we’ve seen you play a couple here. Where did you play?) “The coach let me play left back over there and playing in the back, defensive-wise, is something I have to work on. It was good to be able to play two full-90 minute games and just work on the stuff that I need to work on to get myself to the level here. It was good for me.”

(You made the 18-man roster before you left and had been playing some games in other competitions, do you feel like you’ve been making progress?) “I thought in preseason I did pretty well, but again, I came into a team that’s stacked. People that play the position I play have been playing for a while. Coming into a team with a good coach, good players, good guys, it takes a while. To start the season I did well, but then a couple things got into me and I wasn’t doing well. I’ve started to build my confidence again. I’ve started to play more consistently in training and reserve games. That gave me the opportunity to be in the 18 for the first time. For me it’s a step. It was good.”

(Did you play three games in total?) “Yeah, I got three games. In the third game I got a red card, so I couldn’t finish the last game.”

(How much did that time help?) “It definitely makes a difference because obviously there’s a game fitness. I can be here and train and train and not get games and I think I’m fit. Then when they put me in the games I would struggle. To go there and get two full-90 minute games — those guys are running hard and play on big fields — it was good for me.”

(What happened on the red card?) “I completely take full responsibility. It was two stupid fouls that I committed and shouldn’t have. Again, I was a little frustrated in the third game and that took over my game. There are still things I have to work on, and progressively looking at where I was and where I am right now, I think I’ve made huge strides. I know I will make it, and to make it there are always obstacles that come. As a young professional player coming up there are things that I have to deal with psychologically and mentally and everything. I think this is a good organization for me to start. I could be on a different team and (get more playing time) but I think God had a purpose for me to come here. I know I will make it but I just have to take my time and learn from Sigi and the coaches and look at the other guys and learn from them to move up to where I want to be.”

(And going to Orlando was a reminder that it is a long road?) “I mean going there was a little tough, but again it’s an opportunity for me to prove to the coaches and to myself that I deserve to be here. It’s always good to go somewhere because it gives you a different perspective on the things I have here and didn’t have in that league. It was good.”

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