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August 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Estrada on right back switch: “This is an opportunity for me.”

estrada mug.jpgI got the chance to catch up with Sounders FC’s David Estrada (right) today after training. The former first-round pick out of UCLA has been practicing more at right back recently in the club’s ongoing search to establish a backup to James Riley.

Estrada, who’s played mostly as a midfielder and forward, played some right back against Manchester United and recently played 90 minutes at the position in Tuesday’s reserve game in Vancouver.

“An opportunity to play is something I’ve been looking forward to this whole year,” the 23-year-old said. “If it has to come through the right back position I’m more than happy to try to learn that position as fast as I can. It’s been really enjoyable for me.”

Coach Sigi Schmid said Estrada has all the tools to succeed at right back and has done well so far.

“He’s a good enough header,” said Schmid. “He’s got enough speed. His crossing from deep is also good. It’s just a matter of learning the nuances of the position and probably improving himself on his one-on-one defending.”

While the attacking runs come naturally to Estrada, he said he’s been trying to learn as much as he can about defensive responsibilities from Riley and Leo Gonzalez. In Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Vancouver, Estrada also learned he has to pick his spots in making runs forward to conserve his energy.

The idea of moving to right back was first floated months ago and when it first came up, Estrada admitted it was “weird.” Now he embraces it.

“When I put it in my head that this is an opportunity for me — to be the back-up right back, because there’s no one else — I really took it to heart,” he said.

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