After sitting on the bench for the first two and a half games of the MLS season, Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke has played the last 135 minutes in place of the injured Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
Parke, as you might remember, wasn’t too happy with his reduced role a couple weeks ago.
He was asked on Monday how it felt to finally see some time on the field again.
“I mean it’s good; we haven’t gotten the results, so that’s the main thing,” said Parke, who was named the team’s top defender last year. “I’d rather get the wins and start getting some results. That’s more important than actually playing. … We need to get ourselves on a run here again. I think we need to finish off games and be a little more ruthless, if you’re asking me.”
Seattle hasn’t allowed a goal in the last game and a half, but Parke deflected all credit to the team. For him, again, it comes down to results, and the Sounders have earned just one point of the last six available.
“It’s important that we get back on the right foot,” he said.
So has Parke talked to coach Sigi Schmid after expressing his unhappiness to reporters?
“Yeah, we chatted a little bit,” Parke said. “What I said wasn’t anything that he hasn’t heard. It’s out there. You guys asked and that’s my opinion and what was going on, I’m not going to beat around the bush about it. He understands that. We’re up front with each other.”
And Schmid’s view?
“That was him,” the coach said. “As a player, you’re not going to be happy sitting on the bench. All that you can do is control what you can control, which is your effort and your performance. … Opportunities are going to come — that’s what I told him — and you have to wait for the next opportunity. That opportunity came and he was part of a team that got a shutout, so that’s a good thing for him.”
When asked if the recent spell could mean more time in the near future, Parke was unconvinced. He indicated his involvement was more a matter being the next guy in line to fill in for the injured Hurtado.
“I think it was just kind of fortunate,” said Parke. “(Schmid) was probably shaking his head a little bit (laughs) … but I guess it happened that way.”