Sounders FC midfielder/defender Michael Tetteh recently returned to the team after a loan spell with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL. It was the second loan in as many years for the team’s top pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
So how did it go?
“I think overall it was good,” Tetteh said Thursday. “I wanted to get games and I got to play like two-and-a-half games because I got that red card, but overall it was good for me to get away and experience that. Overall, I thought it went well.”
Tetteh, who is a member of Generation adidas, admitted his lost control on the red card when he retaliated after being pushed. He said trying to fit in with a new team in a lower league presented difficulties, as well.
“They were having a tough season, and when I went in I thought it was hard for me to fit in with them,” the 23 year old said. “But I did my best and I had a really good talk with the coach, and I enjoyed myself.”
Tetteh, who dealt with a nagging hamstring injury in the early months of the year, hasn’t played for the Sounders outside of the MLS Reserve League this season. In his two years in Seattle, he has only played 90 minutes competitive minutes (last year in an early U.S. Open Cup game versus the Kitsap Pumas).
I asked Tetteh if he still thinks his future is in Seattle or if he thinks a fresh start might be best.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next year. I think for now I’m going to keep working hard and then when the season is over see what’s going on.”
So is he happy here?
“Very happy here. I’m happy here,” Tetteh said. “I want to play. Who doesn’t? But I think it’s been two years and I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here. Next year if it means I have to seek an opportunity somewhere else, then that’s what I’ll do.”
So what does coach Sigi Schmid think about Tetteh’s future with the Sounders?
“Right now we’re focused on the playoffs and we’re focused on trying to move forward, so we’re not really thinking about next year in regards to our players right now,” Schmid said. “Our thoughts will turn to that when our season’s over and we hope that that won’t be until the MLS Cup.
“He’s a quality player. He went down there and did well down there playing in more offensive positions. That’s something that we have to evaluate with Michael, whether playing as a left back is really something that makes sense or is he more of a wide attacking player. Then he goes into a different mix of players and then it’s, ‘How does he come out of that competition?'”
Tetteh said this recent loan spell helped opened his eyes a bit, as well.
“It just makes you appreciate where you are, and don’t take it for granted because nobody’s job is safe here,” he said. “(It motivated me) for when I came back here to work harder and do whatever I can do to show the coaches that I’m good enough to be here.”