The Sounders announced Thursday they have loaned forward/midfielder David Estrada to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the second-tier North American Soccer League.
Coach Sigi Schmid said after Thursday’s practice that it’s “just an opportunity for him to get some games. We can recall him at any time that we need to. We just felt he wasn’t getting games for us and it was important for him at this stage to see what he can do as a forward down there and see if he can bang some goals in and compete and be successful at that level. It’s going to be good for him, and then we’ll go from there.”
Atlanta, Schmid added, has suffered an injury at forward and had an interest, so those circumstances led to this particular destination.
The news release did not specify the duration of the loan. More information to come after practice.
Here is a link to the Silverbacks’ release, which notes Estrada is already in Atlanta in time for the April 13 NASL opener (against the New York Cosmos and on-loan draft pick Jimmy Ockford) and that he is the second Sounder to join the team on loan (Andrew Duran in 2012).
Here is some background on Estrada from the Sounders release:
Estrada, 26, has started 18 of 40 appearances in his five seasons with Sounders FC, scoring five goals. He became the third player in club history to score a hat trick when he struck for three goals against Toronto FC on March 14, 2012. Estrada’s last appearance was October 19, 2013, playing the final 21 minutes as a second-half substitute at FC Dallas and matching his career-high with 17 appearances last season. Sounders FC originally selected Estrada with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2010.
Estrada made five appearances for Sounders FC in the 2014 preseason, logging 160 minutes with one goal.