Seattle Sounder head coach Sigi Schmid is certain that midfielder Andy Rose does not want to lose his starting position with the MLS ladder leaders.
The 23-year old Australian played a full 90 minutes in midfield as the Sounders beat previous table toppers Real Salt Lake 2-0 on the weekend, making it two starts in a row following last weekend’s 2-1 win over Chicago Fire.
The Sounders were without regular midfielders Shalrie Joseph and Brad Evans – and are yet to introduce new addition Adam Moffat – giving Rose an opportunity which he grasped with both hands according to Schmid.
“Shalrie has been banged up with injuries on and off and then Evans has been hurt sometimes as well, but the way Andy (Rose) played tonight, I don’t think he wants anyone to move ahead of him in the game,” Schmid said after the victory.
Rose has now started seven times for the Sounders this season for a total of 12 MLS appearances as the best-supported club in the competition hurtle towards the playoffs.