Zakuani makes return for Seattle Sounders reserves

Steve Zakuani was back in action for the first time in about a year when he made an appearance for the Seattle Sounders reserves on the weekend.

The 24-year old winger played 45 minutes as the second team beat Gonzaga 4-0 in a training game, marking his first proper game action since badly breaking his leg against Colorado Rapids in April last year, and he was thrilled to be back.

“I knew since Thursday that I'd be playing,” he told the Seattle Times.

“Sigi (Schmid) asked if I wanted to play 20 minutes. I said, 'Yeah, I'll do it. I'll just do what I can at a high level, do the best I can.' He said, 'Go home and think about it.'

“I did and then I thought, 'Why not?' It's not like an official reserve game; it's against a college team - with all due respect – so I thought it would be good.

“So I planned to go 20 minutes, but I think my first 10 was a bit apprehensive because that was the first time in a year I had been playing. From Minute 10 to Minute 30 or 35, I feel I was good. And then the last 10 I got tired. So it was a good step forward.

“Now I'm going to kind of see how I can build on this."

 
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