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MLS debut bittersweet for Seattle Sounders midfielder Pineda

Gonzalo Pineda admits his Major League Soccer bow for Seattle Sounders did not quite to plan on the weekend.

The 31-year old Mexican midfielder, who joined the Sounders after leaving CD Guadalajara in March this year, replaced the injured Brad Evans in the 29th minute of Seattle's 2-1 home loss to Toronto FC on Saturday.

Pineda suggests that it wasn't the ideal debut but insisted that he was completely happy with a club that has a massive following in a burgeoning competition.

"I'm supposed to enjoy my first game, but it's hard when we lost," he told reporters.

"I tried to enjoy being on the field, but right now I'm not that happy because we lost at home.

"(Although) we lost … this is my first game, and I'm glad to be here in MLS and so glad to be here with the Sounders.

"It's a great team with a great crowd, and I'm happy to be part of that."

31-year old Pineda, who has played for Mexico on 44 occasions, added that he was closing in on full fitness after missing a lot of last year through injury.

"I'm not 100 percent because, as you know, I had like 10 months out of the field," he added.

"It's hard, but the coaches are very good. They are helping me a lot to be 100 percent. I think two or three more weeks could be in best shape. I'm working hard and I hope I can do that."

Pineda will get the chance to make his first MLS start when the Sounders take on the Montreal Impact in Quebec this weekend.

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