Out with a second injury since his last appearance Steve Zakuani was treated for a sports hernia by Philadelphia based surgeon Dr. William Meyers. Prior to the surgery Sigi Schmid indicated that Zakuani would miss six to eight weeks recovering and then would need some time training up to match fitness. That would put his return to the field in competitive matches in mid to late August.
In 2012 Zakuani returned from his leg fracture at roughly that same time and helped the club during the stretch run starting four MLS matches and appearing in four more with a goal and an assist.
The loss of Zakuani starts during a very slow section of the schedule, but July and August pick up the pace with five matches in each month. There are also five matches in September and October.
When he went down with his original injury he was a regular starter in Seattle's more symmetrical formation, but since then the Sounders are trying different things. Schmid is currently searching for ways to play all three forwards with the left wing being a space where either Neagle or Johnson could slot. Without any Open Cup and CCL matches the competition for playing time for the talented wingers will be intense even without Zakuani playing for about two months.