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Oalex Anderson targeting return for preseason 2018

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“They’ve been there for me,” he says of Seattle Sounders.

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 Dec 9, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, USA; Seattle Sounders forward Oalex Anderson (39) is helped off the pitch after suffering an injury during training sessions in preparations for the MLS Cup final against Toronto FC at BMO Field
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TUKWILA, Wash. — Back on December 9, 2016 the Seattle Sounders were not MLS Cup champions. They were training for the biggest day in their short history in the league, and unfortunately Oalex Anderson went down with a significant knee injury. The speedy winger was lost for the Cup and waived in the offseason, but since January he has rehabbed with the organization that took him from Vincy Heat to S2 to First Team.

Oalex is not under contract. But he still has a locker at Starfire, training gear and the support of the organization. Recently he transitioned from weight room to doing fitness outside with the team. At times there is a soccer ball at his feet. Seattle Sounders are focused on one thing with Anderson — his health.

“They’ve been there for me. It’s not like they forgot about me when I got injured,” he told Sounder at Heart after Thursday’s practice. “They have meetings and stuff just to say ‘just take care of him and make sure he gets the best treatment’. They’ve been there for me and they’ve given me the best treatment, so it's not like they have turned their back on me, so its really, really, really good. I’m quite surprised that they have been so nice to me. “

He’s also a long way from coming back to make a professional roster.

“I’m not trying to rush anything,” he said. “I'm trying to get back, so my plan is to just do my rehab and come back for preseason.”

Anderson misses the camaraderie of his national team, and the pride in playing for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“There's no feeling like playing with your national team, it’s the best feeling. Stepping up to support your country is the best feeling you can ever have, so yeah, I miss that. Mostly, I can’t wait to get back with the boys and get back out there.”

Before Anderson plays soccer again, all he can do is rehab, put in the hardwork and focus on healing.