After spending a few weeks as a trialist, Diego Capel impressed the coaching staff, as well as teammates with his touch on the ball, up field burst and ability to take on defenders. Brian Schmetzer himself, after having enough time to evaluate Capel’s skill set, seemed pleased to have a player of his caliber with the Seattle Sounders.
“Good player, good passer, good vision, he is a very experienced player,” said Brian. He added, “Having an experienced international player like that can add a little bit to training.” That is undeniable considering that at 30 years old, Diego has not only played over 200 games in Europe but has also won titles such as Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup with Sevilla and U-21 titles with Spain.
However, despite the great first impression the Spaniard winger left around the club, I have been informed by a reliable source that Capel suffered a right hamstring tear during a sprint at practice and will no longer be signing with the Sounders. Diego will fly back to Sevilla to begin a rehab program and make a full recovery, scratching him as a near-term possibility.
Sporting Director Chris Henderson had been watching the Andalusian for several years prior to bringing him to Seattle, making his connection with the cub a very strong one, therefore I would not dismiss his possible return at some point in the future, depending on his recovery.
Capel is no stranger to adversity, his transition from Sevilla, to Sporting CP, to Genoa were not easy but he always seems to fall back on his raw talent, keeping his career up float. It is just unfortunate for all parties involved that Diego suffered the only tear of this magnitude he’s had in his career, precisely now when he was at just days from possibly signing in Seattle and staring a new chapter in MLS.
Now Chris Henderson and his scouts will have to go back to the drawing board, with the difficult task of finding a player now to go hand and hand with the DP the they are looking to bring in this summer.