What started as a way to simply keep fit while he looked for his next soccer job has turned into a first-of-its-kind position within the Seattle Sounders organization for David Estrada. The former first-round SuperDraft pick of the Sounders will rejoin the organization as a S2 player and academy coach.
It is appropriate that Estrada rejoins the organization almost six years to the day after his “St. Hatricks Day” performance (against Toronto FC). Now, four years after leaving the Seattle Sounders, Estrada is the veteran statesman with the youngsters of S2.
Estrada, now 30, is entering his ninth year as a pro. He has played for Seattle (both in MLS and USL), Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL), Charlotte Eagles (USL), D.C. United (MLS), Sacramento Republic (USL), Orange County Blues (USL), and Charlotte Independence (USL). The midfielder/forward has 25 professional goals in all competitions.
“Ever since David began training with us, he’s had a lot to offer to the younger players on our squad playing around him,” said S2 Head Coach John Hutchinson via press release. “It will be great to have a guy like him around to not only help our team on the field, but also provide another experienced voice to assist Wade Webber and me working with our players.”
This is the first time that S2 signed a player to a USL deal who was clearly meant to be more veteran voice than potential MLS player. The choice of Estrada has to do with his hard work while here trying to maintain fitness and sign anywhere, but is also a tribute to Estrada’s community efforts, legendary performance against Toronto and the affection he has for this community.
Estrada joins a list of players who left Sounders and came back, including Lamar Neagle and Bryan Meredith who are on this year’s squad. Josh Ford rejoined the organization last year as an S2 and academy coach.
S2’s opening match is Friday March 16 at 7 p.m. in Cheney Stadium. They face Timbers 2. Andrew Harvey (of SaH), James Riley and myself will be the broadcast crew.
CURRENT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2 ROSTER
Defenders (5): Rodrigue Ele, Nick Hinds, Sam Rogers, Denso Ulysse, Ibrahim Usman
Midfielders (4): Azriel Gonzalez, Francisco Narbon, Ray Saari, Ray Serrano
Forwards (4): Felix Chenkam, David Estrada, Shandon Hopeau, David Olsen