Brad Smith caught the eye on his Seattle Sounders debut, impressing both the club’s fans and manager in their 2-1 home win over FC Dallas.
Brought in on loan from Premier League club AFC Bournemouth, Smith was thrown in from the offset and started the MLS game.
Schmetzer, on Brad Smith’s debut: “He’s pretty good. I think everyone saw what Garth and Chris saw in him. Overall it was pretty good.”
— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 13, 2018
“It was pretty good … he’s got good speed, good crossing ability, he’s an attack-minded player,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said of Smith’s outing.
“I thought overall, he was enthusiastic to play. He hasn’t played a lot of game in the last two years so you could tell he was happy to be on the pitch.
“We were overall very pleased. We’ll watch the film to try and get him acclimated a little bit more with the players that he’s playing with.
“We’ll try to educate him about MLS and the standards there. There was a couple of times he was complaining about the refereeing.
“But we’ll get him up to speed and he was very good.”
— brad smith (@bradsmith_94) August 13, 2018
Smith lasted 72 minutes before he visibly began to cramp and was withdrawn.
That is scarcely surprising giving the 24-year-old Penrith product has played only five senior club games for Bournemouth since joining them from Liverpool in 2016.
Schmetzer anticipated the 19-times capped Socceroo will recover in time for Seattle’s next match against LA Galaxy.
“He was feeling a bit of tightness at that point and we thought it prudent to make a change,” he said.
“He’s a tough kid.”
The Sounders are currently on a five-game winning run, and have not suffered defeat in eight games.