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Thursday, June 14, 2012 - Page updated at 10:30 p.m.

Sounders' David Estrada to miss 8-12 weeks with broken foot


TUKWILA — David Estrada's feel-good season took an ill-fated turn Wednesday when the team announced the Sounders FC forward/midfielder suffered a broken left foot during Tuesday's practice.

Estrada, 24, is scheduled for surgery Thursday and is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks.

Rarely used in his first two years, Estrada has flourished in his third. He leads the team with five MLS goals and is the only Sounder who has played all 17 games in all competitions.

"Hopefully everything will go well with the surgery and he'll be back sooner rather than later," said coach Sigi Schmid. "But it definitely means more playing time for some other people. Different people have to step up."

Estrada suffered a similar injury to his right foot as a sophomore at UCLA, and Schmid thinks that experience could be a benefit in recovery. Teammates are confident Estrada, known for his versatility and work rate, will be back during a crucial stretch in August and September.

"He's a guy that's not going to lose his fitness," said midfielder Brad Evans. "He's going to work extremely hard."

That was evident a couple hours after the injury.

"After he got done with his X-rays, he went in the gym and started working more," said forward Sammy Ochoa, who might play more in Estrada's absence. "We were like, 'What are you doing? Get some rest. Take a couple days off.'

"But he's going to be back. I think he's going to be back better than he was."

Sounders execs

to South America

General manager Adrian Hanauer and technical director Chris Henderson left Wednesday for a scouting trip in South America. The league's summer transfer window, when MLS teams can add international players to rosters, is June 27 to July 27.

Last year, Seattle targeted a couple of high-priced forwards in Europe, but couldn't finalize a deal. Hanauer, also a part owner of the Sounders, was asked Tuesday if he had an idea of how the club might fare during this year's transfer window.

"I think that the roster that we have today will not change dramatically from now until July 27, when the window closes," he said, "but I would also think that our roster will somehow look slightly different than it looks today."

The Sounders have limited salary-cap space and a maximum of three designated players. But an overhaul seems unlikely after a franchise-best 7-3-3 start.

"We just can't add and add and add," Hanauer said. "If we happen to bring a bigger player in, someone's going to have to go."

Notes

Josh Ford got his first game action in months during Tuesday's scrimmage. The second-year goalkeeper has been recovering from a stress fracture in his right knee. "I've been practicing and been in some game-like situations, but actually being in a game against some of the guys was a really big step," Ford said.

• Schmid said midfielder Christian Sivebaek should earn clearance Thursday after a concussion in a June 1 reserve league game.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @joshuamayers

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