Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada has admitted he thoroughly enjoyed his time on loan with second division side Atlanta Silverbacks. After struggling for game time with the Sounders, Estrada was sent on a month-loan deal to the Silverbacks, helping the Atlanta-based team to three straight victories and claiming a number of plaudits for his work-rate during his brief time in Atlanta.
The loan deal appears to have worked out well for all parties. While Atlanta were able to select a proven MLS player capable of leading by example both in training and in matches, the Sounders were able to give Estrada some meaningful playing time after slipping down the pecking order at a Seattle team tipped by many Betfair to be in with a great chance of winning this season’s MLS.
Estrada admitted his time, a three-game spell in which the 26-year old was able to work with former U.S. Soccer legend Eric Wynalda, was beneficial to him, hopefully giving him a better chance of getting back in the mix with the Sounders.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I don’t really feel like an old guy, but there I was seen as more of a leader. It was good to play that role and also just try to be a role model for guys who want to make the jump.”
“I got reminded of why I do this. Those guys want to be where I am.”
Despite being a key part of the Seattle side during 2012 and 2013, Estrada has struggled for regular game-time in a squad where even MLS veterans Kenny Cooper and Chad Barrett have been restricted to bit-part roles from the bench. The strength in depth at the Sounders is one of the main reasons behind so many Betfair fans backing Seattle for this season’s MLS Cup.