Maybe the incapability of Seattle to put in a striker in the transfer market would not tingle so badly finally. Mike Fucito surely does not believe it will.
The Sounders are hoping remember-me presentation of Fucito in their CONCACAF Champions League opener will add a small more scoring blow to their forward lines.
With Seattle missing out on support prior to the August 15 deadline, the reserve forward apprehended his chance on Tuesday night with a well-taken brace. Both of his ends were clinical attempts to the far post, helping Seattle to a 4-1 victory over CSD Communicaciones of Guatemala.
Patrick Lanni, the defender said, “I think it’s good for our forwards, especially Fucito, to get a couple goals and get his confidence going. I know he knows what he can do and we know what he can do. When you get goals, they just seem keep coming.”
Although Fucito will surely have been responsive to actions of the front office in the previous weeks, his face was a strong-minded one in the post-match press conference. With Sigi Schmid, the head coach sitting next to him, Fucito was humble in victory.
“Just trying to make the most of my opportunities. Just doing what I can to help the team when I get the opportunities,” Fucito simply said.
Fucito buried both of his shots on goal after the Sounders went down a man in the 55th minute and was in place to score a third in the late going as Seattle beat their Guatemalan visitors. Fucito as well gave the help on Brad Evan’s 35th-minute goal.
The Harvard product boosted his tallies in the Champions League to five goals in the previous five games.
Fucito has so far to spare those efforts in league play. He possesses just a goal and a help in 15 career MLS regular-season games.
Fucito begun six successive games prior to falling out of the lineup. On the other hand, his coach surely noticed his play.
Schmid said, “I told the guys before the game that every guy we’re putting out there has the ability to be a starter or is a starter on this team. Mike started for us in a series of games where we did well as a team.
Schmid added, “Sometimes you get in and out of form a little bit, but I thought he training had gotten a lot better of late and he deserved the opportunity to get out there and play. He rewarded me, but mainly he rewarded himself. When you do that you get more opportunities.”