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By DAN KARELL
When Jay DeMerit went down with an Achilles tear just minutes into the Vancouver Whitecaps season opener, nearly everybody thought that DeMerit’s 2013 season was over.
Everybody except for DeMerit himself, that is.
The Whitecaps captain returned to full training this week, just under four months after suffering the injury in the 6th minute of the March 2 home opener. And according to DeMerit, he’s expecting to make his return to reserve league matches within the next two to three weeks.
“If I’m training now for this week and hopefully a couple weeks then I’ll have to get a few reserve games again to make sure that the game-like activities are there and that the sharpness is there,” DeMerit told WhitecapsFC.com. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. You’ve just got to stick with the process and then the rest takes care of itself.”
In an interview earlier this month with the Vancouver Sun, the 33-year-old said he was aiming for his full return to come on August 24 against the Los Angeles Galaxy at BC Place, just one day before his wedding ceremony.
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IMPACT SIGN FORMER WIGAN DEFENDER LOPEZ
For the second time this week, the Montreal Impact have added a foreign player to their roster.
The Canadian club announced on Friday that they had signed Spain native and former Wigan defender Adrian “Piscu” Lopez on a free transfer. Per club and league policy, terms of the signing were not disclosed.
Lopez, 26, spent the last two and a half seasons with Wigan in the English Premier League after coming up with Deportivo La Coruña in Spain. He only made 11 appearances during his time at Wigan, and 26 appearances with Deportivo in three years with the first team.
The Impact announced that they have placed defender Nelson Rivas on injured reserve, keeping the foreigner amount on the squad at 11.
MARTINEZ COULD RETURN TO SEATTLE
Though they couldn’t come to an agreement by June 30, there is still a chance that the Seattle Sounders could see the return of Mario Martinez.
The Honduras National Team midfielder returned from national duty this week to his Honduran club, Real España, though he is still unsure what his future holds. Reports in Honduras say that he has options not only in MLS but also in Scotland, where countrymen Emilio Izaguirre and Jorge Claros played last season.
Martinez said in the reports that he expects to know his playing future by the end of next week, though he did say he would be okay with stay at Real España.
MATTOCKS UNDERGOES KNEE SURGERY
The 2013 season hasn’t been very kind to Darren Mattocks, and the news only got worse this past week.
After a rookie season last year where he scored seven goals and showed great signs of progress, the Jamaican forward regressed, scoring just three goals so far this season and losing his place in the starting lineup. To make matters worse, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Friday that Mattocks had undergone surgery to repair his right knee, leving him off the field indefinitely.
The 22-year-old striker’s last major impact came on July 6 when the Whitecaps won their first match against Seattle in the club’s short time in MLS.
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