In an exclusive interview with MLSGB, Seattle Sounders defender Damion Lowe explains how his first season in Major League Soccer has made him a “better man”, and he is now looking ahead to the playoffs with his Seattle teammates.
The 21-year-old Generation Adidas centre-back was drafted by the Sounders with the eighth pick of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and despite having his first season in the league disrupted by injury, the pacey Jamaican defender is staying positive and is looking ahead.
“I’ve learnt and understand the game more, because I am constantly in a professional environment and I’ve learnt how to handle situations on and off the field.
“I know I have to be prepared to be strong during good and bad times, such as during my injury. So far my experience [as a professional] has most importantly shaped me into a better man,” Lowe said.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid recently described Lowe as Seattle’s “fastest defender”, a seriously impressive claim considering the 6ft 3in centre-back plays in the same side as USMNT star DeAndre Yedlin.
Lowe hasn’t been able to showcase his talents in MLS as he underwent surgery to his left hip in April, and subsequently missed four months, but he is back in contention now and is continuing to fight for his first start, with the playoffs fast approaching.
“In life nothing is guaranteed and at one point you can be at the top, and also at the bottom, but to believe in yourself and your ability is very important.
I think my injury was just a setback, it’s never too late to contribute to the team even if it’s the last game of the season, and I’m always looking to contribute. I have to plan for what is happening now.”
The Sounders have conceded a worrying 48 goals this season, and they will hope that Lowe can come in a make an impact when he is given his chance.
Chad Marshall in the number one defender in Seattle, but with Djimi Traore and Zach Scott both 34-years-old, there is undoubtedly a place in the side waiting for Damion Lowe.
He may have to wait until next season to make his mark, but the centre-back could be an MLS Cup winner in his first season as the Sounders are expected to go far in the playoffs.
And Lowe is not taking anything for granted, admitting that his side must continue to work hard if the Sounders are to lift the MLS Cup for the first time.
“Everyone wants to be a champion. We want to be champions too. But at the end of the day we know that we have to work hard for it.”