Player Profile: Steve Zakuani

Otto Greule Jr

Sounder at Heart's 2012 Player reviews continue with someone who is nearly certain to have a better year in 2013 than he did in 2012, at least on the field.

Steve Zakuani's 2012 will be remembered not for his play on the field, but for the act of returning to the field of play and his exchange of jersey's with Brian Mullan.

#19 - Steve Zakuani (Nickname: Steve Zakuani)
National Affiliation Congo DR Age 24
Years Pro 4 Years Sounder 4
Position Midfielder Role Left wing, Withdrawn Forward
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
11 5 317 1 1 0.85
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
1 1 78 1 0 2.31
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
3 3 225 2 0 1.60
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
77.0 2nd DNQ -- -0.28 13th

It took a while, but by the final game of the season the phrase "Steve Zakuani is back" meant that the type of player we once saw sprinting down the touch line and blowing past defenders was back, not just the man being back and able to walk onto the pitch.

Skills on offense: Zakuani started to show glimpses of the burst speed and great first touch. He was able to take tackl and get up to return to play. Still a good passer in tight spaces and can use his dribble to break down a defender. This quandary forces opponents to play further off of him than most players. Still needs to show that his short and medium shot is back.

Skills on defense: Zakuani can use speed to harass opposing players but is unlikely to win the ball via a tackle. He occupies spaces similar to a left wing in a 4-3-3 rather than the midfielder of a 4-4-2.

Best Case in 2013: A regular starter netting 8 or more goals with 5 plus assists.

2012 Player Profiles
17 ?? 18 ??
19 Steve Zakuani 20 Sammy Ochoa
21 Alvaro Fernandez 22 Servando Carrasco
23 Cordell Cato 24 Roger Levesque
25 Bryan Meredith 26 Mike Seamon
27 Marcus Hahnemann 28 Andrew Weber
29 Josh Ford 30 Christian Sivebaek
31 Andrew Duran 32 Daniel Steres
33 Michael Tetteh 34 Babayele Sodade

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