Player Profile: Marc Burch

Tom Pennington

Best remembered for the way his season ended, Burch was actually a reasonably productive player when viewed in the proper context.

A bit of a surprise pickup when the Seattle Sounders traded up in the Re-Entry Draft in order to acquire him, Marc Burch was basically as advertised. Burch was a heavily left-footed player who showed a decent cross and a rocket shot. Unfortunately, he'll probably be best remembered for an exceedingly poor choice of words that put the already short-handed Sounders in an even worse situation by forcing Burch to miss the final two playoff games.

#16 - Marc Burch
National Affiliation USA Age 28
Years Pro 7 Years Sounder 1
Position Defender Role Left Back
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
31 21 2004 0 3 0.13
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
9 5 518 0 0 0.0
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
7 6 585 0 1 0.15
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
60.2 13th 1.61 5th 1.87 3rd

His numbers won't blow anyone away, but as far as backup left backs go, you can do a lot worse. He proved to be a decent passer in the offensive third and was a better defender than many wanted to give him credit for. He played a role on this team and did a decent job filling it.

Skills on offense: Blessed with a massive left foot, he has the ability to hit a ball as hard as anyone on the team. That skill was rarely called upon, though, and it was his crossing ability that proved more useful. There's a glaring hole in his game, though, and it's called his right foot.

Skills on defense: Never considered a great defender, he was not nearly the liability that some would lead you to believe. Seemed to have a strong sense of positioning, even if he wasn't a great one-on-defender.

Best Case in 2013: He seems to be best deployed as part of a change-of-pace player and to provide depth. Ideally, he'll play fewer minutes next season, which would probably require Leo Gonzalez being replaced with a younger player. I suspect he'll be back, though, and that's not a bad thing.

2012 Player Profiles
15 ?? 16 Marc Burch
17 Alex Caskey 18 Mario Martinez
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

As always thanks to sidereal for formatting and advanced stats

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