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|
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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|
|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