Player Profile: Zach Scott

The only remaining pre-MLS Sounder comes in at 13 in the community rankings.

Ten years with the Seattle Sounders in two different leagues now the one-time MLS trialist became a regular in the lineup starting two playoff games, all five Open Cup matches, three CONCACAF Champions League games and appearing in more than half of the regular season. Not many players have the best year of their career at 32 - Zach Scott is not many players, he is the Marker of Men.

#13 - Zach Scott (Nickname: Zach Scott: Man Marker)
National Affiliation USA Age 32
Years Pro 11 Years Sounder 11
Position Defender Role Right/Center/Left Back
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
23 18 1620 2 2 0.33
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
8 8 750 1 1 0.36
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
3 3 225 0 1 0.4
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
59.7 15th 2.43 2nd 1.73 5th

Not only did Scott get the most minutes in his play with the MLS side, he was also one of the top defenders by duel rate and when he played the Sounders were more likely to get more shots, basically scoring a goal more than the opponents every fourth start. He would occasionally wear the Captains armband and finally did something he had not done in many years - score a goal, and then another, and then another.

Skills on offense: Scott is not a good passer. It isn't really his job, even when at right back. He particularly lacks the crossing ability that Seattle likes in support of Rosales. His short passes there are accurate enough, but do not create enough space to break Mauro free. On set-plays Scott will get forward because he is often a target of the kick. His header is now dangerous enough that teams will pay for judging him only by his height (under 6 feet).

Skills on defense: He earned the name Zach Scott: Man Marker (#ZSMM) by shutting down Brek Shea (a few times), and then Brad Davis. Prior to that it was Seb Le Toux who couldn't handle Scott. None of those men are fast, but all are solid MLS attacking players. When Scott faces speed his not-MLS starting qualities show, but against others he is just fine. While most of his MLS era time is on the right, he may be best at centerback where his lack of speed is less important and his short passing is more acceptable. He can even fill in on the right.

"When my numbers called again I'll do the same thing. I'll play whatever role I'm asked to."

Best Case in 2013: Scott is almost certain to regress, but even if he does slip to the 3rd RB, 3rd LB and 4th CB he will get playing time. It often will not impress fans who want more, but in 2013 as a deeper reserve, role-player and the final player from a different era Zach Scott: Man Marker will remain the second hardest working Sounders in the game.

2012 Player Profiles
11 ?? 12 ??
13 Zach Scott 14 Patrick Ianni
15 Andy Rose 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
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