Player Profile: David Estrada

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

After two mostly disappointing years, Estrada broke out this year before having his season cut short by injury.

At this time a year ago, there was reasonable discussion about whether or not David Estrada was going to be back with the Seattle Sounders. Now, he was judged to have had the 12th best season among the Sounders. That's a pretty major step forward, and if not for an injury that cost him more than a third of his season, he probably would have been even higher. What stood out most about Estrada was his versatility, which gave him value even after he cooled off from his blazing start that saw him score five goals in his first three games.

#12 - David Estrada
National Affiliation USA/Mexico Age 24
Years Pro 3 Years Sounder 3
Position Forward/Midfielder Role Striker/Side Midfielder
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
20 12 1078 5 0 0.83
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
5 3 296 2 0 1.21
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
4 3 226 1 1 1.19
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
61.0 10th 4.22 1st -2.67 22nd

On a team full of offensive stars, no player had a better net shot rate than Estrada. That's pretty impressive, especially for a player just about everyone seemed to think was a massive bust a year ago. After winning the starting spot during an impressive preseason, Estrada scored a goal in his first competitive game of the year against Santos Laguna and followed that up with a hat trick in the MLS opener. It's unclear what role he'll play next year, but his tireless work ethic should keep him relevant.

Skills on offense: Not necessarily a great passer, dribbler or shooter, what Estrada does better than just about anyone in the league is work. He seems to never get tired and doggedly harasses defenders in their third while pushing the line forward and creating space for guys like Fredy Montero. He also proved to be a decent finisher.

Skills on defense: You won't really see him back in the defensive third too often, but he can hold his own. Similar to his main offensive skill, he's at his best just making life difficult for the opposition

Best Case in 2013: It's hard to see him starting 12 games again if the Sounders stay healthy, but he'll get minutes coming off the bench and picking up the stray start. He'll also feature prominently in non-MLS competition.

2012 Player Profiles
11 ?? 12 David Estrada
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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