Player Profile: Christian Tiffert

Just another Sounders zombie? - George Frey

The lowest rated of the Designated Players that ended the year with the team comes in at #8.

When Christian Tiffert signed the hopes were for a blend of Brad Evans and Brad Davis. That did not quite happen. Instead, the player the Seattle Sounders got is more difficult to quantify. He is good, shows signs of being great, but needs more time before an accurate judgement of his MLS career can be made.

#8 - Christian Tiffert
National Affiliation Germany Age 30
Years Pro 13 Years Sounder 1
Position Midfielder Role Box2Box, Defensive Mid, Right Mid
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
16 15 1296 0 4 0.28
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
2 0 55 0 0 0.0
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Rank
Net Shot Rate Team
Rank
Net Duel Rate Team
Rank
55.9 16th -2.78 19th -0.51 15th

Tiffert played many roles with the 2012 Sounders, but his most common was in the middle as the not-Alonso.

Skills on offense: He's probably the second best crosser on the team. Strong short and medium passer and can thread the throughball better than any. Positional awareness is very strong. Did not show a great shot, nor was he as strong on set-play service as was expected. This is likely that he's better in the flow of the match.

Skills on defense: The second best non-defender at tackling. Tiffert will not leave a passing lane open when on man, nor allow all but the most amazing of shooting angles. Almost never out of position no matter what his role, he applies pressure throughout the field. Strong defender in the set-piece situations.

Best Case in 2013: He's not going to be an Alonso or Beckerman level central mid defender, but he can be at the next level in MLS. He's also not going to be a Davis/Morales/Zusi level of assist man, but he can be at the next level in MLS. If in 2013 he reaches his peak of performance you could see Evans+Alonso and get a 4-6 goal player with 6-10 assists and top-level defense.

2012 Player Profiles
7 ?? 8 Christian Tiffert
9 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 10 Leo Gonzalez
11 Adam Johansson 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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