Player Profile #16: Servando Carrasco

Brad hugs Servando for all of us - Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Carrasco is someone known for soccer things out of his control, this year showed the type of value he has on the pitch.

Being famous for who you are dating is neat and all, but Servando Carrasco's 2013 was more than just a W(H)AGs story. He had a strong season prior to the trade.

#16 Servando Carrasco
Nat'l Affil USA Age 25
Years Pro 3 Years Sounder 3
Pos/Role Defensive Mid
MLS (+Playoff) Stats CCL/USOC Stats Reserve Stats
Apps 19 1 6
Starts 13 1 6
Mins 1230 90 540
G 1 0 1
A 1 0 0
PP/90 0.22 -- 0.33
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Net Shot Rate Net Duel Rate
Total 61% -2.85 0.29
Team Rank 13th 24th 11th

#16 Servando Carrasco

Many downplay the success Seattle Sounders FC has in the draft. Coming in as the 27th pick in the 2011 draft, Carrasco is a symbol of the kind of low round quality the club found in their first five drafts. Most of that 2nd round is out of pro soccer while Servando is growing into a man with a regular role.

Offense: Decent short passer and shuttler. Doesn't go through lines well, but can have quality long passes that break a defense. Not a good crosser though, which is odd considering his long ball game is more than adequate. On dead balls he can strike the ball true and hard direct on goal. Not a great dribbler. Needs to improve ability to capture space when going forward.

Defense: One of the most Alonso-y non-Alonso's in MLS Carrasco will pursue a ball despite being dozens of yards away from the play. He will use shoulder, hips, feet and pure will to earn the rock back. Better off-ball defense than on-ball defense. Can be beat 1-on-1. Not a key to defensive responsibilities on set-pieces.

Physique: Carrasco is faster than most MLS player with a strong build. He lacks height, but his good jumping skills reduce this weakness.

Best Case 2014: Now with the Houston Dyanmo Carrasco is unlikely to be a starting defensive mid due to their roster construction. Small advancements in on-ball skills may make him a decent wide option in their unbalanced attack.

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