Player Profile #13: Marc Burch

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Every time some pundit says that the Re-Entry Draft does not have useful talent in it, point to Marc Burch.

Marc Burch is one of many Sounders known for their hair. He's also got a decent left foot.

#13 Marc Burch
Nat'l Affil USA Age 29
Years Pro 8 Years Sounder 2
Pos/Role Left Back/Mid
MLS (+Playoff) Stats CCL/USOC Stats Reserve Stats
Apps 23 3 6
Starts 14 1 6
Mins 1299 98 540
G 0 0 0
A 4 0 0
PP/90 0.28 -- --
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Net Shot Rate Net Duel Rate
Total 54% 0.30 -0.15
Team Rank 19th 6th 14th

#13 Marc Burch

Selected with the #1 pick in the 2011 Re-Entry Draft Marc Burch is famous for a few things - his hair, a regrettable slur, his hair and a great left foot. In his two years with Seattle Sounders FC he went from back-up left back to rotational left midfielder. He moves on to his 5th MLS side, the Colorado Rapids.

Offense: Best defined by a left foot that can serve a dead ball quite well. On run-of-play crosses he takes a bit to get behind the ball but is fairly accurate. As an LB gets forward well. As an LM can hug the line or play more centrally. Doesn't have speed to separate, must use passing to gain space. Can be afraid to shoot during play. Solid option for left-footed service on corners and free kicks.

Defense: While Burch's defense is lacking in a full back role, as he is a bit too risky for his recovery speed, it is perfect for certain midfield positions. 1-on-1 he can be beat with speed or skill. Positional awareness is good. Won't leave large holes open even if it means delaying entry into the attack. In set-pieces he's good around the area to clear rebounds and block late runs.

Physique: A bit slow for most MLS LBs and LMs. Broad shouldered, but able to be knocked off the ball. Not a jumping threat.

Best Case 2014: Burch supposedly wanted to wind up with the Rapids where he will be back-up left back and left mid to two of the brightest young talents in the League.

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