When analyzing the forward bench depth behind Obafemi Martins and Kenny Cooper, there is no shortage of options. Lamar Neagle, Chad Barrett, Erik Zavaleta, and Sean Okoli are all options for Coach Schmid when a change at the top is needed. Lamar and Chad are known quantities, while Erik struggles to regain fitness and confidence. Sean on the other hand is simply a raw and exciting young talent that will no doubt have a future with this club as he cuts his teeth in the reserve league. Additionally, Okoli may very well provide striker support during the U.S. Open Cup. But there is still one person missing, and his name is Kevin Parsemain.
Like Obafemi Matins, who has the ability to turn the ordinary in to the extraordinary, Parsemain would be a dynamic option for Sigi if the FO finally made the decision to sign him. Parsemain would give Seattle a true "super-sub" along with the likes of Neagle who can immediately inject energy, athleticism, and an uncanny desire to attack in to the line-up. Throughout this preseason one thing that Kevin Parsemain has made clear is that he is not afraid to face a defender and attempt to cut them in two. Not lacking confidence, he runs the channels, and has shown the propensity to distribute the ball, with intelligent switches and lay-offs when he detects excessive pressure or realizes his options are not as opportune as his teammates. His international statistics also reflect a player that can convert. Period. 23 goals in 32 matches in an incredible goal rate. Yes, there will be those that argue most of them took place against smaller island nations, but don't let that rhetoric fool you. The pressure to score still exists, and a lapse in confidence or concentration can easily result in a missed opportunity. If anything, this preseason, and his two stunning goals against Vancouver have demonstrated that the guy does what is so hard to do for many footballers out there, score goals.
If Sigi wanted to throw a true attacking line-up at an opposing defense, a top pairing of Obafemi and Kevin, along with Pappa, and Deuce would certainly do it. The speed and athleticism that front two would have could arguably be the best in the MLS. I’m not afraid to admit it; I’m smitten for the guy. He is exactly the type of attacker that could succeed in the MLS, and provide some serious and legitimate bench depth for the Sounders this year. Kevin Parsemain matters.
- Lachlan, www.thesoccerconvert.com