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Player Profile at the Break: Steve Zakuani

SEATTLE - JUNE 05:  Steve Zakuani #11 of the Seattle Sounders FC scores against goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth #34 of the New England Revolution on June 5, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - JUNE 05: Steve Zakuani #11 of the Seattle Sounders FC scores against goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth #34 of the New England Revolution on June 5, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Steve Zakuani

Number: 11

Position: Forward

Primary Role:

Left Wing

Other Roles:

WF, RW, CAM

Height: 6’0"

Weight: 160

Age: 22

Nationality: DR of Congo

Last Team: U of Akron

Roster Slot: Senior

Starts: 12

Minutes: 1015

Goals: 4

Assists: 2

PP90: 0.90

+/- per 90: -0.36


Offense: No player on the Sounders is better with the ball at his feet than Steve Zakuani. This season we’ve seen him dive in diagonally earlier and because a bit more of a goal scorer as he takes more shots from better angles, while putting them on target.

 

Defense: The best part of the brief experiment with the 4-3-3 meant that Zakuani was expected to provide forward defense, and generally did. This has continued in the return to the Arrow. While he won’t win many balls, he can disrupt the opposition and force errors on their end.

What you Love: When the ball is at his feet and he’s sprinting down the line.
What you Hate: Lapses into the lackadaisical on defense at times.

What to expect in the second half: Zakuani should continue to improve and could be a borderline Best XI, in a league that generally has strong Left Wingers and Left Midfielders.

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