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Player Profile #18: David Estrada

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He may not run through a wall for Joe Roth, but he would for the Seattle Sounders

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There is no attacking player on Seattle Sounders FC more defined by his effort than Mr David Estrada. That also may overshadow the reserve player's most useful skill - diversity. Oh, and loyal readers, we didn't forget about these. Consider that a pause before the storm.

#18 David Estrada
Nat'l Affil USA/Mexico Age 25
Years Pro 4 Years Sounder 4
Pos/Role Forward/Wide Mid/Right Back?
MLS (+Playoff) Stats CCL/USOC Stats Reserve Stats
Apps 17 1 11
Starts 4 1 10
Mins 498 90 879
G 0 0 2
A 0 0 0
PP/90 -- -- 0.41
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Net Shot Rate Net Duel Rate
Total 73% -1.14 -3.48
Team Rank 3rd 18th 23rd

#18 David Estrada

Back in 2010 most of soccer-dom in American was surprised that one-time freshman of the year Estrada was drafted by Sounders FC. Since then all he's done is play with maximum effort in a plethora of roles while earning a fifth season as a pro. That role divirsity is his biggest strength and something that he has in buckets. Estrada goes hard and is not concerned with being classified as a "forward." He's just a soccer player doing soccer-y things.

Offense: Most of David's skills belong in the attack. He's a decent short to medium passer. He understands where to be and when. He puts shots on target and forces defenses to react. Decent dribbler, enough to beat some MLS talent with moves. Not a set-play threat except when picking up pieces after rebounds and ricochets.

Defense: Decent positional awareness, no matter what position that is. Not a great tackler, but offers enough body to slow down attacks and allow Seattle's defense to reset. Almost never goes to ground. Has filled in at right back in reserve situations.

Physique: Surprisingly strong for his size. Incredibly fit and has played back-to-back games in 1st team and Reserve action. Fast without the ball. Willing to use his body to gain advantages.

Best Case 2014: A couple goals early while filling in for an injured player should result in a surge in playing time.