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Player Profile #17: Patrick Ianni

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Last year Ianni was 14th, this year down to 17th. That's a path that no one anticipated.

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Raise your hand if when Patrick Ianni was re-signed about this time last year you thought it meant he would play as much in the Reserves as in competitive play? Now put your hand down liars. The 2013 year is a forgotten one for Ianni as it started with injury, continued with injury and then he wasn't injured, but was the fourth centerback.

#17 Patrick Ianni
Nat'l Affil USA Age 28
Years Pro 8 Years Sounder 5
Pos/Role Center-back
MLS (+Playoff) Stats CCL/USOC Stats Reserve Stats
Apps 9 0 8
Starts 7 0 8
Mins 705 0 698
G 0 0 1
A 0 0 0
PP/90 -- -- 0.26
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Net Shot Rate Net Duel Rate
Total 39% 3.41 2.04
Team Rank 21st 1st 4th

#17 Patrick Ianni

At one point in time he had this great growth curve. He was a stud college defender getting U-20 and U-23 time. As a Generation Adidas player he rushed onto the scene and got playing time for a quality Houston side. Seattle acquired him and he went from 3rd CB to competing to be the leader. Then he broke a foot in training. Playing time disappeared. And now, he's one of several CBs that seem surplus.

Offense: For an American central defender his passing is decent, if unspectacular. Solid at threatening on set-plays. Does not get forward well. Holds ball well. Team offense works well when he plays.

Defense: More a broad shouldered battler than a fleet footed interceptor. Better on a close line than a high one. Stout positioning. Beaten via speed or guile, never strength. Solid defending dead balls. Strong ball winner.

Physique: Fragile, but well built. Not quick laterally or vertically. Good leaper, may have issues landing?

Best Case 2014: Health. A healthy Patrick Ianni at his pre-2013 form is a starting quality CB in this league. That probably means starting the season as a 3rd and lucking into time at this point.