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Player Profile #12: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

From the greatest defender on the team to someone who is capable of greatness and of folly. JKH's 2013 prevents the community XI from being an actual XI.

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It was the best of seasons; it was the worst of seasons. Welcome to 2013 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado where he went months looking like the player that was the Sounder at Heart Defensive Player of 2009 to a guy who is on retention funds and capable of having horrible matches.

#12 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Nat'l Affil Colombia Age 29
Years Pro 10 Years Sounder 5
Pos/Role Center-back
MLS (+Playoff) Stats CCL/USOC Stats Reserve Stats
Apps 30 3 4
Starts 28 3 3
Mins 2513 270 307
G 0 0 0
A 0 0 0
PP/90 -- -- --
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Net Shot Rate Net Duel Rate
Total 61% -1.30 2.21
Team Rank 12th 21st 3rd

#12 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado

In 2009 he was the lesser of the Colombians brought in by Adrian Hanauer. Except that he was also quite good.  He was a fringe candidate for league Defender of the Year and looked to be one of the best loan grabs of MLS 3.0. After his injury things changed. It took a while to get back to that overall level. In 2013 there were indications that he was all the way back. He was not.

Offense: No Seattle Sounders FC centerback is as good with the ball at their feet. He can pass, dribble and even enter the attack. For a CB he does all these things well. Prone to long balls when pressured he will also use a dribble to escape laughable attempts to take the rock away from him. Good target on corners though does not convert often enough to be a primary or secondary head.

Defense: Positional awareness is good except when beaten. Will go to ground in attempts to catch an opponenent that is past him and then it's 1-on-1 with the keeper. Is beaten by speed not skill, particularly lateral quickness. Uses shoulders well. If within the opposition's touch radius JKH will win the ball. Prone to mental lapses both in run-on-play and dead-ball situations. On average a good MLS CB. Rarely performs at that average instead is great most of the time and the reason for losses a couple matches a year.

Physique: Strong for the MLS level, using that to win balls. Good leaper who can get height even in traffic. Fast going in straight lines but never recovered the lateral quickness after the knee injury.

Best Case 2014: He pairs well with a Marshall style CB and so should see even more starts, as long as he keeps mentally focused. Jhon is capable of being one of the top 10 defenders in the league by just eliminating two games a season with errors.

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