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Player Profile #20: Alex Caskey

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Charleston has an odd connection to Sounders FC. Alonso, Neagle and Caskey all spent time developing with the Battery. Alex is the first of that group to enter our profiles from 2013.

Otto Greule Jr

Like too many Seattle Sounders FC players Alex Caskey's season was marred by injuries. So as he saw opportunities to start as more highly regarded players went down he only managed 746 competitive minutes.

#20 Alex Caskey
Nat'l Affil USA Age 25
Years Pro 3 Years Sounder 2
Pos/Role Wide Midfielder
MLS (+Playoff) Stats CCL/USOC Stats Reserve Stats
Apps 10 4 7
Starts 5 4 7
Mins 430 316 552
G 0 0 0
A 0 0 0
PP/90 -- -- --
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Net Shot Rate Net Duel Rate
Total 62.8% 0.60 -3.14
Team Rank 8th 4th 20th

#20 Alex Caskey

One of many late round finds, Caskey took over a year to make his Seattle Sounders debut. Since that point he's been a rotational player mainly used as a wide midfielder with a smattering of time as a CAM.

Offense: Quality shuttler of the ball who does not have a cross. Mainly used as the very wide mids that Seattle has run, out there he needs to cut in to make plays that threaten goal. Not a potent shooter. Lacks a quality cross. Moves to space well as a short release. Useful player to have hanging around to pick up deflected set-plays. For a player without goals or assists in 2013 he is certainly a helpful asset in the attack.

Defense: Likes to make 50/50 balls 60/40 balls through strong efforts and willing shoulders. Will go to ground, but choosey in those times. Aware of space and willing to take it even if that move will not receive glory.

Physique: Alex looks slight and isn't fast, but he plays tough. Willing to go in tenaciously to win balls and fight through harsh play he is quite the early 21st century American player.

Best Case 2014: One of the rotational players that could gain the most from a switch to a diamond. He's got that piano carrier mentality needed for the wide spots in that role. He should look to Grabavoy as the type of player he can be.