When Seattle Sounders FC picked up Aaron Long on waivers they were in need of depth. There were injuries and loans across the backline and at defensive midfield. Since he makes the lowest wage available in MLS the thrift move made sense for value pickup and filling Reserve League time. At just 22 and somehow on the bench for a MLS Cup Playoff game Long certainly has a future. His 2014 was rather odd. He played for Portland, Seattle's reserves, OC Blues and Sacramento.
Long has yet to display the passing skill or dribbling technique to belong far up the pitch. He may be comfortable enough in these areas to be a CDM or a CB.
Long reads the game at a decent level whether as a defensive mid or a centerback. Long is effective in the air. Can be beat for speed.
Long is tall and plays with broad shoulders. His speed may be a bit of a weakness at the MLS level, but should pair well with a faster/smaller back or CDM.
Best Case 2015:
Aaron's future with Seattle is probably at centerback. To fully realize his potential he likely plays a full season with Sounders 2 learning that role.