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Player Profile: #21 Aaron Kovar

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He may be the "other" quite often. Kovar was less heralded than Sean Okoli when they signed together, and now he's the non-Morris Stanford product. But he's also not a forward, and the Sounders Academy is heavy with forwards. That last bit will have the greatest effect on his future.

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Aaron Kovar saw 777 minutes in 2014, split between OC Blues, Sounders Reserves and the first team in MLS and US Open Cup play. The Homegrown Player split time between left midfield and left back. Next year will be his second with Seattle Sounders FC after two seasons with the Stanford Cardinal, where he had 5 goals and 8 assists.

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Offense:

Needs to pass within himself. He is too often looking for the ideal play rather than the simple one. Hugs the touchline quite well, keeping play wide. This is true in attack whether playing as a mid or a back. Tested as a central midfielder a bit as well. Not a scorer. Top three in set-piece service on the squad.

Defense:

On-ball defense is quite good. Positional awareness needs to develop as a left back, but is adequate in midfield. Plays as a safety in threatening dead ball situations.

Physique:

Quite fast, both in his initial step and over distance. Does get knocked off the ball a bit. He is a willing tackler.

Best Case 2015:

This could go two ways, both almost certainly mean he starts the season with S2.

  1. As a left mid, he becomes the regular, traditional winger for the USL Pro side with rare calls to the first team.
  2. As a left back he becomes the regular, left-sided attacking full back that defines play on that side like Yedlin did on the right. At LB he almost certainly won't get a call to the first team.