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Player Profile: #13 Chad Barrett

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Sometimes you need a swashbuckler. Other times you need a brute. Barrett is a soccer brute, and he had a damn good year as one.

Mike Russell

Chad Barrett's been in MLS for quite some time since he was on the Sigi Schmid feeder team known as the US U20s. His stops at four other MLS sides and a Norwegian team always showed promise, but there was a lot of not quite. Sure, he had seven MLS goals with both LA and TFC (matching that this year), but the joy even in limited minutes was obvious. Barrett found his place as the third forward on a Shield winning squad.

He's back with Seattle Sounders FC in 2015, and at 29-30 his purpose is to rest the premier forwards during Cup and CCL play.

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Offense:

Rushes in straight lines quite well. Not fast, but willing to smash through tight spaces. Not a good passer, but adequate with short balls. Should not be in positions to cross. Plays within his game. Can be tertiary threat as set-piece target.

Defense:

Usually comes in with plenty in his motor and will use that to harry the opposition backline. Does so effectively and rarely fouls. Is not a good marker in set-piece situations, but has the body to clog space.

Physique:

He's ripped and willing to use it. Not particularly fast, but has good endurance and is a willing runner.

Best Case 2015:

Third forward in MLS play and a starter in a long Open Cup and CCL run. That probably gets him the same amount of minutes, but there should not be an expectation of nine goals in 2015.