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2015 Player Profile #26: Darwin Jones

The former Academy star has yet to rise to the occasion in MLS.

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During the Dire Days Darwin Jones got his opportunity. Unfortunately, like all attacking players during that stretch, not much came of it. The UW graduate and Homegrown Player is known for his speed and tenacity. One more tool will need to emerge in 2016 in order for him to get more time with the 1st team rather than down in Tukwila with S2.

Rank: 26 | Age: 23 | Starts: 2 | Appearances: 12 for 241 minutes | Bench: 14
all comps 1st team

Offense:

Quick on his feet with a nose for goal, will sometimes ignore the easy pass to try to force the situation. Better cutting in from a flank where his speed gets him space rather than just another defender in the crowd around the net. Jones is powerful with both feet. Decent with short passes in tight, but doesn't look for it often enough. Should not be involved in set-pieces.

Defense:

Tenacious and willing to defend after turnovers. His engine will not quit on a play. Has enough tactical awareness to help force opponent to use certain parts of the field. On set-pieces he should be the release starting a counter.

Physique:

Has enough body to win challenges, his low center of gravity aids ball winning. Good speed and quickness. Though short his height isn't an issue.

Best Case 2016:

There will be opportunities for a forward to get playing time. If Seattle moves to a 4-3-3 Darwin will succeed on the wings, especially the left where he had some time in college. If Jones breaks out it will look like Fucito's 2011 with success in secondary competitions, a couple goals in MLS play and a great Sounders' record in starts.

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