Signed to add veteran depth in central midfield Nathan Sturgis eventually lost the competition for minutes to Cristian Roldan. Sturgis was on the bench a fair amount, but his services were not needed on the first team or on S2. He is 29 and now a free agent.
The ranking is based on several hundred Sounder at Heart readers’ votes. Realio rated every single MLS regular season and playoff game as well as the two CONCACAF Champions League matches. He did not rate USL or USOC play.
Nathan Sturgis 2016
At his best Sturgis maintains possession through mostly lateral play. He is unlikely to enter the final third. He is no longer is role flexible and contributes either as a defensive mid or box-to-box player. Not a threat in the air or in set-piece situations.
Can be beaten with speed or trickery when one-on-one. Reads a game well and is a veteran presence able to help the rest of the midfield maintain composure. Unable to help on set-piece targets.
Sturgis is losing speed, but still has stamina. Height can be a disadvantage.
Best Case 2016:
Replacement level player somewhere else in MLS. He is currently a free agent.