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2015 Player Profile #14: Oniel Fisher

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Another lower draft pick that has performed well for Sounders FC. Fisher adapted well enough to the pro level to become the starting left back.

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When Oniel Fisher joined the squad the thought was that he would be a decent back up right back, maybe play some USOC and Group Stage CCL. Instead, what he did was win the starting job on the left. The University of New Mexico product had a 2015 that showed Seattle drafts well, just not in spots where anyone is expected to do so.

Rank: 14 | Age: 24 | Starts: 13 | Appearances: 17 for 1264 minutes | Bench: 11 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0

all comps, 1st team

Offense:

Displayed no left footed cross, which is a problem when he's a left back. On the right his crossing skill looked adequate. Oniel gets forward well with good speed and positioning, again more suited to the right side. Not one that will look to shoot, even if in the area. Lacks creative dribbling. Should only be a safety on a dead ball.

Defense:

Better positioning than Remick, particularly in on-man defensive situations. Does not often go to ground. Fisher is a swift player who uses speed to make up for positioning errors. Needs to learn to use the touchline as defensive help. Does well to limit entry into the area. A quality safety on set-pieces.

Physique:

Fast and small, can be beat by body-ing. Will need to build some upper body and core strength to help in shoulder and hip tackling.

Best Case 2016:

He will start as Mears backup but should get USOC, S2 and sub time.