Plagued by injury in 2016 Dylan Remick’s time as the Seattle Sounders backup left back came to an end shortly after winning MLS Cup. Remick is now with the Houston Dynamo where he will be the understudy of DaMarcus Beasley. At 25 this is the year when Dylan will need to take a step forward, especially since RunDMB cannot play forever.
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.
Dylan Remick 2016
Needs to improve crossing to better integrate into the attacking third. Remick times his surges forward well, but helps more in possession than goal scoring. Doesn’t have a good long ball, so square passes tend to dominate his touches. Not useful in set-piece situations, except as a safety to prevent a counter.
Good reading of the game. Remick’s largest contributions are in defensive positioning and recovery. Strong enough on-ball defense to help a team lock a game down. Contributes well in possession-as-defense systems.
Great endurance that enables forward runs deep into games. First step is a bit slow, but when he gets going is faster than almost all MLS players. Slight build that doesn’t take contact well which allows him to be knocked off the ball easily.
2016 was a tale of two seasons for the Sounders, and some players factored much more into the first half than the second. Dylan Remick was one of those players. Remick played in nearly half of the twelve games that Sigi Schmid coached (45%) before appearing just once for coach Schmetzer (7%). This drop is likely due to a continuing inability to stay healthy for a whole season, which included a concussion that hampered his training late in the year. He will turn 26 this year and is still looking to break into a consistent starting role.
When healthy, Remick was a solid, if unspectacular, left back. His 10 appearances averaged out to a respectable 5.9 and this was indicative of his near MLS average play throughout the year. Dylan was equally rated in nearly every appearance, with little variation. Many fans were less sold on Remick than I was, and a big criticism of his play is the inability to add much going forward. I agree with this assessment, and when in direct comparison with incumbent left back Joevin Jones the attacking discrepancy is clear. However, when judging Dylan against MLS average play, I thought Remick more than held his own this season and showed good 1v1 defense as well as improved spacing. The lowest grades Remick received this season were 5’s against Colorado at home and Portland away. His best game came against NYRB where I gave him a 7 for strong defense and some improved attacking play. Unfortunately, Dylan’s improvement gets stunted every season by repetitive injuries, and this makes it very hard to know if he has plateaued in his development or still has more potential for growth. I believe this frustration is part of what made Dylan expendable.
Houston has obtained a solid defensive left back who won’t give a lot going forward and needs to improve his variance in crossing. Dylan can give MLS average performances when healthy, but that isn’t a given for Remick.
Best Case 2017:
Remick’s opportunity to break into a full time role almost certain depends on RunDMB’s health. If Beasley goes down Dylan must capture the opportunity.