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Seattle Sounders 2016 Season Preview
Posted By: Chris Ransom on 2/20/2016
The Seattle Sounders were stacked at both forward and midfield. That may not be the case though in 2016.
Obamfemi Martins led the Sounders with 17 goals and 13 assists in 2014. The Sounders main striker only had 15 goals and 6 assists. Clint Dempsey had 10 goals and 10 assists at left wing. He's expected to move up to secondary striker though in 2016, but he could end up playing left wing again. I think Jordan Morris at left wing and Dempsey as a secondary striker gives Seattle their best chance to win.
Chad Barrett and Marco Pappa are both gone. Other midfielders like Lamar Neagle and Gonzalo Pineda opted out of their contracts.
Seattle lost a lot of quality players at midfield. Christian Roldan will have to step up in year 2 after the Sounders traded up to get him in the 2015 MLS Super Draft.
The Sounders got Joevin Jones at left back. The Sounders could still use some upgrades at right back and center back plus this team is thin at midfielder after having more depth at midfield than any other MLS team the last two years.
Despite a shaky defense one thing the Sounders have going for them is an abundance of depth at goalie. You have Stefan Frei who had 99 saves on 149 shots faced and 9 shutouts returning as your starting goalie. Tyler Miller will be promoted from the USL to Seattle.
Prediction: Seattle lost so much talent at midfielder and only made one defensive upgrade with Joevin Jones. I would not be surprised if Seattle regressed like Real Salt Lake did in 2015. Even if the Sounders return to the MLS Playoffs, it's hard to see them winning a game.
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