My apologies for the tardiness of the daily post, as real life things prevented me from getting to this sooner than I anticipated this morning.
Much has been made about the defensive back line play. They rise to the challenges, such as last night for instance, but then are found lacking against teams such as Real Salt Lake and Philadelphia Union who have average attacks but the Sounders defense makes them appear so much better.
Part of that has been the sometimes abysmal, sometimes excellent play of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado who seems to have mental lapses such as his responsibility to mark Rodney Wallace who found a late header to steal points in the Sounders first meeting against Portland.
That said it hasn’t been a season without some stellar performances. He played well against San Jose and showed again why he was useful against Colorado. But other times he seemingly takes plays off and is often caught ball watching rather than marking his man.
On the other side of the coin, despite his age and skill, Zach Scott has actually performed quiet well in reserve duty at both right centreback durties as well as covering for DeAndre Yedlin at right back last night. He’s not been mistake free, but he hasn’t been terrible by any stretch of the imagination.
So I pose to you this question, even with Patrick Ianni‘s increasing likelihood of being match fitness, should Zach Scott be supplementing Jhon Kenny Hurtado more often? Should Scott be steal some of Hurtado’s minutes and has he deserved that with his early play this season?