Quick OPTA Chart Summarizing Why Colorado Lost

I could have gone into more detailed analysis of what went wrong in Seattle, but I think these two charts, detailing Deshorn Brown's and Atiba Harris's wing play highlight how everything fell apart. With Atiba Harris, Seattle had a known quantity to deal with. He is everything you do not want in a winger expected to link up to the lone center striker and/or other offensive players: He is slow, he lacks basic dribbling skills, he lacks creativity and he lacks touch. In other words, everything you do not want in that position. It allowed Seattle to save Yedlin's A$$, and double-teamed Deshorn. And let's face it, Deshorn is a North-South style striker. He uses speed, size and his strength to muscle the ball forward past his defender. What he is not is creative either in terms of breaking down players laterally (i.e - Camillo in Vancouver) or in his ability to, once in the 18, quickly pull back and make that creative pass to a player charging into the box or finding space within the 18. I think he is better suited in a 4-4-2, where he plays higher up, and is expected to receive the ball, and charge to the net, rather than play deeper, and provide a link to Torres.

And I think in these two charts, that is all born out:

Harris & Brown Successful Passing:

Keep in mind, Torres and the Seattle half-of the field is the upper part of this would not know this by looking at where their successful passes were headed.


Harris and Brown Unsuccessful Passing

And here is the direction their unsuccessful passes were directed towards.


Another genius post from a Burgundy Wave reader! Remember that this was written by a fan, not an official Burgundy Wave writer, and the content of this post might not necessarily be an official opinion of this blog's management.

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