Hunter Freeman was kind of like Luis Zapata, except on the right side of the pitch. Oh yeah, he was also better at soccer for the most part.
Through the month of December, Burgundy Wave will do a short review of every player who received even a paltry sum of minutes in 2012. We start with the goalkeepers and then move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Hunter Freeman.
Name: Hunter Freeman
Stats: 5 assists
I don't think anyone expected anything amazing out of Hunter Freeman this season, honestly. When the FO picked him up in the Re-Entry Draft, he was supposed to just be a guy to back up Kosuke Kimura all year.
Well, that obviously didn't end up happening. Kosuke floundered in Oscar Pareja's system, while Freeman managed to pick himself up and turn into a half-decent all around footballer at right back. Hunter was one of the best on the team when it came to finding guys in the box for assists, ending the season with 5. The real problem was his defense, which flipped from decent to awful in the blink of an eye going from game to game. Basically, he was Luis Zapata except with better defensive performances and more luck in the offense.
If the good had shone through more than the bad, the defense might have been a tad better through the year. As an attacking fullback though, he did his job and did it well.
I'm not sure I trust Freeman to be an everyday starter on the team for the future, but as a backup, considering what he showed us this year, I doubt we could have many complaints about him sticking around with the team in the same capacity as his play for the Dynamo.
PLAYER RATING: 4.5
.GIF TO SUM UP HIS SEASON:
You never knew quite what Freeman would do. Maybe that's exciting.