Chad Barrett: Seattle Sounders Sniper

Chad Barrett, a savvy vet, clinically finished both his goals Saturday for the Seattle Sounders. Barrett has been around the league, Seattle is his fifth team, and has never covered himself in glory. In fact, his career goals-per-90 is only at .364. However he is truly indispensbale as Seattle’s third striker.

I was sick of seeing Barrett in the 18 for two reasons: 1) I thought last year was a anomaly when he scored 7 goals in limited action (a solid .726 goals-per-90), and his clunker in Dallas was the sober reality; 2) I wanted to see the young guns get their minutes and felt rostering Barrett was impeding their development and the team’s. I was wrong on both counts.

Barrett is a deadly finisher. His touch on both goals Saturday was stupendous. He chases the ball, opens up and one-times it, finishing tight across the keeper to the far post. Pin point. Both times. I don’t want to get hyperbolic here, but that is a world-class first touch.

On his first goal, Barrett had just beat Vancouver goalkeeper Ousted to the ball and finds the open net:

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On the second, he has ‘Caps centerback Kendall Waston crowding him and still beats the keeper:

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Neither shot was easy, but Barrett finished both. And that is what the 2015 Sounders need, a veteran option at striker. Yes, I want Jones and Mansaray to develop. Yes, the Sounders need slowly keep folding youth into the starting 11. But when Oba or Deuce are out, and they will be, Seattle needs a veteran that can get the job done. Experience, technique and savvy wins championships. We still got a score to settle with a certain piece of silverware.

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