6. Anchoring the Midfield
Seattle’s central midfield may not boast the star power of it’s attacking players, but it’s a formidable group nonetheless. Osvaldo Alonso is likely the first name on the team sheet for any game that he is eligible, and El Corazón’s contributions will once again be crucial to Seattle’s tactical approach. Brad Evans had his best season for the club in 2012, providing consistent play in the box-to-box role for much of the season and thriving in a super-utility role after the arrival of Christian Tiffert midway through the year.
How Evans is utilized with the arrival of Joseph remains to be seen, but given Sigi Schmid’s demonstrated ability to juggle the lineup it seems a decent bet that both will get regular minutes. Andy Rose was a pleasant surprise for Seattle in 2012, and he once again figures to provide cover for both central midfield positions, while Servando Carrasco’s defensive abilities make him a solid late-game or situational option.