By Mike CiprianiPublished Aug 15, 2018 12:05:28The Seattle Sounders have been busy this offseason.
The team signed veteran forward Brad Evans, signed forward Alex Muyl, acquired veteran defender Kevin Alston from the Montreal Impact and acquired defender Tyler Adams from the Houston Dynamo.
The club has also acquired two homegrown players, a young forward who is also in the United States, and a veteran defender who is in his first season in the league.
In the off-season, the team acquired three new players: forward Taylor Hunter, defender Nick LaBrocca, and midfielder Matt Reis.
The Sounders have also re-signed goalkeeper Brad Rusin, defender Alex Mares, and defender Justin Meram.
The return of players like Evans and Muyl and the addition of Meram to the roster make the Sounders’ depth even stronger this offseason, but there are still questions about where the team will find the next big pieces.
On the other hand, the roster is still loaded with players who are in their prime, including forwards and defenders who are entering their prime.
There are also a number of players on the roster who are younger than the age of 23.
So, is this team set for another playoff run?
Here are five reasons why Seattle’s future could look bright:1.
The depthThe Sounders will have a few pieces in reserve that could be used in a future playoff run.
That said, the depth in the backline is the biggest question mark, especially in a season in which the Sounders have only lost one game and will be facing the Philadelphia Union in the first round of the playoffs.
One way to determine how the backlines will hold up in a playoff run is to see how they perform in their first playoff match.
The best way to do that is to compare them to other playoff teams.
So far, only three playoff teams have had backlines with a better record than the Sounders: the New England Revolution, the Philadelphia Sounders and the San Jose Earthquakes.
The three playoff team who had a better playoff record than Seattle this season: the Vancouver Whitecaps, New England Revs and the LA Galaxy.
In fact, the Sounders did not have a backline this season that had a worse playoff record.
Seattle’s front line was worse than that of every other team in the playoffs last season, including all of the teams that played in the MLS Cup Playoffs, which was a bad season for the Sounders.
The only teams who had backline performances that were better than Seattle’s were the New York Red Bulls, the Seattle Sounders, and the New Orleans Saints.
It will be interesting to see if the back lines of the Sounders and New England can keep up the consistency of this season’s postseason run.
In addition, it will be important to see whether the depth of the back line improves as the season progresses.
For instance, is there a point at which the team has a more consistent backline, or do the team’s depth issues become more prevalent as the playoffs progress?
In order to find out, I looked at how the Sounders were playing in the postseason and how they were playing with a deeper backline in the final three games of the regular season.
Seattle played with an average depth of just four players, compared to the nine players who played in all three playoff games.
The depth was most evident in the last three games.
The team started its playoff run with a goal differential of minus-4.6, and finished with a minus-2.5 goal differential.
That is a negative goal differential in the regular campaign, and it was one of the biggest differences between the two playoff teams last season.
The goal differential was positive in both playoff games, but it was a negative differential in both of the games the Sounders lost.
In comparison, New York’s depth was more consistent.
They started the postseason with a positive goal differential, and ended with a negative point differential in each of the three playoff losses.
New York also started the playoffs with a less-than-average depth, but that difference dropped to a positive one in each game.
It is not clear how the depth would play into the playoffs, but I would be surprised if the depth did not play a significant role.
Seattle’s depth could be a positive factor, but not a major factor, if it does not continue to improve.2.
The defenseSeattle has a deep defensive corps.
The Seattle Sounders currently have the sixth-best defensive record in the entire league.
Their goal differential last season was minus-7.7.
Seattle also has the third-best goal differential against the top four teams in the Eastern Conference, which is not surprising given the importance of defending the back-line.
The Sounders also have the fourth-best penalty kill in the Western Conference, meaning the back five of Seattle’s defense can have a significant impact on the offense.
The best penalty kill team in MLS is the LA LA Galaxy, which had the fifth