VMP 2016 Final Countdown #13: Eriq Zavaleta
Duncan: 15 – Did a decent job at the back alongside Moor. Unspectacular, generally unmemorable, but those are both good things for defenders.
The nifty nephew (don’t call him that though) had himself a decent season really didn’t he? not at first obviously, but as the season wore on and after Perquis had left he got more and more playing time and ended up becoming an ever present alongside Moor and Hagglund in that back 3. There’s precious little I can remember from him really, there’s nothing outrageous that sticks in my head, and for a central defender you really can’t complain about that, even if it does make for a dull writeup of his season. He certainly did a good job keeping the American Jordan Morris, Jordan Morris, quiet in the cup final
Here’s a bit of what I wrote about him after the 2015 season:
Tony: 13 – Not just family but a decent MLS defender. Prefer as depth but solid.
Kristin: 14 – The nifty nephew did better than I expected; looked solid in the back 3 – would still prefer an experienced CB next to Moor but good to see him develop over the season.
Mark: 12 – Found a role in the back along side Moor and benefited from his leadership. Has done very well for himself.
Mark HSV: Really improved this season with Drew Moor beside him and became part of the surprisingly solid 3-man defense for the playoffs. Great to have a solid young defender starting for TFC.
Duane: Vanney’s second best accomplishment
Mel: Getting better each year
Jen: I remember him on the field and very little else about him
Richard: Improved but still learning. Wish he was more Pablo than Eriq 😉