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After being out sick for a week, I'm back in action with some Orlando City discussion for you all!
News broke yesterday from Orlando City that Mechack Jerome, a mainstay defender at the right back position, has begun his trial with Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City. There is no indication whether SKC intends to sell him off to the highest bidder. It looks like another opportunity for one of the Lions to gain higher-level experience. This will be Mechack’s second trial with a top-division club, as Orlando’s early exit from last season’s USLPro playoffs allowed the Haitian international to feature in a Reserve League match for D.C. United last September.
With a backline as solid as the one in Kansas City, including MLS Defensive Player of the Year (2012) Matt Besler, one might wonder where Jerome would fit in exactly. Would he hold down his right back position as he does with his current club? Might he move across the pitch to the left back position? Or could we possibly see a move farther up the pitch (as he seemed to take on in the D.C. Reserves, mostly due to Robbie Russell getting back to game fitness the higher priority)?
Continuing as a “wingback” is Jerome’s most likely route. Having arrived in the Midwest on trial, Chance Myers has the right back spot for Sporting pretty much locked down. You could say the same for his opposite outside back, Seth Sinovic, on the left. These would be the two main men to battle for quality time on the pitch during match day.
Let’s take a look at the blondie, Chance Myers. While he is certainly an attacking threat, which Peter Vermes looks for in his outside backs, he does not match up physically to the short, but stout, 5 foot 10, 165 pound, Mechack Jerome. Myers may have quicker feet than the Haitian, which comes in handy near that 18-yard box, but the ability to hold up the ball and body off a player is much lower. The Orlando City fullback also possesses great recovery speed which is very useful when possession is lost farther up the sideline. His physical build and nature mentioned earlier also come into play on the other side of the ball. Hard tackles will keep the ball out of your defensive third quite often.
Another option for The Lions’ player could be to switch to the other side of the field and take over Seth Senovic’s position. Although the former New England Revolution man is an attacking threat, he is not seen shooting too often. On the other hand, the young man from Liancourt, Haiti, is not even afraid to drive a right foot free kick at an AS Roma keeper (and almost score). The ability to cut in on his right foot and send a laser beam of a shot from distance could provide another shooting option for Sporting Kansas City.
It looks unlikely that Jerome would leave the backline, but he does have options to break into the squad across the width of the pitch. We wish him the best of luck and hope he brings what he learned back to the City Beautiful!
How do you think Mechack will fit into the Sporting Kansas City team? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in a comment below!