Tacoma Defiance have added one other participant to the now rising contingent of gamers from inside the Seattle Sounders group out on mortgage. Azriel Gonzalez joins Sota Kitahara, at present loaned to FC Pinzgau Saalfelden of the Austrian third division, as these loaned out by Tacoma Defiance. Gonzalez has been loaned to FC Edmonton for the rest of 2021 the place he’ll hope to see extra of the sphere than he has to this point this season with Tacoma. Sounders first-teamers Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Pinzgau), Shandon Hopeau (San Antonio FC) and Trey Muse (San Diego Loyal) are additionally out on mortgage.
FC Edmonton’s Head Coach Alan Koch had optimistic phrases on Gonzalez’s addition to the squad: “Azriel is a wonderful younger participant who has proven important development inside the Seattle Sounders group. We’re excited to show him to a brand new atmosphere and to assist him in his growth to push him to even increased ranges, and we count on him to have a big impression as an Eddie this season.”
Gonzalez first signed knowledgeable contract with Sounders 2 in 2017, and has collected a complete of 69 appearances with the Sounders USL staff. In that point he’s contributed 10 targets and 10 assists over the course of three,714 minutes of play on the USL Championship stage.
Minutes have been tougher to come back by for Gonzalez in 2021, having solely performed 378 minutes over 8 appearances. In these restricted minutes he’s been comparatively productive, nonetheless, with 1 aim and a pair of assists and 0.71 targets+assists per 90 minutes. Gonzalez was a part of a crowded group of attacking gamers with Tacoma, as considered one of eight gamers primarily tasked with attacking roles. He joins a equally crowded group in Edmonton, the place there are seven different gamers listed as attackers on the roster, however as of but nobody participant has set themselves aside as both a aim scorer or creator. That’s mirrored within the staff’s goal-scoring document, with solely 12 targets scored by way of 11 video games.
Tacoma Defiance Head Coach Wade Webber echoed sentiments Garth Lagerwey has shared in regards to the alternative that sending younger gamers on mortgage presents for his or her development.
“All of us on the developmental aspect of the membership are excited for Azriel to have a possibility to problem himself and broaden his vary of expertise in Edmonton,” Webber stated. “Whereas his absence will likely be felt on and off the sphere, this is a crucial step for his profession as a result of he’s transferring away from what’s snug and attacking the unknown. We’re assured he can develop from this expertise.”