Up next is Nick Hinds.
Hinds is a speedy left back with a good dribble who likes to get forward. He’s more Brad Smith than Nouhou. In 2018, Hinds split time between left back and left mid. Coach Schmetzer picked Hinds to start against Sacramento Republic FC.
“It was an honor to be selected. The coaches trusted me to play at the First Team level. It felt good to be called up and represent the club.”
That U.S. Open Cup appearance helped him improve his play.
“Playing with the First Team guys is a different experience. You don’t usually get that opportunity. You get to train with them, but it is a special opportunity to share the field with them. It had a positive impact on me last year.”
Nick is an ambitious player who joined the Sounders Academy as a high school senior. Raised in Plantation, Florida he rose in soccer stature moving from Academy to Akron and signed a pro deal after two seasons with the Zips.
Now he is a seasoned veteran who roams the touchline grass at Cheney Stadium. His home stadium has the honor of hosting a tournament more than a century old.
“It’s good for the Sounders fans in the Tacoma area who don’t get the chance to go all the way to CenturyLink – to get the opportunity to go to the game in their backyard and enjoy a game.”
Yes, Sounders FC have three left backs on the roster. International duty and rest may mean that Schmetzer nods Hinds way, as he did in 2018. If Hinds gets the call, he would inject pace from someone enthusiastic about getting involved in the attack.
Sounders FC will take on the Portland Timbers at Cheney Stadium in the 4th Round of the 2019 U.S. Open Cup. For ticket information click here.