Seattle Sounders impressed with Nkufo

Seattle Sounders have been impressed with the form of new recruit Blaise Nkufo as he represents Switzerland at the World Cup.

Seattle Sounders have been impressed with the form of new recruit Blaise Nkufo as he represents Switzerland at the World Cup.

Nkufo will join the Sounders following his international obligations with the Swiss team and the MLS club, particularly midfielder Peter Vagenas, is excited about the former FC Twente striker.

“A lot of times, foreigners come into this league and maybe their style doesn’t fit in,” Vagenas said. “But he’s a bruiser, and we need some of those guys.

“This league isn’t easy, but he’s the type that likes to get his nose in front of the goal. … Maybe (he’s) not going to dazzle you with magic, but at the same time he’s going to be there when you need him. And for us, I think he’s going to be exactly what the doctor ordered.”

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was not as positive as Vagenas, but still thought Nkufo’s performance against Chile was decent.

“I thought he was OK,” Schmid said.

“… It became a more difficult game for him as a result of (the red card). Again, he did a good job of holding up the ball, allowing his team to connect off of him.

“A role of a player is different on every team, and his role for them is a guy who’s going to hold up and put others into play and not necessarily be the guy who gets put into play at the end himself. But that’s something we expect more from him when he gets here.”

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