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June 21, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Blaise Nkufo back in action for the Swiss, thoughts/reaction

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Got a second chance to watch incoming Sounders FC forward Blaise Nkufo in action with the Swiss national team this morning in a 1-0 loss to Chile. He played 68 minutes before being subbed off.

Here’s what I saw:

He definitely gets the Seattle Sounders in the broadcast. I wonder if ESPN gives the announcers an extra reminder before going on air. He also gets a lot of camera time.

He’s got decent touch on the ball. That’s something that I wasn’t able to notice in the opener in the limited times he had possession. Against Chile he had some decent passes and nearly another assist.

He’s a clear target in the penalty box on set pieces. It seemed like all the crosses on free kicks and corner kicks were headed his way. That will help Seattle, a team that gets a lot of each.

He’s not afraid to spout off to the refs. He surely did a couple times this morning. On the other hand, he was the one that helped reel in some emotional teammates when the game got chippy.

Can he finish? It would’ve been interesting to see how he would’ve handled that wide-open chance that his replacement Derdiyok had to tie the game at the end.

What did you see…?

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