Defender Tyson Wahl Signs With Crew

Larry French

The Crew can finally fill out a back line with the addition of Wahl.

The Crew announced they signed Tyson Wahl today. The seven year veteran split time with the Montreal Impact and Colorado Rapids last season after playing three seasons with the Seattle Sounders. The left footed Wahl has played left back and center back in his MLS career.

Fellow SBNation soccer writers Sofiane Benzaza and Chris "UZ" White were nice enough to give a brief scouting report of the type of player that Wahl is.

Benzaza of Mount Royal Soccer recounted his time in Impact blue.

Coming in via trade for allocation money from the Seattle Sounders, Tyson Wahl was also familiar to expansion draft pickups. When with Sporting Kansas City in 2008, the Seattle Sounders picked him up during its expansion draft. With 70+ games in MLS as a left back and central defender, Tyson Wahl was a good commodity for an expansion club having played 11 games that he all started early in the season with the Impact.

Wahl was not a stellar player and was a tad aggressive in his own box. With some previously proven offensive qualities with the Sounders, his game was more conservative as a defender. He lost his spot to the return of Nelson Rivas from injury. After a switch in formation for the club and so many healthy central defenders, Wahl did not have a place anymore.

Chris 'UZ' White of the Burgundy Wave saw a little of Wahl in his short stint with the Rapids.

How much you're going to like Tyson Wahl depends on how much you intend to use Tyson Wahl. Wahl is the type of player who is great to have around as a back-up left back, mainly if you're looking for a good attacking presence to stick into the line-up late in games. He has never had the best defensive abilities, letting guys get past him just a tad too often and lacking the man-marking ability of a really good defender. That's not to say he's going to blow every chance that comes his way of course, (he's no Scott Palguta!) but it wouldn't hurt to be prepared to see your keeper take a shot or two extra if he's playing the full 90. Where he makes his pay is on the offense: on set pieces and crosses, you're looking at a guy who shouldn't cost you too much money but should provide some solid attacking mettle. Somewhat one-dimensional; just hope you won't have to start him very often and you should enjoy his services.

Wahl's chief attribute appears to be his ability to get forward and his size (6'2") and skill on dead ball situations rather than his defensive prowess. He has rarely been a first choice starter in the league. His best total is 22 starts with the Sounders in 2011.

He appears to be more of a depth player for the team and likely signed for around his salary last year, $65,000. He can fill in at left back and center back. Brian Bliss summed it up this way to theCrew.com's Cody Sharrett

We've put our depth chart together, and right now [Wahl] is penciled in at starting left back. We're obviously looking to address the left side, as we have been since November. We've got some things in the works, but sometimes things go afoul and don't work out.

If they don't work out, Tyson is our guy at left back.

That's may not be a ringing endorsement, but probably a very accurate statement. The Crew signed defensive cover today.

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