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Cole Grossman: Growing Into His Role

Grossman shows signs of being a solid MLS role player.

Jamie Sabau

Cole Grossman, after two appearances and 12 minutes in 2011, made progress with 10 appearances and 5 starts in 2012. He joined a crowded midfield, but did enough to make his mark as a solid option in central midfield.

Grossman got to see the field during the team's epic injury crisis, seeing the field in San Jose and Seattle during the Crew's May west coast swing. He would have to wait until July to see more action, starting games against D.C., Kansas City, the Galaxy, and Houston. He'd get his only goal of the year in the Black and Gold's tie against the Dynamo on August 19th

Grossman showed some improvement as he usually played smart soccer as the link between the defense and offense. Not a classic defensive midfielder, he's at home as the two way linking player that works well with a destroyer. His tackling can be abismal as evidenced by his red card against Kansas City.

Grossman is not a starter for the Crew, but he's shown that he's a nice cog to have. He can play as in a holding role or is more at home a little further up the field. He is adapting to the pro game and trying to play a little simpler than the player who saw spot action in 2011.

Final Grade: 5 - Grossman has the chance to see the field again in 2013, but it's likely as a role player.