Zach Ellis-Hayden

Zach Ellis-Hayden
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Defender
  • 5' 8"
  • 145 lbs.
  • 03-01-1992
  • Kitchener, Ontario

COACHES' BREAKDOWN: "Attacking RB in MLS. Good pace and can create opportunities going forward. Upside, and has gotten better. He stands out no matter the opponent. Good defender, was able to switch to CB this year and was solid. Good 1-v-1 defender, and has the speed to cover. Needs to make better decisions in the final third, needs to have more purpose on his crosses. Could get to the endline more, and sometimes puts in the cross too early. Was a forward as a kid, and has some offensive moves to take guys on 1-v-1 on the run. Can get out of pressure. Could benefit from some time in USL, but just needs to get his foot in the door and can prove himself... Not technical enough. Athletic but not technical enough ... His service is not there ... Played right back until last half of this season ... Filled in at centerback this year ... He's got a lot of pace. Very good going forward. Would take players on. Creates problems for opposition. ... Got a forward's mentality ... Likes to run at people and will unbalance people ... Athletic enough and nice-looking athlete but over a longer stretch of time he's an ordinary player in a good body."

College (Cleveland State 2010-13): First team all-Horizon League as a senior in 2013, the only Viking to start all 20 games … Registered a goal and an assist … As a junior in 2012, third team all-Great Lakes region and second team all-Horizon … Played in 20 games and tied for second on the team with four goals … As a sophomore in 2011, was the only player to start all 19 games, scoring once … as a freshman in 2010, made 19 starts and was key part of defense that recorded four shutouts.

Prep: Named Forest Heights High School team MVP in 2009 and 2010 … MVP of the Waterloo Region High School League … Selected to the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association all-star team in 2009 and 2010.

Personal: Son of Bernard Ellis and Jennifer Hayden … Has two brothers, Jonathan Henry-Hayden and Shaka Ellis, and two sisters, Melanie Henry-Hayden and Shani Ellis … Exercise/fitness specialist major.

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