When searching for a No. 9 in the transfer market, coaches understandably have finishing ability atop their requirement list. But a striker’s defensive work rate and commitment is often not too far behind.
That’s especially the case for Sporting Kansas City, whose big offseason acquisition was Mexican striker Alan Pulido. The returns are promising through the first two games of 2020, too, since Pulido has two goals and one assist.
But for a high-pressing team such as SKC, who lead MLS in high presses by team (171), Pulido’s individual pressing ability is also encouraging. He’s attempted 76 high presses himself, accounting for over 40 percent of his team’s efforts.