Orlando City Copa America Break Player Grades: Seb Hines


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Orlando City center-back Seb Hines has shown week in and week out that he’s one of the Lion’s most dependable players. He’s started 11 matches for Adrian Heath’s team, the 2nd highest total on the team, behind Brek Shea’s 12 starts.

Hines has recorded; 23 successful tackles (2.09 successful tackles per match), 5th most by an Orlando City player so far, 26 interceptions (2.36 interceptions per match), 3rd most by an Orlando City player so far, 57 defensive clearances (5.18 clearances per match), by far the most by an Orlando City player so far, and 7 blocks (.64 blocks per match), 2nd most by an Orlando City player so far.

Despite being a defender, Hines has successfully completed 280 out of an attempted 353 passes, for a pretty impressive passing accuracy percentage of 79.32%.

Most Forgettable Performance:

It wasn’t very difficult to choose Hines’s worst performance of the season, but luckily for him, and us, it occurred a long time ago and Seb has already put it behind him. The game I’m referring to is the season opener against Real Salt Lake. 61,000 fans poured into the Citrus Bowl to watch their beloved Orlando City start the season off with a win and, for a while early in the match, it looked like the Lions were destined for victory.

Orlando City was the dominant team early in the match and put the Salt Lake defense in compromising positions, putting 4 shots on target in the opening 12 minutes of the match, including a Cyle Larin goal that was controversially called offside in the 7th minute.

Lion’s fans belief in the team was only intensified when, in just the 20th minute, Salt Lake left back Demar Phillips was sent off after being shown his second yellow of the match for a high challenge on Larin. We’re 20 minutes in, dominating play, and now up a man; what could possibly go wrong?

Well it turns out, a lot can go wrong because just 5 minutes after going up a man, Seb Hines was whistled for a rash tackle on RSL’s Yura Movsisyan in the penalty box, conceding a spot kick. Salt Lake’s Ecuadorian maestro, Joao Plata, stepped up and, although Joe Bendik got a glove to it, stuck it in the top left corner.

Conceding the penalty wasn’t the only reason I’m calling Hines’s performance his worst of the season.

In that match Seb; made 0 successful tackles, his worst output of the season (he’s averaged 2.30 successful tackles per match since), forced 1 interception, tied for his lowest total of the season (he’s averaged 2.50 interceptions per match since), made 1 defensive clearance, his 2nd lowest tally of the season in that category (he’s averaged 5.70 clearances per match since), and committed 4 fouls, his highest output of the season (he’s averaged 1.1 fouls per match since).

Most Memorable Performance:

Last season, it took Hines 32 matches before he scored his first goal for Orlando City, a dramatic game-winning strike against the Montreal Impact. This season, it only took 4 games for Hines to find the back of the net, and what a euphoric goal it was.

In the 13th minute of the Lion’s early season tilt against the defending champion Portland Timbers, Hines got on the end of a sumptuous free kick from Kaka, and sent the ball soaring into the back of the net to give Orlando City an early 1-0 lead in an eventual 4-1 drubbing.


All statistics quoted are taken from https://www.whoscored.com/