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Final Exams: Mikey Ambrose

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Taking a look at the young defender’s season and how he’ll play moving forward.

MLS: Orlando City SC at Atlanta United FC John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Ambrose joined Atlanta United via the 7th pick in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft. Before this, the 24-year-old played a season with Orlando City SC and Orlando City B.

Mikey Ambrose

Position: Fullback

Games: 7 Appearances, 2 starts (260 Minutes)

Goals/Assists: 0

Passing: 74% Pass Accuracy (WhoScored)

Defensive (Per WhoScored): 0.3 Tackles per game, 1.4 Clearances per game, 0.5 Interceptions per game.

What went right this season?

Ambrose had times where he would position himself nicely with his ball skills and be able to move the attack forward or at least draw a foul and usually got good width on the attack to create space. Defensively, his positioning was solid, getting in front of shots around his area.

What does he need to improve on?

Ambrose had zero assists last season because he wasn’t able to create a lot on his crosses like he had in college. Improvement of his crosses will make defenders defend him more closely which, in turn, creates more space for others. Defensively he lacked the strength/aggression at times to hold off attackers, letting them get by him relatively easy, which put Gonzalez Pirez and Parkhurst in difficult spots.

What is his role for next season?

With the return of Greg Garza on a permanent deal, Ambrose will certainly be in a reserve role once again if he survives the Expansion Draft. While Tata Martino went with McCann to fill in for Garza when he was injured, I’d think he rather have a more true left-back to fill that role next season.

Overall Player Rating: C-

Stats are from MLSSoccer.com unless otherwise noted