There are 40 days between the first day of the 2015 MLS playoffs on October 28 and the MLS championship on December 6. Orlando City may not be in the playoffs this year, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the year that was 2015 and the highs and lows. In addition, I'll be including my evaluation of each player from the first team roster.
Day 5: Corey Ashe 2015 in Review
Over the next few days, I'll review the season statistics for each player on the 2015 Orlando City first team. We'll look at some key metrics, key moments, and my expectations for 2016. These posts are in alphabetical order, so we start with Corey Ashe.
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Season Summary: Ashe was acquired from Houston in the trade that sent Donovan Ricketts to LA Galaxy in April. Ashe slotted in to left back when he played, which was necessary with some early-season injury issues for Brek Shea that caused him to miss some games.
After Kevin Molino went down to injury in May, Ashe's presence on the team allowed Heath to push Shea up to left midfielder. Both Ashe and Shea showed great speed and range throughout the season, and Ashe's experience helped shore up the inexperienced youth that were often pressed into service due to the number of injuries and red cards that Orlando City suffered during the season.
While he didn't score, Ashe registered three assists on the season. With his speed, experience, and other intangibles he quickly became a fan favorite for Orlando City supporters.
2016 Projection: Barring a trade, I expect to see Ashe back with the Orlando City first team next year. At 29 he still has some years to contribute to an MLS side, and he has the speed that allow him to come from the back to get involved in counter-attacks that Orlando City may launch against opponents.
What are your thoughts on Corey Ashe? What was your favorite moment that he produced in 2015? Do you think he'll be back in 2016? Let me know in the comments below!