Player name: Chandler Hoffman
Position: Central Forward
Last club: Louisville City FC
One thing you need to know
Since signing a Generation Adidas contract with MLS following his junior season at UCLA in 2012, journeyman Chandler Hoffman has made appearances for three MLS sides and 4 more USL sides before joining the Monarchs for the 2017 season.
What he brings to the team
Chandler Hoffman joins the Monarchs following a single season with Louisville City FC where he led the team with 15 goals in league play and another in the US Open Cup. However, 14 of those goals came in the first 4 months of the season and by season end Chandler had lost his starting role.
An established, if streaky, goal scorer Hoffman has struggled to find a situation that will offer the consistent playing time needed to take the next step in his career. Quite similar in style to Yura Movsisian, Chandler is not a post up forward by nature preferring to make slashing runs and rely upon service from his teammates. When the service arrives, goals follow.
“As a player, that’s what you want to be,” Hoffman said after converting a PK against rival FC Cincinnati last season. “You want to be able to step up in big moments. Some players shy away from taking penalties but I’ve always had the confidence that I’m going to score the goal. As soon as we got the PK, I knew that I wanted to take it.”
Why you should be excited
With the changes made in the Real Monarchs roster following the 2016 season, it is not unreasonable to expect the Monarchs to score more than the 31 goals they netted in 2016. If Hoffman can get the minutes and find a way to stay hot for an entire season, he could easily blast past Ricardo Velazco and Max Rauhofer to become the all time leader scorer of the Monarchs.
Keep an eye open for how well Hoffman can link his runs up with those of the attacking midfielders and wingers. If they can get in a rhythm earlier in the season the goals will begin to flow and Chandler will have the minutes he needs.
Predictions for 2017
- Chandler will exceed 1500 minutes in appearances for the Monarchs.
- Hoffman have at least one hot streak scoring 5 goals in four matches.
- Chandler will make a run at double digit goals again this year.