A funny thing happened as Seattle Sounders FC shot up the standings. Individual players are now performing at a high level on the season, some in surprising ways. Both traditional and less traditional metrics see Sounders players in the top 20 league wide. The winning streak itself is fueled by Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales.
Key Catalysts: Evans and Rosales Keep It Going
Two key contributors have helped sparked Seattle's three-game winning streak. Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales have each recorded a goal or assist in the past three outings, which is the third-longest active streak in MLS. Evans has scored twice and has recorded two assists in the three-game stretch, tying the team-lead with five assists and matching his career-high. Rosales has one goal and two assists, matching Evans for the team-lead. Sounders FC is now 22-2-7 all-time when Rosales scores or assists.
Consecutive Games with a Goal/Assist - Active
No. Player, Team Start Date
6 Alvaro Saborio, RSL April 20
4 Luis Silva, DC July 3
3 Brad Evans, SEA July 28
3 Mauro Rosales, SEA July 28
3 Mike Magee, CHI July 20
3 Patrick Nyarko, CHI July 14
Rosales and Evans are tied for 17th in assists. Mauro is tied for 4th in Game-Winning Assists. Martins is tied for 10th in goals scored, tied for third in Game-Winning Goals and is 6th among players with five or more goals in scoring percentage. Michael Gspurning is tied for 10th in shutouts and 7th in Goals Against Average among primary starting keepers.
There are interesting things happening in less traditional stats as well.
Eddie Johnson, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Zach Scott are all in the top 20 for aerial duels won among qualified players. Osvaldo Alonso has the second best pass completion rate. Alonso, Leo Gonzalez and DeAndre Yedlin are in the top 18 for tackles per game. Djimi Traore, Yedlin and Hurtado are in the top seven for tackles. Traore, Hurtado and Carrasco are in the top 19 for blocked shots.
Rosales is 19th for key passes per match. Alonso is the 4th most effective dribbler in MLS. Rosales completes the 7th most accurate crosses per game. Alonso is 8th for completed long balls per match and the only Sounder in the top 20.
It is not really a surprise that a team that acquires the third most available points per match floods various basic statistical measurements of success. It may be a surprise if you think the Sounders weren't talented enough to be an MLS Cup contender before adding Dempsey.