Sounders v. Columbus player ratings

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Team performed well, with the exception of a couple heartbreaking decisions.

Editor's Note: There's a change from the last few weeks. The form will now be listed above Scott's ratings so that inputs can be taken with less influence from his ratings.

I'll just start this week's ratings by saying I don't give referee ratings. I know a lot of you are pretty upset with the referee, but that's not the point of this exercise.

Despite the loss, I can't say that I thought the team was poor, with the exception of one or two obvious moments.

Anyway, on to the player ratings.

Stefan Frei: 6. One really great save for Stefan, and some commanding control in the box, at times.

DeAndre Yedlin: 6. DeAndre's defense is better than last year by a considerable margin, and he recovers from going forward rather remarkably. I only marked him down for one piece of play above and beyond what you would want or expect from your right back. He had two marks to the negative, perhaps because he led the team in tackles lost. His recovery speed continues to be his greatest asset, thankfully.

Chad Marshall: 6. Chad did not have a negative mark on his ledger until the final play, where everyone got one from me. I thought he was good, if not dominant, in this game. He clearly is the team's best defender at this point.

Djimi Traore: 5. I'm not sure what Djimi was thinking on the foul that led to the red card. I suppose you could argue that he believed he had to do something less Dominic Oduro get off a clean shot. Perhaps he would have been better leaving it to the keeper to handle though. The other part of the discussion on the red card and penalty is whether Oduro was onside or not. I'll just say this: He was clearly offside until Djimi stepped back. Watching it on replay I would say he was probably still slightly off when the ball was headed in, maybe by the size of his fist. I can see why a linesman might miss that. If Djimi had held his line, though, it wouldn't be close enough to debate. You can watch the play over and over if you want at http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2014/03/29/red-card-djimi-traore-ejected-foul-box and make up your own mind on offside or onside and foul or not.

Dylan Remick: 6. Here is the thing about Dylan, and this is a theme in my ratings so far this year, he is a monster going forward. I had him at a plus-5 in the first half in my markups for exceptional plays. Four of those five were for offensive contributions. I had him at minus-2 in the second half, when he hardly went forward at all. I thought he was good in this game and did not show the obvious flaws he showed last week. He was not beaten easily on his wing. He is still a better fullback in the attack than when defending, but it seems to be getting better.

Osvaldo Alonso: 8. MOTM. Ozzie hardly ever makes a mistake - a giveaway, a hospital ball, an errant pass. I recall at one point he put a 30-yard pass switching play right on to DeAndre Yedlin's foot. That is a rare ability in MLS. In all, Ozzie completed 90 percent of his 51 passes, according to the Opta numbers. Meanwhile he led the team in tackles and passes intercepted. I didn't give Ozzie any negative marks at all in this one. Another great performance from Ozzie.

Gonzalo Pineda: 7. Gonzalo was the most active player in the game in terms of my marks. He had only a couple obviously poor giveaways to go with tons of positive plays - good passing, calmness on the ball, a couple of impressive free kicks. I am starting to believe he should start even when Evans and Dempsey are back.

Michael Azira: 5. Michael was fine in his first MLS start. He had a couple of turnovers that were probably not necessary, just poor passes, but he also had a couple nice tackles. I hope if he plays more we will see better passing and see him more in the game. It's telling that the stats show he only completed 18 successful passes. Compare that to 46 for Alonso and 37 for Pineda.

Lamar Neagle: 6. Once again Lamar ran his tail off. He is an extremely hard-worker. The question becomes when will he score a goal? This team needs him to start scoring from all of those chances he is creating. Even Lamar knows this as he is quoted as saying so in his post-game comments. Finishing is an art form. Creating chances is important, but creating chances without ever finishing them isn't going to win games.

Kenny Cooper: 6. I loved Kenny's efforts early. His goal came from one of several spectacular long counter-attack runs in the first half. I knocked him down a bit for a couple of cheap giveaways later in that half. And then, of course, he was the player sacrificed to get another defender on after Traore's red card, which is a real shame. Maybe he had another goal in him.

Obafemi Martins: 6. Sometimes I can feel the frustration from Obafemi through my TV screen. He just wants someone to give him the perfect pass so he can finish. It isn't happening very often, and I think sometimes he makes things harder than they have to be. I noticed two really obvious turnovers this game where he seemed to be trying to do too much rather than looking for a simple pass. Still, he played well in this game. Nothing spectacular, but a good performance.

Subs:

Jalil Anibaba (60th minute): 5. Jalil wasn't bad by any stretch, but he did very little over his 30-minute shift, thus the "adequate" rating here. He had one important clearance and one giveaway.

Sean Okoli (76th minute): 5. Very little impact in his 15 minutes or so. To be fair he spent much of it as a lone striker during a time the team was trying mostly to kill the clock.

Leo Gonzalez (86th minute): Incomplete. Leo did not play long enough to really judge his efforts in any meaningful way.

Here is a key to the standard 1-10 scale.

1. Horrible
2. Awful 
3. Poor
4. Flawed
5. Adequate
6. Good
7. Very good
8. Great
9. Superb
10. World Class

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