Sounder at Heart readers chose Marco Pappa as man of the match in the Seattle Sounders 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday. Pappa received a 6.62 average score from about 250 people who cast ballots for this game.
Only goalkeeper Stefan Frei also finished above 6 in a game that saw some very low scores, especially for the team's strike force. Chad Barrett received a 4.58 and Lamar Neagle a 4.21. Kenny Cooper received the lowest score, a 3.75. Substitute striker Cam Weaver received a 4.07 for his 16-minute shift. A 3 in our ratings system signifies "poor," a 4 is "flawed."
The ratings from the community were lower across the board for the starters than those that I wrote, with the exception of Pappa and Jalil Anibaba.
Here's the full look at the community ratings for the game. Reader scores follow the player's name, followed by my ratings in parenthesis and then the difference between those two numbers in italics.
Player: Average Fan Rating (Author Rating) Difference
Stefan Frei 6.13 (7) -0.87 I chose Stefan as my man of the match, with a 7 score, but readers were less impressed. I have read several comments online, generally on other websites, saying that Stefan was badly fooled on the Vancouver goal. Interested to read in the comments here whether some of you agree with that assessment. Do you feel like Stefan could have done more to keep out Vancouver's one goal.
Jalil Anibaba: 5.15 (5) +0.15
Chad Marshall: 5.88 (5) +0.88
Zach Scott: 5.34 (6) -0.64
Leo Gonzalez: 5.95 (6) -0.05
Brad Evans: 5.79 (6) -0.21 If I had to guess I'd suggest that Brad, Zach Scott and Michael Azira all suffered from the general lack of appreciation for the team's efforts this game. All of them finished above the "adequate" 5 score given when a player does OK, but nothing special, but fell short of earning the label of "good" in this one.
Michael Azira: 5.32 (6) -0.68
Lamar Neagle: 4.21 (5) -0.79 Lamar struggled in this one, and was called out by the coach on television at half-time. The readers' average here reflects that flawed performance.
Marco Pappa: 6.62 (6) +0.62
Kenny Cooper: 3.75 (4) -0.25 This is the first time this year that a player received a score this low just for being ineffective. In the other games when readers gave scores below a 4 it was for more obvious reasons, terrible giveaways that led directly to goals by both Pappa and Anibaba earlier in the season. I think the fact Cooper earned a score nearly as bad without such an obvious error shows how little he produced in this start and how frustrated Sounders supporters were with what they saw Saturday night.
Chad Barrett: 4.58 (5) -0.42
Tristan Bowen: (55th minute): 5.72 (6) -0.28
Cam Weaver (74th minute) 4.07 (4) +0.07
Aaron Kovar (72nd minute): 5.16 (incomplete) ~
The key to the 1-10 scale:
7. Very good
10. World Class