Sounder at Heart readers picked Alonso as man of the match and he was the only Sounders player to receive a "good" rating of a 6 or higher from readers. Both Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, the team's normally impressive strikers, received scores below an "average" 5 from readers. Jalil Anibaba, Lamar Neagle and all three substitutes also averaged less than a 5 in the nearly 250 ballots submitted.
It's clear that readers were frustrated with the lack of good chances created or taken in the defeat, a game that cost the Sounders the Cascadia Cup and threated to end their nearly season-long hold on first place.
Thankfully there has been plenty of good news in the days since; including a loss by the LA Galaxy that leaves the Sounders in control of their own fate in the race for the Supporter's Shield, and the announcement of the new USL-Pro Sounders II club.
But this story is about the loss that left Sounders supporters frustrated. Read on to see the complete set of scores from Sounder at Heart readers for the loss. 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 5.01 (5) +0.01
Brad Evans: 5.13 (6) -0.87
Chad Marshall: 5.59 (6) -0.41
Jalil Anibaba: 4.62 (5) -0.38
Leo Gonzalez: 5.19 (5) +0.19
Osvaldo Alonso: 6.35 (7) -0.65
Michael Azira: 5.29 (5) +0.29
Marco Pappa: 5.19 (5) +0.19 Only Pappa, Azira and Gonzalez got scores from the community higher than what I gave them (Frei was up .01). The trend of me being high this week was also commented on in the voting thread, where one poster wondered how it was I didn't give anyone a "flawed" 4 in the loss. I'll just say I stick by the scoring system I have used all year. And none of the scores in my notebook were low enough to earn a 4 or worse from me. A 1-0 loss isn't really that bad, it's just the timing of this one that made it seem cataclysmic.
Lamar Neagle: 4.78 (5) -0.22
Clint Dempsey: 4.80 (6) -1.20 I don't have a ton of comments this week. My scores and the community scores are quite similar. Well, all except this one. I'm a little surprised Clint got such a low score here. His passing was marvelous, especially compared with the poor passing of Martins and Neagle in this game. But I do understand that strikers are paid to score, and nothing Clint did led to any real tests of the Vancouver keeper. Here's hoping he and Martins turn that around quickly this weekend.
Obafemi Martins: 4.91 (5) -0.09
Chad Barrett: (62nd minute) 4.47 (5) -0.53
Gonzalo Pineda: (66th minute) 4.75 (5) -0.25
Andy Rose: (81st minute) 4.88 (incomplete) ~
The key to the 1-10 scale:
7. Very good
10. World Class