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Obafemi Martins wins yet another man of the match from readers as his case for league MVP grows stronger week-by-week.

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Obafemi Martins won yet another man of the match from Sounder at Heart readers for his performance in the Seattle Sounders 4-1 victory over Colorado Rapids last weekend - his third in four games.

Martins received an average score of 8.59 from the nearly 240 ratings entered by the community for the game, one of the highest scores of the season for any Sounder in any game.

Clint Dempsey, Marco Pappa, Osvaldo Alonso and Lamar Neagle all received average ratings of more than 7, and both Michael Azira and Chad Marshall received scores close to 7 as readers showed general pleasure with the easy win over the Rapids.

Read on to see the full set of scores from the community 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 6.50 (7) -0.50

DeAndre Yedlin: 6.09 (6) +0.09

Chad Marshall: 6.69 (6) +0.69 My personal goal for Friday's game is to pay closer attention to Chad's play. I have the sense that perhaps I have become so used to his great defending that I'm perhaps taking it for granted in my notebook as I watch the game. I'm going to check that bias and see how it responds when I'm consciously trying not to shortchange his efforts.

Jalil Anibaba: 5.53 (6) -0.47

Brad Evans: 6.09 (6) +0.09

Osvaldo Alonso: 7.26 (8) -0.74 Ozzie received a mostly 7s and 8s for his stellar performance in this game, with a light sprinkling of 9s. Then there was the one person who gave him a 5. I don't generally call out individual scores, but I can't understand a 5 for Ozzie in this one. He completed 53 of his 55 pass attempts, led the team in tackles and basically dictated the entire game in the midfield. The person who gave Ozzie a 5 also gave 5s to Frei, the entire backline and Azira. Then the scores went up as you moved forward, with Pappa and Neagle earning 6s, Dempsey a 7 and Martins an 8. Love to hear the thoughts behind this. Is there a sense that giving up one goal to Colorado at home is too many? No judgment, everyone has the right to their opinion, just mighty curious.

Michael Azira: 6.80 (6) +0.80 In two games Michael has really grown in SaH readers ‘eyes. The key to this score, if I read your comments correctly, was that Michael was rock solid in a defending role in the center of the midfield while still offering crisp passing and smart positioning.

Marco Pappa: 7.75 (7) +0.75 This score is a bit higher than mine, but I'm fine with it. My feeling the past couple weeks is that Marco has really grown in his role with this team, being much more involved with the dynamic Dempsey-Martins partnership, feeding both of them in places where they can be most successful. Earlier in the year I had the sense that, with the exception of crosses, he wasn't quite on the same page with the forwards. I don't feel that way at all now. He is part of the great pass-combining, goal-scoring hydra in full now, and I think his role as mostly a person springing the strikers with great passes is absolutely invaluable if this team is going to win the Supporters Shield and/or MLS Cup.

Lamar Neagle: 7.10 (7) +0.10

Clint Dempsey: 7.88 (8) -0.12

Obafemi Martins: 8.59 (8) +0.59

Subs

Andy Rose: (69th minute) 5.79 (5) +0.79

Kenny Cooper: (91st minute) 5.27 (incomplete) ~

The key to the 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