Chad Marshall owns FC Dallas. Yes, several other players did well in the Seattle Sounders 0-0 draw that earned them a trip to the conference championship round of the MLS Cup tournament, but Marshall was in another world, and I scored him a 9 and him my Man of the Match for the second straight game.
Brad Evans, Leo Gonzalez, Zach Scott, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins also had very good performances to push the Sounders through to the next round.
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Here is a key to the standard 1-10 scale.
7. Very good
10. World Class
Stefan Frei: 6. Stefan was good in this game, in control of his box on the rare occasion that Marshall didn't clear the attack first. I didn't rate him as highly as the game in Dallas only because the defense covered so much more and he was tested so much less, but he is still playing quite well.
DeAndre Yedlin: 6. DeAndre earned a 6 from me after only earning a plus-2 in my notebook. Don't take that as a negative, though, it's just that DeAndre stayed back and was the beneficiary of some very poor wing play by Dallas on his side of the field. He just wasn't tested much, and ended up with fewer tackles than the other defenders and a couple of the midfielders.
Chad Marshall: 9. MOTM. Chad had double-digit clearances for the second week in a row, this week with 12, and even managed a shot on goal with a decent header off a corner kick. I scored him a plus-11 in my impact plays notebook, one higher than last week. Perhaps the most telling sign of Chad's dominance is that when Dallas was desperate for a goal, Dallas pulled its most experienced striker, Blas Perez, because Chad had made him completely useless as an offensive force.
Zach Scott: 7. Zach had another very good performance, teaming with Marshall to shut down the middle. I thought the most impressive part of his performance this time was how he peeled off of next to Marshall to step up and help the midfield neutralize Mauro Diaz or step out to help Gonzalez neutralize Fabian Castillo.
Leo Gonzalez: 7. I scored Leo's performance here better than last week. Why? Well I thought he again did a reasonable job again against Castillo, and was only beaten once or twice for speed on the night. But he played a little better in some other aspects: Leo completed about 88 percent of his passes here, which trailed only Alonso for accuracy, and he had the third-highest number of tackles.
Osvaldo Alonso: 6. Ozzie was playing pretty well when he left with a hamstring injury. I loved the two or three times he took the ball and led a charge down field. His injury is a real blow for this team and we all have to hope he is back quickly.
Gonzalo Pineda: 7. The folks over at whoscored.com surprised me by naming Pineda their man of the match. I ended up raising my score for him slightly based on their statistics, especially the nine tackles they gave him credit for in the game. I have to say I really liked how he responded to the Alonso injury, staying back more and helping lock down the defense for the shutout.
Brad Evans: 7. Brad was extremely active in this one and ended up at plus-8 in my impact plays notebook, the second-highest score of the night. I knocked him down from an 8 to 7 though, after a review of the stats showed he was perhaps less effective on the whole as he was with impactful plays. Still, a very good performance here.
Marco Pappa: 6. I liked a lot of what Marco did in this game, but I will say that I was telling my girlfriend over and over in the first half that the team needed more width and to quit trying to have every attack come straight up the middle. I'm sure that is the reason Pappa was the first non-injury substitution. Neagle offers more width and less clogging in the spaces shared by Dempsey and Pineda behind Martins. Assuming everyone is healthy, I wouldn't be surprised to see Marco back to the "super sub" against the Galaxy he played so well in the two games against them at the end of the MLS season.
Clint Dempsey: 7. Clint had a couple of legitimate chances to score here and even he would say he probably needed to do a little better with those chances. Credit to Dallas keeper Chris Seitz too, though, for making a couple of spectacular stops on Dempsey shots.
Obafemi Martins: 7. I scored Oba and Dempsey the same in my impact plays notebook, though statistically speaking Dempsey was a little better in this one. Both players suffered from the fact that the Sounders really packed it in defensively the last 15 minutes or so. They were left on a two-man island, together, yet so separated from other players that any chances they created had to be on their own.
Michael Azira: (56th minute): 6. I have to admit I was worried when Michael was forced to come on for the injured Alonso. And for the first four minutes or so he seemed to just be sitting back and trying to get a feel for the game. Credit to him though that he eventually flowed into the action and I ended up scoring him with four positive plays in my impact plays notebook, a higher score than some of the starters. I feel like if the team is forced to turn to Michael to start in the future that he will probably do OK. He doesn't have the same bite as Alonso but he managed quite well against Dallas' midfield.
Lamar Neagle: (59th minute): 5. I think Lamar suffered from trying to do a little too much in this one, and I ended up scoring him a minus-1 in my impact plays notebook after several turnovers. Once the team settled into a more defensive posture he was better, helping slow down Dallas and limit their chances.
Djimi Traore: (93rd minute): incomplete.