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Sounders at FC Dallas MLS Cup community ratings

Chad Marshall wins man of the match. Stefan Frei earns his highest score of the season.

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Sounder at Heart readers chose Chad Marshall as Man of the Match in the opening game of the MLS Cup tournament, a 1-1 draw for Seattle Sounders with FC Dallas in Texas.

Marshall received an 8.38 average rating from about 300 ballots cast. It was his second-highest score of the year, trailing only an 8.96 he received for a regular season contest against Philadelphia Union way back in May.

Stefan Frei received his highest rating of the year, topping 8 for the first time with an 8.17 average rating. Frei's second-highest rating was just a week ago, in Supporters' Shield-clinching league finale against the LA Galaxy. There isn't a better time of the year for a goalkeeper to get hot, as great keeping in a tournament can cover for a lot of other problems should they arise. He had one stop in particular in this game that preserved the draw and put the team in good shape entering Monday's second leg.

In general, readers scored the back of the Sounders formation higher than the front, with all four defenders receiving higher than a 6.5 and Ozzie Alonso earning a 7.90. But further forward Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Marco Pappa and Clint Dempsey all received scores below 6. Neagle finished below a 5, which means readers, on the whole, thought his play was less than "adequate."

Read on to see the scores from this season-capping game. Community scores are followed by my scored in parenthesis and then the difference between the two:

Player: Average Fan Rating (Author Rating) Difference

Stefan Frei 8.17 (8) +0.17

DeAndre Yedlin: 7.01 (6) +1.01 I'm definitely surprised that DeAndre earned more than a 7 here. He trailed the other backline players in most defensive stats, and he only completed 50 percent of his 28 passing attempts - the lowest percentage of any Sounders starter on the night. I personally have a hard time calling his performance "very good" in this one. I expect we'll see much better on Monday.

Chad Marshall: 8.38 (9) -0.62

Zach Scott: 7.61 (8) -0.39

Leo Gonzalez: 6.54 (5) +1.54

Osvaldo Alonso: 7.90 (8) -0.10

Brad Evans: 5.99 (6) -0.01 There was a lot of discussion in the comments in the voting thread about Brad's play, with a few folks saying they felt like he should be given a score as low as 4. It appears the people writing those thoughts were in the minority, though, as the average here is basically a "good" 6.

Lamar Neagle: 4.84 (5) -0.16

Marco Pappa: 5.75 (6) -0.25

Clint Dempsey: 5.82 (6) -0.18

Obafemi Martins: 6.37 (6) +0.37 .Both Oba and Dempsey have been on quite a roll in the past six weeks or so, save for the 1-0 loss to Vancouver. Their scores for this game aren't terrible, but they also aren't up to the kinds of scores readers have been giving them in recent weeks. I believe both will have to have better games for the Sounders to go through on Monday


Kenny Cooper: (65th minute) 5.20 (5) +0.20

Michael Azira: (72nd minute) 5.48 (6) -0.52

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

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