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Sounders v. San Jose, U.S. Open Cup community player ratings

Readers choose Pappa as man of the match, rate Hahnemann high.


Sounder at Heart readers chose Marco Pappa as Man of the Match in the penalty kick win over San Jose Earthquakes in the June 24 U.S. Open Cup game.

The community scored Pappa a 7.33 in the win, topping Marcus Hahnemann's 7.00 and Gonzalo Pineda's 6.98. A 7 signifies "very good' in our rating system. Striker Cam Weaver was judged more harshly finishing just below a 5 "adequate" score at 4.94.

About 130 ballots were cast for this game, more than the previous Open Cup game but still less than then 450-plus usually registered for regular season MLS games. I get that. I am writing this and watching Brazil-Chile in the World Cup at the same time. It's an amazing time to be a soccer fan in Seattle - the World Cup with the U.S. featuring two Sounders, a really great World Cup tournament, and the Sounders continuing to win.

Here's the full look at the community ratings for this 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

Marcus Hahnemann: 7.00 (6) +1.00 It appears readers disagreed with my contention that Marcus should have made some sort of effort on the San Jose goal.

Brad Evans: 6.78 (7) -0.22

Chad Marshall: 6.92 (7) -0.08

Zach Scott: 6.67 (7) -0.23

Leo Gonzalez: 6.45 (6) +0.45 This is the second week in a row that the community has scored Leo about a half-point higher than me. I'm going to have to take a harder look at how I score him. Love to get some feedback on that.

Michael Azira: 6.15 (7) -0.85

Gonzalo Pineda: 6.98 (8) -1.02 I'm a little surprised Gonzo didn't score higher here, obviously with me giving him an 8 and naming him my man of the match. Love to hear some feedback. I assume there isn't a huge difference between a 7 and 8 in most people's minds, but I'm second-guessing that assumption here. What makes an 8 to all of you? Would Gonzo have to score a goal to earn one?

Lamar Neagle: 6.83 (7) -0.17

Marco Pappa: 7.33 (8) -0.67

Kenny Cooper: 6.75 (6) +0.75 Kenny's goal must have weighed heavily with readers as he scored closer to a "very good" 7 here. I personally still give Neagle most of the credit for that goal, but then again, finishing is in short supply in these games without Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey, so Kenny finishing is absolutely vital for the Sounders at this time.

Cam Weaver: 4.94 (6) -1.06


Chad Barrett: (79th minute): 6.61 (6) +0.61

Jalil Anibaba (99th minute): 5.82 (6) -0.18

[editor's note: the graph is taking in a Reign game]

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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