Let's forget about last night's MLS loss for a minute and return to better news with the community player ratings from Seattle Sounders FC's huge, 6-0 U.S. Open Cup semifinal victory over Chicago Fire last week.
Sounder at Heart readers chose Kenny Cooper as Man of the Match in the victory, with a big score of 8.28. Cooper has been an Open Cup specialist for the Sounders this year, with fans rating his three starts in the tournament an average of nearly 7.5. His average for starts in MLS games is below 6.
Cooper was not the only one feeling the love in the big victory. About 340 ballots were cast and every player on the Sounders received higher than a 6, on average, with the exception of Lamar Neagle, who earned a 5.78. Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Andy Rose, Marco Pappa and Obafemi Martins, in a substitute appearance, all earned higher than a 7. Rose had perhaps his greatest game ever as a Sounder and readers rewarded him with a 7.98 rating.
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 7.13 (7) +0.13
DeAndre Yedlin: 7.41 (8) -0.59
Jalil Anibaba: 6.28 (7) -0.72
Zach Scott: 6.30 (6) +0.30
Brad Evans: 6.49 (6) +0.49
Osvaldo Alonso: 6.95 (6) +0.95
Andy Rose: 7.98 (8) -0.02 Rose was great this game, with two goals and 90-minutes full of both great defensive positioning and penetrating runs that destroyed Chicago's defensive shape. Considering how little he has played this year, I'm sure this came as a pleasant surprise to everyone and Andy's score here is the second-highest for the game, trailing only Cooper.
Lamar Neagle: 5.78 (6) -0.22
Marco Pappa: 7.29 (8) -0.71
Chad Barrett: 6.99 (6) +0.99
Kenny Cooper: 8.28 (8) +0.28 Kenny becomes only the fourth Sounder to earn a score over 8 this season, joining Chad Marshall, Obafemi Martins (twice) and Clint Dempsey (three times).The 8.28 here is the fifth-highest score readers have given out this year, trailing Dempsey's three scores over 8 and Marshall's 8.96 back on May 3, which is the highest score readers have given out this season.
Michael Azira: (64th minute) 5.91 (6) -0.09
Obafemi Martins: (74th minute) 7.13 (6) +1.13 I thought perhaps Oba didn't play long enough to have enough impact to earn a 7 or higher in this game, but readers clearly disagreed. And they have a point. He did score a goal and was an immediate threat that pushed Chicago even further back on their heels until they just broke down and gave up.
Leo Gonzalez (84th minute): 6.15 (incomplete) ~
The key to the 1-10 scale:
7. Very good
10. World Class