Sounder at Heart readers were pretty unhappy with the Seattle Sounders efforts in last weekend's 3-0 loss to the L.A. Galaxy. Player performances ratings for the weak showing were the lowest across the board since the 5-0 loss in New England in May.
Readers chose goalkeeper Stefan Frei as man of the match, with the highest rating of 5.15, but it's important to note that score is still barely above the 5 we give for an "adequate" performance. Eight of the 11 starters and all three substitutes finished below a 5, and Jalil Anibaba, Dylan Remick and Gonzalo Pineda all averaged below a 4. About 360 readers cast ballots in this week's community ratings.
Read on for the complete community player ratings in the loss. And then get ready for what we all hope is better performance in Santa Clara tonight. 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 5.15 (5) +0.15 Stefan earns man of the match almost by default here.
DeAndre Yedlin: 4.18 (4) +0.18
Jalil Anibaba: 3.25 (4) -0.75 This is Jalil's lowest community rating of the season, lower than the 3.42 he earned in the 4-4 tie in Portland when many readers felt he was personally responsible for two or three of the goals. I'm not sure he was quite that bad in this one, but is definitely deserving of a low rating like this.
Zach Scott: 4.01 (4) +0.01 Also Zach's lowest rating as a starter this season, and also deserved.
Dylan Remick: 3.55 (4) -0.45 Dylan's lowest rating as a starter this season.
Ozzie Alonso: 4.35 (4) +0.35 Ozzie's lowest rating of the season.
Gonzalo Pineda: 3.97 (4) -0.03 Gonzalo's lowest rating of the season. I left my rating as a four here because that's what I published early in the week. But after the discussion I have decided to revise my ratings in my records and give both Gonzalo and Remick a 3 for this one. Their scores in my notebook deserve that and I should have pulled the trigger on that. It's not necessarily that they were that much worse than others on the field, but they just didn't contribute anything positive. At least with a player like Neagle or Alonso I could point to a few nice, positive plays in the game. Not true for either Gonzalo or Remick.
Lamar Neagle: 3.56 (5) -1.44 I have to say I think that Lamar takes an unfair brunt of the burden here. I can't see evidence that he had a worse game than Pineda or Yedlin or a couple others. I guess that 63 percent pass completion for the game really brought down his ratings for some of you.
Marco Pappa: 4.53 (4) +0.53
Clint Dempsey: 5.00 (6) -1.00 Clint's second-lowest rating of the season, trailing only the New England game, and nearly 2.50 below his average so far this year.
Obafemi Martins: 5.14 (5) +0.14 Oba almost won man of the match for this one - to which I respond that I think the marijuana legalization law in Washington is finally starting to show some real effects.
Chad Barrett: (45th minute) 4.71 (5) -0.29
Tristan Bowen (65th minute): 4.55 (5) -0.55
Michael Azira (81st minute) 4.85 (6) -1.15
The key to the 1-10 scale
7. Very good
10. World Class