There was a big debate about DeAndre Yedlin in the comments with the ratings ballots story. But despite criticism from some Sounder at Heart readers, the community chose him as Man of the Match in the Seattle Sounders 1-1 tie against San Jose on Wednesday.
Yedlin edged out Chad Marshall and goal-scorer Chad Barrett to win the award based on reader ratings submitted following the game, receiving a 6.21 to Marshall's 6.20 and Barrett's 6.19.
Fewer than 200 people cast ballots on this one, continuing a trend of lower voting during the recent run of multiple games in a week and mediocre performances from a side that was riding so high back in June.
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 5.48 (5) +0.48
DeAndre Yedlin: 6.21 (6) +0.21
Chad Marshall: 6.20 (6) +0.20
Djimi Traore: 5.69 (6) -0.31
Jalil Anibaba: 4.28 (5) -0.72 Jalil earned the lowest score of the starting 11 here, and I have to say I'm not sure why. He didn't really start a lot of offense from the left back spot, but he wasn't bad defensively in any way that I saw. The fact he finished with a lower score than Cooper in this one is a surprise to me.
Osvaldo Alonso: 5.78 (5) +0.78
Andy Rose: 5.31 (5) +0.31
Kenny Cooper: 4.78 (4) +0.78
Marco Pappa: 5.53 (5) +0.53
Chad Barrett: 6.19 (5) +1.19 This score I think can lead to a broader discussion about how each of us rate the games. I'll tell all of you that I don't t rate a goal any higher than a cutting pass, a momentum-changing tackle or a clearance that lands on the foot of a player, starting a counter-attack - all other things being equal. As you know, I mark down impact plays in a notebook, Chad's goal here earned him a plus-2 in that notebook. The rest of his play was a minus-2 in my reading of the game. But let's talk about this some more. It's clear from the comments that some of you rated Yedlin lower because of his defense on the San Jose goal. And clearly some of you gave Chad a higher score based on the goal. My thought is 10 seconds of a game doesn't equal a full rating for 70 to 90 minutes. Does a goal or a mistake that cost a goal weigh heavier than other things? Sure, but it's not everything. A player can play extremely well and make one poor play, ala Yedlin, and still have a good game. A player can score a goal and still not play all that well. At least that's how I look at it. Be interested to hear more from all of you about this.
Obafemi Martins: 6.03 (7) -0.97
Lamar Neagle: (66th minute) 4.76 (6) -1.24 There were more than a couple people that gave Lamar a 3 for what I thought was a good performance. One person gave him a 1. He scored higher in my notebook than six of the starting 11, and he didn't come on until the 65th minute. I think in some ways talking about the ratings for Lamar this year has become like beating a dead horse. But I would encourage everyone to try and judge all of the players on the same scale and with the same expectations. Take a step back for the next game and clean your slate of history and expectations. Try not to have "favorites" or "most frustrating players" and see how the game looks to you.
Clint Dempsey: (71st minute) 5.20 (6) -0.80
Brad Evans (78th minute): 4.18 (5) -0.82
The key to the 1-10 scale:
7. Very good
10. World Class