Here is a key to the standard 1-10 scale.
7. Very good
10. World Class
In the first half it was as if the Sounders were playing a pub league team. They scored 4 goals and could have had several more. It was too easy and Brad Evans and Andy Rose in particular had amazing halves. Then the second half happened and it looked for the first 15 minutes like the Sounders were sleep walking. After 10 minutes in which Chivas scored twice, the team woke back up and played out the game.
I found this game relatively tough to score. Some of the players did so well in the first half that it was hard to tell if they were that excellent or Chivas was just that bad. Perhaps the scores I was handing out in the first half weren't as high as they would have been if the team was that effective against a better opponent. In the second half I found myself perhaps not marking them down as much as I should have given how little fight they were showing against what seemed a vastly inferior opponent just minutes earlier. I probably will have less to say about this game than any other so far this year. Suffice it to say I thought some guys played well and then didn't and vice-versa. I'm pretty eager to see your ratings for this one and how you scored the efforts in this weird game.
I chose Brad Evans as my man of the match, by the way. I thought he was the best player on the field for the Sounders throughout the match, followed closely by Chad Marshall, who I thought really stepped up his game in the second half after things started getting ugly and helped settled things back down.
Stefan Frei: 5. Neither goal his fault.
DeAndre Yedlin: 6. I scored DeAndre a plus two in my impact plays notebook for this game, which earns him a 6, "good" from me.
Chad Marshall: 7. As I mentioned earlier I thought Chad started breaking up a lot of Chivas moves forward after the two goals. And I think him flicking on and picking up his game ended up really helping Alonso, Rose and Scott get back in form too.
Zach Scott: 5. Slow on that tackle that led to the penalty. I guess he was thinking he would make it, and maybe somewhere in the back of his mind he thought "even if I'm late it's Chivas, they won't do anything with it."
Leo Gonzalez: 5. I talked a lot last game about how great Leo has been playing. But he was not the same player in this game as he occasionally got beat down his flank in the second half when Chivas pushed forward.
Osvaldo Alonso: 5. Ozzie was very un-Ozzie like early in the second half. He got a little better as time went on, but I thought he vacated the center too much during the 15 minutes or so that Chivas dominated the game.
Andy Rose: 7. Well Andy sure brings something different when he is in. He attacks the box as if he is a striker. That second-wave run is really a different wrinkle than what the team gets with Pineda. Nice work on both goals.
Brad Evans: 7. MOTM. Brad was like a maestro with the orchestration in the first half. I'm not sure I can recall a game where he took better set pieces. He was more solid/less spectacular in the second half. But I still think he was the brightest star on the field for Sounders in this one.
Lamar Neagle: 6. A very unselfish play on Martins' second goal. Lamar was fine in this game.
Clint Dempsey: 6. Clint was very good in the first half but none of the "stuff" he was trying in the second half seemed to be working and I actually scored him below zero for the second-half. Thankfully he was well above in the first and I think it evened out for a "good" 6 here.
Obafemi Martins: 6. Two goals is nothing to sneeze at, of course. But both of the goals really came off stellar work from others. Still Martins is paid to finish and when he got the opportunity he did. Nothing to complain about. I thought Oba, like Dempsey, tried to be perhaps a little too cute in the second half and like Dempsey I scored him lower in that half than the first. Then again you could say that about everyone except Marshall in my notebook.
Chad Barrett: (66th minute): 5. Not much impact in this one.
Michael Azira (77th minute): 5. Michael was OK. I had him at an even zero for his 15 minutes.
Gonzalo Pineda: (88th minute): incomplete.