Sounder at Heart readers chose Rose, who has been in great form as of late, just barely ahead of Brad Evans in the community player ratings. Rose, who scored two goals, finished with a 7.47 average score while Evans, who assisted on both those goals and another, received a 7.41. Obafemi Martins, who also scored two, was right behind at 7.40.
Despite some concerns raised on game threads during the second half of this one, all of the players fared well in post-game analysis by readers, with Zach Scott receiving the lowest score at an "adequate" 5.
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 5.76 (5) +0.76
DeAndre Yedlin: 6.03 (6) +0.03
Chad Marshall: 6.69 (7) -0.31
Zach Scott: 5.00 (5) +0.00 Notable for being the second week in a row a score somehow averaged to match exactly the score I gave. Doesn't happen all year, and then happens twice in two weeks. What do the sociologists and statisticians among you say; coincidence that was bound to happen with a large sample size, or some kind of melding together of our community scores as we all get more of a group mind think/norm going in these threads?
Leo Gonzalez: 6.14 (5) +1.14
Osvaldo Alonso: 6.29 (5) +1.29
Andy Rose: 7.47 (7) +0.47 Here's a discussion worth having: What do the Sounders do with Rose playing so well? Is there someone they bench in favor of Rose while he is the hot hand? I have to say he really has offered something different attacking the box from the center of the midfield. He's been a real joy to watch the last three weeks.
Brad Evans: 7.41 (7) +0.41
Lamar Neagle: 5.68 (6) -0.32
Clint Dempsey: 5.97 (6) -0.03 This is one of Clint's lowest scores of the year, his worst being a 4.69 in the May 11 disaster at New England. It's pretty telling about the kind of really great season Clint has had that a score just barely below "good" is noticeable for being low.
Obafemi Martins: 7.40 (6) +1.40 I think it's fair to say I was more frustrated by Oba's too-cute passing and such in this one than the community was. Their argument, I'm sure: Without Oba's two goals we don't win that game.
Chad Barrett: (66th minute) 5.30 (5) +0.30
Michael Azira: (77th minute) 5.07 (5) +0.07
Gonzalo Pineda (88th minute): 5.28 (incomplete) ~
The key to the 1-10 scale:
7. Very good
10. World Class