A tough and intense rivalry match that could very well have ended goalless instead narrowly went into the win column for the Seattle Sounders this weekend. Nicolás Lodeiro, who spent the evening being hounded by the Whitecaps central midfielders, managed to pick out a diving Jordan Morris for a late winner, and Román Torres led the celebration dance in the locker room.
That much we know. So, how did the Sounders players perform for the rest of the 90+ minutes that they weren’t scoring (or dancing)? The Whitecaps were unlucky once or twice not to find the net with one of their speedy counterattacks — how did the defenders do in limiting their chances?
With Lodeiro mobbed, Andreas Ivanschitz and Alvaro Fernandez had a bit more room to work at times. Should they have done more in their roles or were they also victims of poor luck?
As always, share your deepest thoughts and feelings below.
Here's the scale:
(Substitutes can be left blank if the player did not play enough to judge)
1 - not a pro (USL/NASL/MLS) quality performance
4 - average USL starter
6 - average MLS starter
9 - MLS All Star
10 - MLS MVP-quality performance