The scores generally break down in logical order with the team’s two DPs, Nico Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz, earning the highest marks, and former DP Osvaldo Alonso rounding out the top three. First and second year players who have spent time bouncing between S2 and the first team complete the bottom of the rankings.
Still, there’s plenty of fodder for debate, particularly in the middle and upper-middle tiers. Looking at playing time alone, the 2018 season does not bear out Roman Torres receiving a higher rating than Chad Marshall or Kim Kee-Hee. Brad Smith, Nouhou, and Waylon Francis all receiving the same score may raise eyebrows as well. Alonso’s top three ranking is either fair or outrageous depending on which part of the season is taken into account.
Around the league, Zlatan Ibrahimovoic takes the highest rating with an 85, eight points higher than Lodeiro’s 77. Other top scores belong to Sebastian Giovinco (82), David Villa (82), Carlos Vela (81), Josef Martinez (81), Ignacio Piatti (80), Wayne Rooney (80), Bastian Schweinsteiger (80), Miguel Almiron (80), and Diego Valeri (80). All but three of those players are over 30, which is consistent with the Sounders ratings in terms of veterans receiving higher ratings than up-and-comers.
The game itself will come out September 28. As always, bragging rights are on the line.