I had a bad feeling about this one going into it. You’ve heard all the numbers by now. Columbus Crew had lost five in a row. They couldn’t lose another, could they? And besides, Seattle Sounders were coming off a rivalry match in Portland and a midweek trip to Dallas/Frisco. Sure, those were both wins, but this would be yet another road match. Against the team that had their number the last time they squared off.
78 minutes in, I had another reason to think this just wouldn’t be their day. But I guess I shouldn’t trust my gut, and should just trust my Sounders instead.
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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