Seattle Sounders FC traveled to Minnesota and played like the home team in the first half, consistently building out of the back patiently, maintaining a clear advantage in possession, and comprehensively controlling the game. Granted, there have been plenty of Sounders matches in the past that have taken a similar tone, only for a goal to never materialize. João Paulo made sure that didn’t happen.
The second half shifted as Minnesota pushed to get back in the game. A penalty gave them a lifeline and led to a rather ragged finish. But hey, a win is a win, and the Sounders will take points on the road however they can get them.
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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