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Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City: Player ratings

Shuffled lineup fails, West’s best gives West’s worst first win, No words just haikus.

Well, that happened. I didn’t see the match in person due to being at the wedding of SaH’s very own Jacob Landsberg. That turned out to be a fortuitous decision, as the division-leading Seattle Sounders (playing at home where they hadn’t conceded all year) somehow bungled a match against the worst (and, prior to this match, winless) team in the league, losing 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City. I did go back and watch the match, but knowing how rough it was, and watching another complete disaster (at least the first half) where the team is once again set up in a cute formation with a bunch of guys moved around that just didn’t work was tough. I didn’t really have the heart to put a lot of angry words down about players, but I did rate truthfully. If you watched, you know that some people played badly out of position, and others played badly in position, and others didn’t play because of myriad illnesses and injuries that culminated in whatever the hell that was on Sunday. Please feel free to skip this week’s ratings, or enjoy these Seattle Sounders versus Sporting Kansas City haikus (crykus, if you will).


Stefan Frei – 6 | Community – 5.5

Stef was just okay
Didn’t help the defense much
Should have saved second


Alex Roldan –4 | Community – 4.1

Why is he on left?
Beaten badly all first half
Better in second

Jackson Ragen – 5 | Community – 5.2

Struggled with movement
Yeimar had to cover him
Midfield disconnect

Yeimar – 6 | Community – 5.4

Strongest defender
Often had to play sweeper
Clean passing all match

Reed Baker-Whiting – 5 | Community – 4.5 (Off 57’ for Baker)

Best first half player
MLS ready wingback?
Positive outing

Defensive Midfield

Obed Vargas – 5 | Community – 5.0 (off 84’ for Teves)

Can’t connect forward
Midfield defense disaster
Where’s Atencio?

Albert Rusnák – 5 | Community – 5.4

No mid chemistry
First touch still clean but wasted
Had buildup passes

Attacking Midfield

Léo Chú – 5 | Community – 5.3 (off 57’ for Montero)

Needed more service
Unable to find much space
Hope not too broken

Héber – 5 | Community – 4.6

Passing creation
Again played midfield okay
Second rate Nico

Nico Lodeiro – 6 | Community – 5.1

Weird winger attempt
Needed in center badly
Played fine made PK


Jordan Morris – 5 | Community – 5.6

Couldn’t get behind
Needs consistent position
Finishing rate cooled


Fredy Montero – 6 (MOTM) | Community – 6.2 (MOTM) (on 57’ for Chú)

Lone offensive spark
Created goal from nothing
Active with impact

Cody Baker – 5 | Community – 5.5 (on 57’ for Baker-Whiting)

Allowed better shape
Looked solid in left defense
Missed chance to Fredy

Dylan Teves – 5 | Community – 4.9 (on 84’ for Vargas)

Active on the ball
Connected in possession
Still gets lost at times


Victor Rivas – 5 | Community – 4.9

Straightforward ref job
Penalty call was correct
Alex lucky late

Sporting Kansas City MOTM

Alan Pulido
Finally opens account
Thommy was better


Landsberg Wedding — 10

Salmon bites were great
Perfect Whidbey Island day
Mazel tov, you two

Next up:

Midweek Open Cup
Weekend spent in Houston heat
Limericks next time

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