by Daniel Scott
Josh Saunders 5.5/10: Saunders made a poor decision early on to play Sarvas the ball out of back with three green shirts surrounding him. Had a great one handed punch off of a corner kick to clear ball out of box. However, he didn’t look confident or comfortable as game progresses.
Sean Franklin: 5.5/10 Franklin had trouble defending Zakuani throughout stages of the game but looked dangerous going forward. Lost track of Montero in the six yard box after dangerous cross from Tiffert is delivered in front of goal.
Omar Gonzalez 5/10: Good header in first five minutes to clear the ball out of danger. Gonzalez had trouble throughout keeping up with the pace of Johnson and Montero. He lost track of Johnson on Seattle’s first goal because his starting position was too high. Opportunity to put LA on the score board in the first half but sends header just over the crossbar. He gave the ball away several times that lead to Sounder’s opportunities. He did deliver a great long ball to Sean Franklin to create a counter attack opportunity and minutes later had a great block on Brad Evans shot attempt. Overall, well below his recent spurt of form.
Tommy Meyer 6/10: He looked comfortable in the first minutes of the game showing poise and confidence for a young player. Meyer had several early clearances to negate the Sounders attack and demonstrated great positioning to contain Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson. Held the backline together along with Todd Dunivant and played extremely well.
Todd Dunivant 6.5/10: The ‘most underated full back in MLS’ demonstrated solid 1 v 1 defending early on against Zakuani and looked solid at his left back position. Dunivant was called for a bad challenge on Martinez in the second half.
Mike Magee 5.5/10: He had a dangerous attempt on goal after nice cut back on goal line but shot was saved by Sounders’ Goalkeeper. When LA finally began to panic and realize their hosts would score three if they continued to sleepwalk through the game, Magee was one of the more active in deny Sounders possession. Like the rest of the team, not his best night.
David Beckham 4.5/10: He played very far back but given the Sounders possession. LA needed a different type of player in that slot. There were no sweeping diagonal passes and the short corner that led to the ball being given away was a chronic waste of his set piece skills and a baffling decision. A more involved performance in the final is needed if the scribes are not to be ending his career.
Marcelo Sarvas 6.5/10: He had bad foul early on that lead to a dangerous Sounders set piece and his first 20 minutes were error laden. However, he was the most active LA player in the first half at least making some attempt to foil the green tide towards goal. He gets an extra half point for his high energy level which his colleagues sorely lacked for much of the first hour.
Christian Wilhemsson 5/10: His inclusion continues to baffle. He demonstrated lots of energy and pace running down the flank but was not involved enough in Los Angeles’ attack.
Edson Buddle 4/10: Little involvement for this centre forward on a night his team were on the back foot.
Robbie Keane 7/10: The Republic of Ireland star showed energy throughout the match at both ends, to wit one early moment when he chased down Johansson from centerfield to negate a dangerous cross. Keane had a very nice cut back on the end line and delivered a dangerous ball into the box but was cleared of any danger. He also caused a penalty kick to be awarded to LA after his cross attempt hit Adam Johansson in the left hand. Sigi Schmid’s post match assertion that Keane had aimed at Johansson’s hand and therefore it wasn’t a penalty just made the Seattle coach look sour, not the Irishman cynical.
Juninho 61st min came on for Willhemsson but was chasing more than playing. No mark
Michael Stephens: He had foul on Martinez that leads to dangerous free kick for Sounders. No mark