Sounders v LA Galaxy Player Ratings
Michael Gspurning 6/10: He cleared a poor back pass well and made a great save from Magee when called upon in 78.
Adam Johansson 5.5/10: Johansson had a mixed game. Started to find space on the right but Robbie Keane hared back to block the cross. He provided some god quality crossing at the start of the second half. Nearly landed his side in trouble with a poor back pass. Then stumbled a ball out for a corner clumsily before a good last ditch header. Injudicious placement of his arms resulted in a harsh penalty call but a player of his experience should know better than to charge down before getting his placement right . He didn’t cost Sounders the game but he did coast them a chance to make the finale interesting. (off in 73)
Jeff Parke 6.5/10: Robbie Keane hardly had any impact, That says a great deal about Jeff Parke. He headed narrowly wide in 90 with no defender on him. Has been a revelation this year.
Jhon Hurtado 6/10: The Colmobian as lucky not to concede a first half penalty but a good ‘balance’ call after Sounders were denied a similar penalty call in the first leg. Replays showed Hurtado was attempting to pull his arm in and the no-call was correct. Cleared a header later but Sounders domination meant he had little defending to do.
Zach Scott 7/10: Was the man charged with giving the last minute, team exhortation before kick off and provided the assist for Johnson’s first goal albeit he was probably merely attempting to challenge. His second was a diving header when moving away from goal, at an acute angle just after his brother predicted it was going to happen. Not bad for a third choice left back.
Christian Tiffert 6.5/10: A far more energetic performance than in Utah or LA. A superb corner provided Zach Scott with a decent chance which the Hawaiian converted with a superb finish. Tonight he showed that he wanted to stay Sounders. Will it be enough to convince the powers that be he is worth the salary cap hit?
Osvaldo Alonso 6/10: Bad back pass put Gspurning under his sole pressure of the first half. Given how much Sounders had of the ball, he had little opportunity for his trademark snapping at heels. His post match outburst was inexcusable but luckily for him, Marcus Hahnemann was on hand to stop him actually laying hands on the officials.
Brad Evans 7/10: Evans was heavily involved in some of the early one touch passes. Enjoyed having Zakuani back in the team and once more showed his worth.
Steve Zakuani 7/10: Zakuani has a promising early run when given his first possession in eight. Set up Evans well whose shot was blocked by Omar Gonzalez. The Congolese showed more flashes that he is back to his brilliant best than any match before. Sounders fans should be salivating at the possibilities for him next March. (off in 81)
Fredy Montero 7/10: Immediately we saw a more energised Montero when he skipped past two defenders in the third minute. He also showed some wonderful vision to set up Johnson with an over the shoulder pass. Missed a good headed chance when Sean Franlkin fell asleep in 17. Fredy looked skilful and alert throughout.Shortly after LA’s penalty took a terrible dive, cynically looking for a make up call. (off in 73)
Eddie Johnson 7.5/10: Fired over a great chance early. But was unfortunate to be called offside when he was on but the inactive Zakuani was off as he scored what should have been a given goal. Seconds later he scored despite being held back by Gonzalez, showing great strength and perseverance.
Mario Martinez (on in 73) was too clever for Dunivant and drew a dangerous free kick in 77. No mark.
David Estrada (on in 74) Great work rate to rescue a move breaking down. Hit Saunders with a great chance in stoppage time. No mark.
Mauro Rosales (on in 81) – not time to impact.