Too many defenders were responsible for the NY goal to pick one out. There were weak tackles from a few. All lose the extra point a clean sheet would have brought which is a bit harsh on Jhon Hurtado who perhaps wasn’t one of them.
That said the visitors deserved their point for a robust second half display. Sounders were less effective than last weekend in LA, but it was a tolerable showing against a decent side.
Michael Gspurning 6: He made a good early save from Steele when his colleagues were still asleep in 51 seconds. Was then alert enough to hare off his line to deny Espindola. Once more he was not at fault for the goal.
Marc Burch 6: In for the unfit Leo Gonzalez, Burch was steady in the first half. In he second a great read was followed by a well aimed long punt into the path of Johnson.
Djimi Traore 7: Was on hand to dispossess Espindola in 29 when he miscontrolled a through ball. Made another veteran interception when Luyindula burst through. More good interceptions followed showing that
the mind had not slowed. One block on Eric Alexander was especially necessary.
Jhon Hurtado 7.5: His first timely tackle came in 12 as Espindola threatened. Early in the 2nd, he made a crucial interception to a threaded through ball which deserved more praise than the announcers gave it. He held up Espindola perfectly without fouling until Alonso arrived to double team. His game smarts continue to improve with experience. Very dominant at a NY corner at 1-1 when his side were wilting a little.
DeAndre Yedlin 5.5: Started tormenting the Bulls early as early as the second minute with a decent run and cross. His crosses continued to look dangerous as did his overall play.
Lamar Neagle 6: He gave up a needless early free kick for a foul on Espindola. It was a great touch from Neagle to set up Johnson in 37. He was more involved than last week but really needs a run at forward, no matter what Martin’s salary is.
Brad Evans 8: The versatile man was guilty of a give away in 12 which could have been dangerous.
Thereafter he continued to seek involvment in every play whether throwing his head among the boots in the NY penalty box or flicking on corners or trying an effort from long distance when nothing else was working. Twice.
He then scored a penalty coolly, one which he won himself by a deft through cross close enough to force Holgersson into an error.
Evans was everywhere, doing everything. His yellow for a foul on Cahill was harsh as Evans was originally fouled assuming headlocks are illegal.
Nearly added an own goal when under pressure from Eddie Johnson he headed against his own post. Without Evans Sounders would have lost this game.
Osvaldo Alonso 6.5 Alonso took a very alert free kick inside his own half to set up Yedlin for a dangerous assault in the opening minutes.. He was a safe repository for the ball throughout for Sounders. NY’s offence didn’t really test him much in the first half. In the second, he dangerously went to ground but recovered well to make the interception to break up a good second half start for NY and dispossess Kosuke Kimura.
Mauro Rosales (off in 78′) 7: Ploughed in dangerous free kicks and corners but short of set pieces, had little influence before half time, bar one nice piece in open play. In the second, he was more of a livewire, electrifying both the crowd and Eddie Johnson every time he got the ball. His movement off the ball remains a joy to watch. There is little beyond the predictable without him
Obafemi Martins 4.5: His decent early linking with Johnson, showed promise and he looked a little more interested in the defensive aspect of the game. Martins headed wide with an open goal begging when Johnson did the hard work. Tended to surrender the ball by misplacing passes rather than shield although his ambition should be acknowledged. His passing forward was off kilter all night as was his reading of his colleague’s runs.
Eddie Johnson 6.5: He popped up first in 25 and won a header off a Rosales set piece. He headed disappointingly wide when he should have hit the target on his current form. He worked better with Martins than in LA but not by much.
He was denied by Luis Robles after delivering a fine shot on a rare non-aerial opportunity. Johnson bamboozled Robles magnificently to set up Martins later on, who really had to hit an open goal, yet missed.
Johnson was winning headers in the NY box with regularity. At the back, he was getting in Ibrahim Sekagya’s face at set pieces doing the defensive spade work too. One error was that he did jump for a header that Evans was going for at the back which led to Evans header hitting his own post. But at least he is back there risking all.
Sekagya managed his revenge by denying Johnson a shot when he tried to beat the defender once too often. Martins was waiting for the ball too, but Johnson didn’t supply him. On the evidence of the rest of the game, probably a wise decision.
Adam Moffat (on in 78′) 5: Lost his footing early when in an advanced forward position. His drive from a free kick hit the wall. Hard, and Kimura needed treatment even though the ball only hit him in the leg. He’s yet to find his Sounders feet.
Clear Man of the Match Winner:
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