Seattle (1) at Colorado (5) Player Ratings
By Brandon Farris
This has to be one of, if not the worst, first half in team history conceding four goals in the first 42 minutes with the first coming in the 14th second.
Statistically the Sounders were in the match vs the Rapids; 13 shots compared the 15, and they held the ball 61.5% of the time in the game. It was just when Colorado had the ball, they rampaged through the Seattle defence like it was made of goat’s cheese or Goats’ defenders.
Then the team conceded several fouls deep into its own territory along with three corners in the first half that just handed a vastly improved Rapids team opportunities on a gold platter.
Michael Gspurning- 4.0- This was his worse career match in rave green giving up five goals. Though his back line of defenders didn’t help him much, you would still expect a higher performance from the Austrian. He did make several good saves late in the first half but it was too little to late at that point as four goals had already been conceded.
DeAndre Yedlin- 4.0- He was beat quite a few times in the match, although he made several deep runs. His speed is still amazing to watch, but he was back on the right wing that Deshorn Brown violated to put Seattle down 1-nil in 14 seconds.
Blame can be shared between him and Hurtado they both went after Dillon Powers who then passed it to the eventual scorer Brown. He did show how his offensive skill continues to improve when he sent a cross into Johnson in the 52nd minute that was headed but skillfully blocked by Irwin. It has been an occasionally mooted argument to move him forward to right midfield and haul the American international right back Bead Evans to Yedlin’s slot.
That camp has more evidence after Saturday.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado- 3.0- He only played the first half and was a big part in the issues with the teams back line. Also left Powers open in the 10th minute for the second goal and was just straight up beat most the time he was on the pitch.
Zach Scott- 3.5- The first yellow card he picked up in the eighth minute set up a dangerous free kick deep in Seattle territory that almost gave the Rapids the second goal of the match earlier. That yellow was his fifth of the season getting him a one match ban making him ineligible for the Whitecaps match on Wednesday.
Then in the 79th minute, when the match was already 4-1 he fouled Vicente Sanchez to get a second caution card which results in a red card meaning that is now a two match ban. This will impact an already injured Sounders back line beyond Vancouver to a massive match with Portland. Scott missed the last game having picked up two yellows in LA, and really had to be ore careful this time. The second yellow in Colorado was the only harsh one of the four and that saves Scott an even lower mark.
Marc Burch- 5.0- Although also part of the back line problem, Burch gets a slight boost in his score as his delivered the ball to EJ that was the Sounders only score of the match. While there was plenty of blame to throw around, Burch’s game had a few redeeming moments.
Mauro Rosales- 6.0- He did what he does best early in the match, delivering decent balls into the box from both corner and free kicks. His early deliveries led to opportunities for Eddie Johnson to score with his head but the Rapids defense and goal keeper Clint Irwin were just impenetrable for Seattle. Rosales also managed a send a header in the 49th minute that went just right of the post. Rosales was upset to get pulled off but one can’t blame Sigi Schmid to pull him when he did with the Wednesday match against the Caps.
Rosales took hard hits throughout the match and Schmid’s vocal complaining that the Argentinian should have been better protected were valid.
Osvaldo Alonso- 5.0- It’s a rare occasion when you hardly know Alonso was on the pitch during the match. He had a couple hard fouls but other than that made little impact.
He did help set up the Remick cross to Johnson with a nice pass forward in the 68th minute.
He was subbed off in the 74th minute which is rare to see him get pulled off early if he is not injured. Just a poor game when everybody else was having one too.
Adam Moffat- 5.5- He had a good showing in his first start for the Rave Green, taking early shots from distance box which is what he was brought in to do. Several times he was close to planting it into the corner of the net but they went just wide. Even if he had scored, this game only ever had one outcome.
Brad Evans- 5.5- Evans only managed to get one shot off the entire match. Was fouled hard early in the match. This was probably not the note he wanted to leave on as he was called up for National Team duty this week. He did get a shot off in the 56th minute that was deflected but was aimed on target.
Lamar Neagle- 4.5- What happened to the Neagle we normally see playing in the forward position? Only got one off target shot off in the 85th minute. There was some nice footwork to get around the defender to get that shot off though. He really played little factor in this match and, having waited so long for a start at forward, will feel like he wasted it.
Eddie Johnson- 7.0- Truthfully the most complete performance that I have seen out of him all season. Seattle finally got to see some of what he can do when he plays at 100% which many feel is only seen in the Red, White and Blue jersey.
He managed to get 6 shots off with 4 of them on target and saved by Irwin. He got the lone goal for Seattle on the night and easily could have had 3 or 4 had it not been for Irwin’s play in the net for the Rapids, especially in the 52nd minute when with his header knocked away and his follow up shot also blocked. His shot in the 68th minute was one of beauty as it just narrowly missed going in having ricocheted off the crossbar.
A mention should be made of the fact that he kept his cool when those behind him were letting the jersey down.
Patrick Ianni (Hurtado Sub 45′) – 5.0- Ianni was brought in because his veteran experience helped the back line have an improved second half. Maybe also because he wasn’t Jhon Hurtado.
Dylan Remick (Rosales Sub 65′) -6.0- This was the first minutes ever in MLS for Remick. He probably would have preferred coming in better circumstances but played well in his 25 minutes on the pitch. He nearly had his first MLS assist just three minutes into his career when he sent a nice cross to Johnson who took the shot and had it come off the crossbar. Also made a nice recovery in the 85th minute to catch up when Martin Rivero got away and then the two got their feet tangled up and he ended up fouling him.
Andy Rose (Alonso Sub 74′) -5.0- One notable play in the 84th minute when he nearly connected on a Burch corner, otherwise not noticeable in his 16minutes on the pitch.
Sigi Schmid- 3.5- The team came out playing poor, it seemed as though they were just out coached and not prepared. Yes names like Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey were missing off of the roster but that is not an acceptable excuse this late in the season, especially as the team has played without those names numerous times this season.
Schmid still had most of your starters out on the pitch and to drop such a crucial game this late in the season and just get slaughtered like Chivas is not something that will give your fans or team high confidence with the playoffs just weeks away.
He seemed to have an impact though at halftime and in the second half the team came out looking better but when you’re already down by four, that is too little too late to try and save a match.