Sounders produced a dominant performance to sweep aside the lacklustre challenge of the Colorado Rapids. Few players disappointed, but Brad Evans was the standout.
Mike Gspurning 4.5: His first serious action came in 45 minutes when he punched a ball cleanly out. Then he pouched a Rivero volley just before half time. He had a superb save to deny a Brown curler although his positioning was good enough that he should have held it. He flubbed a Sanchez free kick badly in 69.
On an off-ish day, he was sent off for a handball outside the area which he compounded by punching Edson Buddle. Only the extra point for being part of a clean sheet saved him a poorer mark.
DeAndre Yedlin 4.5: (off in 45) He jumped with his elbow into Brown and escaped any sanction minutes after Neagle had elbowed Rivero. Evans excellent first half allowed Yedlin to stay back and control his channel
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 6.5: Rescued his keeper when he hacked away when Gspurning spilled a Sanchez free. Oddly tried to prevent Johnson revealing a message n his t-shirt when he scored. Otherwise a very competent comfortable game, aided by an excellent defensive midfield ahead of him.
Djimi Traore 6.5: He escaped an early free kick for a challenge through the back of Gabriel Torres but looked vulnerable on the few occasions the ball came near the Panamanian. Excellent interception to cut out a rare threatening cross in the second half. His error free performance though should be an encouragement for coach and fans.
Leo Gonzalez 6.5: He showed some early good tracking of O’Neill. Excellent covering on the stroke of half time.
Brad Evans 8.5: In at right mid rather than central, Evans was the outstanding player of the first half. After an early bad foul when his opponent was already under pressure, he made as lively a start as any Sounder being heavily involved in slick passwork. He started the best of any Sounder and he made his form count in the 29th minute when he controlled the ball beautifully on his chest and hammered in the opening goal. Dropped to right back after half time to cover Yedlin and performed that role just as excellently.
Osvaldo Alonso 7: His first half work was mostly passing rather than tackling in a 45 his side dominated. In the second half, he was everywhere breaking up plays. A highly disciplined and effective showing by the Cuban.
Clint Dempsey 7.5: He was well involved in the early Sounders passing, setting up Neagle in 32. He was bowled over by Irwin, but replays showed Dempsey jumped into Irwin with an elbow up. Scooped over an easy chance in 90 when well set up by Johnson, but made up for it by assisting on the final goal. His quality is beginning to seep through.
Adam Moffat 7.5 (off in 90) He played left mid. He hit Clint Irwin with an early shot having found space. When he moved to the left, he worked well with Evans as his mobility helped out most of his colleagues at some point. He found himself in good position to block a Torres cross when Hurtado was beaten. Not afraid to take a long distance effort.
Lamar Neagle 6.5: (off in 87) Neagle did well to angle a header which forced Irwin to a save after German Mera stopped. He nearly got the ball over an advancing keeper. Soon after he slid the ball just wide after a great lay-off from Dempsey. A 41st minute elbow on Sturgis was a disappointment but he escaped. Should have drawn a penalty on 60 when his shot hid Mera’s outstretched arm. Unfortunate though to be booked for a timid push on Mera although he had it coming for previous incidents.
Eddie Johnson 6.5: He committed an early bad foul when under pressure, but otherwise a quiet first half. Showed his class in stoppage time when he baffled Mera and chipped in over Irwin.
Marc Burch (on in 45) 6.5 Hit the bar with an excellent free kick. Moved to midfield with Evans dropping back
Marcus Hahnemann (on in 83): On for the dismisssed Gspurning in 87. Had little to do
Zach Scott (on in 90): not available