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April 4, 2010 at 1:03 AM

Sounders FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls, postgame thoughts and player ratings

17 shots. 12 corner kicks. 0 goals.
It’s pretty hard not to score when you take that many shots. Throw in the several free kicks Seattle had in the attacking third and that’s a lot of opportunities to score. But, alas, it was another sad display of finishing.
Credit N.Y. goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul with some quality saves, but he only had five (I believe) for the game. That means not enough attempts are on target, where even misses can result in rebounds.
The rankings tonight will all be around 5, which is average. The Sounders FC players didn’t have particularly poor performances — sure the passing could have been better — but when you don’t score, all that hard work was for nothing.
Zero points at home is not up to the standards of this team.
STARTERS
GK Kasey Keller — I thought this was his best game in recent memory (probably because he had more to do). Had to make a handful of saves. Can’t be blamed for the goal. 6
D James Riley — No major mistakes in the back. Maybe needed a game to get back in the swing of things. Probably could’ve had a bigger impact offensively. Booked (harshly, from what I saw). 5
D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado — Played a big part in Juan Pablo Angel’s quiet night, but that opened things up for Kandji. Doesn’t stand out when you look back, sometimes that’s not bad for a defender. 5.5
D Tyrone Marshall — Could’ve been the hero with a late header, but it wasn’t on frame. Struggled to connect with some of his passes from the back. Solid, if unspectacular night. 5.5
D Leo Gonzalez (off 83′) — Was the nearest defender on the N.Y. goal. Dane Richards got in behind him at times, but that matchup was even from what I saw. Not too integrated in the attack. 5
M Roger Levesque (off 56′) — The effort and work rate again were there, but those are rarely the issue. Could’ve done better with his chances again. Subbed off in 56′. 4.5
M Brad Evans — Had an early chance saved by Coundoul. Tracked back well to help keep possession going. Was up and down the field and allowed Ozzie to push up at times. Strong work rate. 5.5
M Osvaldo Alonso — Tackling and breaking up the N.Y. attack was great. Passing, however, especially the long ones were off. Quite a bit more than normal actually. Still Seattle’s best I thought. 6.5
M Steve Zakuani (off 76′) — The most dangerous attacking option for Seattle in my opinion. Had a couple solid shots, and all his three attempts were on frame. Worked hard to try to get that elusive goal. 6
F Freddie Ljungberg — Created things very well in the run of play. Several great runs. Though being the point man on some poor service on set pieces soured the night. Booked early. 5.5
F Fredy Montero — Was involved but didn’t create many dangerous chances. Should have had a bigger impact. Could have passed more in the offensive third. 5
SUBSTITUTES
M Pat Noonan (on 56′) — Got involved in the attack early on. Help create early on and became a bit of a target man later. A bit of a bright spot, but still had his share of mistakes. 5.5
M Sanna Nyassi (on 76′) — Not as sharp and dangerous as he was in the opener. Did little to stand out and could’ve been booked for a late challenge on Coundoul. 5
M David Estrada (on 83′) — Impossible to give a definite grade. Certainly didn’t disappoint in his short time. Made an impact in his Sounders FC debut to be sure. INC
COACHING
Sigi Schmid — The finishing is again a concern. The danger on the set pieces wasn’t there. Substitutes made an impact. His team outplayed its opponent, but zero points at home is a bad night. 5

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