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April 23, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Seattle Sounders FC 2, FC Dallas 2 — postgame thoughts and player ratings

Salt Lake is the easy comparison to Thursday night’s disappointment, with the way it ended and all, but I don’t think it holds up. Seattle played much better against Dallas, and I don’t think a win would have been undeserved. Sure, the first 20-25 minutes were rough, but on the road with a new lineup? Understandable.
I thought the Sounders FC defense showed why it’s one of the league’s best. As the offense failed to hold onto the ball early, Seattle was under siege. But the backline (with help from the midfield and organization from Keller) minimized the really dangerous chances. The defensive urgency in the box was really noticeable.
In the second half, Seattle could’ve had two goals in the first 20 minutes to go along with Montero’s wonder strike. One call away from three points…
STARTERS
GK Kasey Keller (off 46) — Hit with a double whammy (injury and PK) on the collision with Jeff Cunningham. Poor service and shots from Dallas kept him surprisingly inactive, despite the home team dominated than the run of play early on. Toughed out the final minutes of the first half. 6


D James Riley — Supported Estrada well on the right side and he’s the perfect guy to play behind the rookie in that situation. Clears more corners with his head than you’d remember. Not as involved offensively, probably by design. 6
D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado — At times, looked every bit as dominant he Seattle fans know he is. But recently I’ve noticed his clearances tend to go out for corners after mishits. And he was right there in both PKs allowed. 5
D Tyrone Marshall — Cunningham didn’t have much impact in the run of the play, due in part to Marshall’s defense. Obviously wishes he would’ve cleared that final ball before the PK, but held down the fort well. 6
D Leo Gonzalez — Involved in the final PK decision, which he maybe could’ve handled better, but it’s hard to hold it against him. Dallas had some success on his side in the first half, mainly the roaming Heath Pearce (with some poorly-hit crosses). 5.5
M David Estrada (off 69) — Said his goal was to play simple and run, run, run after getting the start. Passing was off at times and had some giveaways, but worked hard and was strong defensively. 5
M Brad Evans — Worked his butt off. I saw him running all over the place. Hunkering down on defense and trying to get involved in the attack. He impressed a lot of the Dallas media with his work rate and complete game. 6
M Osvaldo Alonso — Dallas has a lot going on in the middle of the field, formation wise. He and Evans were up to the task of matching it. Won the ball and played a great assist to Zakuani. When he’s involved in the offense, it’s almost unfair. 7
M Steve Zakuani — My man of the match for Seattle. Had a very well-taken goal and stay composed for the finish. Could’ve had AT LEAST two assists in the second half. Shaked off a slow start and had a very strong impact in the final 50 minutes. 8
M/F Roger Levesque — It’s hard to see the effort not rewarded with a goal so far this season. Like he had in his previous starts, he had the chances to find the net. Just one goal would forgive a lot of the misses, but he still doesn’t have one yet. 4.5
F Fredy Montero (off 78) — Had one of the better goals I’ve seen in person. Even if Sala wasn’t expecting a shot, it was a special strike. Probably deserved some more foul calls and was pretty active despite struggling to get consistent service. 7
SUBSTITUTES
GK Terry Boss (on 46) — Didn’t look out of place or comfortable. Made a nice save — on Harris, I think — on a play that was called offside. But he showed what he needed to earn the confidence of his coaches and teammates. 6
F Pat Noonan (on 69) — Pulled a hamstring and likely won’t play against Toronto. Can’t fairly evaluate his performance considering. INC
F Freddie Ljungberg (on 78) — Some fresh legs on at the end to try to kill it off. INC
COACH SIGI SCHMID
Wanted to rest some guys and mix up the lineup. Found the combination that really could have and should have got the win. Keller injury took away a sub he probably would’ve like to have, but the other moves worked well. One unlikely decision stole the full three points. 7
REFEREE TERRY VAUGHN
While I have seen worse PK calls, I certainly haven’t in a game I was covering. That call is so much more bizarre having watched the game he called — he waved off a lot of fouls and let a lot play on. How do you allow so much contact throughout the game, then have the result decided on a call like that, with 10 players blocking your view from 30 yards behind the play? There’s a reason soccer fans across the country have been talking about him since the game ended and not a big Seattle win. 1.5

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