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July 2, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution, player ratings

carrasco ne.jpgPhoto credit: Joel Hawksley, The Seattle Times

I know these are super late, but the midweek U.S. Open Cup game threw my routine way off. I have a feeling the second half of the season doesn’t bode well for punctuality when it comes to these things with all the other non-league games.

Anyways, back to the good news. Sunday’s performance was pretty dang good. The scoreline might’ve flattered New England, who had about four chances all game. Through the maestro Mauro Rosales, the Sounders were constantly on the attack with 58-percent possession.

Besides a couple little slip-ups, it was hard to find much fault in any player’s performance. I suspect the average grades in this game might be the highest since Toronto at home. Let’s get to it.

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STARTERS

GK Kasey Keller — Didn’t face a lot of shots on goal. Might’ve been shielded on the early Nyassi chance, but probably could’ve done better there. Otherwise was strong on crosses and clearances. Had a great diving stop on Joseph. Was fortunate on missed chances by Lekic (wide) and Schilawski (crossbar). 6

D James Riley — Had a couple bad giveaways early that could’ve led to more danger, but otherwise was solid. Pushed up well on the right side and provided service from the flank. Even got a good shot off, but it was blocked. Played physically in the end to help preserve the win. 5.5

D Jeff Parke (off 17) — Got off to a decent start. Had a slip and a miscommunication with Keller on a clearance, but seemed fine until suffering from migraine-like symptoms after looking into the sun. INC

D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado — This guy is a menace to opposing forwards. Frustrated Lekic so much the Rev got a booking for dissent. Had a nervous header back to Keller in one instance and one half clearance, but otherwise was incredibly strong. Very good in the air. 7

D Tyson Wahl — Won MLS Goal of the Week with a wonder strike on a free kick to tie the score. Had a couple nervous moments defensively though. Nyassi gave him trouble at times and he also failed a clearance that led to an early corner kick, of which New England got its goal. Took a Phelan boot to the face late in the game. In the end, that phenomenal goal could be Seattle’s best this year. 6

M Servando Carrasco — Very active first half. Was taken out with a late, crunching tackle by Phelan. Then earned a booking himself with a professional foul and was forced to play with his wits about him in the second half. Was physical on defense and a mostly calm presence on the ball. Held his own against Shalrie Joseph and eased the loss of Alonso very well. 6.5

M Erik Friberg — Very good in the possession game and linked up with teammates all over the field. Having the two-way influence in games that he did when he was playing well at the beginning of the season. Dropped back into the defense when needed and won his share of tackles and second balls. Did a lot of behind-the-scenes work. 7

M Alvaro Fernandez (off 69) — Took his goal very well to up his total to four, tying him for the team lead. Was much more active compared to Thursday’s game. Very calm on the ball and drifted around in the attack. Wasn’t as involved in the second half before coming off early, but his goal-scoring threat from midfield is huge. 6.5

M Lamar Neagle — Perhaps his best game since Salt Lake away. Very active and efficient in the attack. Made the most of his touches by combining, sending in decent crosses and going at goal. Contributed on defense too. Was closest to Nyassi on the goal, but Guy appeared to be his mark. Made some darting runs behind the back line and even helped with the time wasting in the end. 7

F Mauro Rosales (off 88) — Earned a huge ovation upon his exit and his coach said he was probably the team’s best player. Not a bad day. Incredibly active in the attack and pulled all the strings. His one-touch stuff is amazing. Drew the foul that set up Wahl’s free kick. Played a huge role in the build-up to Flaco’s goal. Had a great working relationship with Levesque. Had a few giveaways, but that’ll happen with a game-high 127 touches. 7.5

F Roger Levesque — Like his forward mate, covered a lot of ground in the attacking half. Had one of his better games in possession, with several successful combinations. Had a deft assist on Flaco’s goal, but was involved a lot of danger beyond that. Would’ve liked to have seen more shots come from 100+ touches, but it was a positive showing overall. 6.5

SUBSTITUTES

D Patrick Ianni (on 17) — Came in on short notice and was very strong. Had the long ball which set up the winning goal. New England’s direct style worked well for his own style of play, particularly his quality in the air. Having him available on the bench was huge for Seattle. 7

M Pat Noonan (on 69) — Very positive in his first appearance of the season. Kept possession and was active. Good in time wasting as well. 5.5

F Nate Jaqua (on 88) — Also had a solid impact in killing off the game. First with a clearance, then some hold-up play and possession. INC

COACH SIGI SCHMID

Three wins in three games. Had to deal with a couple injuries and suspensions in this one and still got the three points. Moving Rosales to the withdrawn forward was game-changing tactical move. Subs were positive. Not much to complain about these days. 7.5

REFEREE GEOFF GAMBLE

I thought he was pretty good. Some people were calling for a red card on the Phelan challenge on Carrasco, but I thought a harsh yellow was the right call. Being late was the biggest offense there, not malicious intent. Even Carrasco had no argument with the call. Handled the game fairly well, even if the physical-minded Revs didn’t think so. A couple bookings were curious, but was under control. 7

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I know you might not be able to remember that far back, but any thoughts?

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