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July 8, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Sounders FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, player ratings

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Monday’s 0-0 draw got some mixed reviews from fans. Some felt it was pretty entertaining. Others thought it was boring. Either way, I think it was a quality showing and a good result for the visiting Sounders.

Seattle had some great moments of possession and perhaps some of the best short passing sequences we’ve seen all season. Obviously a lot of attention goes to Fredy Montero’s missed penalty kick — rightfully so — but there was a lot to like all around from the team’s performance.

I know we’re in the middle of Portland week, but let’s get to it.

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STARTERS

GK Kasey Keller — Wasn’t too bothered on the night, so credit a solid team defensive effort. Big moment came by getting a fingertip or two to Angel’s dangerous 69th-minute shot, just enough to push it onto the post. Also did well with Donovan was open for a free header in front of goal. Comfortable on crosses and coming off his line. 6.5

D James Riley — A strong night all around I felt. Mike Magee and others on that side had a quiet night. Physical and active in defense. Also pushed forward very often to supplement the attack well. Earned his own shot on goal at one point. Strong in possession and limited his giveaways. 7

D Jeff Parke — Had a pretty calm night and set himself up well with good positioning. Was the closest defender to Angel on his near miss, but also had to keep track of Donovan over there. Not a lot of the tense moments came his way, but he helped keep Barrett pretty quiet. Tried to keep Wahl’s late cross alive, but that was the extent of his involvement on offense. 6.5

D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado — Will lament a couple missed headers in front of the goal and probably should’ve put one away. Mostly strong in defense, but had a lapse or two. Kept Angel onside for a dangerous first-half chance and was also turned easily by Barrett on a second-half shot attempt. Salazar had a quick whistle at the end of the game, but he should’ve adjusted to avoid some cheap fouls. The few instances don’t take away from the whole performance though. 6

D Tyson Wahl — Probably could’ve had an assist or two, and Hurtado was his favorite target. Reliable in defense except for an odd moment where he allowed Donovan a free header in front of the goal. Made a couple good runs and had some threatening crosses from the run of the play. 6.5

M Osvaldo Alonso — A defensive terror, as always. I thought he was very good by his standards in breaking up play and winning second balls. Limited turnovers and was good in possession with short passes and combinations. Distributed well, too. In fact had 43 successful passes and just three failed ones. Had a couple shots blocked and wasn’t too involved on offense, but definitely limited danger in the center of the park. 7

M Erik Friberg — A very solid two-way game. His defensive energy jumped off the screen, especially tracking down Donovan on a couple runs that could’ve been dangerous. One-touch soccer in possession suits his game and skill set. Active in the middle — took shots, made good runs, earned corner kicks — but also had a couple giveaways. Strong showing overall. 6.5

M Alvaro Fernandez (off 71) — I’ve seen some people say Sean Franklin shut him down, but his effectiveness was pretty good when he got the ball. More of the action went down the right instead of the left, so he didn’t see much of it. First half was extremely clean, but his second half was a bit rockier. Had a couple giveaways, including one that led to a Friberg booking. Didn’t get much love from Salazar all night either. 5.5

M/F Mauro Rosales (off 90+) — Had some moments of incredible skill, sometimes beating multiple defenders to get a cross in. Continues to show why he’s become an MLS Newcomer of the Year candidate. Was a little lax at times defensively, allowing Dunivant to run by him at one point and getting beat by Magee to a dangerous cross in front of goal. Was involved in the buildup to the PK and a lot of other good possession. Moved to withdrawn forward in the second half and arguably his team’s best player again. 7

F Fredy Montero (off 61) — Unfortunately a poorly taken penalty kick sticks out, even though he did well to earn it and that bicycle kick might’ve given Perk problems. He also did well to put a lot of pressure on L.A. defenders with the ball. Had some good bits of combination play and could’ve easily had an assist on Levesque’s early chance. Has just one goal in two months though. Not good enough. 4.5

F Roger Levesque — Known for his work rate, but showed well in possession and hold-up play. Won a good amount of headers. Unfortunately skied a low cross by Montero early on, but set up his forward mate on the PK. Pressuring the Galaxy back line suited his play. Buzzed around in the attacking third and definitely didn’t get lost in the play. 6

SUBSTITUTIONS

M Brad Evans (on 61) — Lot of involvement in his minutes. Nearly chipped Perk and had a solid impact in the possession game. Not sure if the hamstring limited his minutes, but I’d expect he might be in line to start Sunday. Midfield is getting crowded though. 6

M Pat Noonan (on 71) — Played left mid and I’m not sure I’ve seen him much there. Was calm on the ball and knocked it around well. Got up and down the field to contribute on both ends. 5.5

M Lamar Neagle (on 90+) — Got in a couple touches in his late cameo. INC

COACH SIGI SCHMID

None of the forwards are in good scoring form, which makes it difficult, but the team continues to get results. His team saw a lot of the ball and held its own in one of the toughest road games of the year. Subs had a solid impact and his team was certainly put in a position to win. 6.5

REFEREE RICARDO SALAZAR

Some Sounders weren’t happy with a loose whistle at the end of the game, which gave Beckham his share of free kicks. The calls were soft but it doesn’t mean he had an egregious performance. Had a couple questionable decisions, which puts him about average for MLS refs on the night I feel. 5

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