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June 19, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Montreal 4, Sounders FC 1, player ratings

hurtado montreal.jpgPhoto credit: Graham Hughes, AP

Boy, this one wasn’t pretty upon second viewing — so not much different from the first viewing, I guess. The possession game was poor, borderline panicky at times, especially early on. The team defense was poor on multiple goals allowed.

Maybe the score flatters the Impact a little bit, but I’m not sure many can say they had a good game Saturday, including referee Mark Geiger. To put it simply, this was one of the worst losses in franchise history.

Let’s get to the ratings (10 — world class, 5.5 — average, 1 — dreadful):

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STARTERS

GK Bryan Meredith — Really didn’t have much to do until Felipe curled a shot past him for a goal in the 18th minute. I don’t think he could’ve done much on that one or Justin Mapp’s in the 51st or Lamar Neagle’s in the 87th. The third one was an issue, however. He wasn’t strong and gave away the near post on Andrew Wenger’s goal, which was a critical error and all but clinched defeat. Had some good moments coming out on crosses (one collision knocked Matteo Ferrari out of the game). Overall, he’s made two saves in the past four games. I’m not sure if he’ll be back in the lineup Wednesday, but we’ll see. 4

D Zach Scott — I thought he was especially poor with possession as the Sounders struggled mightily in the first 20 minutes. Some passes just went straight out of bounds. Also beaten badly by Patrice Bernier and Justin Mapp for Montreal’s first and second goals. Always good for headers won and he had seven. Had a couple decent moments going forward and looked more comfortable switching to center back after Hurtado’s ejection. Was taken out by Felipe in the 26th minute on a challenge that probably deserved a yellow card. Ultimately, a tough night. 3

D Jeff Parke — Sported a headband for the first time. That was interesting. Also showed up in the highlights for a lot of Montreal’s goals: trying to block Felipe’s first, then getting beat by Mapp (and maybe obstructing Scott) on the second, and then chasing after Wenger on the third. Had some mixed moments on Felipe and earned a booking pulling down the Brazilian after a misplay. Had a fair amount of quality defensive moments as well, including a nice sliding stop on Wenger earlier on. 4

D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado — Do I think he deserved a red card? No. But he put himself in a dangerous position with the high boot coming across on Collen Warner’s knee. Outside of that, I thought he was poor in the possession game, as well, with too many long balls and many directed to the wrong guy (Montero instead of Johnson). His nine headers were tied for a team high despite playing limited minutes. Whiffed on the 18th-minute clearance that eventually led to the first goal and had some issues guarding Felipe and Wenger. A frustrating night, to be sure. 3.5

D Marc Burch — Wasn’t culpable for many of the early goals, but flubbed a clearance attempt to allow Neagle to hammer in the fourth. Was definitely active and put in work up and down the left flank. Had some good moments in the attack with some crosses and even a shot attempt or two. Free kicks were hit and miss, and he lost possession a bit easily a couple times. I thought he was taken down harshly by Felipe on a foul that might’ve seen a booking in the first half. 4.5

M Mauro Rosales (off 71) — The Opta stats said a lot about his performance. Successful passes: 16. Unsuccessful passes: 20. Successful crosses: two. Unsuccessful crosses: eight. He’s supposed to be someone that’s great at helping keep possession and I felt a few of his giveaways were soft. Crosses were actually a little better than the stats might suggest, and he tracked back well a couple times (but maybe was ball-watching a little on the first goal). Found Eddie Johnson well a couple times with some nice passes forward, but eventually came off midway through the second half. 4

M/D Brad Evans — You could see his frustration in the 15th minute as he tried to organize things during a disjointed period for the Sounders. Played a part at times in the slow start with some turnovers, but really picked up his game as the visitors started to control the second part of the first half. Had a couple shots fall to him, but couldn’t cash one in. Versatility was important as he played right back after the Hurtado ejection and held his own. A bit unfortunate on the fourth goal, where he might’ve affected Burch’s failed clearance attempt. Center midfield chemistry with Rose is still growing. 5

M Andy Rose — Took care of the ball pretty well and his nine headers won were tied for the team high with Hurtado. Lost track of Felipe at times and, as mentioned in the last note, still doesn’t look entirely comfortable playing alongside Evans in the middle. Was late trying to stop Bernier on Goals No. 1 and 3. Had some good flick headers in the attacking third and some nice combination play in a couple instances to help set up some shots for Evans. 4.5

M Alvaro Fernandez (off 62) — Wasn’t as involved as you’d like throughout the game, but had some moments. Won the possession to start the buildup for Johnson’s goal and had a cross to the forward in the 37th minute that could’ve been an assist. I thought his 20 minutes weren’t the best with some turnovers, duels lost and fouls committed. In the second half, before coming off, he didn’t do much to stop Bernier from setting up the third goal. In fact, he appeared to leave him to do whatever he liked. 4

F Fredy Montero — I thought two of the better performances from the guys in Rave green came from the forwards. Tried to be very active up front linking with teammates and coming back to get the ball. Drew a number of fouls and might’ve drawn a red card if another ref was in charge. Set up Johnson pretty well for Seattle’s lone score and nearly had a poacher’s goal himself in the 40th minute. Was served a lot of long balls early, which couldn’t have been the game plan and his free kicks didn’t cause too much danger. Wanted a 72nd-minute penalty kick, but didn’t get it. Later got a yellow card in the 76th minute to pull within one of a suspension. Has either a goal or assist in six of his last eight MLS games. 6

F Eddie Johnson — Earned his fourth goal of the season with a calm finish in the 61st minute to give the Sounders a glimmer of hope. From the opening whistle did well with his pressure defense I felt, which forced a number of turnovers. Made good runs behind the defense and didn’t give up the ball much. Holdup play was a bit mixed, but he had some good combinations. Had a 37th-minute header off a Flaco cross go just over the goal and nearly set up Montero in front of the goal in the 40th. Also earned a yellow card to pull within one more of a suspension. Came off a little early. 6

SUBSTITUTIONS

M Alex Caskey (on 62) — Definitely active in his minutes, but the notes were both good and bad. Drew some fouls and had some good crosses. Also committed some fouls and took some poor crosses. Still had a decent influence in the end. 5.5

M Cordell Cato (on 71) — Had a darting run in the 76th minute and some involvement up front in the 81st minute. 5

M Servando Carrasco (on 82) — A solid cross in stoppage time was the main note I had for him. INC

COACH SIGI SCHMID

The lineup was as expected, but the poor showing in the first 20 minutes wasn’t. Responsibility for the slow starts has to start falling on his shoulders. The jury is still out on playing Evans/Rose together in the middle and at times the issues seem familiar with when Alonso and Carrasco are paired together. Has to love that guys are starting to get healthy in the back and that Ozzie will be back Wednesday. Saturday, however, was a big letdown. 3.5

REFEREE MARK GEIGER

All I can do in this forum is give my opinion, and I think he got a lot of decisions wrong. I didn’t agree with the red card to Hurtado. I didn’t agree with the non-red card to Nelson Rivas. I think he let Felipe and Collen Warner off the hook for potential bookings. “I’m at a loss for words,” was Kasey Keller on the KONG broadcast. For me it was the worst we’ve seen in a while. 2

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What do you think? Who’s too high? Too low?

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