2010 MLS – GAME 6: SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
A lot of offense in this game (31 total shots), but that was to be expected with these two offensive-minded teams. In the first half, Colorado puts up 9 shots, but are only able to get on the board in the 21st minute when Jeff Larentowicz gets a foot on Pablo Mastroeni’s corner kick and puts it in the net.
The second half opens with a bang for the Seattle home crowd. Fredy Montero wastes no time after kick-off, firing a shot as soon as he’s within range (Area D). The ball is cleared out of bounds by Colorado, but a corner kick is awarded to Seattle. The CK is a good one and Omar Cummings, playing out of position trying to mark Freddie Ljungberg, ends up fouling the big Swede. Fredy Montero goes to the penalty spot and equalizes with a strong kick into the upper quarter.
It’s only 3 minutes later when Freddie Ljungberg takes over the action again and puts the Sounders up for good. A header into Area B finds an open spot and Freddie Ljungberg out-hustles the Colorado defense to gain the loose ball. With a nifty move reminiscent of his glorious prime with the great west-London Arsenal , Ljungberg gets clear and fires on goal. The pace, the accuracy, the element of surprise – it’s all there. Pickens doesn’t have a chance.
The Sounders are able to hold on for the next 40 minutes or so, most of the time in a defensive formation, to pull off the win.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Freddie Ljungberg
Fairy routine match, though with more shots and more fouls than average. Early in the season I was ignoring Foul ratings on player cards and just using the Player Identifier chart to determine who was awarded the foul. That’s why Cummings was marking Ljungberg in the 46th minute.
I’ve vaccilated on this rule a couple of times. The problem I see with the foul ratings is that they are all too bunched up, meaning you might have a couple players rated 1, three rated 2, three more rated 3, and three more rated 4. If the roll on the Player Identifier says player 6 committed the foul, how do you know who to award the foul to? It could be any one of those guys rated 3. What I’ve been doing lately, is, for instance in that example, I would look at the three guys rated 3 and award the foul to the highest of the three in offensive rank. If the identifier had been 4, I would have given it to the lowest in offensive rank. Does that make sense?
So, let’s say here is our lineup:
1 F FC=4
2 F FC=2
3 M FC=1
4 M FC=2
5 D FC=4
6 M FC=4
7 D FC=3
8 D FC=2
9 M FC=3
10 D FC=3
and the Player Identifier says that Player 2 committed the foul. Since Player 1, 5, and 6 all are ranked FC=4 any one of them could be player 2. I rank them in order of the lowest offensively gets rated 1 (that would be player 6), then next is 2 (that would be player 5 – in this example he commits the foul). I don’t know how the APBA rules are supposed to work. This is adding a few minutes to my game play time, I know, but since it isn’t really important to anything but individual stats I’m not obsessing over it. I look over the lineup quickly and make the determination quickly on to whom to award the foul.