“For those asking – no, I’m not doing CCL game ratings posts. I AM rating the players; I just don’t have time to write 5k words multiple times a week rn. I will write a lengthy ratings update/summary including cumulative CCL ratings of games when we win the tourney.” — Realio in March
Neatly, that was once prescient of me. I believed shall we win all of it and right here we’re 😀
I rated each and every Concacaf Champions League fit, and the next are rankings for every participant who performed: their cumulative ranking and collection of suits performed in parentheses.
This was once an ideal run! Scuffling with a variety of adversity, the Seattle Sounders proved to be the most productive staff within the CCL, by no means shedding a fit and completing with an 18-5 overall ranking line. They had been ready to earn effects away in intense and high-stress environments, and to show Lumen Box into an absolute castle. Led by way of the standard suspects, there have been additionally some new stars born on this event. Each unmarried one of the most following avid gamers was once integral to the Sounders’ luck. Please revel in the next phrases about this wonderful staff.
Stefan Frei – 7.25 (8)
Second of combat: Frei was once simply ok in Mexico in opposition to Pumas, permitting two objectives and a neglected PK save the place he stepped off his line with an opportunity to swing the momentum hugely.
Second of triumph: Stef was once unbelievable all tourney (.65 gaa), however he was once greatest when it mattered maximum: in the second one legs in opposition to NYCFC and Pumas. He earned 9s in every efficiency, each deserving of such excessive marks. In New Jersey he stored the whole lot, denying NYCFC over and over again on how to a transparent MOTM day out in his greatest take a look at of the event. A large 8 saves driven Seattle thru to the general. He held a blank sheet Wednesday evening with pivotal game-changing save in the second one part to stay Seattle at the entrance foot, once more main by way of instance within the greatest moments.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: It’s Stefan F’ing Frei in a cup ultimate. This must marvel nobody, as a result of there is not any extra snatch goalkeeper in MLS, and Frei would no longer be denied a name.
Nouhou – 6.43 (7)
Second of combat: Getting injured within the 7th minute of the CCL ultimate and gazing the remaining from the sideline is most probably no longer the way in which he sought after to benefit from the fit. It’s frequently laborious to inform how harm Nouhou is, and he no less than were given an aspect look from Schmetzer when requested how lengthy Nouhou can be out.
Second of triumph: In opposition to NYCFC Nouhou earned an 8 for his stellar defensive efficiency. His talent to hide from sideline into the field, man-marking in addition to somebody on this planet, offers the Sounder midfield extra vary, and frees teammates to be extra impactful throughout all of the box.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: His defensive paintings when wholesome is as just right as somebody within the league. In opposition to best pageant he wasn’t beat, frequently appearing up as a energy.
Xavier Arreaga – 6.75 (8)
Second of combat: Xavi simplest were given reasonable grades in opposition to NYCFC and was once a part of a protection that totally abused the “bend but don’t break” idea.
Second of triumph: Going into halftime even in opposition to Pumas within the ultimate would had been appropriate. As an alternative, after a recycled set piece, the ball fell to Arreaga within the Pumas’ field. He made a completely good tactical play, which concerned laying the ball off to Raúl Ruidíaz who gave Seattle the entire momentum and the lead on the damage.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Xavi introduced sturdy, stable protection that constantly held down high-octane fighters to predictable possibilities. Arreaga added just right imaginative and prescient and a passing talent that helped distribute throughout the center.
Yeimar – 6.6 (5)
Second of combat: Within the first leg in opposition to Pumas, Yeimar was once a multitude, contributing to the PK in opposition to after which misjudging a header to surrender the second one function.
Second of triumph: Within the go back fit he mixed with Xavi to fully close down Juan Dinenno, proscribing probably the most in-form striker in North The us to 2 inconsequential photographs as he was once marked out of the sport.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Yeimar coming back from harm and getting his health again allowed Seattle to play extra aggressively within the center, depending at the middle defensive again pairing to dominate the air.
Alex Roldan – 6.5 (8)
Second of combat: Within the ultimate, Washington Corozo beat Alex to the top line and installed a beautiful go within the sixty fifth minute that introduced a tantalizing header probability to tie the fit if no longer for some Frei heroics. Roldan minimize this run off for the remainder of the fit, obviously having realized his lesson.
Second of triumph: In a cut up 2d, Roldan won a move from his brother and famous a diagonal run from Jordan Morris on Wednesday. Alex’s liberating move was once true, placing Jordan in in the back of unmarked with a variety of choices, one being Nico->Raúl->function.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: From time to time, Alex is crucial participant at the staff — his talent to protect stoutly after which mix in a dizzying array of distinctive assaults up the wing is really a game-breaking ability this is indefensible for any however the most productive groups.
Albert Rusnák – 7.00 (8)
Second of combat: Within the first fit of the yr, this newly minted Sounder was once just right, however no longer nice, resulting in hypothesis of what precisely to be expecting out of Rusnák.
Second of triumph: The intangibles got here in combination within the CCL ultimate, and his skillset was once on complete show. It’s unimaginable to observe Rusnák for any period of time with out being inspired by way of his calm keep watch over, his determination making, and the category he oozes just about each and every time he touches the ball. On Wednesday evening he briefly made up for a deficient set piece by way of riding into the field and contributing to the primary function. Then, an excellent piece of composed ability created the distance for teammates to attain the second one. In the end, he launched Morris to start the 3rd function collection. If my math is right kind, that’s a key contribution to every function within the decisive leg of the general. His paintings fee centrally is unbelievable, and within the greatest sport of his Sounders profession he confirmed up massive.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Particularly with João Paulo happening early, Seattle wanted Albert to be nice within the ultimate. His constant play within the center, passing, keep watch over, defensive paintings fee, and ownership was once transcendent all event.
João Paulo – 6.86 (7)
Second of combat: Completely heartbreaking to peer JP carried off the sector and immediately to the locker room, simplest to go back to the sector on crutches. The worst-case state of affairs of an ACL tear ended up being the prognosis.
Second of triumph: In opposition to León in Mexico JP was once huge, doping up in every single place in a defensive masterclass. He received 90 p.c of his duels, added more than one tackles whilst being hammered (4 fouls in opposition to). His resolute and implacable defensive taste was once very important to withstanding an onslaught of offense from a talented opponent.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: The worst sport of the tourney was once the primary one in opposition to Motagua, and it was once no twist of fate that it was once the one one performed with out João Paulo. His PK earned in opposition to León in stoppage time of the primary part ended any probability that they had of coming again.
Jordan Morris – 7.00 (8)
Second of combat: A large number of video games noticed Morris earn reasonable grades, every time for performances the place he was once cast, however no longer exceptional.
Second of triumph: León got here to Seattle in hopes of repeating their Leagues Cup triumph from closing yr. Morris had different concepts, working in all places the Mexican staff who had no solution for his velocity and direct counter assaults. Only a few deficient success and neglected finishes stopped Jordan from scoring 4 objectives.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: When on, he’s unstoppable. Jordan’s talent to take over video games earned him 3 objectives within the event, and his attacking runs and distribution within the ultimate in opposition to Pumas contributed to 2 objectives, frequently taking part in extra of a striker function.
Nico Lodeiro 7.33 (6)
Second of combat: In opposition to Motagua in Honduras, nobody knew what to anticipate from Lodeiro. Getting back from harm, there was once some query the place he would play and in what formation. Beginning centrally, he drained early, exiting after 60 mins with out exerting the strain we’ve noticed from him during his Sounders profession.
Second of triumph: Down 2-0 in Mexico with Seattle’s CCL possibilities putting by way of a thread, a possible savior arose with a penalty awarded to the Sounders. Lodeiro frivolously strode up and completed blank, an inch-perfect shot, just about stored, which gave unexpected existence to Seattle’s possibilities. Then, on the very demise, some Cristian Roldan effort created a 2d penalty, once more transformed by way of Nico. The quantity of strain exerted from the site, the group, the elevation, the fighters, the second was once immense. However Lodeiro was once larger.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: 5 objectives and two assists in six video games performed. Nico Lodeiro wasn’t ideally suited all of the event, but if the instant wanted it, he was once.
Cristian Roldan– 7.75 (8) MOTT
Second of combat: Roldan had his “worst” day out within the CCL in Mexico Town in opposition to León, failing to get at the scoresheet after having ruled the tourney up till then. Nonetheless hugely efficient, Cristian was once contained, as an alternative facilitating others round him to excel.
Second of triumph: A lesser competitor would have snuck out of Mexico within the away leg of the general down a function and been glad to flee, saving himself for the house leg. A lesser participant would have touched the ball over the top line and authorised a function kick and most probably the top of the fit. Cristian Roldan isn’t that participant. Probably the most aggressive participant in North The us, his unravel, power, and willpower to push to the very closing second earned a pivotal penalty within the 96th minute in opposition to Pumas, permitting Seattle to move house with a draw, replacing all of the point of view of the general and tipping the percentages firmly in choose of the Sounders.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Cristian was once the Sounders Guy Of The Match, incomes the absolute best cumulative ranking. He by no means rated under 7 in any sport, in one of the vital entire presentations of mastery over a event I’ve ever noticed. He led the CCL with 5 assists, added a function, earned two consequences, and was once a part of virtually each and every large second for a Seattle staff that ruled for lots of the tourney. Simply as vital as his numbers was once his management, by no means higher displayed than when after JP went out of the general: Cristian huddled up his staff and gave them an impassioned speech, wearing them to a name.
Raúl Ruidíaz – 7 (6)
Second of combat: Up 1-0 in opposition to Motagua in the house leg, Raúl was once pressured off at halftime with an harm. Ruidíaz would leave out the León suits, returning to play the closing 4 video games of the event. His event play can have been remembered as two gradual suits in opposition to a Honduran squad.
Second of triumph: Large avid gamers display up in large video games, and no fit has been larger for Seattle than the CCL ultimate at house. Fittingly, Raúl led the way in which, incomes MOTM by way of doing what he does best possible: scoring the rattling ball. His first confirmed his talent to ghost clear of defenders and to find open areas in addition to a handy guide a rough liberate, tough shot that wouldn’t be denied by way of defenders. The second one displayed endurance, as he understood completely the runs round him, drifted to a just right attitude, after which expertly wrong-footed the keeper to attain blank close to publish and put the sport out of succeed in. A real famous person effort from Raúl, who ended with a large seven photographs and was once function unhealthy each and every time he such a lot as smelled the ball.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: An early function in opposition to NYCFC utterly modified the sequence. His go pressured the primary penalty in opposition to Pumas away. Two objectives to win the general. Within the greatest moments of the event, there was once all the time a Raúl affect.
Kelyn Rowe – 5.88 (8)
Second of combat: Taking part in in opposition to NYCFC away, Rowe subbed in to exchange Nouhou within the 70th minute and was once a part of a coarse ultimate 20 mins for Seattle. The courageous away squad held meekly directly to a 1-1 tie and didn’t concede, but it surely was once simplest success and an otherworldly Stefan Frei efficiency that stored it that method. Rowe appeared uncomfortable at the left, combining poorly with each central and extensive mids alike, and was once victimized down his wing more than one instances.
Second of triumph: With Nouhou at the floor after being viciously kicked, Rowe had two mins to heat up and input the general. A last the place he was once matched up in opposition to a staff that feasts on extensive carrier to an improbable striker. All Kelyn did is close his aspect down for 79 mins, proscribing crosses, controlling the ball, profitable the vast majority of his 9 duels, and being precisely the participant Seattle didn’t know they wanted in that second.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Rowe has his critics, however he performed each and every unmarried fit for Seattle on this event, and rewarded the religion the training workforce had in him together with his best possible efficiency within the ultimate. A deserved native champion, he was once a “replacement level player” in the most productive sense, and an very important improve possibility for Seattle.
Obed Vargas – 6.14 (7)
Second of combat: After a large number of hype and a few luck centrally, Obed got here in to the fit within the 77th minute away to NYCFC as an outdoor midfielder and struggled. Now not a relaxed extensive participant within the Sounders’ device, it was once transparent that Vargas relied extra on bodily hustle than intrinsic technical ability, and this was once taken good thing about by way of New York.
Second of triumph: When Seattle’s staff MVP was once carried to the locker room with a season ending-injury, Brian Schmetzer had religion in Vargas to exchange him centrally, and his religion was once justified. He performed 60 mins in a event ultimate and confirmed he belonged there. This was once a case the place no longer noting him was once notable, as he are compatible in seamlessly with the staff, performed his function completely (83 p.c passing, seven duels) and were given the ball to others. Now not intimidated by way of the instant, Obed was once a composed and integral a part of the championship victory.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Changing JP within the ultimate was once not anything new to Vargas, as he had began more than one suits on this event and grew to become in large performances. He was once used to taking part in that function as a result of he had accomplished it right through all of CCL, and he’s discovered a just right position within the roster to excel whilst rising.
Fredy Montero – 5.71 (7)
Second of combat: In opposition to NYCFC away, Montero was once handed over for Will Bruin to come back in past due and lend a hand salt away the victory. After having ruled the former suits scoring for Seattle, it couldn’t had been simple to leave out that whole sport, however he treated it, confirmed up the following fit, and contributed.
Second of triumph: Taking part in a difficult León staff at house that had not too long ago beat this Sounders squad, Seattle got here out and ran the Mexicans off the sector. Seattle was once led by way of Montero, who dashed any hopes León had with a ten-minute scoring spree past due within the first part. First, he frivolously scored a penalty that Cristian earned from just about not anything. Then moments later he flashed in entrance of the function to attain a 2d, and all of sudden Seattle was once going into part up 2-0 on how to a 3-0 win.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Fredy ended up with 3 massive objectives for Seattle, wearing the scoring load early within the tourney prior to handing it off to a few of these children to get their percentage of glory.
Jackson Ragen – 5.67 (6)
Second of combat: In opposition to NYCFC away, Ragen was once put beneath probably the most strain of his younger Sounders profession and struggled to handle the ingenious and opportunistic motion of the opposition forwards.
Second of triumph: Beginning at centerback away in León as a rookie Sounder will have to had been nerve wracking, and but Ragen was once immense. Over and over again, the Mexican staff attempted to go into Jackson and he stoutly repelled every strive. His passing was once on complete show, as he confirmed a dizzying array of touches and switching balls, and unbelievable defensive effort in a high-pressure atmosphere.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: With DPOY finalist Yeimar getting harm within the 3rd fit of the event, it was once Jackson Ragen who stood tall, beginning for Yeimar and that includes in six of 8 suits. His talent to again up more than one central defensive positions was once an surprising and treasured useful resource, and he carried out neatly above expectancies.
Will Bruin – 5 (4)
Second of combat: Bruin was once introduced in past due to get Ruidíaz a damage and lend a hand hustle up best in opposition to NYCFC at the east coast, and he did the previous.
Second of triumph: Seeing Fredy and Gets subbed in past due to the general in combination was once ideally suited. For Will, it needed to be wonderful to percentage in a event win for a staff that he most probably had doubts he would nonetheless be taking part in for, as his go back from harm has been not up to stellar.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Even if no longer what he as soon as was once, at each and every unmarried observe Will Bruin offers his all, and this shapes the ones round him on either side of the ball, growing excellence.
Danny Leyva – 5 (2)
Second of combat: Coming off extra accidents and no longer taking part in whilst being handed over within the midfield needed to be laborious for Leyva, who simplest featured two times in CCL.
Second of triumph: For a participant with Mexican heritage, taking part in in Mexico in opposition to León was once most probably improbable for him and his circle of relatives. He performed each legs by contrast staff, and every time did precisely what you want from a past due sub.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: The luck of Leyva helped mould Atencio, after which Vargas. Even coping with the adversity he’s had as far as a Sounder, he’s bettering and doing so with a relentless smile on his face. That is the angle of a CCL champion.
Léo Chú – 7 (1)
Second of combat: Chú picked up a knock after his unmarried CCL look and neglected the remainder of the event.
Second of triumph: Requested to sub in in opposition to Motagua within the 65th minute at house, he made rapid affect, scoring a function 9 mins later to cap off a 5-0 Sounders triumph.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: Chú’s insertion gave a psychological spice up to bench avid gamers by way of appearing they may be able to give a contribution, were given Rusnák an help to propel him out of his sluggish get started statistically, and produced a 5th function at house to create an much more intimidating atmosphere that set the tone for dominance.
Jimmy Medranda – 6 (1)
Second of combat: The pairing of Rowe and Medranda was once a little messy, neither taking a look happy with the ways.
Second of triumph: Getting into a CCL sport after a protracted string of accidents and taking a look sturdy equipped an added intensity possibility for the Sounders, and Jimmy’s talent to waft centrally and improve ownership throughout the center was once useful.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: You don’t sub off Morris, Ruidíaz, JP, and Lodeiro on the identical time in a fit in opposition to somebody until you might be assured the replacements can dangle on. They usually did, seeing out a 3-1 house victory in opposition to NYCFC and most significantly, no longer permitting a 2d away function.
Abdoulaye Cissoko – 5 (1)
Second of combat: It took a couple of moments for Seattle to regulate to getting AB into the León away fit at the side of Ragen, Arreaga, and Nouhou.
Second of triumph: Coming in for Rowe, Cissoko helped repair the backline right into a extra manageable formation that allowed Seattle to carry on past due.
Why we don’t win CCL with out him: León put a large number of strain on Seattle within the ultimate moments, and the Sounders grew to become to 2 former Defiance central defenders to lend a hand dangle on for the closing 10 mins.
Sam Adeniran – 5 (1)
Second of combat: Within the blowout house win in opposition to Motagua, Sam was once given half-hour to make an impact, however he light and wasn’t a lot of an element.
Second of triumph: Adeniran was once introduced in to get Morris some deserved relaxation. He contributed a shot on course.
Why we don’t win with out him: Even with stars at the bench, Seattle nonetheless driven, and each and every unmarried participant believed they deserved to be there and deserved to win. This integrated everybody written about above and everybody who made the bench, practiced with, and is a part of this group.
There’s one thing intangible about the type of run this staff simply went on. I will be able to put numbers to it and parse issues in a lot of tactics, however all that also doesn’t do justice to their collective accomplishment. And possibly that’s ok. Those rankings would possibly not upload as much as what all of us witnessed. For a staff that eternally appears to be more than the sum in their portions, possibly that’s precisely correctly.