First of all, in case you missed it last night, be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Seattle Sounders TV and radio broadcaster Arlo White. He brings a unique mix of perspectives to American soccer, having come to America after many years calling sports for BBC Radio Five Live.
Now for your player ratings from Sunday's game. In addition to the high marks all around - even for Chris Seitz - there was a bumper crop of comments. Thanks very much to the reader panel for that. If you want to join in, just email me and I'll add you to the list.
Chris Seitz: 8.33
- "Bless his heart, the kid plays hard and keeps trying no matter how tough the circumstances. He's gone from goat to fan favorite in under two months." (Nathan M.)
- "Seitz stopping a PK. Nothing will boost a guy's confidence like that. NOTHING." (Andrew Dillon)
Cristian Arrieta: 6.33
- "Needs to be more careful on the physical side of things. Contributed to the back lines dominance over a once feared Sounders attack." (Bryan James)
Danny Califf: 6.56
Jordan Harvey: 6.00
- "Didn't get forward as much as he had been, but was very effective against the chess player/underwear model." (Dan Gontkof)
Winner of our Zing of the Week award.
Shea Salinas: 7.44
- "Very effective as an overlapping right back. His speed was key in neutralizing Steve Zakuani, who more or less ran David Myrie right off the Union roster after the season-opener in Seattle." (Jay Ziminsky)
- "Salinas is proving to be an extremely valuable player with his versatility in the back and midfield. " (Jeff P.)
- "This is the Fred we've been waiting for. The playmaker with skills on the ball. Thrilled that all his effort paid off and he netted his first goal (of hopefully many) for the Union." (Andrew Dillon)
- "Mainly played in a central attacking midfield role, and controlled the play well from that position - as opposed to his usual position out wide." (Jay Ziminsky)
Andrew Jacobson: 5.57
Sebastien Le Toux: 8.44
- "Le Toux is a bona fide star for this team. He's tireless and with six goals and five assists to date, it's clear he is our main offensive catalyst." (Jeff P.)
- "Were it not for Edson Buddle, Sebastian Le Toux would be a clear front runner for MLS MVP right now. Not only does he score, he makes his teammates better. That's the mark of a great player." (Nathan M.)
For the record, I think Alvaro Saborio and Dwayne De Rosario would have a thing or two to say about that. As well as a certain other Los Angeles player of some renown who's set up Buddle for goals just about everywhere except in South Africa. But I digress, and it's too late to complain about Robbie Findley starting twice when he missed multiple chances he should have buried... okay, I'll stop now.
Stefani Miglioranzi: 6.50
- "Migs has a job to do, and sometimes it seems his job is like a good hockey ref. The less you notice him, the better." (Bryan James)
Amobi Okugo: 5.33
Roger Torres: 6.00
Nick Zimmerman: 5.13
Alejandro Moreno: 7.11
- "Another lunch-pail effort. One of these days, he is going to get that first goal, probably out of sheer work." (Dan Gontkof)
Danny Mwanga: 7.56
- "Rewarded Nowak's choice to start him with the 3rd goal. If he continues to his offensive contributions, the Rookie of the Year award whispers may soon start."
On current form, I'd be happy to start them, and I doubt I'm alone. It's starting to look like the race is between Mwanga, New York's Tim Ream and the D.C. United duo of Andy Najar and Bill Hamid. If Mwanga keeps playing and scoring, I like his chances.