“You really haven’t done anything all year,” forward says, “and all of a sudden you have a good week and you’re doing interviews and all that, back to where I was circa 2011.”
Sounders forward Chad Barrett always has been a player whose emotions are close to the surface. For most of this season, as minutes have been harder to come by, he’s worn a steady frown, a reminder that he’s not content as a roster-filling reserve.
“I’ve been complaining a little bit, and people might see it like that,” Barrett said Tuesday, “but when I step on the field and score two goals, I feel like I backed it up.”
Barrett was given further reward for his double in Seattle’s 2-0 win at Vancouver last weekend on Tuesday morning, when he was named the MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters.
“It’s kind of overwhelming,” Barrett said, smile spreading. “You really haven’t done anything all year, and all of a sudden you have a good week and you’re doing interviews and all that, back to where I was circa 2011.”
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Barrett set his career high in assists (five) and matched it in goals (seven) that year with Los Angeles. His goals on Saturday at B.C. Place — as a replacement for injured forward Obafemi Martins — were Barrett’s first of 2015.
“My main objective is to come in and help the team and fill the void that Oba left,” Barrett said. “It’s a big void to fill, but I think I did a pretty good job of it.”
S2 prepares for Open Cup debut
S2 will make its U.S. Open Cup debut Wednesday night, hosting the Kitsap Pumas in a second-round match at Starfire Stadium. Its roster, however, will be a bit more limited than usual.
Open Cup rules prohibit a player from playing for more than one team in the competition. So if rookie forward Darwin Jones, for example, suits up for S2 on Tuesday, he would be “cup-tied” — barred from suiting up for the MLS Sounders later on. Jones, defenders Jimmy Ockford and Oniel Fisher, midfielders Victor Mansaray and Aaron Kovar and goalkeeper Troy Perkins are among the players the club might think twice about holding out for the more advanced rounds.
S2’s defending U.S. Open Cup champion big brothers enter the competition in the fourth round in mid-June.
“We don’t want to get locked in,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said Tuesday. “Less guys will play for S2 than normal.”
Martins, Marshall miss practice
Martins missed Sounders practice again Tuesday morning as he continues to recover from a leg bruise, and Schmid acknowledged that his star forward is “unlikely” to return when Seattle hosts Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.
Chad Marshall was another notable holdout, the center back forced to watch the session from the sideline.
“It’s just a little thing with his calf,” Schmid said. “He got kicked in his calf a little bit, and we felt there was no reason to push it.”
Craven wins USL Player of the Week
Tuesday was a good day to be a Sounders forward who scored two goals in a win the previous weekend.
A few hours after Barrett won his award, S2 striker Andy Craven was announced as the United Soccer League Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Craven scored two goals as Seattle rallied to defeat the Oklahoma City Energy last Friday at Starfire Sports Complex. Craven also won the award on the opening week of the season following a similar two-goal outing against Sacramento.
|Matt Pentz’s MLS power rankings|
|Last week’s rankings in parentheses|
|1. (3)||Seattle||Played most complete game of the year in Vancouver.|
|2. (2)||Dallas||Held to a scoreless draw at home by the Red Bulls.|
|3. (5)||New York Red Bulls||Earning results in a variety of ways.|
|4. (1)||Vancouver||Lost control of match, grip on the Cascadia Cup.|
|5. (7)||New England||Looking like a force to be reckoned with in the East.|
|6. (4)||D.C. United||Losing to Union deserves significant drop.|
|7. (6)||Columbus||Getting worked by ’Quakes almost as bad.|
|8. (8)||Kansas City||On the right side of a significant divide in quality.|
|9. (13)||San Jose||Has risen seven spots in two weeks.|
|10. (12)||Orlando||Ran over the Galaxy for first home win.|
|11. (9)||Los Angeles||As Bruce Arena said, it better have been an aberration.|
|12. (15)||Houston||Giles Barnes has been really good lately.|
|13. (16)||Toronto||Bradley leads way to impressive point in Foxboro.|
|14. (10)||Real Salt Lake||Looked lost in rout at Montreal.|
|15. (11)||Chicago||Attack has been coming up empty.|
|16. (14)||Portland||Porterball era never looked further away.|
|17. (18)||Montreal||Now, show a little bit of consistency.|
|18. (17)||Colorado||And your potential savior is … Kevin Doyle?|
|19. (19)||New York City FC||Showed some heart in rallying against Fire.|
|20. (20)||Philadelphia||Beat D.C., underling how little MLS makes sense sometimes.|