I predicted a Quakes win since our defense is stout and Houston is a very suspect team. I did not predict the Quakes would lose in almost every major category, yet come away with the win.
The Quakes (4-4-1) managed two shots on goal. The one that mattered came off the head of Adam Jahn at 54′, which gave the Quakes three road points. It was a beautiful set-piece from MPG off a quick free-kick which caught Houston’s defense off-guard; most of the Houston defenders were still at the top of the box when the ball found its way to back of the net.
While Jahn was the offensive hero, David Bingham was definitely a defensive hero after his stop on Giles Barnes’s PK at 58′ which preserved the one goal lead, and ultimately the win.
Other than the one stat the matters (goals), the Quakes were out-shot, out-possessed, out-passed, and out-played Tuesday night. Some startling statistics: the Quakes managed a season-low 243 passes, and broke their league-worst record for passing accuracy, which they set against RSL last week (59.9%), with a 58% against Houston. By comparison, Houston had 422 passes for a 79% accuracy rating. The Quakes set a season-low in possession at 35.7%. They had 387 total touches on the ball. Houston had 584, which meant they averaged a 1.5 touches per player compared to our players. The Quakes also lost in total shots (14-12), shots on goal (3-2), crosses (32-9), take-ons (15-7), fouls (13-12), corners (7-3), and interceptions (14-12).
I will take any win I can get, especially a win as ugly as this on the road, but if this is what the future holds for San Jose, don’t expect to win too many more of these games. Let’s see if we can get some of these stats turned around for Colorado on Saturday. #COYQ!!!
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