The Quakes (5-5-3) lost 3-1 to Toronto FC (5-5-1) and found themselves in seventh place by day’s end.
Key pieces of the Quakes offense and defense were missing. Perez Garcia stayed on the bench due to injury and never saw a minute of action. Alashe and Thompson are both on national team duty. Goodson only managed to play the first 45 minutes. The result was a lack-luster performance which saw 17 shots, but just two on goal.
Perhaps the story of the game, aside from Wondo’s 101st goal, was Sebastian Giovinco’s dominance on the ball. Seven shots, four on target, four key passes, and two assists. The Quakes were simply outplayed all game long, and the 3-1 score reflected that stat.
Some things I’m concerned about going forward:
MPG. I said in my midseason predictions that the dude gets fouled a lot, and it would be only a matter of time before it caught up with him. Well, it caught up with him. He only played seven games for us last year before he was out on injury. This year he’s managed 12 games before injury. Who knows how many games he’ll be able to play at this point, but I’d be extremely surprised if he goes all season without missing another game. If we just have Wondo as our sole DP for the season, we’re in trouble.
Jahn. Our lack of offense is not having Wondo playing mid, it’s Jahn playing up top. He’s our target forward, and has one goal this season. He averages 1.3 shots per game. He wins less than 50% of his aerial duels. His overall performance score is a -8. Those are seriously bad numbers. His job is to create space and win duels, yet he does not seem hungry for the ball, or he’s just not athletic enough. He may be a bust, as much as I hate to say it. Put Wondo up top, start Tommy when he gets back from the U-20 World Cup, and maybe give Fucito or Sherrod a chance.
Goodson. He’s another oft-injured player. When he’s playing, he’s awesome. But we lost him for the end of last season, the beginning of this season, and he failed to finish today’s game. If he’s injured yet again, who knows how long it will be. We might need to start looking for a replacement CB soon.
Nyassi. There’s a reason why this guy bounced around the MLS (since 2010, he has played with Seattle, Colorado, Montreal, Chicago, and San Jose). He is way too inconsistent to be a starter. He has been subbed out of all but one game he’s played this season as well. I don’t understand why Dom loves him so much, but his performance today was . . . not good. I think Cato should be given the start at mid in place of Wondo, and let Wondo play up top in place of Jahn, and have Nyassi on the bench for an extra attacker for games in which we’re down.
Next week we’re home to rematch FC Dallas, a team that got trounced by Sporting KC 4-0. Here’s hoping we turn things around!