I’ve never seen a three red-card game, but that’s what the fates had in store for us at Avaya. Zero goals, three red cards, and eighth place when the day was over.
Statististically, the Quakes and FC Dallas put up similar numbers (10 shots, only a few on target), but there are causes for concern. We have not scored a non-PK goal in 310 minutes of play (the last one was Shea Salinas’s goal against Columbus). Wondo is the only player on the Quakes with more than one goal. Our offense is bad, and Dom Kinnear seems unwilling to stop it by putting Wondo back at the #9 spot. The result? We are averaging less than a goal per game for our last eight games.
There were few positives to take away from this game. Cordell Cato should be a starter, but I suspect Dom Kinnear will put Nyassi back in the starting XI when he returns from Gambian national team duty. MPG played well, and should have had the assist with a Bernardez miss at 44”. The defense continues to shine, netting their fourth clean-sheet of the season, including a great Bingham save in the first half.
There were plenty of negatives, red-cards aside, beginning with Kinnear, who has lost my faith. He subbed out MPG for Adam Jahn at 59′. Why sub your CAM for a forward that has only produced one goal all season? Shea or Cato should have been taken out at that point; after MPG’s sub, Dallas dominated possession. JJ Koval played five minutes before being shown the door on (probably) the only deserved red-card of the game. Sherrod missed a clear tap-in on the Cato cross at 30′. Victor missed an open header at 44′. Stewart couldn’t even put a shot on goal on ricochet at 29′. We need offense, and we need it now.
The goal at the beginning of the season was to make the playoffs, but I seriously doubt we will with Dom at the helm. Bad formations, questionable substitutions, and an inability for players other than Wondo to score means we will keep struggling to score unless things change. I thought things were changing when Dom finally saw the light with Jahn and decided to bench him, only to sub him on in place of one of the guys that was actually contributing to the match: MPG. This might be a long season, fellow Quakes fans. I think we have the players, but I don’t think we have the coaching to make a playoff run.
Photo Credit: John Hefti