- Match Report and Stats
I said in my pre-match that Kinnear seems prepared to go down with the ship with Wondo at mid. Needless to say we got shut out again for the third time in five league games (four if it weren’t for Quincy Time at 89′ against Vancouver), and Dom’s lost the faith of many Quakes fans by continually playing Wondo at mid.
PTFC had more shots (15-13) and more shots on target (5-3) despite the Quakes having an edge on possession (56% to 44%). Midfielders are the ones tasked with setting up goals, right? Touches per minute for midfielders? MPG: 0.85 Shea: 0.91 Fatai: 0.62 Cato: 0.51 Wondo: 0.50
It’s not rocket science: Wondo is not a mid. He had ONE shot the entire game. He is not good on the ball, nor is he a great north-south player with the ball. He’s great at one thing: putting the ball on frame, and yet Kinnear refuses to put him back as our target forward. I even warned people about this back in April. Our record since then in MLS Play: 4-6-4.
The final result, a scoreless draw, proved that while both teams are playing like crap, the Timbers are playing less like crap than the Quakes. A month ago, Dom took the blame for the team’s poor showing in Houston. Now, five games later, the Quakes are still winless, and their offense is still impotent. Anyone got Viagra?
Our next game is at Houston, and a rematch of a team we should have beaten on July 10. If Kinnear goes down twice to his former team, it would not bode well for his future with the team as this is what happened to us last year. Watson had the benefit of a win in August before the team’s downfall. A winless July followed up by two straight winless games in August would put more weight on Kinnear’s shoulders to get results or get fired.