- Match Report and Stats
- Match Pictures
The Quakes (8-10-5) staved off a last-place standing with a win over the Colorado Rapids (5-9-9) at Avaya. The win bumps the Quakes into a tie for eighth overall in the West with Real Salt Lake, whom will play tonight against PTFC.
Goodson’s return to the lineup brought both defense and offense, as he helped secure a clean-sheet while scoring the lone goal. Welcome back, Clarence! Anibal Godoy also cleared his visa the day before the match, and was rewarded with a full 90 minutes.
However, the win had its costs. Jordan Stewart suffered an ankle injury early in the first half, and looks to be out for the foreseeable future. MPG was subbed off with 30 minutes to play; it appears he is still not 100% either.
The Quakes never dominated the match, thus proving their lack of contention for a playoff spot is no fluke. Colorado held the edge in possession (56% to 44%), passes (435-327), and pass percentage (73%-72%). However, the Quakes won the stats which matter most: shots (10-8), shots on goal (4-2), chances created (7-5), crosses (21-12), and most importantly goals (1-0).
My Man of the Match is obviously Goodson. A game-winning goal, five clearances, and just two shots on goal for Colorado. That’s a player getting it done on both sides of the ball.
Next up: two away games versus two quality opponents in Sporting KC (a league-leading 1.76 points per game average) and DC United (currently in first in the East, and lead the East with 1.69 points per game average) before coming home to play the rubber-match against a red-hot L.A. Galaxy team at Avaya.