- We won the statistical battle, but lost the game. Sometimes these things happen.
- Bernardez went down, and JJ was his only backup. For the record, I advocated for Renato on the bench in my pre-game with JJ starting DM alongside Fatai. You have to have a CB sub, and Koval ain’t a CB.
- No Godoy. That speaks for itself.
- MPG came back as a CAM. With Godoy out and MPG back as CAM, it’s no surprise we reverted to July soccer.
- Some poor decision making by Dom Kinnear. Jahn in for Quincy, Renato out without explanation (injury?), not putting in defensive subs as soon as Bernardez went out to ensure the 1-0 result among others.
The stats: Quakes won the shots 12-7, chances 9-6, possession 56%-44%, passes 439-347, corners 7-6, duels 50-45, and tackles 17-14. The only stats Philly won were shots on goal (3-2), and goals (2-1). Two of Philly’s shots on goal were after the Bernardez sub, both of which scored.
So what needs to change? I want to see Godoy and MPG play together before advocating benching MPG and going back to a double-pivot 4-4-2. But it’s definitely an option we should consider going forward. I also think Jahn needs to be a third-forward sub when we’re down, and not a forward-for-forward sub like we saw last night. At the center-back position, it sounds like Wynne could fill in, move Cato back, and keep Goodson and Francis on the left-hand side.
The Quakes are not out of the playoff hunt, but losses like this are alarming. Sporting KC lost to the Quakes, which began a three-game losing streak to Colorado and Columbus. D.C. United has a three-loss streak going of their own, which began with their loss to NYCFC. A loss to an inferior team shows a team’s vulnerability and/or rattles them to feel the pressure to win, which can start the winless snowball rolling. A tough match-up versus Seattle may be the cure to a temporary setback, or get the snowball rolling at the exact wrong time in the season.
Next match: Seattle at Avaya on September 12th. Obafemi Martins and Deuce are back and should be ready to play, and the Sounders are looking for revenge for their two previous home losses. With Godoy back, I’m hoping we can right the ship and make a strong playoff push, especially by beating a team ahead of us in the standings.