Apologies for no RSL pre-match. I ran the Rock-n-Roll San Jose Half Marathon on Sunday (in full Quakes gear and carrying my Quakes flag!) and was too exhausted to get anything out on game day.
It took 87 minutes, but a deflected MPG shot proved to be the difference between three points and one point.
San Jose dominated the stats. The Quakes outshot RSL 20-6, and put six shots on goal to RSL’s one. They had eight corners to RSL’s five, and Bingham only had to make one save the whole game. All this without Clarence Goodson, who was serving a yellow-card accumulation suspension.
MPG received a second yellow for tearing off his kit after his deflected goal, and will be ineligible for Vancouver on October 3rd. Personally, I think it’s a blessing in disguise. MPG has great dribbling skills, but rarely gets back on defense, doesn’t pass well, and his goal yesterday was a shot right at the defender which deflected into the net. I’m wary of a guy that whenever he plays, we look bad, versus when he didn’t play and we beat the Gals, Sporting KC, and United. Sorry to the MPG fans.
For me, the most disturbing thing we need to examine going forward is an inabiility to convert great scoring chances. The Quakes had 16 scoring chances, yet only scored one goal. Part of it was Nick Rimando making spectacular saves, but much of it was due to the Quakes spray-and-pray approach to shooting (20 shots, one goal??).
We rank 19th in the league in terms of shots on goal per total number of shots, just 0.2% ahead of Colorado for last overall. Through games yesterday:
|Seattle Sounders FC||306||131||42.81%|
|New England Revolution||356||146||41.01%|
|Real Salt Lake||330||132||40.00%|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||402||158||39.30%|
|Columbus Crew SC||422||161||38.15%|
|New York City FC||406||149||36.70%|
|New York Red Bulls||412||148||35.92%|
|Sporting Kansas City||355||124||34.93%|
|Orlando City SC||346||113||32.66%|
|San Jose Earthquakes||368||113||30.71%|
Quincy stats to consider: Quincy has 40 shots with just 12 shots on goal, leaving him with a 30% shots-on-goal average. Shea? 32 shots, 8 on goal, 25%. Jahn? 21 shots, 6 on goal, 28.5%. Compare this to Wondo: 83 shots, 35 on goal: 42% average. Kamara: 129 shots, 55 on goal: 43%. Giovinco: 167 shots, 67 on goal, 40%. We need to clean up our shooting, especially with only three games left to play.
In terms of playoffs, the Quakes are coming down to the wire with playoffs on the line, and find themselves a point behind Portland, who has a game in hand, for the final playoff spot. The Quakes are also two points behind Sporting KC (whom they will play again in a few weeks), three behind Seattle, four back of FC Dallas, and five back of Vancouver. Win out and we are still in the mix for playoffs.
Match pictures will be post this week.
Next game: Saturday against second place Vancouver Whitecaps, who absolutely destroyed us last game. We did beat them back in April, which means the rubber-match is at home, with huge points on the line.
Game time: 7:30pm at Avaya. See you there!