In an all-too-familiar result, the Quakes lost to the first MLS rivals they’ve had to face in the U.S. Open Cup, this time to Portland 2-0 in the fourth round. The Quakes had lost to the Sounders and Galaxy in previous years. In 2013, San Jose lost to the Charleston Battery of USL fame. The Quakes lost to Seattle in 2012, who was also the first MLS opponent the Quakes faced that year.
In my opinion, the lineup was competitive for what we had. Missing were Wondo, Quintero, Godoy, Colvey, and Dawkins. Dom started three forwards–Barrett, Innocent, Jahn–to try and fill the offensive gap left with their departure. At some point, your other forwards have to step up, but none of them (nor the rest of the team) could manage to produce a shot on goal in 90+ minutes of play despite having nine shots total and five(!) corners.
Formation wise, the Quakes lacked a midfield presence. The pressure was on Tommy, Shea, and Cordell to get the ball forward, and when they managed to put the ball into the box, their passes went unanswered. As I’ve mentioned before, Jahn is terrible at winning aerials. Barrett looked frustrated, and Innocent looked content to take home another paycheck.
In the end, we’re out of the hunt for valuable silverware which could lead to a CONCACAF Champion’s League birth. We won’t win the Supporters’ Shield, so we now have to make that run for an MLS Cup to be in the CCL dance.
For the record, in the previous three games without Wondo, Quintero, Godoy, or Dawkins, the Quakes are scoreless. 29 shots with just five on frame. The Quakes also have yet to win in Portland since Portland’s expansion into MLS in 2012.
Next top: Orlando on Saturday in regular season MLS play. The good news is that Godoy and Quintero will be back, although I don’t know how much playing time either will get given they played three matches in two weeks, including losing to Chile earlier in the day.