Today center-back Clarence Goodson announced season-ending surgery on his back. While not saying he is officially done with soccer, the likelihood of his return is highly unlikely. He is in his mid 30’s, and even if he does recover from surgery, he would be starting back at ground zero upon his return. For all intents and purposes, he is done with soccer.
Clarence’s departure will probably doom any playoff run for San Jose. Dom Kinnear continues to start an ineffective offense with Quincy Amarikwa and Simon Dawkins as the main culprits. Quincy has one goal all season. His shot conversion rate: 22.8%, with an average of 0.57 shots on goal per game. Dawkins has been equally ineffective: one goal and two assists in 15 games (and those are highlights). With no offense, no chance of having Goodson back, and a startling lack of defensive depth (a problem I highlighted back in March), the Quakes don’t have a side on the ball to carry them to the postseason.
To complicate matters, the Quakes are playing worse now than they did last season. In 2015, the Quakes averaged 1.21 goals per game while allowing 1.14. This season, the Quakes are averaging less less goals per game, 1.06, and more goals allowed, 1.17. And now they will be without a key component in last season’s run, which means they will probably continue to under-perform as the season moves forward.
The only way San Jose can change its fortunes is to stop using the same players/formations and expecting different results. But Dom hasn’t shown any signs of changing thus far during the season, and I doubt he’ll change anything now.