Houston, We Had A Problem

August 1, 2016

The Quakes gave up a goal right before half to Alex (Lima), and got one back in the second half with a Wondo goal at 59′ for his second goal in as many games. The final was a 1-1 draw. Alex’s goal came off of a turn-and-burn of Fatai Alashe with Jordan Stewart failing to close down Alex, resulting in a clean shot just 15 yards out. Wondo managed to find space on a Cordell Cato cross. He may have been offside, but the AR kept his flag down.

The Quakes failure to win on the road, or success in getting a point on the road if you’re a glass-half-full person, marks their 11th time this season the team has not secured all three points. Portland is equally bad with an 0-5-6 road record.

Some match stats for you, based upon my player/formation predictions.

  • The Quakes ran the “ineffective” 4-4-2 lineup (it hasn’t worked all season, why start now??) to an equally ineffective result against the worst team in the West.
  • I predicted Quincy would get one shot on goal. He had zero.
  • I predicted a typical Dawkins defensive performance, but the man showed up tonight: two tackles, two interceptions. Simon was also the highest rated statistical player on the Quakes, according to whoscored.com.
  • I predicted Salinas on at 75′ for Quintero. He came on at 73′. I also predicted he’d have four crosses (his bread and butter), he had none.
  • I predicted Wynne and Muma combine for 15 clearances, they had 11 total.
  • I predicted a Bingham shutout with four saves. Bingham had two spectacular saves, but the Quakes lackadaisical defense allowed the first-half stoppage clean shot on goal of which Bingham had no chance.
  • I predicted a 1-0 win, and the mental lapse in stoppage time cost me my win, and my shutout prediction for Bingham. Otherwise the Quakes played a decent defensive game: three shots on target all game, and nine scoring chances.
  • I predicted Wondo scoring the Quakes goal on a through ball from Simon, which *ALMOST* happened during the first minute of stoppage in the first half. Simon got a through ball to Wondo, who back-heeled it towards goal, but the shot was saved. SO CLOSE!!!  Wondo did score the loan Quakes goal. 🙂

The problem is the formation. I don’t like having Fatai on the field in a double-pivot with Godoy when we could be running a more attack-oriented formation with MPG or Tommy Thompson. Fatai getting burned on that goal just solidified my view of this, and I hope we can move to a diamond 4-4-2, or a 4-3-3. I also don’t like Quincy in the starting lineup, a problem most of my readers will know I’ve been preaching since his horrific preseason. He’s got passion, but passion only gets you so far in the game of skill which requires finding space and putting accurate shots on target.

Next up: NYCFC on Friday at Avaya, 8pm. See you there!

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