In a fitting end to a dismal 2016 season, the Quakes and Whitecaps went scoreless at Avaya’s final home match. Try as they might to appear ready to take the next step, both teams showed why each deserve an early exit from the season.
For the second time in two games, the Quakes failed to score a run-of-play goal. The team ranks last in MLS in goals scored, and with an aging Chris Wondolowski, don’t be surprised if things get worse next year.
Simon Dawkins came to play in Saturday’s meaningless game, as opposed to remaining anonymous in Thursday “must not lose” game. Dawkins had four shots, two on goal, two key passes, five dribbles, and seven crosses.
David Bingham also continues to impress. The USMNT vet posted his eighth clean sheet of the year with seven saves. It would be hard to imagine Bingham remains with the team given their dismal offense and the fact that he is a world-class ‘keeper that can hold his own in European leagues.
Tommy keeps getting minutes, but is unable to score. People will think he’s not up to MLS level, but I beg to differ. Adam Jahn has five goals in 12 games with the Crew since his late July trade. I don’t think it’s a matter of Tommy’s ability, but Dom’s lackluster system.
The Quakes play a final game next week at Sporting KC. Maybe we’ll see a change in formation, and hopefully a change in result. In their last 14 games, the Quakes are 3-5-7. Ouch.