The Earthquakes finished their 2017 preseason campaign with a mauling of Nor Cal rival Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday afternoon. The win caps a solid preseason run that should get the fans excited and cautiously optimistic. Here are the good, bad, and ugly components to the 2017 preseason.
The Quakes either won or drew every game they played except a scrimmage versus the SF Deltas, a feather in any preseason cap. Let’s hope the team can continue that momentum.
Defense never allowed more than one goal in a game, and had several shut-outs. David Bingham and company appear ready for 2017.
International signings should put the Quakes into the playoff picture. Both midfielder Jahmir Hyka and forward Danny Hoesen scored while defender Flo Jungwirth ensured no run-of-play goals during his time on the pitch versus Sacramento Republic.
A full roster paid dividends. For the first time in preseason, the Quakes had all of their players available, resulting in a four-goal game. It should be noted that this was just the second preseason game for the Republic, and most of the goals game in the second half with Sacramento not playing their starters.
Defender Nick Lima is the real deal. The homegrown fullback has netted huge minutes this season and appears to be the favorite to fill in for Marvell Wynne at right-back.
No Wondo? No problem. Four Quakes scored (Salinas, Dawkins, Hyka, Hoesen), three others got assists (Thompson, Ceren, Godoy). Assists have been a huge problem for San Jose; is this a sign of a more potent offense?
GM Jesse Fioranelli is a breath of fresh air. Fans know that they have a GM that is active in every aspect of the game and will stop at nothing to bring a championship to San Jose. Expect a lot of moves from Fioranelli to ensure this happens.
A full roster comes just a week before the opening game. It would have been nice to see what this roster could have done versus MLS opponents. The good news is that the additions appear to be working, and the Quakes might be that playoff contender we’ve been expecting for several years now.
A lot of good players, not enough space. The Quakes have a lot of good players, and only 18 of them will be regulars on game day. Head coach Dom Kinnear has some tough decisions to make.
A lack of offense may cast its shadow on 2017. Prior to Saturday’s tune-up, the Quakes never scored more than one goal in a game, with some of those games coming against poor opponents. Saturday’s four-goal performance was a welcome relief for fans concerned about offense, but it would be folly to judge all of preseason in just one game. Let’s hope the team can keep producing goals once the season starts.
No Marvell Wynne. This sucks on a personal and professional level. While Lima has been able to perform admirably at right-back, Marvell Wynne’s absence has been noticed. He was a fixture on the team’s defense for years, and not having him on the field leaves rookie Nick Lima to face a trial by fire once competition against MLS opponents begins in March. It also sucks because Marvell’s future is undecided as doctors continue to test a potential heart condition.