The Quakes have lost both road games this season, their latest at Yankee Stadium by the New York City Football Club. The loss continues a disturbing road trend which began last season as the Quakes managed just 10 points in 17 road games.
The game was wholly predictable by San Jose: an empty-bucket 4-4-2 with Simon on the left wing (I predicted a loss if the Quakes ran the bucket 4-4-2 with Simon at the wing). And NYCFC’s gameplan was equally predictable: a 4-3-3 with a press, similar to the one Sporting KC used during week two.
A poor clearance by NYCFC ‘keeper Sean Johnson led to Marco Urena’s first goal as a Quake at 6’. NYCFC equalized off a poor block by David Bingham on Jack Harrison shot (with a nifty back-heal from David Villa), which found its way behind him and into the Quakes net. NYCFC’s Tommy McNamara took the lead off a pass from Jack Harrison (off yet another nifty one-touch pass from Villa), who was mismarked by Fatai Alashe. The Quakes are now back to even on the year: 2-2-0.
NYCFC dominated most major stats, including possession (63%-37%; almost a 2:1 ratio), passes (575-333), pass success (81%-65%), shots (10-9), and total touches (814-534). Yes, NYCFC had more passes than the Quakes had touches.
Simon Dawkins continues to implode. In 70 minutes of play, and just 13 passes in the first half, Dawkins finished with 35 touches, 20 passes, zero shots, one key pass, one cross, three dispossessions, two unsuccessful first touches, and zero defensive plays.
Tommy Thompson, who got the start, was a shade better. 70 minutes, 35 touches, one shot (on frame), one key pass, three crosses, two dispossessions, two unsuccessful first touches, three tackles, and three interceptions. Tommy partially made up for his lack of offense with defensive plays, whereas Dawkins seemed largely indifferent.
Anibal Godoy (arguably the Quakes 2017 offensive MVP thus far) was available as a sub, but did not see any playing time despite the team being down with 30 minutes left to play; he may be nursing a hamstring injury.
The Quakes return home on Saturday to face the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders.