By: AJ Gil
What an exciting night of futbol at Avaya Stadium this past Saturday versus the team of the Pacific North West, Seattle Sounders. Both teams came in with a lot of energy, they were both locked in, and even though early in the campaign the clubs really wanted this win. The Quakes were coming from back to back losses on the road, which might be in part because of the international week off. Seattle on the other hand, lost the first week of the season but then summed points in the other three contests. Having the fans pack Avaya Stadium for this rivalry match only made it more special.
The Quakes came out fired up, back on home field, and were looking to gain some points and not dip in the standings. The Quakes gave Seattle of their hardest shots but none would find the back of the net in the first half. A strong showing by the Quakes forwards Marco Ureña, Chris Wondolowski, and midfielder Jahmir Hyka. No game is perfect so the Quakes do need to clean stuff up, for example they need to make the runs on the edges. There were countless times where Nick Lima would give the ball up to Simon Dawkins, but because he was a defender he didn’t want to make a run up the line and go into an offensive attack. With not doing this, Seattle would steal the ball and create their own attack against SJ. Seattle’s goal came from a lucky deflection from the San Jose wall on a free quick and landed perfectly on Nicolas Lodeiro’s left foot. But rather deflate and give up, the Quakes answered back to tie the game late. Even after the tie, the Quakes were hungry for the win and almost had it.
For the next match up, curious to see if Dominic Kinnear will start Darwin Ceren again, he didn’t have a bad match but also didn’t have a notable first start, and maybe Danny Hoesen gets a start with all of the other regular starters. The Quakes face FC Dallas in SJ who have yet to lose in this early campaign, and it would be a great boost of confidence if Quakes could hand them their first lost.