The Earthquakes found themselves in a hole, but a late goal for the second consecutive match has helped San Jose remain undefeated at Avaya.
Kellyn Acosta beat the Quakes defense at 78′ on a poor tackle attempt by Darwin Ceren, which put the ball at Acosta’s feet. San Jose equalized in stoppage time via Jahmir Hyka’s last-second goal.
Hyka’s goal easily puts him as the Man of the Match. He made numerous runs through defenders on the wings, and beat former Quake Atiba Harris on his goal.
Nick Lima continues to impress. Expect Lima to win Rookie of the Year honors as he helped stymie a potent FC Dallas squad (at least on his half of the pitch). He also put in two perfect crosses for Wondo, one which hit the crossbar, the other which will be a save-of-the-week nominee for Jesse Gonzalez.
Don’t stop the Flo. While Jungwirth was caught out of position more than a few times by playing too high, got beat by Colman at 27′, and did let a through-ball by at 60′, he’s still a defensive force. His three tackles, four interceptions, nine clearances were tops for the Quakes. Flo was clearly the best defender despite his few misplays.
Did anyone else notice the only Quakes goal came from the center of the pitch? Dallas was perfectly coached to prevent the wing build-up of San Jose–the Quakes put up 27 crosses–yet when the Quakes desperately tried something different via playing a ball from the top of the box, the goal is scored. Furthermore, it was Hyka playing like a #10 that opened up the scoring for San Jose and salvaged a point. It’s time to abandon the build-up from the wings and embrace a diamond 4-4-2 with Hyka at the 10.
San Jose’s lucky to escape with a win. Cristian Colman managed to get the ball past ‘keeper David Bingham and Flo at 27’. The ball sashayed in front of a completely open net. Colman tried to run up to the ball to put it away but took one too many steps and saw his attempt hit the far post. If Colman dives, Dallas scores.
Simon Dawkins did not play, and the Quakes looked like the same team without him. It’s time to put Dawkins on the shelf, or change the formation so that he can play with both Hyka and Cato in the midfield.
Don’t expect Fatai Alashe to be moved permanently to center-back. Muma’s pace was probably a concern for Dom Kinnear against a speedy FC Dallas team, hence the second game which featured Fatai as a CB. Muma’s experience should keep him in the starting XI.
Same old Tommy Thompson. Tommy made himself more of a presence off the bench, but Tommy still hasn’t produced anything which would give fans hope he is the real deal. While I’m not totally convinced he’s a bust, I may be looking for a refund for my Hype Train ticket sooner than later.
Bingham is afraid to play the ball up the middle. Does this sound familiar? Bingham has the ball at his feet, Godoy is standing 20 yards in front of him with plenty of space and hands outstretched, instead Bingham plays it wide to a centerback, who plays it to a fullback on the wing, the defense presses the fullback, and the ball makes its way back to Bingham who then boots up up to the midway line for a 50/50 ball. Bingham shouldn’t be afraid to play it forward.
Shaun Francis. You want to see the definition of slow and/or lazy? Look at Francis jog back on the build up which led to FC Dallas’s goal. Seriously, I want to see Shea get a chance. He’s got track-back speed, can put in the Lima-esque crosses on the left-side of the pitch, he’s not afraid to make deep runs, and he’s better on the ball. Option B: move Flo to the left, pair up Fatai and Muma.