In their first road win of the season, the San Jose Earthquakes (3-3-3) managed a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota United Football Club (2-5-2). The win puts the Quakes fifth overall in the West.
The Quakes dominated the match, which should give fans pause at the 1-0 result. The Quakes managed 16 shots, six of which were on target and one which hit the crossbar. The Quakes also had the edge in possession (52%-48%), passes (528-482) and key passes (13-7). San Jose should have rolled to a 3-0 victory, but found scoring a difficult task against a team that averages more than three goals against per game. If the Quakes expect to win versus more established competition, one goal off 16 shots will not suffice.
Flo Jungwirth deserves Man-of-the-Match honors for helping preserve the shutout win, as well as netting the game’s only goal. Flo finished with three shots (two on target), four aerials won, four tackles, five interceptions, seven clearances, and a blocked shot. Flo could arguably be seen as this season’s MVP given the recent falloff of Anibal Godoy.
Notably absent from the 18, and perhaps a sign of change from Dom Kinnear, was veteran Shea Salinas, who was replaced by the Quakes 2017 first overall MLS SuperDraft pick Jackson Yueill. Tommy Thompson also failed to make an appearance, perhaps another sign that Tommy’s playing time will be reduced in the coming months.
Defensively, the Quakes started Cordell Cato and Kofi Sarkodie and left and right back respectively. Both held their own. Expect Nick Lima to continue to be the starting right back as he deserved a rest day. Sarkodie should be the new starting left-back over Shaun Francis.
The Quakes return home to face the Portland “Shiver Me” Timbers this Saturday, May 6th. Kickoff scheduled for 7:15pm. Go Quakes!