The Quakes drew Orlando City SC 1-1 on Wednesday night at Avaya Stadium. While a point is a point, a tie at Avaya Stadium is a victory for the visiting squad.
The Quakes were not the unfortunate victims of bad circumstances, but found themselves thoroughly outplayed by an Orlando City team that came to win. Orlando led in most major statistics, including touches (619-558), total passes (422-367), shots (18-12), shots on goal (4-3), key passes (12-6), and aerials won (15-7). Fortunately, Goonie Time Magic was there to save the team yet again with a Tommy Thompson sub at 82′, which was followed up by a Tommy Thompson assist a minute later to secure the tie and the point.
Wondo scored the team’s only goal, but managed five turnovers and just one shot on fame all game, so it’s difficult to crown the captain Man of the Match. That honor should be bestowed upon Thompson, who had the assist and two shots in just under 10 minutes of time. (It was also Thompson’s first MLS point in his career)
Marco Urena could find himself off the starting XI soon. In 12 games, Urena has one goal, one assist, and just nine shots on frame. On Wednesday, Urena could only muster one shot all night. Just like Quincy Amarikwa in 2016, Urena started strong, but has been largely inconsistent and a possible culprit in a lackadaisical Quakes offense.
Time is now an enemy of Head Coach Dom Kinnear, who must find a way for his team to get points in order to maintain their position above the red line. If the Quakes were to drop into seventh or worse, expect GM Jesse Fioranelli to pull the trigger sooner than later to help potentially kick-start a struggling Quakes team for the second half of the season and a possible playoff birth. It also could provide an opportunity for Fioranelli to audition a new potential head coach for 2018.
The previous two matches have been golden opportunities for the Quakes to take home three points: a last place Rapids team and a poor road team in the Lions. However, both opportunities have been dropped leaving the Quakes with one point out of a possible six. The Quakes now have a difficult road ahead of them to maintain their top five standing in the West as they head to FC Dallas on Saturday, and Portland in another two weeks.