The Quakes played a scoreless draw versus Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Here’s the good, bad, and ugly of the match.
The Good: The Quakes pitch a shutout. The Quakes managed to keep a clean sheet against the first-place SKC despite missing defender Florian Jungwirth, and defensive mids Fatai Alashe and Darwin Ceren.
The Bad: the Quakes are shut-out. Don’t expect teams to win when they can’t score. Last season the Quakes set a franchise record with the lowest goals-per-game average in team history (0.94 goals per game). This season, the Quakes are flirting with that record with a 1.00 goals per game average, and none of Fioranelli’s new signings at forward are contributing to the attack.
The Ugly: The Quakes are stagnant. Three years of mediocre soccer have produced mediocre results: the Quakes are still in the lower half of the Western Confernce (sixth place out of 11 teams), and there are few signs that the team will improve offensively. Rumors are the Quakes are close to signing Georgian attacking mid Valeri QazaiShvili, but if the arrival of Henok Goitom last season possibly showed, a player cannot fix a broken system. Dom Kinnear’s arrival brought a new era of boring soccer which relies upon crosses from the wings and slow build up. An attacking mid might change the lineup, but I doubt Kinnear changes the strategy to put the Quakes into a serious title contender.