The Quakes beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 at home on Saturday to put themselves into fifth in the West by day’s end; less than 24 hours later, Quakes Head Coach Dom Kinnear was fired.
The Quakes scored early off a Danny Hoesen blast at 13′. Marco Urena doubled the lead at 68′ off an equally impressive opposite post shot. RSL managed to keep the score respectable and lower the Quakes overall season goal differential by one in the final seconds of the match with Jose Hernandez beating Kofi Sarkodie to the ball inside the box at 94′.
The Quakes dominated the match, and could have wracked up even more goals. Marco Urena hit the post, which set up the corner sequence that led to Hoesen’s goal. Urena was bested by Nick Rimando on a similar approach at 55′. Jahmir Hyka had a clear look off a Wondo set up at 57′, but fired his shot over the crossbar.
It was one of the most complete wins for San Jose, who never took their foot off the gas, even after holding the lead. San Jose led in possession (56%-44%), shots (17-11), shots on goal (6-3), key passes (15-10), pass success (85%-77%), and aerials (63%-37%).
Nick Lima picked up a red card after a reckless challenge on RSL’s Chris Wingert at 71′, and will miss playing in the Cali Clasico match at Stanford on Saturday.
The man of the match was clearly Marco Urena, who beat his defender numerous times and set up more than a few opportunities. Urena finished the match with four shots, three shots on target (the one that wasn’t on target hit the post), the winning goal, and a key pass.
Danny Hoesen and Jahmir Hyka deserve honorable mentions for their work. Hoesen had the game’s first goal and racked up three shots and two key passes. Hyka had four key passes and four shots, although none of Hyka’s shots were on frame.
The Quakes play a mid-week match versus the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday for a U.S. Open Cup match, then face off against SoCal rival L.A. Galaxy for the Cali Clasico at Stanford Stadium on Saturday. These next two games will the first chances fans will have to see new head coach Chris Leitch on the field.