The Red Bulls of New York put up five on the Quakes to hand San Jose its worst loss of the season. The Quakes have allowed eight goals in the second half of each of their previous two road games, and have netted an astonishing -6 goal differential.
The team seemed discombobulated from the opening whistle. The Quakes managed just seven shots in the first half, none of frame, and four came from outside the 18. The Red Bulls commanded the pitch as seven of their 11 first-half shots were on frame. RBNY also dominated first-half possession 60%-40%. Sean Davis’s 38′ put the home team up by one at the break.
“We got a little bit away from what we wanted to do right from the start,” Quakes Head Coach Chris Leitch said after the match.
Quakes forward/captain Chris Wondolowski acknowledged that the team did not play up to their potential. “It’s a difficult result to swallow . . . we ran out of gas, and deservedly got punished for it.”
The punishment came in the final 45 minutes, an uninspired half which doomed San Jose to their third straight road loss. The Red Bulls continued to press the attack as Quakes ‘keeper David Bingham was bested on four of the Bulls’ five shots on frame. By comparison, it took the Quakes 71′ to manage their first shot on frame. Give Bingham credit, 10 of RBNY’s shots were inside the 18, and stopping 11 shots on frame is a difficult task for any MLS ‘keeper.
Daniel Royer single-handedly outperformed the entire Quakes team. Both Royer and the Quakes managed three shots on frame, but Royer’s brace bested San Jose’s lone goal. Sacha Kljestan and Felipe also had goals for New York. Vako’s 88′ minute conversion helped San Jose avoid the shutout in an otherwise dismal night in Jersey.
One has to wonder how the match may have been different if Victor Bernardez and/or Anibal Godoy were able to play. Not only were the Quakes dominated in their own box by allowing 11 shots from within their own 18, but the team struggled to distribute the ball in their own half after gaining possession.
“You always want your best 11, but we felt that the guys we put out there, we have full confidence in them” Wondo said regarding the missing players, noting that “we didn’t play up to our standard.”
Nick Lima and Cordell Cato both struggled to contain New York’s attack. Lima finished with zero tackles, zero interceptions, zero blocked shots, and four clearances. Cato finished with zero interceptions, zero clearances, zero blocked shots, and three interceptions. The Quakes defense finished with just three blocked shots on the night.
Vako, who should see more minutes going forward, was indifferent after the match despite scoring in his regular season debut. “I”m happy I made my debut . . . but it was not a good game for us.”
Wondo echoed Vako’s sentiments regarding the result. “It doesn’t change our mindset, our mentality, our game plan. We have a game on Sunday . . . and we’ll be ready to go then.”