Quakes Hold Serve Versus Rapids

July 30, 2017

The Quakes took the three points at home versus the Colorado Rapids. The win keeps the Quakes in seventh place overall in the West and out of the cut for the playoffs, but well within striking distance of Western Conference rivals Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.

Nick Lima scored the game’s only goal, a golazo shot 25 yards away from the net which beat Zac MacMath to the top-corner at 59′.

Statistically, the Quakes held a slight edge over the Rapids. The Quakes created 12 scoring chances and put up 15 shots with two on frame while controlling 55% of possession (did I mention that the Quakes needed to work on their finishing?). Colorado managed just eight shots with two on frame, and six chances.

Forward/Captain Chris Wondolowski missed several easy opportunities: an open header three feet out at 76′ and a tap-in on top of the six-yard box at 82′. Wondo finished the day with four shots, none of frame.

Forward Marco Urena put just one of his three shots on frame, including missing on a wide-open net at 71′. The Quakes could have improved their overall goal differential gap to improve their playoff chances (currently at -10), but squandered their many chances.

Simon Dawkins continues to underwhelm. Dawkins was subbed off at 66′, but not before posting zero shots on goal (two shots total), zero key passes, zero dribbles, zero crosses, and two dispossessions on 59 total touches. To be fair, Dawkins also had close to a 98% pass completion rate.

Defender Andres Imperiale went beast-mode after a lackluster performance in Seattle. Imperiale finished with six tackles (twice as much as any other San Jose player), two interceptions, and three clearances. Imperiale was a big reason why the Quakes earned the clean sheet.

Man of the Match honors go deservedly to Nick Lima, and not just because of his game-winner. Lima finished with the goal, a key pass, a tackle, three interceptions, and a clearance while preserving the shut-out.

Shea Salinas was the unsung hero in his role as wing-back. Salinas led the team with three key passes on an 87% passing completion rate, 10 crosses, a shot, a tackle, and an interception.

Despite the win, neither team looked impressive enough to be a playoff team, which should be expected of the last-place Colorado Rapids, but not for a San Jose team in the midst of a four-season playoff drought.

As of last night’s match, the Quakes rank 19th in MLS in shot conversion (29.4%). ┬áThe plethora of opportunities combined with the lack of finishing will be a problem in need of immediate attention going into the latter half of the season.

Club SHTS SOG Conversion
Atlanta United 248 106 42.74%
Chicago Fire 257 107 41.63%
Houston Dynamo 290 115 39.66%
Minnesota United 219 85 38.81%
New York City FC 305 116 38.03%
Philadelphia Union 245 93 37.96%
Toronto FC 264 99 37.50%
New England Revolution 280 101 36.07%
New York Red Bulls 282 101 35.82%
Montreal Impact 236 84 35.59%
D.C. United 266 94 35.34%
Real Salt Lake 346 121 34.97%
Orlando City SC 253 88 34.78%
Sporting Kansas City 321 111 34.58%
LA Galaxy 265 91 34.34%
FC Dallas 267 91 34.08%
Colorado Rapids 184 62 33.70%
Columbus Crew SC 277 93 33.57%
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 242 81 33.47%
Portland Timbers 324 104 32.10%
San Jose Earthquakes 279 82 29.39%
Seattle Sounders FC 298 87 29.19%

 

After the All-Star break this week, the Quakes will try to earn three more this Saturday night at Avaya as San Jose hosts Adam Jahn and the Columbus Crew.

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