Quakes Back in Playoff Contention with 2-1 Win

August 6, 2017

The Quakes took the three points in Avaya versus the Columbus Crew. The win vaulted the Quakes over the red-line and into sixth place in the Western Conference.

Scoring Summary

The Quakes took the lead in the first half with Marco Urena’s far-post shot beating Crew ‘keeper Zack Steffen just before the first-half whistle at 42’.

Quakes forward/captain Chris Wondolowski doubled the lead at 57′ with Tommy Thompson creating space and putting a perfect through-ball to Wondo for the header.

Former Quake Adam Jahn scored his first of the year by beating Victor Bernardez and putting away a Jonathan Mensah pass on a corner by Justin Meram at 76′.

Stats and Notable Players

The Quakes dominated most of the match and deserved the win. San Jose led in chances created (16-7), shots (20-10), and shots on target (7-4). The Quakes played a defensively sound game (save for Bernardez’s concentration lapse) to string together six blocked shots, 17 clearances, and 47 duels won.

Quakes forward/captain Chris Wondolowski played possessed and deserved Man-of-the-Match honors. Wondo generated seven shots (four on frame), created a scoring chance, won two aerials, and even netted a few clearances. Wondo could have had a few more, including a header at 29′ and a shot just outside the 6-yard box to start the second half, both were saved brilliantly by Steffan. His game-winning goal was his ninth on the year, and 130th career MLS goal.

While forwards Chris Wondolowski and Marco Urena had the two goals, an honorable mention should go to Tommy Thompson. Tommy had five total shots (one hit the woodwork), the assist on Wondo’s game winner, and a 95% passing accuracy.

Defensive MVP was clearly Flo Jungwirth. Flo finished with four tackles, one interception, four clearances, and a blocked shot. While his anonymity may have snubbed Flo from the MLS All-Star game, teams are beginning to take note of the gem from Germany.

The Quakes continue their quest for silverware on Wednesday as they travel to Kansas City in a U.S. Open Cup semi-final match. The Quakes then return to league action on Saturday at the Houston Dynamo.

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