Quakes Wrap Up Preseason Arizona Trip
The Quakes continued their preseason journey in Arizona, where they took on the Houston Dynamo, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Portland Timbers. Of the three games, only the game against Vancouver was streamed, so unfortunately there wasn’t much for us fans to see. The team ended up with a record of 0-2-1, picking up the only loss in their first game against Houston.
Quakes vs. Dynamo (2/4/15)
In their first game, the Quakes took on the Dynamo. Excitement was high among Quakes fans, as the front office had just recently announced the signing of 3rd designated player Innocent Emeghara.
The main takeaways from the game were that two of the three goals from the Dynamo were on set pieces, Adam Jahn scored 2 goals, and both Shea Salinas and Tommy Thompson managed to tally assists.
Quakes vs. Whitecaps (2/7/2015)
The Quakes responded very well in their first half coming off of the loss against Houston. In the first 15 or so minutes, the two were a bit sloppy, as both teams were just feeling each other out. There was not much attacking play either way, and the ball was just being bounced around the midfield for the most part.
After the 15th minute, there was much better rhythm and pace from the Quakes. The team was playing out of the defense and through the midfield, there was good and quick passing, and the Quakes were spending significant time in the attacking third. JJ Koval and Jean Baptiste Pierazzi were the center of all this, and did a good job getting the attack moving forward.
Some of Matias Perez Garcia’s technical ability was on showcase in the first half. Despite taking a bit of a knock, Perez Garcia exhibited his ability to float the ball into the perfect places whether it be on set pieces, corner kicks, or on the run. Perez Garcia ended up picking up an assist by flicking the ball on to trialist CB Paulo Renato.
The first half back line also looked strong. They made stops when they needed to, and did a good job of getting the ball forward. Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Paulo Renato, and Ty Harden were the starting defenders.
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After the goal in the 25th minute, the play began to slow down a bit, and the Quakes were not as dominating as they were in the build up to the goal. Tommy Thompson did get in on goal in the 46th minute with a golden opportunity, but was unable to finish.
The second half was a completely different story. The Quakes spent much of the second half defending, and did not look to get forward very much. The entire team had been changed, which could be attributed to the fact that the entire lineup had been changed up at halftime. The Quakes were completely dominated in the second half, which eventually led to Vancouver equalizing in the 66th minute.
A positive for the Quakes, is that the team likely learned that they have a reliable backup in Bryan Meredith. There were some questions on the goalkeeper backup situation after former Sporting KC GK Andy Gruenebaum unexpectedly retired after being selected by the Quakes in the Re-Entry Draft, but it seems those talks have faded away. Meredith made save after save in the second half, and really looked impressive.
Quakes vs. Timbers (2/10/2015)
The Quakes finished off their time in Arizona playing the Timbers. The two teams decided to divide the game into three 30 minute thirds rather than play the regular 2 halves. The game wasn’t streamed, and ended in a scoreless draw.
The Quakes will now come back to San Jose, and prepare for a friendly against Colorado in Las Vegas on the 15th. After that, the team will take on the Fresno Fuego, Sac Republic FC, and SF Stompers FC leading up to Avaya Stadium’s first event on the 28th against the LA Galaxy.