Quakes Lose a Point Late in Match Against Dallas

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3/7 Regular Season FC Dallas 1-0 SJ Earthquakes – Post Match Notes

The Quakes started off their 2015 contest on the road in Frisco, Texas. The game was overall a back and forth between the two teams. Each team had their chances, and each keeper came up with a couple of saves. But in the end, it was the mistake by young goalkeeper David Bingham that ended up costing the Quakes a point. Bingham was aggressive all game, and was lucky to get away with a couple small mistakes in the first half, but wasn’t so lucky late in the game.

The main takeaways are that the chemistry with Bingham the back line is going to take some time to develop, and that the Quakes are going to need some more out of their midfield and they need to capitalize on more of their scoring opportunities early on when facing the top opponents in the Western Conference. They did not seem outmatched against Dallas, it was inexperience that ultimately cost them a point. But there is definitely room for improvement from this point on.

First Half 

The Quakes started off the match with a couple decent chances: Matias Perez Garcia tested the keeper with a shot from way out, and Chris Wondolowski put one on net from the top of the box, but both were saved by the Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

After that, Dallas responded with some attacking play of their own. The speed of Fabian Castillo caused some problems for the back line, and led to a couple huge chances. Blas Perez slipped away from the Quakes defense on a set piece at the top of the box, but Perez shot it right into the hands of David Bingham.

Bingham overall had a decent first half, but also got a bit lucky. He was very quick off of his line and overall played with a lot of aggression. He was perhaps even too aggressive at times, coming a little too far off of his line. He even ran into his own players a couple of times when coming off of his line to clear the ball out.

After a flurry of chances from Dallas, the Quakes recovered well and began to sustain possession better as the first half came to a close. They weren’t able to put any dangerous chances on net, but it was certainly a change from what Quakes fans were used to seeing from last year.

Second Half

To change things up, Dominic Kinnear brought on Adam Jahn for JJ Koval in the 60th minute, who had an outstanding preseason. Kinnear later brought on rookie Fatai Alashe for Matias Perez Garcia as well as the team’s 3rd designated player, Innocent Emeghara for Shea Salinas.

The remainder of the second half was a lot of back and forth. Neither team was able to break through really, but it was a mistake by young GK David Bingham late in the game that ended up putting Dallas on the score sheet. Bingham ran into big Victor Bernardez and ended up on the pitch after running out to near the top of the box, and was unable to recover and get back to his line. Blas Perez then redirected it into the back of the net.

Overall, it seems that the chemistry between Bingham and the Quakes back line is going to take a bit to develop. Jon Busch was always making his voice heard, and that is what made him such a great keeper for the Quakes. It will take some time for the team to adjust to a new goalkeeper – but it is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

Scoring/Caution Summary

50′ FC Dallas Yellow Card (Atiba Harris)

67′ San Jose Earthquakes Yellow Card (Shaun Francis)

77′ San Jose Earthquakes Yellow Card (Shea Salinas)

91′ San Jose Earthquakes Yellow Card (Sanna Nyassi)

92′ FC Dallas Goal (Blas Perez) 1-0

94′ San Jose Earthquakes Yellow Card (Adam Jahn)

Anay Patel

I have been a lifelong Quakes fan, and founded Quakes Epicenter in November of 2014. I have been credentialed to cover the Quakes since the 2015 season, and currently serves as the lead editor of the website. Outside of the Quakes, I am currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science and Business Administration.

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