Quakes Snatch 3 Points With 10 Men in Seattle in a Statement Victory

3/14 Regular Season Seattle Sounders 2-3 SJ Earthquakes – Post Match Notes

First Half

The game started off in complete chaos for the Quakes. The backline and the midfield looked completely flat footed, and what should have been a routine clearance turned into a goal for Clint Dempsey. David Bingham probably could’ve managed the rebound a bit better, but nonetheless, the defense should have been much better.

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The Quakes rebounded very well. They did not sit back in their own half; they got ahead and attacked. Innocent Emeghara and Matias Perez Garcia each had their own moments, showing off their Designated Player caliber quality. Perez Garcia drew a lot of fouls, and Emeghara did a good job of dispossessing the Sounders on the left side of the field a lot.

Marvell Wynne and Sanna Nyassi continued their good play on the right side of the field, and got the attack moving ahead. Wynne responded to the Dempsey goal in the 13th minute with a ball played into a wide open Chris Wondolowski, who settled the ball, and drove it into the back of the net with ease.

wondo 1-1

One of the major changes Dominic Kinnear made was starting Fatai Alashe over Jean Baptiste Pierazzi and pairing him with JJ Koval in the midfield. Koval and Alashe overall looked pretty good, disrupting the Sounders as they tried to move the ball forward. Their ball distribution and movement could use some work, but the young duo looked promising in the first half.

The Quakes overall dominated the rest of the first half. They had 7 shots on goal, and looked dangerous in the attacking. The only things they were missing were the last few passes/touches to set up players for good opportunities on frame, like the Wondolowski goal. Additionally,

Second Half

The second half picked up exactly where the Quakes ended the first half. They continued their attacking play and it led to a mistake by the sounders. CB Brad Evans, who is playing CB in his first season, tried to play the ball back to the keeper. His turnover ended up at the feet of Chris Wondolowski, who roofed one into the back of the net one on one with Seattle GK Stephan Frei.

After this, San Jose’s Victor Bernardez had a clumsy cleats up challenge that earned him a straight red. Despite the fact that he hadn’t committed any fouls earlier in the game, he was sent off. This challenge was reckless, and certainly deserved a card, but it could’ve been called either way.

The red card caused a lot of chaos in the Quakes defensive third, where the Sounders had sustained pressure for a good amount of time. Clint Dempsey had an empty net in front of him, but was unable to redirect the ball into the net.

After the Quakes regained some control and made a couple of changes off the bench, they were able to keep the ball a bit more. This eventually led to an Innocent Emeghara goal that’ll have Quakes fans purring. The one-two connection with Adam Jahn was perfect, and the finish was flawless. This was the exact kind of quality that Dominic Kinnear was hoping to see when they brought on their third designated player.

emeghara 3-1

After Emeghara’s goal, the Quakes were really stuck in their own half, especially because of Victor Bernardez’s red card. David Bingham, who took a lot of criticism for his gaffe last game, came up huge. His controlled aggressiveness led him to make save after save, and he was able to hold off the Sounders attack for a while.

In the 83rd minute, the Sounders were able to break through,where Obafemi Martins tapped an easy one in to make it 3-2. The last 10 or so minutes probably caused a few heart attacks for the Quakes, but they were able to hold off the Sounders in a statement win.

Scoring/Caution Summary

1′ Seattle Sounders Goal (Clint Dempsey)

13′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (Chris Wondolowski)

48′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (Chris Wondolowski)

52′ San Jose Earthquakes Red Card (Victor Bernardez)

57′ Seattle Sounders Yellow Card (Micheal Azira)

70′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (Innocent Emeghara)

83′ Seattle Sounders Goal (Obafemi Martins)

85′ San Jose Earthquakes Yellow Card (Innocent Emeghara)

90′ Seattle Sounders Yellow Card (Cristian Roldan)

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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  1. March 14, 2015

    […] Quakes showed themselves to be the better team tonight.  One of my fellow bloggers say they “stole three points,” but I disagree.  Stealing points makes it seem like they were not the better team, […]

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