Quakes Fall 1-0 to RSL in Frustrating Loss
4/5 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes – Real Salt Lake – Post Match Notes
Coming off of a tough loss in difficult conditions in New England, the Quakes were not able to get any breaks today against RSL. Despite not having much good play through the midfield, they were able to get some solid opportunities on goal, but were not able to finish any of them.
The first twenty minutes did not feature many real scoring opportunities for either team. Salt Lake and San Jose were both still trying to feel each other out and neither team was able to get a hold of the game.
After the 20 minute mark, the Quakes got a bit complacent and allowed Real Salt Lake to dominate the possession a bit more. We’ve seen this happen a lot in Quakes games this year – they haven’t been able to get a good grasp on possession in the later part of the first half.
The Quakes need to keep feeding Matias Perez Garcia the ball in space or allow him to earn set pieces if they want to improve their attacking play. The addition of Adam Jahn into the lineup helped the Quakes out a little bit in this regard – it allowed Wondo to drop down lower and help out the midfield, and it let Jahn win balls in the attacking third and slow the game down. The wingers, however, were not very impressive todays game. Apart from a couple small opportunities here and there, Nyassi and Innocent were unable to create much going forward. More importantly, they were not able to keep the ball when attacking.
The Quakes also suffered another injury on the backline, where Sean Francis went down on a head to head collision with a RSL player. Francis was able to walk off on his own power, but he was very slow to get up, and ended up being subbed out for JJ Koval. Koval slid into the RB position, Cato switched to LB, and Emeghara and Nyassi also switched sides.
RSL was able to sore off of a free kick late in the second half, where Innocent collided with a RSL player in mid air. The Quakes players were by no means happy with this call, and made sure they let the referee know of this. Javier Morales ended up striking the ball straight into the wall, and then following up on the rebound to score a beautiful goal that David Bingham did not have a chance of saving.
The second half started with some great opportunities for the Quakes. Adam Jahn was able to hold the ball up front and Matias Perez Garcia was able to find space and win some set pieces for the Quakes. The Quakes got a few opportunities on net, but were not able to finish them off.
After a controversial hand ball went uncalled by the referee in the box, the momentum started to shift a bit. The Quakes were not as dangerous on the attack as they were at the beginning of the half. They were not able to push the ball from the backline into the attacking third. The midfield was nowhere to be seen, so the Quakes resorted to the long ball, which didn’t do them very much good.
From the 70th minute to the 90th minute, the Quakes were unable to generate any kind of sustained attack. They were either kicking it around at the backline or they were passing it into the midfield who ended up turning it over anyways.
The game ended with a flurry of chances for the Quakes, including a bicycle kick attempt by Fatai Alashe that went just over the crossbar, but the Quakes were unable to salvage anything from the game.