Quakes Take Three Points Against Fatigued Whitecaps in 1-0 Victory
4/11 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes – Real Salt Lake – Post Match Notes
Overall, the Quakes will be happy to get 3 points out of this match. They dominated possession, limited the Caps to no shots on goal, and were able to make the big plays when they needed to. The fatigue of the Caps certainly showed – as their attack seemed a bit more lackluster than usual after playing three games in one week. Chris Wondolowski said after the game that “I’m sure we’ll see a completely different team when we play them next time,” which is probably accurate, seeing as Vancouver’s attack has been much better than we saw this Saturday.
The Quakes opened up tonight’s match in similar fashion to the way they did against Real Salt Lake. Neither the Caps nor the Quakes were able to establish any kind of sustained possession – which makes sense, because both teams have played that kind of style this season thus far.
In the 9th minute, Matias Perez Garcia made a nice move to get into space. Perez Garcia then floated a ball to the feet of Adam Jahn, who was able to shield off a Whitecaps defender and put the ball into the back of the net. The goal, however, was disallowed for being offside. After looking at the replay, it seemed that the goal could have been called either way.
David Bingham had a small blunder later in the half, where he tried to chase a ball down, but ended up misjudging it and was forced to punch it out of bounds. Bingham ended up punching it outside of the box, and was handed a yellow card for the handball.
Apart from that, there was not much action either way in the first half. The Quakes had a good series of opportunities towards the end of the half, but no shots on goal came out of it.
Coming out of the gate, the Quakes were excellent on the attack. They kept possession for a large majority of the time, and they were also able to sustain the attack for the most part. More importantly: the midfield was getting involved with the attack, which we didn’t see at all against Real Salt Lake. Shea Salinas and Cordell Cato in particular did a good job of getting the attack going on the right side.
Wondolowski, after the game, said “I thought we did a good job, we really moved the ball, and played one, two touch, and were very unselfish with the ball today.” Wondo also commented on his new role playing a bit lower in the midfield – he said that it didn’t change much, but still emphasized that he needed to “make better timed runs to open it up.” Wondolowski’s substitution caught many Quakes fans by surprise – it wasn’t anything serious, just some fatigue.
After minutes of promising possession, the Quakes were able to finally break through after a series of shots on goal in the 75th minute. Sanna Nyassi was able to settle a rebound and blast it into the back of the net.
Adam Jahn was brought down later in the half and a bit of a scrum took place. Jahn and Morales both received red cards for this incident after the referee had a long chat with his AR, and Jahn did not have much to say after the match about the booking. He simply said that he’d leave it to the disciplinary committee to take care of it.
Marvell Wynne was among the many solid performers tonight against Vancouver. Wynne’s return really helped the Quakes out – he was not only able to stop the Whitecaps counter attack, but he was also able to get the ball moving forward and assist on the attack. Kinnear had some words of praise for the back line after the game: “I thought Marvell, and the whole back four played well. Cordell, at left back. People talked about their [Vancouver’s] speed before the game, and I thought having Marvell and Cordell was good.”