6/7: San Jose vs. FC Dallas Player Ratings
One can only hope that this was not the game that you choose to introduce a friend to MLS, because no new fans were made after that display. No goals, three straight red cards and an equal total of shots on target.
The Quakes started slowly, with FC Dallas having the bulk of the possession and the chances in the opening minutes. But San Jose looked much better in the later part of the opening 45 and the opening of the second half, and it seemed it was only a matter of time until the Quakes could break the deadlock. However, Mark Sherrod’s 53rd minute red card killed that momentum, and effectively the game as well. The card was surprising and harsh, at best (apologies for the gif quality). Referee Baldomero Toledo certainly wasn’t done for the day either, as he later sent off Hoops left back Je-Vaughn Watson and JJ Koval. To say the least, neither supporters nor neutrals left happy.
Bingham – 7 – Did well to claim balls into the box when necessary, and made an outstanding save after Barrios cut into the box and fired toward the top corner.
Wynne – 5 – Was shaky in his matchup with Barrios, and would have been at fault for the goal if not for Bingham’s save.
Goodson – 7 – Calm and smooth in the defense as the Dallas attack was kept quiet, even with the visitors having a man advantage for much of the second half.
Bernardez – 6 – Whiffed on a header as a long throw came into the box, but was otherwise smart on the ball and assured in his defending.
Stewart – 6 – Crossing was substandard when he was able to get forward, and nearly whiffed with no one around him on a chance at the top of the box. Did defend well throughout.
Alashe – 6 – Coming back early from the Toulan Tournament with U-23s instead of playing in the third place match, the clean sheet is in no small part due to Alashe’s return. Denied Dallas any space in front of the Quakes centerbacks and kept Mauro Diaz quiet.
MPG – 8 – A constant spark in limited minutes after being taken off following Sherrod’s red card. Came deep to get the ball, got his teammates involved, and was the lynchpin of the Quake’s attacks.
Wondolowski – 5 – Blew two golden opportunities one on one with Kennedy, once firing right into the keeper and once heading weakly wide.
Sherrod – 5 – A noticeable improvement over Jahn, even if he is still working his way back from a long-term injury. Seemed rusty in his runs and movement in his first start of the season, and was unable to get on the end of a few golden chances. He did work hard for the team and had a few instances of good hold up play, and not deserve his red card.
Cato – 7 – Seemingly had license to roam anywhere in the final third, and took full advantage with enthusiasm and industry. Combined well with Salinas and MPG before the (first) red card, and still worked hard on both sides of the ball before being taken off for Koval in the 82nd minute.
Jahn – 5 – Replaced MPG in the 59th minute after Sherrod’s red card, and perhaps should have had an assist with flick to put Wondo through. Given the circumstances, the expectations were certainly lower than in previous games, and did well to sustain whatever Quakes attack the Quakes could muster while down a man.
Salinas – 6 – Was dangerous going forward, especially before Sherrod’s red. Seemed to play best when Cato came inside to overload the Dallas defense as the Quakes looked to exploit former Quake Atiba Harris at right back.
Koval – N/A – Had perhaps the only deserved red card in the game with a studs-up challenge just minutes after coming on. Certainly a day to forget.
Francis – N/A – A late cameo to help the Quakes kill the game after Koval’s red card.