7/1 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup — SJ Earthquakes 0-1 LA Galaxy Player Ratings
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After playing each other just four days before, both coaches decided to rest key players in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday. WIth only two players — Leonardo for the Galaxy and Sanna Nyassi for the Quakes — not rotated from San Jose’s 3-1 win last Saturday, it was the Galaxy that came away with a 1-0 victory thanks to a fifth minute goal from Jose Villarreal. The Quake’s quality of play clearly suffered without their best players, although the same can be said about the Galaxy, and LA will be the team to move on in the tournament.
Meredith — 7 — Came up with two huge second half saves to keep the Quakes in the game, first denying Mendiola in a one-on-one opportunity then grabbing a strong header off the line. Not at fault for the goal.
Cato — 6 — Like the rest of the Quakes, was slow getting going on the ball, but picked it up as the game went on. Read the game well and contributed to the attack as the Quakes pushed for an equalizer.
Koval — 5 — Had a very shaky opening half. Was out of position to allow Villarreal to slip in behind and score, and seemed unsure of his positioning in the early going. He was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch at all, as he seemed to foul Villarreal when the Galaxy man was clean through on goal, but Villarreal choose to stay on his feet and put his shot wide. To his credit, he did settle down eventually and was strong in the air when called upon.
Renato — 5 — Weaker in the air than what was needed for match like this one, but did make some well-timed interceptions.
Francis — 5 — Didn’t provide much going forward, and perhaps could have worked better with Koval.
Pierazzi — 6 — Cycled possession quickly and effectively when the Quakes had possession, but did not provide the ball-winning abilities that Fatai Alashe normally does in the position. Deserved his yellow for nearly yielding position with little to no cover behind him.
Thompson — 6 — Looked bright on the ball and bustled around defensively, but consistently seemed to try to do a bit too much in the attacking third. His set pieces were good as he provided the service for multiple headers that forced saves out of Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe.
Stephenson — 4 — Had a very quiet game, and was withdrawn for Fucito at the the half.
Nyassi — 5 — Took several very tame long shots, and his first touch let him down on a few occasions.
Barrera — 6 — Looked dangerous at times, but also anonymous for long spells. Shot just wide in the second half after Jahn’s layoff fell very favorably to him.
Sherrod — 7 — Won aerial battles, provided the holdup play with his feet, and even showed a bit of finesse dribbling when needed. He played selflessly for the team, and had a goal wiped away by an offsides call. Withdrawn after 60 minutes, presumably ahead of a weekend start against Portland.
Fucito — 6 — Worked very hard for the team, applying high pressure and trying to make runs behind the defense. Deserved his yellow for plowing into Rowe while chasing a lost cause.
Jahn — 5 — Worked hard to win headers as always, but lacked finesse in the box.
Alashe — N/A — Came on for Renato as the Quakes tried to find an equalizer.