8/22 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes 1-0 LA Galaxy Player Ratings
GK – David Bingham – 8
Bingham didn’t see much action tonight, but was there when the Quakes needed him. This is now his third straight shutout and his fifth shutout in the last six games. Despite some doubts at the beginning of the season and some small mishaps, Bingham has slid into a comfortable role as San Jose’s number one keeper.
RB – Marvell Wynne – 6
Wynne had a few good runs down the right side and played a couple good balls into the box, but wasn’t anything special tonight. Didn’t have any key turnovers, and kept Sebastian Lletget quiet for most of the night.
CB – Clarence Goodson – 8
Goodson didn’t have any mishaps and maintained his fantastic form over the last few games. He has been instrumental in what has been MLS’ best centerback pairing this year with Victor Bernardez.
CB – Victor Bernardez – 7
Bernardez had a few shaky moments as he always does – taking a chance with the ball and risking a turnover, but in the end he did a good job keeping the ball out of the box, and especially against Alan Gordon towards the end of the game. He mentioned earlier this week that he wanted to retire in San Jose, and he has certainly showed the same will on the field to stay with the team.
LB – Shaun Francis – 6
Francis had moments where he looked fantastic, and also moments where he looked not so good. He slipped and fell on a ball he easily could’ve played on the touchline, but then also had a fantastic run into space where he nearly put the Earthquakes up two goals.
RM – Cordell Cato – 6
Cato had some great runs just as he has had in the games against DC and Kansas City, but continues to struggle with being muscled off the ball. It isn’t something that he is going to improve on overnight, but he is still creating opportunities for the Quakes and looked very confident in his role.
CM – Marc Pelosi – 8 (MOTM)
Pelosi opened some eyes going up against his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard. For most of the match, it seemed that Pelosi was the bigger presence in the midfield in comparison to Gerrard. He was strong and aggressive on the ball, and he managed to play a few good balls forward to his teammates as well. Overall, Pelosi had a bit of a breakthrough game after struggling heavily in his last start at Houston.
CM – Anibal Godoy – 6
Godoy was strong on the ball as usual and without a doubt enjoyed bullying Giovani dos Santos in the midfield. He played with confidence, and created one great opportunity in which he launched a slicing ball into the final third which nearly led to a Quakes goal. Godoy did, however, have a few bad turnovers that could’ve gone worse if the Galaxy were clicking on all cylinders.
LM – Shea Salinas – 8
Salinas continues his fantastic form, in which he has scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time since he was drafted by the Quakes in 2008. He started off against Kansas City, looking confident when running at defenders, and hasn’t slowed down since. Salinas’ lone goal off of a rebound
FW – Quincy Amarikwa – 7
Quincy didn’t shine as much as he had in games past, but did what he has done consistently since he got here – held up the ball very well, worked hard on every possession, and created opportunities for himself and his teammates. One of his chances on net ended up going off Ricketts and straight to Shea Salinas which led to the game’s first and only goal.
FW – Chris Wondolowski – 7
Wondo had a pretty typical quiet game apart from a diving header opportunity in which he got clobbered by AJ DeLagarza, which ended up going off the woodwork. His passing continues to improve, as he had some great slicing balls that created opportunities for the Quakes.