9/16 Regular Season: SJ Earthquakes 1-1 Montreal Impact Player Ratings
While the teams finished level, the Quakes will certainly see the draw as a loss. A 49th minute red card to Ambroise Oyongo meant San Jose played nearly half the game with a man advantage, and failed to win after leading for the third consecutive match. The Impact, meanwhile, will take the point as a victory, especially after resting key players ahead of the weekend.
Montreal seemingly copied the game plan from the Quakes’ previous two opponents, as like the Union and Sounders the Impact sat deep and clogged the midfield to make it difficult for the Quakes to build out of the back. San Jose held over 63 percent of the possession, but much of it was among the back four as the Quakes searched for an opening. Montreal had few chances in the match, but Kyle Bekker’s shot found its way in the 65th minute, and the Quakes could not find a winner. Full highlights here.
Bingham — 4 — Otherwise solid, he will have to take the blame for the goal after Bekker’s hopeful shot somehow snuck in past the near post.
Wynne — 6 — Was the better of the two fullbacks going forward, although not exactly a tremendous threat. Used his speed and strength to his advantage in defense.
Alashe — 5 — Had a shakier game in his second match deputizing at centre back, including leaving Dominic Oduro wide open for a header that somehow went wide.
Goodson — 7 — Calm and assured as always, and was a better target man than Adam Jahn as the Quakes tried to find a winner in the closing stages.
Francis — 4 — A poor game from the left back, as he seemed out of sync with Salinas, had a few bad giveaways, and put in some woeful crosses.
Godoy — 6 — A few nervy giveaways aside, he distributed well and was calm on the ball. Also had a few long range shot that tested the keeper.
Pelosi — 6 — Dribbled the ball well out of the midfield, and made some gut-busting runs forward. Not the best defensively and certainly deserved his yellow for killing a counter attack, but not a liability either.
Pérez García — 7 — Seemed motivated after being dropped to the bench in the previous match, and was consistently a spark for the Earthquakes attack. Seemed to play at a faster pace than his teammates, and worked tenaciously to win the ball back.
Salinas — 6 — Struggled to get involved in the first half, but had several driving runs forward after Montreal’s goal.
Wondolowski — 6 — The ball did fall very nicely for him at the top of the box, but he finished very cooly into the bottom corner. Almost notched another off a cross from Salinas that rolled just wide.
Amarikwa — 4 — A poor game from the forward. Consistently took too many touches, and seemed to have problems with his first touch at times. His hold up play that propelled the Quakes winning streak just a few weeks ago has gone missing.
Cato — 5 — Certainly had the energy after coming on in the 77th minute, but did not play well. Sliced under a shot from the top of the box after Wondo laid it off nicely, and did not cross well from the wing.
Jahn — 3 — Produced one instance of good hold up play, but was otherwise invisible.
Thompson — N/A — Only a few touches in a late cameo