9/27 Regular Season: SJ Earthquakes 1-0 Real Salt Lake Player Ratings
Photo: Tony Avelar, AP
It was ugly, scrappy, and nerve-wracking, but the Quakes snapped their four-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday night at Avaya Stadium. Matías Pérez García proved the only goal with a deflected shot in the 87th minute and was promptly sent off as he received a second yellow card for removing his shirt while celebrating. The game featured eight yellow cards and 34 fouls, and the Quakes arguably should have won much more comfortably after dominating much of the game and putting in 20 shots to RSL’s six. But San Jose got the win and kept their slim playoff hopes alive. Full highlights here.
Bingham — 7 — Had nothing to do for long stretches, but came up with a huge save to deny Joao Plata in a one-on-one situation.
Francis — 6 — Had a good game defensively, as he denied space down the flank and even won a number of clearing headers. On the attack, however, he gave the ball away cheaply far too many times.
Bernardez — 6 — Showed a bit of rust coming back from his injury, with several misplaced passes and more free headers than Bingham was comfortable with as the game ran down. Still, his presence was a large part of the shutout effort.
Alashe — 6 — Handled Sandoval easily for the most part, but did allow Tony Beltran by him to put in a dangerous cross that could have been the equalizer.
Wynne — 6 — Better going forward than Francis on the opposite flank, but seemed to lose steam in the last 10 minutes in the defensive half as the RSL attack was most dangerous from his side. His miscommunication with Bernardez should have turned in to a goal for RSL as a cross flashed across the face of goal.
Godoy — 6 — His rating would have been higher if not for a moment late in the game where he turned his back on the game to argue with the referee, resulting in his teammate hitting him the rear with a pass and the Quakes losing possession. This immediately turned into RSL’s best chance of the game, but Bingham came up big with the save. Otherwise, he battled very hard to win and keep possession, and covered fantastic amounts of ground for the team.
Pelosi — 6 — Godoy’s defensive commitment seemed to wear off on him, as he battled hard for possession and eventually earned a yellow for what is assumed to be persistent infringement. Made some good runs forward, but misplaced several easy passes that put the Quakes under pressure, and tried to do much in the dribble when he got the ball around the penalty area.
Salinas — 8 — Had everything but the final ball. Was very dangerous in the first half, which is especially impressive considering the lack of support from Francis. Put in a number of very dangerous crosses, including one that forced Nick Rimando into one of the saves of the season.
Pérez García — 6 — Another player whose rating would have been higher if not for a single bad decision. His goal was monumental for the Quakes, but removing his shirt earned him a second yellow and a suspension. Combined with international duty for his teammates, San Jose is going to have serious personnel issues in the last few matches.
Wondolowski — 5 — Had several opportunities that really should have been tucked away. In fairness, Rimando had a fantastic game and will surely win MLS Save of the Week honors for his point blank range save off Wondo’s shot.
Amarikwa — 6 — Better in his hold up play than in the previous few matches, but produced some truely shocking efforts at goal.
Nyassi — N/A — Worked hard defensively to cover Wynne in the late stages.
Koval — N/A — Made a number of important clearances as RSL pushed for an equalizer.
Thompson — N/A — Blocked off Luke Mulholland to allow Amarikwa’s touch to fall nicely for Pérez García, whose shot deflected in.