10/16 Regular Season: SJ Earthquakes 1-0 Sporting KC Player Ratings

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It was far from the 5-0 shelling in August, but the Quakes will be happy to go home with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City to keep themselves in the playoff race.

Overall, I thought the team played very well,” said  Head Coach Dommic Kinnear.”We had some chances to maybe add to the lead, but there was some good goalkeeping and we made the game a little bit nervy down the stretch.”

Anibal Godoy grabbed the goal in the 47th minute, and the Quakes held on to move into the Western Conference’s final playoff position. However, Portland and Seattle both have a game in hand, and San Jose does not hold their own fate in their hands. Portland travels to Los Angeles on Sunday, and Quakes fans will have to agree with Kinnear,  who reluctantly admitted, “I will be rooting for the LA Galaxy this weekend.”

Bingham — 8 — Had an astounding kick save in the first 10 minutes with Dom Dwyer clear through on goal, and again saved from Dwyer early in the first half. Was confident the air and good with his distribution throughout.

Cato — 6 — Was relatively quiet going forward, and lost his marker on several nervy occasions for the Quakes back line.

Wynne — 6 — Shaky in some early ariel challenges with Dwyer, and initially looked to be in for a long night. However, he (mostly) pulled it together.

Goodson — 7 — Calm and collected as ever, both on the ball, in the tackle, and in the air. Did allow Dwyer to slip through without the pace to recover one time, but Bingham was there to bail him out.

Francis — 7 — Very solid defensively, and picked his moments to get forward well. It is easy to see why Kinnear called it “probably his best performance this year.”

Pérez García — 8 — Magical with the ball at his feet and ferocious in the tackle, the Argentine was a constant spark for the team on both sides of the ball.  Deserved his yellow for a hard challenge.

Godoy — 8 —  A tenacious performance from the Panamanian. Refused to be bullied off the ball, and never allowed Sporting KC to have possession without being harassed. His goal was a simple finish, but — like he did all game — he covered a lot of ground to get there. His tenacity did earn him a yellow card and an accumulation suspension, however.

Alashe — 5 — Seemed to be a bit off all night. Gave away possession cheaply too often, which killed attacking moves at best and put the defense in compromising positions at worst.

Salinas — 7 — Showed lovely skill and direct dribbling down the flank, made all the more impressive by his commitment to tracking back and covering defensively.

Amarikwa — 7 — It is difficult to put a rating on Amarikwa’s performance, as in many ways it was sparkling. He held up play well, ran at the defense dangerously, and ran himself into the ground for the team. But like it or not, strikers are judged on goals, and Amarikwa had several golden opportunities that the Quakes will be happy they can quickly forget.

Wondolowski — 7 — Another case of strikers being judged on goals, the captain set up Godoy beautifully for the goal, but failed to finish after setting himself up with a nifty flick and turn.

Nyassi — 6 — Did very well to keep possession after coming on in the 76th minute as the Quakes tried to wind down the clock.

Jahn — N/A

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