10/25 Regular Season: FC Dallas 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes Player Ratings
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The Quakes season came to a imploding end on Sunday, losing 2-1 to FC Dallas in a match they needed to win to have a chance at a playoff spot. San Jose turned in a poor performance reminiscent of their July six-game winless streak, capped off by Matías Pérez García’s red card for petulantly smacking an FC Dallas player on the head.
It turned out that a win would not have been enough anyway, as Portland, Seattle, and Sporting Kansas City all win to secure their respective places in the postseason. The Quakes took an early lead off of Quincy Amarikwa’s 13th minute strike, only to have Mauro Diaz equalize before halftime. San Jose pushed for the win in the second half even with 10 men, and the effort was punished by Victor Ulloa in the 79th minute. Full highlights here.
Bingham — 8 — A solid and active game for the keeper. He was alert to several dangerous crosses, and made a spectacular save late to preserve the scoreline.
Wynne — 5 — Let his man get around him to put in a cross that led to the FCD equalizer. Ineffective going forward, and seemed sluggish in the back.
Bernardez — 6 — Stepped back into his stopper role after serving a one game suspension, and read the game well for the most part. Did need Goodson to clean up for him a few times, however.
Goodson — 7 — Strong and collected defensively, but off in his distribution.
Francis — 5 — Steady defensively in the first half but torched in the second half, and was not a threat going forward.
Pérez García — 2 — An awful showing from the Argentine. His in-swinging corners failed to clear the first defender, he was peripherally involved in the first half, and was sent to the showers early for the silliest of mistakes.
Alashe — 4 — Gave possession away very cheaply throughout, and didn’t give as much protection for the back line as the defenders might have liked.
Pelosi — 5 — Was strong defensively, but had a hard time linking play in the midfield. Audaciously tried to dribble through defenders on multiple occasions, each of which was unsuccessful.
Salinas — 5 — Drove forward when he could, but his passing was too inaccurate for him to be a serious threat.
Wondolowski — 6 — Left two chances begging, but did play well as an aerial target man and distributor.
Amarikwa — 7 — Left everything on the field for the team. Battled ferociously for every ball, held up the play well (although still took too many touches at times), and grabbed a goal.
Nyassi — 5 —Full of running after coming on in the 63rd minute for Salinas, but not much else.
Cato — 6 — Came on in the 72nd minute in place of Pelosi and worked hard to create chances, but seemed uncomfortable with the Quakes’ disjointed and desperate style.
Jahn — N/A — A late and unnoteworthy cameo.