3/6 Regular Season: San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Colorado Rapids Player Ratings
The Quakes opened the season with three points thanks to Chris Wondolowski’s 110th MLS goal and some excellent goalkeeping by new USMNT goalkeeper David Bingham. Wondolowski struck seconds after the second half began off of a cross from new signing Alberto Quintero, and Bingham made five saves to keep a clean sheet as San Jose came away with a 1-0 win. Full highlights here.
Bingham — 7.3, POTM
Looked stronger than ever a month after winning his first USMNT cap, and held strong against a number of clear cut chances for the Rapids in the second half.
Arguably the Quakes best player in the first half, as he defended tenaciously and got forward well. Seemed to fade a bit late on as the Quakes fought to hold on to all three points.
Bernardez — 7.2
A great game from the Honduran, as he commanded the backline and sacrificed himself to kill of chances. Dominant in the air and stepped well when needed.
Goodson — 5.0
Neither as calm on the ball nor strong in the air as we had come to expect last season, and some fingers would have been pointed his way had Colorado been able to convert at least one of their second-half chances.
Francis/Colvey — 5.3
Francis had an unspectacular but solid first half, but was withdrawn at the break due to injury. Colvey came on in his place for an unexpected debut for the Cal Poly product. He was very energetic getting forward, but his inexperience showed more than once as his Colorado was nearly able to expose him after he was caught too high up the pitch.
*Colvey replaced Francis at 45′
Quintero — 6.2
The Panamanian came away with an assist in his debut, putting in an excellent cross for Wondo just after the break. Withdrawn for Tommy Thompson in the 75th minute just after picking up a yellow card for persistent infringement.
Godoy — 6.2
Was the best Quakes midfielder on the ball, cycling possession well and switching the field quickly. However, he did not provide enough cover for the backline late on, failing to track runners on several occasions.
Dawkins — 5.5
Seemed a bit off the pace in his “debut”. As perhaps could be expected, he was not a significant defensive presence, but did not offer very much going forward either.
Salinas — 5.4
It was a very slow start to the season for the left-winger, as his first half is best quickly forgotten. He regularly lost possession, and his set piece delilvery was adequate at best. Did get better as the game went on, including a curling cross that Wondo that would have been buried on another day. Taken off in stoppage time for Matheus Silva.
Amarikwa — 7.1
Was in full bulldog mode up top, working very hard to keep possession for the team on numerous occasions and making himself an absolute handful for Colorado’s centerbacks. Should have scored in a one-on-one situation with the keeper in the first half, but took too long to pull the trigger and allowed the Rapids defender to recover.
Wondolowski — 7
After a mostly anonymous first half, the captain announced his presence with a goal immediately following the restart as he headed in Quintero’s cross. Should have had another off a cross from Salinas.