3/13 Regular Season: San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Portland Timbers Player Ratings
Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
Qunicy Amarikwa produced an early finalist for MLS goal of the season as the Quakes beat the defending MLS Champs 2-1 at Avaya Stadium. Chris Wondolowski scored for the second game in a row and San Jose opens the season with all six points. Full highlights here.
Here is Amarikwa’s wonder goal, courtesy u/seby408 from r/sjearthquakes.
Bingham — 5.8
Was relatively untested, as only two of Portland’s 16 shots came on target. Could do nothing about McInerney’s late goal.
Wynne — 6.1
Had a quiet first half, but was strong defensively as the Quakes held on to their lead.
Bernardez — 6.4
While he was generally commanding and effective, he was at times shaky, and was at least partially to blame for McInerney’s goal after dropping too deep and losing a header to Nat Borchers. Deserved his yellow for killing a Portland attack after an errant pass from Godoy.
Goodson — 6.7
Calm, collect, and strong in the back, especially as the game went on. Perhaps saved a goal late in the fist half, as he made a gut-busting run to block when Lucas Melano appeared to be through on goal.
Colvey — 5.7
Far from perfect, but stood firm in his first MLS start. Looked as if he would be eaten alive in the first 15 minutes, as he struggled to deal with Melano on the wing. But he found his feet, and helped to set up the opening goal.
Quintero — 6
Godoy — 7.1
Dynamic on both sides of the ball, as he made the Quakes tick offensively and broke up the Timbers attack defensively. Assisted the opening goal, finding Wondo at the near post from the wing.
Alashe — 5.3
A surprise starter as he returned from hernia surgery, the midfielder did show some signs of rust. He was better defensively than on the ball, and helped protect the Quakes’ back line.
Dawkins — 5.7
Shifted to the wing in his second start since returning to the Quakes, he showed flashes of his creativity, but was inconsistent.
Amarikwa — 8.4, POTM
Started the game fairly quietly by his standards, but announced his presence in a huge way at the end of the first half. Came back from the break brimming with confidence, and was the primary outlet as the Quakes sat deeper to protect the lead.
Thompson — N/A
Came on in the 71st minute for Alashe. Looked lively, but indecisive in the final third.
Salinas — N/A
Silva — N/A
Late subs to help the Quakes kill the game.