4/13 SJ Earthquakes 2-0 NY Red Bulls Player Ratings
The Quakes put in another good performance, getting goals on either side of halftime from Fatai Alashe and Chris Wondolowski to beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Wednesday night at Avaya Stadium. The win puts the team in a tie for second place in the Western Conference with 11 points, and Wondo’s goal moves him into a tie with Ante Rasov for 4th place all time with 114 goals. Full highlights here.
Bingham — 7.2
The Quakes’ keeper had an good match, punching well on some dangerous crosses and coming strongly off his line when needed. He also produced a great save late in the second half, although play restarted with a goal kick.
Wynne — 6.3
After a fairly abysmal first half, the right back turned himself around and had a very strong showing on the defensive side of the ball to help the Quakes defend their lead.
Bernardez — 6.2
Imperiale — 6.5
In what was possibly his best performance yet in Quakes shirt, the center back was both strong in the air and calm on the ball as he handled the Red Bulls front line.
Francis — 5.7
Pérez García — 6.0
It cannot be said that this was the Argentine’s finest work, but he did assist on the opening goal and always looked to get on the ball. After starting very brightly, he was on the receiving end of several hard tackles and the frustration seemed to affect his play. Deserved his yellow card for a tough challenge, although.
Alashe — 6.0
His goal had a bit of luck about it, but he was at the right place at the right time. Otherwise, it was not a great match, as he still is having more problems this season keeping and recycling possession. Even worse, he did not always protect the back line effectively and was not a consistent physical presence in the midfield (even losing a few headers to Sacha Kljestan).
Thompson — 5.3
The young midfielder struggled to find his feet in this game, as he was fairly anonymous. Defensively, he certainly worked hard, but he and Alashe were consistently chasing shadows, and it was not because of the quality of the Red Bulls midfield. It is clear that the two are not the Quakes’ first choice midfield pairing.
Salinas — 6.1
The winger had a poor game overall, running into dead ends and giving away possession cheaply. However, his cross to Wondo for the second goal was perfect.
Amarikwa — 6.2
Fought tooth and nail for the ball as always, and actually did much of the midfield work (along with MPG) as he dropped deeper to play the ball.
Wondolowski — 7.8, Player of the Match
A fabulous game from the captain. He headed perfectly to help set up the opener, and finished expertly for the second. He was also involved in the buildup play and was a defensive asset as the Quakes closed out the game.
Quintero — Came on for MPG in the 70th minute, and provided great energy on the flank on both sides of the ball.
Dawkins — Entered for Thompson in the 76th minute, and his most notable contribution was skying a shot in the box that Quintero had perfectly set up for him.
Jahn — A late five minute cameo with no noteworthy contribution.
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