4/16 Portland Timbers 3-1 SJ Earthquakes Player Ratings
After a very bright start, the Quakes will be disappointed to be going home empty handed following a 3-1 loss to Portland at Providence Park. After a goalless first half, Jack McInerney opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, and Fanendo Adi doubled the Timbers lead moments after coming on. Chris Wondowski converted a penalty in the 91st minute, setting up a frenetic finish that saw Adi add an insurance goal in the ninth minute of stoppage time. Full highlights here.
The Quakes dominated the opening minutes, with nearly 70 percent of the possession in the first 25 minutes. The visitors were unable to convert any of their chances — including Qunicy Amarikwa’s chip that came off the post — and the Quakes could not recover after falling behind.
Bingham — 6.3
The keeper made two key saves, but could do nothing about any of the three goals. He earned a yellow card for confronting Valeri after the Argentinian drilled Anibal Godoy with a shot after the whistle had blown.
Sarkodie — 5.4
An up an down showing in his first Earthquakes appearance. He showed a clear willingness to get forward, and he put in a few dangerous crosses. However, he did have some cheap giveaways.
Bernardez — 5.8
Another strong showing from Bernardez, but the defense did suffer a few breakdowns with the Honduran caught out of position.
Imperiale — 6.0
Another solid game for the center back, particularly in the opening minutes. His ability to play out of the back helped the Quakes dominate possession in the early going.
Colvey — 5.6
The rookie was having perhaps his best match of the season until early in the first half, when he was primarily at fault for the opening goal.
Quintero — 6.2
As with the rest of the Quakes midfield in the first half, he kept possession very well and looked dangerous in the final third. He also perhaps saved a goal by hustling the length of the field to get the slightest of touches to disrupt a Portland counter attack.
Godoy — 5.6
A calming presence in the Quakes midfield, and the offense runs through him. The downside of this is that as he slowed down, so did the Quakes. Earned a yellow card for dissent early in the second half.
Alashe — 4.7
He seemed to have put his recent struggles in the opening minutes, but declined noticeably in the latter half of the first period and allowed Diego Valeri to start stamping his mark on the game. He also let Lucas Melano go by him as if he wasn’t there in the buildup to Portland’s second goal.
Dawkins — 5.6
The Englishman alternatively looked dangerous and indecisive, but overall he was better than he has been recently.
Wondolowski — 7.1, Player of the Match
The captain played very well even before drawing and converting a penalty in the final minutes. He was consistently involved in the buildup play around the penalty area. He also had a header denied at point blank range, although it would not have counted thanks to Alashe being offside.
Amarikwa — 6.1
He was not only a tenacious target man, but also looked dangerous as an attacker, with three dangerous shots that were just mishit. Withdrawn in the 82nd minute after starting to look more and more gassed.
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