Last Gasp Equalizer Gives Quakes A Draw At Stanford
For the second week in a row, substitutes came up big for the Earthquakes, with both the assist and the finish supplied by players off the bench. Chad Barrett scored a late equalizer off a free kick from Shea Salinas to earn a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium in front of over 50,000 in attendance.
While he was technically a substitute, Barrett came on in just the 9th minute after an injury to Victor Bernardez. This forced Fatai Alashe into the back line, and Simon Dawkins into the midfield.
“Just gotta deal with it,” manager Dom Kinnear said. “Looking down the bench we don’t really have a center back, per se, so Fatai is the next one in line.”
Barrett hit the post twice before finding the equalizer in the 90th minute, as Salinas provided the ball in and Barrett headed home. Salinas also scored and had an assist as a substitute in last week’s 2-2 draw with Orlando City.
“He gained us some territory, similar to last week,” Kinnear said. ” He serves in a good ball for the goal and it was a good impact. You want guys to come on and make a difference and I think he’s done that two weeks in a row.”
It would not be a California Clásico without some controversy, and this time it was Ashley Cole that provided the drama. The left back was booked for an ugly sliding challenge on Alberto Quintero deep into stoppage time, and promptly earned himself a red card with some choice words towards referee Kevin Stott.
Bingham — 7.1
Played a solid match, and made a number of important if unspectacular saves. There were two blemishes: early in the second half he came for a difficult punch, and it fell right to a Galaxy player at the edge of the area. The goal was left open, but the ensuing shot came off the post. The second was late in second half stoppage time, as LA were almost allowed to retake the lead when Bingham threw the ball directly to a Galaxy player.
Sarkodie — 5.4
Had trouble finding a way to get forward, and can take about half the blame for the goal as Dos Santos slipped between him and Wynne.
Wynne — 5.8
Takes the other half of the blame for not marking Dos Santos on the goal. Aside from that, he was absolutely commanding in the back, and seemed comfortable leading the defense after Bernardez was substituted.
Alashe — 5.7
Looked comfortable in the backline, but not as comfortable as Bernardez or Clarence Goodson usually do.
Francis — 5.4
An up and down night for the left back. He got forward very well, but his crossing was generally quite poor. Had a great chance to score in the first half, but shot right at the keeper.
Pérez García — 5.9
Started very brightly, but waned quickly as the game went on. Taken off for Salinas in the 60th minute.
Godoy — 6.0
The Panamanian was sometimes very assured in possession and neat with his passing, but also sometimes out of position and easy to dispossess. On the whole though, did well to make the Quakes midfield tick.
Dawkins — 5.5
Shifted into the central midfield after Bernardez’s injury, and he is clearly not his best in that role. Still, combined well with Amarikwa going forward and won the foul that set up the equalizer.
Quintero — 6.6
Looked especially dangerous in the first half, and played well defensively throughout.
Amarikwa — 7.0
As usual, he was more than handful up front. He didn’t have any clear chances himself, but was instrumental in creating them for his teammates.
Barrett — 7.2, POTM
Despite playing nearly the entire first half, he was virtually anonymous. He came alive just before halftime, turning what looked like a bad decision to hold the ball too long into a placed shot that crashed off the crossbar. From then on, he was much more involved in play, hitting the crossbar once more before finally scoring in the 90th minute.
Salinas — 7
Before his assist, he had a chance to score and forced a good save from Galaxy keeper Brian Rowe.
Jahn — NA
Did little in his 10 minutes on the pitch.