Last-Place Houston Take Down Quakes At Home
Two lapses cost the Quakes dearly as they fell 2-1 against the Houston Dynamo on Friday night at Avaya Stadium. A set piece and a missed interception allowed the Dynamo to score, and Houston generated little else the rest of the evening. But the Quakes could only find the back of the net once — a Victor Bernardez scramble goal — and San Jose lost to the Western Conference’s worst team.
“Little lapses, they created two chances and finished them. We were a little relaxed on set pieces and they finished them,” Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski said after the match. Wondolowski had a header that seemingly crossed the goal line, but the referees did not call it as such. “We just need to finish our chances. We’re creating some, we just have to execute a little better, have that killer instinct, and put them away.”
Head coach Dominic Kinnear echoed the same sentiment. “Punished for our mistakes and punished for not finishing our chances. We had some good chances, we made some silly mistakes that led to opportunities for them on set pieces and we got punished for it,” he said. “It’s an opportunity missed, and it’s a big one. Even though they’re at the bottom of our conference, they’re still a tough team to beat. They’re organized and they have closed lines where they try to sit deep and defend and catch you on the break.”
The Earthquakes would have jumped into a playoff position with a game in hand on Portland and two games in hand on Kansas City, but missed the opportunity. Depending on Saturday and Sunday’s results, the Quakes still could jump into a playoff position with a win on Wednesday against the struggling New England Revolution at home.
Simon Dawkins picked up a knee injury that kept him out of the match, and his status remains unknown for Wednesday’s match. Fatai Alashe was out with a hamstring injury as well, and his status is also unknown.
David Bingham — 5.8
Despite giving up two goals — which he did not have a chance on — he mostly had a quiet night.
Cordell Cato — 6.1
Quiet in the first half as Quintero bombed forward time after time, but did very well to get involved as the Quakes made a push in the second half.
Marvell Wynne — 5.8
Looked comfortable in the back, and did not have a lot to do as the Quakes dominated possession most of the match.
Victor Bernardez — 6.2
Lost his man on Houston’s second goal, but put one in himself soon after.
Jordan Stewart — 5.4
He made some great runs going forward, but was not very dangerous once he got the ball in advanced positions.
Alberto Quintero — 7.6, POTM
Had a storming game, but really tailed off in the end. In the first half, he and Amarikwa were the thrust of the Quakes attack, and it seemed he was creative and dangerous every time he touched the ball. He also was provided the assist on the goal, and was central during the 10-minute period after the second Dynamo goal that saw the Quakes get back in the match.
Darwin Cerén — 6.2
Missed what should have been an easy clearance and gifted the Dynamo the opening goal. Improved play as the game went on, and also had a set piece opportunity at the end of the first half that went just wide.
Anibal Godoy — 6.1
Mostly good on the ball, but seemed to chase the play too much when the Dynamo were in possession. Had some terrible set pieces, but got his corners in order by midway through the match.
Shea Salinas — 5.5
Did not make the most of his starting opportunity, as in the first half he seemed to make good and bad decisions in alternating measure. Did come out with more fire in the second half, but was withdrawn after fading again in the 70th minute. “It’s frustrating. They got early goals in each half. We came out to play in the second half,” Salinas said after the loss. “I thought we were winning tackles and getting second chances. The ball just wasn’t going in the back of the net. The keeper made some great saves and we missed some chances. We really wanted the win tonight.”
Quincy Amarikwa — 6.4
An absolute bull, but really only threatened the goal once, when he put in an inch perfect cross to Quintero. Perhaps can be given credit for the goal, as his hassling (fouling?) the keeper led to a poor clearance that fell right to Quintero. Late in the game, he held off two defenders, drove to the touchline past another, and crossed behind the goal, prompting the announcer to say, “Ese es Quincy Amarikwa.”
Chris Wondolowski — 5.7
Whisper quiet in the first half. Wondolowski had a header that crossed the goal line, but it was not called a goal. More involved as the Quakes pushed for an equalizer, but overall not a great match for the captain.
Chad Barrett — Played somewhat on the wing after coming on, and actually did well in wide positions. Saved a goal with a block, preventing Houston from sealing the win earlier.
Henik Goitom — A tough time for a debut, but looked good in his few touches. “It’s frustrating. I hate losing. It seemed like we were half a meter here, and half a meter there from scoring,” Goitom said following his first playing time with the team. “They get the 2-0 lead in the exact moment they had their opportunities. We didn’t give up. We made it 2-1 and kept attacking and almost tied it up. This is what happens. Sometimes soccer is not fair.”