Quakes Fall Again At Home As Playoff Hopes Fade

The Quakes playoff hopes stayed on life support after losing at home to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night. The Quakes are now 7 points out of a playoff spot with 5 matches to play.  Dom Dwyer scored early, but the Quakes found an equalizer through Simon Dawkins just before halftime. Kevin Ellis scored off a corner in the 81st minute, and Quakes could not muster a response.

Player Ratings

David Bingham —6.4

The keeper was intelligent with his distribution, and made a fine save on Brad Davis in the second half even if the referee did not see the deflection. Still, it is not clear if he could have done more to prevent the second goal.

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Cat0 — 5.0

A very poor game for him. Had only one dangerous cross out of many, and routinely lost possession.

 

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Wynne — 5.5

Certainly at fault for the opening goal, even if the cross was good. He did recover from that mistake, however.

 

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Bernardez — 5.6

Strong at the back as always, but was at least partially at fault for the second goal.

 

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Stewart — 5.0

Was having an average night before being withdrawn before the half with an injury.

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Quintero — Recovered nicely after having a shocking first half. The Quakes midfield — particularly Darwin Ceren — routinely found him on the wing isolated against the SKC left back, and he routinely was beaten. Looked much better in the second half, including a low drive that produced a smart save from SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia.

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Alashe — 5.7

In general, he was better when sitting deeper, and his forays forward often resulted in a turnover.

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Ceren — 6.4

The Quakes offense ticked through him, which was usually, but not always, a good thing. He also harassed the SKC midfield well defensively.

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Dawkins — 6.6, POTM

He was dangerous at times, and was in the right place to finish from Goitom’s nifty backheel. He also tracked back very well and was not afraid to fight for possession.

 

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Wondolowski — 6.0

His name was rarely called in the first half, but nearly scored after deftly flicking a cross early in the second. He was beaten on the corner that gave SKC their second goal, and there was a very sharply shouted “Away Wondo!” from David Bingham as the ball came in.

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Amarikwa — N/A

Withdrawn after a first-minute injury. If you did not see the play, it is not recommended for those with weak stomachs. Fortunately, he tweeted after the game that he was “feeling much better”.

Goitom — 6.5

Amarikwa’s replacement provided the Quakes only goal by not giving up on a seemingly lost cause, taking the ball from the defender at the goal mouth and backheeling it to a waiting Dawkins. Other than that, he was lively, but sometimes out of sync with the rest of the Quakes offense.

Francis — 5.5

Did not play terribly after coming on for Stewart, but was generally unable to push the ball forward upon receiving possession.

Thompson — N/A

In 10 minutes of action, he saw little of the ball, was called offside, and lost possession twice.

 

 

Photo: sjearthquakes.com

 

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