Player Ratings: Houston Dynamo 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Team — 5.7
Two big defensive errors doomed the Quakes in this game. Except for those moments, they were no worse than the Dynamo, and were able to control the game at times. The encouraging signs were from the midfield, that limited costly turnovers. The discouraging signs were found further up the pitch, where the link from midfield to attack was disjointed.
Bingham — 4.9
Played well overall, but he came for the ball on a corner into the six-yard box and missed completely, allowing Houston to score their second. This is his second obviously at-fault goal of the year, and he will be hoping it does not become a trend.
Lima — 5.0
A poor game from the rookie, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. He was beaten a number of times both on the dribble and with poor positioning, and his crosses were not threatening.
Jungwirth — 6.9, POTM
Played well throughout and not involved with either goal. He was tough in the back and calm on the ball.
Alashe — 5.2
Gave up the first goal with an obvious penalty, and did not mark his man well enough for the second, even if it was primarily Bingham’s fault. No other obvious mistakes, but those were big.
Francis — 5.0
Not bad defensively, but poor going forward. His passing and touch were off, and only put in one decent cross.
Cato — 6.7
Along with Godoy, the only link from the defense to the attack. Put in good balls for Urena and ran at the defense, but lacked the final ball.
Notable moments: Chance
Godoy — 6.4
The driving force in the midfield, he was better than in the previous two matches about cheap giveaways.
Notable moments: Neat passing
Ceren — 6.2
Tenacious defending and simple passing while sitting behind Godoy, he played the game that was asked of him.
Notable moments: bad pass
Salinas — 5.4
His first start of the season only lasted 45 minutes, and he contributed very little in that time.
Urena — 5.9
Dangerous at times, but also wasteful. Will have felt he should have scored in the first half. He still does not seem to be the answer in terms of linking the midfield and attack.
Wondolowski — 5.5
Unfortunately involved everywhere except the final third. His work rate was fantastic as ever, but he did not pop up when the Quakes needed him to be a threat in front of goal.
Notable moments: Step too slow
Hyka — NA
The obvious change at the half for Salinas, he was shifty, but like the rest of the team, lacking in quality for the final ball.
Hoesen — NA
Came on for Urena and did better linking up play, but could only find half-chances.
Thompson — NA
It is unclear why Salinas was preferred to him on the wing, but he was allowed to play more centrally when he came on.
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