Player Ratings: Minnesota United 0, San Jose Earthquakes 1
Team — 6.1
Bingham — 6.0
Solid throughout, but not required to do anything too difficult aside from a goalmouth clearance that was mostly done by Sarkodie. Still, a clean sheet is a clean sheet, and there should not be any complaints with the keeper’s performance.
Cato — 6.3
In his first start at right back this season as Lima took his first minutes off, the Trinidadian was dynamic going forward and supplied some of the best moments for the Quakes offense. He did have a few defensive mistakes, although these were mostly due to poor positioning, and he was playing right back for the first time since last year.
Bernardez — 6.2
A blunt but effective instrument. There were a few moments when it seemed his lack of pace would get him in trouble, but he always managed to recover just in time.
Jungwirth — 7.3, POTM
A very good performance from the German, even without the game-winning goal. He was dominate in the back, and perhaps should have even had another goal from a corner.
Sarkodie — 5.8
His first start of the season, and it will be hard to argue that he was a clear upgrade over the man he replaced, the oft-maligned Shaun Francis. That said, he produced a crucial goal-line clearance to preserve the three points late on.
Hyka — 6.5
Fought for possession, maintained it well, and found his way into dangerous areas. His set piece delivery was excellent, and produced the goal. The only caveat was that he was caught ball watching too often on the defensive end.
Godoy — 5.9
A somewhat quiet game from the Panamanian, particularly in the second half. He was able to avoid the turnovers in risky areas that had plagued him in recent weeks.
Ceren — 5.9
Took up Godoy’s duty as the primary cycler of possession, and did well to move the ball and switch flanks quickly, especially in the opening minutes. He added his trademark bite to the midfield as well.
Hoesen — 5.7
His first start on the flank, and while that showed at times, he played well overall. He tried to take on defenders, and was able to function as something of a wide target man. However, he was not as diligent in his defensive duties as Dom usually requires, and he did miss a sitter in the second half.
Ureña — 5.4
In a word, frustrating. He got himself into great positions, then lost the ball quickly. Maybe it was the turf, but his touch was off.
Wondolowski — 6.4
He missed a great chance to score, but he provided the assist on the goal and supported the attack well.
Dawkins — NA
Uncharacteristically added tenacity on defense to help preserve the lead.
Alashe — NA
Not a good appearance off the bench, as he gave away possession cheaply and missed a good chance in front of goal.
Lima — NA
His fresh legs on defense were effective in helping to see out the match.
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