Player Ratings: San Jose Earthquakes 3, Portland Timbers 0
Team — 6.2
Manager Dom Kinnear deserves a lot of credit for figuring out how to put Danny Hoesen and Marco Urena on the field with Chris Wondolowski. Hoesen’s emerging role as a winger and target man helps the Quakes be more dangerous, even if it is a less possession-based approach. Yes, the Timbers were without Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe, and yes, the Timbers had chances late in the game. But the Quakes took the game to the Timbers and finished with a decisive win.
Bingham — 7.3
A very nice performance and a shutout. He was required to make some tough saves late on as the Quakes switched off a bit and allowed chances for the Timbers with easy giveaways.
Notable moments: Save 82′
Cato — 5.6
Did not show much going forward, but also did not need to. Solid defensively.
Jungwirth — 6.5
Two assists on the night as he took space when not pressured. The first required Wondo to have a wonderful touch, the second was an inch-perfect though ball. Defensively, he was mostly good with a few mistakes, and none were punished.
Bernardez — 6.2
Handled Fanendo Adi to stifle the Portland attack. Like some of his teammates, he seemed to be a bit switched off near the end of the match.
Sarkodie — 5.4
Like Cato, he offered little going forward, and the directness of the wingers did not require it.
Notable moments: Backing off too much 70′
Hyka — 5.9
Some fortune in his goal, but he was around the ball all night. Occasionally dribbled too much, but put in the work on the defensive side of the ball.
Ceren — 5.5
Both he and Godoy were turnover prone today, and Timbers’ fans will wonder if the absences of Valeri and Nagbe meant the mistakes went unpunished. He did, however, add a lot of defensive bite in front of the back four.
Godoy — 5.1.
Not bad in the first half, but lackadaisical in the second. He had all the turnovers Ceren had, but without the defensive support. A forgettable match for him despite the result.
Hoesen — 6.3
Desperately wants to score, but played well in his second match as a wide midfielder/ target man.
Urena — 6.2
Full of hustle, he did well to stretch the defense all night and provide an outlet when the Quakes needed it.
Notable moments: Hustle to get the turnoever, cross just too far 32′, nice flick 47′
Wondolowski — 8.6, MOTM
An outstanding match from the captain. His first goal required a pillow-soft touch as the pass was drilled at his shins, and he took it down and turned to shoot a curling shot in one motion. His second was equally beautiful with the chip. Beyond those, he helped to link midfield and attack and dropped deeper to defend in the final minutes.
Dawkins — NA
Came on to help protect the lead and had little impact.
Thomson — NA
Energetic in his few minutes on the pitch playing as a forward, but mostly isolated.
Photo: Cameron Ormiston, Quakes Epicenter