Player Ratings: San Jose Earthquakes 1, Orlando City SC 1
Team — 5.8
Certainly an improvement from the previous match’s drubbing at Colorado, but the performance was still underwhelming. The had a difficult time keeping possession in the midfield, which made clear-cut chances few and far between. They were better in the second half — thanks mostly to the play of Nick Lima — but the defensive mistakes were still there and the opportunities mostly just half-chances.
Bingham — 6.2
Made two very nice saves, including one in stoppage time that preserved the point for the Quakes.
Lima — 6.6, MOTM
After not starting for the last few weeks, it seemed to take him some time to get back into the game. But when he did he was electric, storming up the right flank and not backing down from Cyle Larin. His only black mark defensively was getting beaten by MPG’s craftiness, but the shot was straight at the keeper.
Jungwirth — 6.2
While he did have problems dealing with Larin, he played well overall, breaking up attacks and helping to retain possession.
Bernardez — 5.8
A mirror to Jungwirth: not as involved in breaking up the play, but handled Larin easily (one missed header aside). Larin stayed away from the big Honduran for the majority of the second half.
Sarkodie — 5.8
No significant defensive errors, and did well to push high and challenge Orlando’s back line.
Dawkins — 5.1
Wasteful in possession, including a giveaway that forced Godoy to take a yellow to stop the counter attack. It would be surprising if he starts the next match.
Godoy — 5.2
He was generally unable to push the tempo, and it can be argued that he was responsible for the Quakes not moving the ball around quickly enough. There is no doubt, however, that he was responsible for Orlando’s goal, as he was caught ball watching and defending space instead of the runner into the box.
Alashe — 5.2
An underwhelming performance, as he had a hard time getting involved.
Hyka — 5.9
The Quakes’ front office decisions were put on display, as the contrast between Matias Perez Garcia and Hyka was in full view. MPG offered better ball control and desire to influence the play. Hyka offered more athleticism and a tendency to be part of the attack rather than a focal point. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and this match could not provide a clear winner.
Urena — 5.2
He loves to run at defenders with pace. Unfortunately, he usually does not look up when he is doing this, and the outcome is generally either a foul or lost possession instead of a true chance on goal.
Wondolowski — 6.1
He missed a great opportunity in the first half off a cross from Sarkodie, and was having a poor match before coming up with the equalizer. Of course, that is why he is who he is.
Hoesen — 4.7
His touch was really off, and he had two giveaways that easily could have been goals.
Ceren — 5.4
A like for like substitution for Alashe, and he clearly performed better. That said, he was partially responsible for Orlando’s goal, as he was too slow to come over to assist Lima when the right back was caught in a 2 on 1 situation.
Thompson — 5.4
He surely didn’t mean it, but his first assist still counts. He also did not do badly in what will surely be his only career minutes at left back.
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