Player Ratings: Portland Timbers 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Yes, the refereeing decisions were not going the Quakes’ way. But San Jose should not pretend that the referee was the reason they lost. The opening 38 minutes before the red card were all Portland, and had the Timbers been more clinical the match could have been over by that point. The Quakes looked toothless on offense and out of sorts on defense, and Darwin Ceren’s dismissal only made it worse. San Jose deserves credit for hanging on in search of any chance they could for an equalizer, but Portland should have put the game to bed far earlier than they did.
Bingham — 6.2, MOTM
Made some huge early saves, but they came with two early mistakes that luckily went unpunished. On the first he went chasing butterflies on a corner, and on the second he took a touch he should not have while trying to play sweeper. However, he played a large part in making sure the Quakes had a chance to be in the game for so long.
Cato — 4.6
Given the start on his preferred right side, he produced a poor performance. Sebastian Blanco gave him fits all night, and the 5’5″ attacker even beat Cato on a header that was nearly a goal. The right side of the pitch seemed open for business for the entire match.
Jungwirth — 5.2
His risky step opened up the space for Portland’s opener. Aside from that, he seemed to be matched up with Fanendo Adi in the air too much, which was a battle he managed to avoid the last time these teams met.
Bernardez — 5.1
Inconsistent, as he could not seem to figure out where to be. His best moment was a header at goal that was blocked b Urena.
Lima — 5.9
A bright spot for the Quakes. He was all over the left flank, including twice where he sprinted back to slow down what looked like easy opportunities for the Timbers.
Hoesen — 5.0
Taken off early for injury, and was not playing well before that. Could not hold the ball up, and ran down blind allies with it at his feet.
Ceren — 5.0
His first yellow card was dumb, and perhaps he should have kept a lower profile for a few minutes. But it did not look like he deserved to be sent off.
Godoy — 5.4
Could not seem to find a rhythm, and can’t shake the habit of dribbling in dangerous positions.
Hyka — 4.7
Completely ineffective, withdrawn early.
Urena — 5.6
While he still seems to keep his head down a lot when he has the ball, he was at least a handful for the Portland defense. Should have been awarded the Quakes’ first penalty of the season early on.
Wondolowski — 5.5
Relatively quiet match for him as he became a midfielder to help make up the numbers.
Thompson — 5.6
One of the best players on the pitch after being subbed in, albeit with one or two unnecessarily risky passes that turned into dangerous giveaways.
Dawkins — 5.1
Tried to drive forward when he had the ball, but could not find any space with the team down a man.