Player Ratings: San Jose Earthquakes 0, Sporting Kansas City 0
The Quakes pulled a point out of one of the most dismal matches of the season, hanging on by the skin of their teeth as SKC wasted a multitude of chances. Sporting dominated the possession from the opening minute, and will feel like they should have left San Jose with more.
Man of the Match: Andres Imperiale
Underperformer of the Match*: Kofi Sarkodie
Overachiever of the Match*: Victor Bernardez
* Relative to season averages
Bingham — 5.3
It might be time to admit that he has a problem with balls in the air. SKC should have scored in the opening minutes after he missed a punch completely, and he was bailed out by a soft-ish foul on another bad step. That being said, he saved a point with a wonderful point blank save on Graham Zusi at the death.
Lima — 5.6
His athleticism is second to none, exemplified by him running down Dom Dwyer after a defensive mistake. Could not do much going forward with the Quakes having so little possession, but did offer a few good moments.
Imperiale — 6.1
Clearly targeted by Dom Dwyer, he came away the clear winner. He was solid after a jitter in the opening minutes, and was the most responsible for the clean sheet out of any of the defenders.
Bernardez — 5.6
Complemented Imperiale well with some excellent tackles in the stopper role.
Sarkodie — 4.4
A really poor match. Gerso terrorized him all day and he gave away possession easily.
Cato — 5.4
Offered more than most of his teammates going forward, but that isn’t saying much. He did save a goal by clearing the ball off the line following an error by Bingham.
Thompson — 5.1
To say it was a poor showing is a bit disingenuous, as he mostly failed to show up. He hung out too far forward when the Quakes had the ball, hiding in SKC’s well-organized defense while Godoy was left alone to move the ball about. It is surprising that he wasn’t able to take advantage of his chance to start, and unluckily for him Yueill outplayed him after coming on.
Godoy — 5.6
With Thompson gone missing, it was entirely up to him to dictate the tempo. This was too slow at times, but there was not much he could do.
Hyka — 5.5
Aside from one stinging shot right at the keeper, he provided more of the illusion of danger than actual chances.
Hoesen — 5.8
Good with the ball, but mostly useless at hold-up play. Tellingly, he was moved out to the wing, with Hyka going up top. He might have had a goal if his first touch was better after Lima flashed a ball across the area.
Wondolowski — 5.4
Very anonymous throughout, and was offside in his two best options. It was surprising that he did not drop deeper to pressure Ilye Sanchez and disrupt SKC’s dominance in possession.
Salinas — 5.4
His direct running was only the only things the SKC defense had to worry about all night.
Yueill — 5.3
Outperformed Thompson with better involvement and vision.