Player Ratings: San Jose Earthquakes 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Team Average — 5.8
MOTM — Tommy Thompson
Overperformer of the Match* — Tommy Thompson
Underperformer of the Match* — Victor Bernardez
* Relative to season averages
The Cali Classico does not get much better than what was on display Saturday night, as the Quakes pulled out a 2-1 win with a last-gasp goal by Shea Salinas.
The Quakes were certainly deserved winners as they controlled the game and had the majority of the chances. In Chris Leitch’s first match as an MLS manager, San Jose played a much more open game than we have seen in the past. The lineup was billed as a 3-5-2, but it was somewhat unbalanced in practice, with the back 3 converting to a back four as Cordell Cato dropped back when LA had the ball. Hyka and Thompson were given freedom to go forward and be creative, and they certainly created their share of chances.
Bingham — 5.5
Partially at fault for the goal, as his poor pass led to the play that saw Bernardez commit a foul on the edge of the area. He more than made up for it with a diving save in the second half, and an assist on Wondo’s goal seconds later by launching an alert long ball forward.
Bernardez — 5.0
Certainly has to take the blame for the opening goal, as he both committed the foul and lost his marker on the ensuing set piece. He also booted it long too often, and his pace could be exposed when Cato could not track back in time.
Imperiale — 5.1
Shaky in the opening 30 minutes like his center back partners, he did better in the remainder of the match.
Jungwirth — 5.8
His long range passing let him down all night, and mid-range passes were surprisingly off in the first half. He was better in the second.
Cato — 5.7
He showed really good patience in possession, allowing San Jose to keep the ball in the final third. Seemed to have more responsibility on the wing than his counterpart Thompson, which did lead to some chances down that flank.
Yueill — 5.5
Very tidy and calm in possession, even if his passing was off at times.
Hyka — 6.2
Given freedom to create, he was dangerous around the box and unlucky not to have more to show for it. His set pieces were not bad, but none of them produced any chances.
Godoy — 5.9
Sharp on the ball at times, but other times not. None of his giveaways were consequential though, and he was crucial to cycling possession at the base of the midfield.
Thompson — 6.7, MOTM
Along with Hyka, the creative juices were allowed to flow. For the most part made great decisions with the ball, and hit the post in the second half. Dangerous all night.
Hoesen — 5.9
Did well playing up top, providing good hold-up play including the assist to Salinas for the winning goal.
Wondolowski — 6.7
His linkup play was good, as was his finish for the goal — even if it did take a deflection.
Salinas — 6.3
His direct running provided a spark, and his finish ignited the stadium.
Photo: San Jose Earthquakes twitter