Player Ratings: Atlanta United 4, San Jose Earthquakes 2
Team — 5.8
Man of the Match — Tommy Thompson
Overperformer of the Match* — Tommy Thompson
Underperformer of the Match* — Shea Salinas
*Relative to season averages, min. 3 appearances
No will argue that the referee had a good match. That being said, Kofi Sarkodie should have known he was playing on borrowed time after getting away with a yellow following a clear two-footed challenge. His red card prevented the Quakes from showing any more of the verve that was on display in the opening 15 minutes. Instead, the team had to fight hard, and — despite the final — scoreline — was nearly able to come out with a point.
Bingham — 5.6
Not bad aside from one weak punch, he was not at fault for any of the goals
Sarkodie — 4.6
Yes, the yellow that got him sent off was soft. But he should have been more careful regardless while playing on a yellow. Shaun Francis’s return to the starting XI is surely near.
Imperiale — 6.2
The game would have been over much sooner if not for him, although perhaps he could have done better on Atlanta’s third goal.
Bernardez — 5.5
Like Imperiale, made more than one crucial interception that saved a goal, but not as calm on the ball as his center back partner. He was kind of at fault for the 4th goal, sending a pass directly at the referee without a clear destination. His red card is difficult to explain.
Lima — 5.7
Got the assist on Wondo’s goal, and made himself part of the attack when he could.
Salinas — 4.9
Withdrawn early after the red card, and did not contribute much during his time on the pitch.
Hyka — 5.4
Withdrawn early for Yueill. He provided some dangerous moments, but is not the choice to be a central midfielder when the team is playing down a man.
Jungwirth — 5.8
Playing as a central midfielder, he stepped into Anibal Godoy’s role with more defensive bite and shorter but quicker passing.
Thompson — 7.2, MOTM
Scored his first goal on a lovely bit of play with his teammates. This clearly gave him confidence and energy, as he not only became a danger with the ball at his feet but fought to keep possession whenever he could.
Hoesen — 6.0
Did the little things right and worked very hard for the team, spending over 50 minutes isolated up top by himself.
Wondolowski — 6.7
He also worked very hard for the team, dropping back frequently all the way to the edge of his own box. His finish on the goal was fantastic. He did have two chances near the end of the game that he could have done much better with.
Cato — 5.0
Brought on for Salinas in the first half, and allowed the cross on Atlanta’s equalizer. Too much of Atlanta’s attack flowed through his side.
Yueill — 4.8
Lost his man immediately after coming on, allowing Carmona to tap in the equalizer. He did not have a chance to do much else.
Dawkins — NA
Could not make a notable contribution.