Player Ratings: San Jose Earthquakes 2, Columbus Crew 1
Player of the Match — Tommy Thompson
Team Rating — 5.95
Overperformer of the Match* — Thompson
Underperformer of the Match* — Florian Jungwirth
*Relative to season averages
A 2-1 win put the Quakes over the red line into playoff position, with goals from Marco Ureña and Chris Wondolowski.
There were a lot of positives in the match for the Quakes, including Tommy Thompson’s electric performance and the way they dominated the play after securing the first goal. But that initial goal was mostly against the run of play, and the match could have been very different if the Crew were more clinical in the opening 30 minutes. Moreover, Adam Jahn scored. But overall the defense looks more secure than it has in the past few weeks, and they have done enough for two straight wins.
Bingham — 6.3
Had a good game, not showing any of the uneasiness on balls in the air that have plagued him this season. Not at fault for the goal.
Jungwirth — 5.6
His high-risk challenges were mostly rewarded, but not always. One particular aggressive step led to a give and go that only came to nothing because of a poor touch by the Crew attacker.
Bernardez — 5.0
At fault for Jahn’s goal, as he switched off on the second ball.
Imperiale — 5.1
Beaten too easily off the dribble, and put the back line under too much stress as a result.
Lima — 6.3
He got forward really well, being very dangerous on the right flank. His athleticism is a tremendous asset on defense, and he performed nearly perfectly on that side of the ball.
Salinas — 5.7
Took players on when he could, but his defensive work was equally important. Deserved his yellow after getting caught out and having to commit a foul.
Yueill — 4.8
Poor. Bad giveaways and slow decisions, with the exception of a pass to Vako that should have been a goal. It would be surprising to see him start the next match.
Ceren — 5.9
Not as involved in the attack this match, but this just allowed more space for Thompson to shine. He was tidy in possession, allowing the Quakes to work through the press and begin the attack.
Thompson — 7.4, POTM
His best game of the season. For a while, it seemed the whole crowd rose up every time he picked up the ball. His assist to Wondo was beautiful, and he should have had a goal of his own after smashing one off the crossbar.
Ureña — 6.7
For the second straight match, he generally played poorly, as he lost the ball frequently and could not hold the ball up at all. Had he not scored, it would have been likely that he would have been dropped to the bench. But the goal showed his best qualities: Hustle to win the ball back near midfield, sprinting forward to get behind the defense, and a clever and precise finish.
Wondolowski — 6.7
Did his part in the link-up play, and found the space and the finish to take his goal.
Vako — 5.7
Very unlucky to not score, as he hit the post and forced a nice save by Zach Steffen.
Alashe — NA
Did not have time to contribute.
Photo: San Jose Earthquakes twitter