The Whitecaps at Quakes would see both teams continue in the direction they came into the match headed. Vancouver has now recorded their 4 straight loss scoring just once in the 4 matches. From the penalty spot to boot.
San Jose is slowing rising up the West after they were able to get their third straight victory. It was a great first half for the road team as things would sit 0-0 after the first 45. Vancouver would give up a goal in the 50th minute and that was all for the Whitecaps. Shortly down to 10 men before giving up another goal. Another red card, and another goal, and things would end 3-0.
Blame the referee Allen Chapman if you want. Blame the terrible pitch that even San Jose was complaining about. But realistically Vancouver has just been unlucky in every single aspect. From travel to players, red cards. Its turmoil at maybe its worst in Vancouver. At least they aren't playing at home... Let's get to the match.
Whitecaps at Quakes Preview, Lineups, and Notes
The Whitecaps will be forced into several lineup changes against the Quakes. Head Coach Marc Dos Santos won't have Lucas Cavallini (Yellow card accumulation), or Janio Bikel (Red card last match.) Vancouver will have Russell Teibert back healthy and he will start on the left-wing.
Vancouver would go with a 4-4-2 formation Wednesday night. Veteran Strikers Fredy Montero and Tosaint Ricketts would look for service up top. Leonard Owusu and the young promising-looking Canadian Michael Baldisimo would start in midfield. They would need to be difference makers, especially when trying to counter the Quakes attack.
Evan Bush would get his first start between the sticks. Andy Rose would move back down to CB with Erik Godoy. Jake Nerwinski and Ali Adnan would be right and left at the back for the Whitecaps. Jasser Khmiri was not with the team after a call up to the Tunisian squad.
San Jose Coach Matias Almeyda would make one change to the lineup. After a 2-1 victory against LA Galaxy why change what's working. Tommy Thompson would slot in at LB for Marcos López. López was unavailable due to too an international call up with Peru.
The Quakes will of course look to the MLS all-time leading goal scorer. Chris Wondolowski has always been a handful for the Whitecaps. They would need to try and keep him off the scoresheet if they had a chance. James Marcinkowski would get the start again with Vako getting the call for the Georgia National Team.
A Strong Road Half For Whitecaps At Quakes
The Quakes would kick it off in the first half. The Whitecaps were quick to win it and would spend the first several minutes in San Jose's end. It was a good start for the away squad. They looked to be using the high 4-4-2 press they used at the beginning of the season. The Quakes would get the first chance of the match. A nice back heal by Wondolowski and Espinoza cut it back inside. Andy Rose slipped but the shot was straight into the chest of Bush.
A minute later would show some spark. Some nice link-up off a throw on the left side by Adnan and Teibert. Rusty was able to cross it into the box which leads to a chance for Cristian Dajome in the 8th minute. The Whitecaps would leave themselves open for the counter as they pressed forward. San Jose had a nice chance in the 9th minute. Jake Nerwinski came in at the last minute with a sliding block on Carlos Fierro in the 10th.
Things were scoreless going into the 12th minute. Vancouver was trying to force the Quakes into mistakes. The Quakes were looking for a chance to break Vancouver's line. The teams would exchange free kicks in the middle of the park as we ticked on in the 14th minute. Espinoza didn't look at the top form to start the match. He had a great opportunity down the right side with space and a man advantage. His cut-back was poor and right to Godoy that was cleared easily.
The pace would slow down until San Jose tried to play it down the right side again. Andy Rose was forced to take a foul on Espinoza and show a yellow card in the 17th minute by referee Allen Chapman. Vancouver would get several dangerous chances in the 21st minute. First Fredy Montero was able to work it nicely and get a great shot that Marcinkowski had to be sharp on. Baldisimo would drive in the corner to the back post. Montero would lob it back in front back and Rose would get great contact on it but straight at the Keeper.
The midfield would start to cause turnovers for the Whitecaps. After a half chance by Ricketts and Montero. Owusu would win the ball and make a nice play to Montero. He was able to find Teibert out wide and his cross was forced out for a 25th-minute corner. Andy Rose had another great chance but it was stopped at the near post by Marcinkowski. Vancouver would get corner after corner as we came past the 27th minute. Despite being down in possession Vancouver looked like the more dangerous team.
San Jose tried to counter quickly but the ball went long to Bush. He covered as Godoy was down briefly in the 29th minute. The Quakes almost seemed to get their legs as hit the half an hour mark. Espinoza was sprung long on a goal kick. Bush didn't know whether to come out or stay on his line. He choose the middle and jumped up in the air just as Espinoza tried the chip. Luckily it was high over the net. Despite the 0-0 scoreline at the 35th-minute mark, the match had its share of excitement. Despite the sloppy playing conditions.
Leonard Owusu looked to be fouled after he was sandwiched by two Quakes. He would be down on the pitch for several minutes before going off. He tried to spring back on right away but was late to track Judson. He beat Adnan but sent it shot just wide of the net in the 40th minute. The Quakes would continue the attack. Another cross by Espinoza on the right side but Fierro had his shot bounce right up to Evan Bush. Vancouver would push ahead and win another corner, their 7th of the match. But it was cleared easily.
The 3rd referee would signal an additional 3 minutes. Vancouver would get the best chance to end the half. Baldisimo and Adnan would play give and go. Baldy would cut it back inside and get a shot that would test Marcinkowski. He just got to the corner and palmed it away, no one was close to the rebound. San Jose would give up a late free-kick 3 yards outside the box. Florian Jungwirth would foul Adnan just as we were coming to the end of the added time. Montero would be the lone player over the ball. His shot was able to beat the wall but it was straight at the keeper.
The whistle would signal the end of the first half. The teams were locked at zero despite chances at either end. Both teams would have 6 shots with Vancouver having 5 on target to the Quakes 2. Vancouver had 7 corners to none for San Jose. These are things that they need to start capitalizing on. The pitch was also a bit of an issue in the first half as both teams were slipping and sliding around everywhere.
Whitecaps Fall Into A Chasm Of Problems In The 2nd Half
Vancouver would make one substitution to start the half. David Milinkovic would come on for Russell Teibert. Rusty had missed the last 3 matches so 45 minutes is probably best with lots of matches coming up. The Whitecaps would try and go long to Ricketts to start things off but it was cleared away. San Jose would get nice chance minutes in but it was blocked away. It didn't take them long to get the first goal in the 50th minute.
Nick Lima had a way to much room against Ali Adnan. He was able to find Espinoza in the middle and no one was able to close down quickly enough. His shot was able to find the corner of the goal past Bush. Things would go from bad to worse, I feel like I type that way too much. Andy Rose would take a questionable foul on Fierro. He was shown a second yellow card and sent off. Once again Vancouver was down 1-0 and down to 10 men. Ranko Veselinovic would come on for Ricketts in a defensive sub in the 55th minute.
Things would slow down and get physical for both sides. Baldisimo was shown a yellow card for a hard foul on Wondolowski. The cagey veteran was not pleased and made it known to both Baldy and Chapman as he got up. Vancouver had an amazing chance to tie things up after a foul wasn't called on Owusu. Dajome was sent it but fired it far wide on a poor shot in the 62nd minute.
The Quakes up a man would continue to press forward. They would earn their first corner in the 64th minute but it was cleared away. San Jose was working the ball around the Caps half with ease waiting on their chances. It would come at the 66th minute mark. After switching sides Tommy Thompson was able to find Fierro down the left side. He was able to cut it back beautifully to a wide open Andres Rios. His shot was able to get past Bush and it was 2-0.
Once again things were just collapsing for the Whitecaps. The score would stay the same as San Jose would win corners and hold the ball. Vancouver would make a double swap in the 72nd minute. Jake Nerwinksi and Baldisimo were replaced by Ryan Raposo and Patrick Metcalfe. It looked to spark Vancouver as they would earn a corner. Instead of getting a chance, Erik Godoy was shown a straight red card for a very soft call. It appeared to be the Allen Chapman show.
The Whitecaps were down to 9 men and just trying to hold on. San Jose would bring on former Cap Shea Salinas and Cade Colwell for Rios and Wondolowski. The game would continue... I don't know exactly what I made at the end of the match. Vancouver would bring on Theo Bair for Fredy Montero in the 81st minute as the Quakes just passed it around.
The Earthquakes would make another two subs in the 85th minute. Paul Marie would come on for Nick Lima while Gilbert Fuentes would take off Fierro. San Jose would push frantically for the 3rd goal to the sound of the honking cars. Vancouver was able to defend and earn a free kick in the 88th minute. The Final substitution for Almeyda would be Siad Haji for Espinoza.
Just for fun, the Quakes would add a 3rd goal in stoppage time. Paul Marie would get his first of his MLS career. It was Vancouver's 4th straight loss while San Jose was heading in the opposite direction. 3 straight wins to move up into the middle of the Western Conference Standings.
Post Match Comments
Comments from the Whitecaps at Quakes were obviously short. The team had to catch a plane tonight back "home" to Portland. Marc Dos Santos spoke on his thoughts on the match.
"I think the first half we played with an incredible energy. The guys did exactly what we wanted from them. That’s the type of team in the first half that I want us to be about. Their goalkeeper makes two very big saves and we come out zero-zero. A good game. It's an open game between two teams that went at it. And then, even when we went down in the score, we felt that it's a game that could have turned around. But the sending off of Andy (Rose) is totally soft. So so soft. Andy, I think he made two fouls in the game and that killed the game, that killed the game."
On The red card to Erik Godoy, "From what I saw from the images, for me, it was so fast to show Erik a red card, and that not even reviewing. I don't agree with it. I don't agree it’s a red".
Tosaint Ricketts spoke about the match, “We came into this game, we wanted to get our lines higher, stay compact, stay tight as a team, pick the right times to press, press as a group, fight as a group. We showed a lot of positive signs back in the first half, we were really getting after them, we created some quality chances. We just have to build off that, build off that mentality, build off that effort. You can’t fault the effort.”
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Pitch Of The Match
Shout out to the SAP Center in San Jose! Never thought I would see the day the Whitecaps would play at the "Shark Tank". That is where we were at Wednesday evening.
Post Media Tweet Of The Match
For the simple reason that I really love the movie!
Also JJ was faster than me in highschool getting his article out tonight. Burn JJ... Oh wait...
Ali Adnan "Best "Worst" Defender"
It speaks for itself. Be better Ali!
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