Coming off a 1-0 victory over DC United last week, the Vancouver Whitecaps were looking to continue their forward moment with a strong showing at San Jose. The Earthquakes seemed prime for the picking as they were winless in their last four, including three straight losses. However, the Caps new slogan might have to be: “Whitecaps, the cure for whatever ails you!”
In their previous matchup, San Jose set the record for most shots in a match. Not to be outdone in front of their home fans, San Jose decided to set the record again…only this time, 2/3 of the way through the match. We are getting a bit ahead of ourselves though, so let’s take this from the top.
Marc Dos Santos elected to continue with his Christmas in Summer motif, going with the same 4-3-2-1 lineup as against DC United – with Henry filling in for Godoy being the only change.
The match got off to a quick start, with Jake Nerwinski scoring his first MLS goal in the 6th minute.
However, less than a minute later, San Jose Earthquakes struck back, equalizing the match at 1-1.
After equalizing, something happened to the field at Avaya Stadium and it ended up at a 45-degree angle, or at least that is how it felt. The Earthquakes were finally able to turn their onslaught into a goal in the 34th minute. Off a corner, who else but Chris Wondolowski was at the back post to head it past Crepeau.
Nothing much happened the rest of the match that Whitecaps fans would be interested in. No…seriously. It was bad. How bad? Well, let’s look at some of the unflattering stats from this one.
The Whitecaps were outshot 43 to 5. The previous MLS record in a match was 32*. San Jose got their 33rd shot in the 58th minute! That means, they set the record with 1/3 of the match still remaining. The Whitecaps did not record a shot between 12:52 and 60:55. On the plus side (?), Crepeau set the MLS record for saves in a match with 16.
*Correction, 38 by MetroStars in 1998.
Quakes outshot the 'Caps 25-3 in the first half. Single-game record for shots by a team is 38, set by the MetroStars back in 1998. pic.twitter.com/Cea4Z42d1l— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) August 25, 2019
At halftime, the Caps had 19.2% of the possession, and finished the match with 25.1%. San Jose had 16 corners, to the Caps one. Clearances were 31 to 5. San Jose completed 90% of their 713 attempted passes, while Vancouver completed 72% of their 236 passes.
On the plus side, the second half stats are not as bad as the first half…I guess there is that.
Poetic justice would have been for the Caps to draw even, and they almost did thanks to Bair, but San Jose sealed it in the 73rd minute.
Placing bets with Quakes people here that SJ gets to 40 shots BUT game ends 2-2. They don't want to take the bet— Eighty Six Forever (@86forever) August 25, 2019
Reyna did find the back of the net in injury time; sadly, the ball did not follow him into the back of the net.
Michaell Chirinos did make his Whitecaps debut and looked lively, while Nerwinski scored his first professional goal. Other than that, there was not really any positives. Speaking to Marc Dos Santos after the match he, thankfully, agreed; but we will have more on that tomorrow.
What are your takes on this match? Just sweep it under the rug and move on, or…?
Let us know your thoughts.