Finally, after four games, the Quakes won their first game of the season. Not only did they pick up their first points, but this was a great performance. Even after losing their lead, the team showed resilience to get this win.


Entering Saturday’s game, the Quakes looked dead in the water. A broken team headed for another wooden spoon.

Instead, Luchi took risks with his formation and personnel choices to earn this win. The manager deserves credit for showing a willingness to finally change his system. Additionally, the team played a great game, giving their all to win.

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Even though they gave up their early lead, the negatives don’t outshine the positives. These negatives have a chance to be fixed in the near future. Akapo’s return will help the team’s right side avoid getting picked on as Seattle did.

Surely, everyone is now breathing sighs of relief. Not only did the Quakes win, but they showed signs of improvement.


As the team fell apart last season, Luchi looked lost. His system was clearly exposed and needed tweaking. 

It’s been refreshing to watch the manager willing to try different combinations to wake this team up. Just Saturday’s game saw plenty of changes with Luchi benching longtime starters for better fits. Some could call this a move of desperation, but these were needed moves.

At a time when the majority of the league gave up on this team, Luchi clearly hasn’t. He’s seemingly taken this bad strat personally and is determined to turn things around. Again, this is just one game, but Luchi clearly wants to find success with this team.

Ebobisse getting the game-winner needs to be what gets his season going. Just seeing the ball hit the back of the net has to be a boost for the striker.

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Preston Judd is also deserving of a shout out, given how well he played in the attack. Judd flows across the frontline and is more of a creator than a pure finisher. In turn, this allowed Espinoza to work in empty space, leading to the second goal.

Plenty of courage was needed to bench the Quakes’ largest deal in Gruezo for Morales. The former NYCFC midfielder is a better passer and contributes more in every aspect of the game. In the team’s best game of the season, it should be no surprise that he made the midfield mesh better.

A win is by far the best result from Saturday’s game, but the way the team played is a positive as well. This has to be the win that kickstarts the season for the Quakes.


Honestly, it’s tough to focus on the negatives with the team finally winning. Additionally, the negatives should be easily fixed.

Seattle got back into the game by picking apart San Jose’s right side, specifically Marie. The right-back has been fine for the Quakes but is especially limited defensively. Even if the penalty he gave up was soft, Seattle understood that they had to go at him.

With Akapo out, it makes sense to give Marie a run at right back, but Munie looked better in the second half. In an ideal world, Marie is that super sub who can help on either flank. If the team is looking for more defensive stability, Munie has to start when Akapo is out.

While the cross on the second Seattle goal was incredible, both Marie and Yarbrough let the team down. Yarbrough miscalculated the header and whiffed at it. Again, this should be an easier fix, as Daniel will be getting that starting spot once he returns from injury.

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A quick musing on the team’s allowing their lead to slip means more that the team won than they gave up their lead. That’s not to say it’s not a concern to see them constantly allow leads to disappear, but they won.

One of the team’s biggest struggles has been keeping their intensity up. When the team plays well, they’re an intensely pressuring side, and that can hurt any team. However, too often, they allow teams to come back into games by sitting back.

Again, it’s a buzzkill to focus on the negatives with the team getting their first win. However, these negatives should, hopefully, be fixed with the team getting more gelling time.

Saturday needs to serve as a springboard for the Quakes. Luchi has figured out something with this team. Now, it’ll be on the manager and team to continue to find ways to win as they attempt to get back into some form.


Player and Manager Ratings

GK– Yarbrough- 5

DF– Marie- 4

DF– Wilson- 7

DF– Rodrigues- 7

DF– Costa- 8

MD– Morales- 7

MD– Yueill- 7

MD– Tsakiris- 6

FW– Kikanović- 6

FW– Judd- 7

FW– Espinoza- 8

 

Subs:

Ebobisse- 7

Skahan- 7

Beason- N/A

Munie- 6

 

Manager

Luchi- 8


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