This night will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of San Jose Earthquakes fans. This is the night when Chris Wondolowski became just the 9th player in MLS History to score 100 goals. Be thankful that the match had this; there was little else memorable about it.
In this season's installment at Levi's Stadium, the Earthquakes and Orlando City SC essentially cancelled each other out. Defense ruled the day, and the only tallies came on two penalty kicks from the game's two stars: Ricardo Kaka and Chris Wondolowski. The Quakes played nearly the entire second half with a man advantage but couldn't score from the run of play. Following the game, there was palpable disappointment in the locker room.
Nevertheless, it continues San Jose's unbeaten streak and keeps them in a good spot in the Western Conference. The battle for playoffs in the west is as rough as ever. This point, though arguably disappointing at the moment, could come in handy down the line.
Look back at last week's ratings here.
G David Bingham, 6.5 - It's a tough life for a goalkeeper. Bingham didn't do much wrong the whole match. He made some nice saves, and generally did well to keep the Quakes in the game. But his biggest play of the night came on the penalty. He was by no means the only one to blame on the play, but his slight hesitance to get off the line resulted in the collision and penalty.
D Jordan Stewart, 8 - Not quite to the heights of last week's performance, but still a very solid day for the side back. Got upfield well, and most crucially drew the penalty for the equalizer. Looked pretty bad on a couple of shooting opportunities in the area. Thankfully, most nights he won't be in position for those chances; the red card kept him further forward.
D Victor Bernardez, 7 - Victor came up big a couple of times early in the match, winning the ball or clearing his lines when teammates got beat. Overall did well with his matchup against Cyle Larin. The exception, of course, was on the penalty play. He fell asleep and allowed Larin to get goal side.
D Clarence Goodson, 7.5 - Handled the Orlando attack well. Was stymied a couple of times by Kaka, but saying that against the former FIFA World Player of the Year is understandable. Made a couple of really poor offensive decisions near the end, including taking an ill-advised shot in stoppage time that resulted in a goal kick and provided a let off to Orlando.
D Marvell Wynne, 8.5 - Turned in another quality performance for the Black and Blue. Completely neutralized Brek Shea for the entire 51 minutes Shea was on the field. Wasn't as significant as he's sometimes been in attack, but gets all the credit for stopping Shea, one of City's danger men. Rapidly turning into San Jose's top offseason acquisition.
M Fatai Alashe, 6.5 - Fatai showed evidence that he's maturing even further into his destroyer role. Early on his reading of the game was excellent. He got in the way of a number of Orlando passes, and won possession back with solid tackles. The next step is still to develop his passing game. Orlando took away his immediate space well, and forced him into a lot of errors. As always, we have to remember that he's still a rookie. HIs precision will improve.
M Matías Pérez García, 7.5 - Coach Dominic Kinnear mentioned after the match that MPG had taken a knock a couple of days ago in training, and wasn't at 100%. This gives context to some of the things he struggled with. His set-piece service was under par, particularly his corners which often lacked power. He also faded late in the game. Still, his quality is undeniable, and he showed great vision numerous times today to find the right pass.
M Chris Wondolowski, 7 - Took the penalty with typical swagger, and all credit to him for reaching the 100 goal mark. He looks to be improving with his deeper lying role. Did well in possession a couple of times, holding up the ball and turning to find the open man. What we didn't see is his trademark movement in attack. He was left with few chances all match accordingly.
F Sanna Nyassi, 4 - His most positive contribution was getting tackled by Brek Shea. That may be too harsh, but Nyassi absolutely had a game to forget. He was one of San Jose's best players in the first few matches, but has gone downhill since then. Whenever the Quakes had attacking momentum, it seemed to die with Nyassi on the ball. Hopefully just an off night.
F Shea Salinas, 7.5 - Shea was good, not great. On the ball, he was still one of San Jose's most influential players going forward. He provided the outlet up the field and advanced the attack better than anyone else. As the game wore on, however, his decision making slowed, and he was too labored in moving the ball. This particularly hurt with the Quakes a man up. Just didn't make the ball do the work enough.
F Adam Jahn, 5 - Was pretty much ineffective up front. He made a couple of decent runs early, but never really figured out how to make himself available to teammates and contribute. Still not convinced that he is the man to lead the line for the Earthquakes.
M Khari Stephenson, 6 - Struggled to find his game with 10-man Orlando playing compact. He stayed high up the field, but every time he received the ball no options opened up for him, or at least none that he saw. Nice to see him getting some minutes, but this performance is unlikely to earn him many more.
M Cordell Cato, 5.5 - In a match at Levi's Stadium, with San Jose up a man and everything to play for, it just looked like the pressure got to him. Did well to keep himself involved, but came up wonting on the final ball too many times. Another player who didn't do himself any favors on the field today.