Last year was really a breakout season for the San Jose Earthquakes. They saw everything come together – Chris Wondolowski and Alan Gordon along with the young Simon Dawkins worked well together. Their record was the best in the MLS this season and that is something to be proud of.
Why didn’t they win the MLS Cup? Perhaps because of their inexperience. When Wondolowski led the very confident Quakes into a daunting playoff scenario, the Quakes were first in their conference. This means that they played the last seed. Unfortunately, that meant playing David Beckham’s LA Galaxy, who are very experienced. The “Soon to Be Champions” quickly saw the breakdown of their team. Wondolowski watched as the Galaxy’s defense was able to crush the Quakes and shut them down.
What does this mean for the Quakes in 2013? Well, for one, Chris Wondolowski is in his prime, and is the reigning MVP. He is likely to snap out of it in the playoffs and crush the other team’s defense. The problem was that the offensive line didn’t look too much inside for Alan Gordon and Simon Dawkins who are both very skilled in controlling the activity in the goal-box.
Now that the Quakes have played more with each other, they’ll be more experienced and ready to attack any team that they may have to face in the MLS Cup. They’re likely to encounter the Galaxy again – whether it’s in the playoffs, or a very crucial regular season game. No matter, the Quakes have a great team and a great coach. If they don’t win the MLS Cup in 2013, then there’s something wrong.
They’re one of the premier teams in the MLS and should be doing very well. Now that they know how to play with each other, they will probably go further and likely venture to a 2013 title. The Quakes, while angry at themselves for falling to LA, are going to come back strong and want the championship even more – count on it.