San Jose produced a fantastic performance against AIK, yet were held to a goalless draw thanks to AIK keeper Stamapolous.
San Jose’s trial midfielder Bostock made two great efforts on goal in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Quakes continued to press throughout the game, but couldn’t get the important winner. The attacking style continued into the second half, which was aided with AIK’s Moro being sent off, but it wasn’t to be. AIK made several attempts on goal, but Bingham made some fine saves to keep things level. The Quakes managed precise passing and tackling despite the wet surface, with Ring and Bostock in particular making some great key passes and tackles throughout. MLS MVP Wondolowski came on in the 70th minute in an attempt to get a goal, but it wasn’t to be despite some great team efforts.
A win here would arguably have made the transition into the new season a lot easier, although they still have time as they play FC Dallas for their final pre-season game. The new season begins on March 3rd against Real Salt Lake, who the Quakes managed to beat 5-0 back in July. Real Salt Lake will obviously be looking for revenge, but Quakes appear to be able to handle most teams at the minute – even if they are only draws.
The match was a good indicator of how much the MLS has improved in recent years, with AIK making it to the UEFA Europa League Group Stages and beating PSV. The MLS is still a growing league, and improvements can be made both on and off the pitch. The Quakes are making great use of international talent, as well as home-grown players. We can only expect more quality performances in the future, which look to be certain after recent games.