The New York Red Bulls' record for the largest margin of victory in the MLS's Knockout Round lasted a matter of hours as the Vancouver Whitecaps crushed the San Jose Earthquakes, 5-0.
1. Set pieces, set pieces, set pieces.
This game always had the makings of a mismatch. The 'Caps entered the game with the
second most goals scored on set pieces in MLS (15), while the Quakes had given up the most (13).
Sure enough, the first and third goals scored by Fredy Montero
(his first ever in
the MLS playoffs) and Kendall Waston
came on follow-ups off corner kicks. There was nothing the Quakes could do to stop Cristian Techera
's in-swinging free kick to the near post for the
second goal. 2. Victory relieves pressure on
If the 'Caps had lost, it would have a huge blow and added to the criticism of head coach Carl Robinson
. They needed only one win in their last two games to
clinch first place in the Western Conference, but they slumped to third and missed out on a bye behind Cascadia rivals Portland and Seattle. Robinson was happy with the win, Vancouver's first playoff
win in seven seasons in MLS.
"A win is a win," he said, "and I wouldn’t have minded how we won today. You saw what it meant to the players and the club. We were so determined to get
that first playoff win, and we did. Did we do it in style? Yeah, we probably did, which makes it all the more special." 3. More upheaval
should follow heavy San Jose defeat.
The Quakes edged into the playoffs with a dramatic winner three minutes into stoppage time on Sunday, but that couldn't take away from the
fact they're one of the worst teams ever to make the postseason in MLS's modern era.
They finished the regular season with a 39-60 goal difference and lost 4-0 three times since August. A
lot of changes went into the Quakes in terms of playing personnel, coaching staff and front office in 2017. It should be a busy offseason again. Oct. 25 in Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver 5 San Jose 0. VAN:
Fredy Montero (Kendall Waston, Cristian Techera) 33 VAN:
Kendall Waston (Tim Parker) 64 VAN:
Nicolas Mezquida (Christian Bolanos, Brek Shea) 78 VAN:
Nicolas Mezquida (Brek Shea) 80 Vancouver --
Marinovic; Nerwinski, Waston, Parker, de Jong; Ghazal, Tchani (Jacobson 84); Techera (Shea 75), Reyna (Mezquida 68), Bolanos; Montero. San Jose --
Tarbell; Sarkodie (Amarikwa 74),
Bernardez, Jungwirth, Salinas; Godoy, Ceren; Thompson (Urena 62), Wondolowski, Qazaishvili (Yueill 86); Hoesen. Att.: