Three Earthquakes players have ranked in the top three in various statistical categories across the league based on their performances during the 2016 season.
Victor Bernardez: No. 1 in Blocks
While the Quakes did not score many goals this season, they did not concede many either. Overall the Quakes were tied for fourth in MLS with a 1.18 goals against average. Victor Bernardez was a powerhouse in the back, playing and starting in 33 of the 34 games. The Honduran defender ranks in first place across the league for blocks with 30, meaning that 30 times this season he obstructed a shot by an opponent. At 34-years old, the veteran played a huge role in keeping the Quakes clean in the back line.
Alberto Quintero: Tied First in Fouls Suffered
Tricky foot skills and a knack for getting around opponents made Alberto Quintero a nuisance for opposing teams this season. Unsure of how to contain the Panamanian midfielder, many teams turned to fouls. Quintero is tied for first across the league with F.C. Dallas’ Mauro Diaz for fouls suffered with 81. Quintero suffered a high of seven fouls during three games this season (7/8 vs. FC Dallas, 8/19 vs. Houston Dynamo, 9/28 vs. Montreal Impact). Despite the their best attempts, opposing teams could not stop Quintero. He finished the season second in the club for assists (four) and tied for third in goals (three).
Anibal Godoy: Tied Third in Passing Accuracy
Anibal Godoy certainly made an impact for the Quakes this season. They won seven games with him on the pitch (7-7-9) and only one without (1-5-5). Godoy’s ability to control the midfield is shown by his passing accuracy. He ranks third overall in MLS for passing accuracy, completing 89.44 percent trailing only to Darlington Nagbe (90.04) and Osvaldo Alonso (90.88). Godoy scored one goal and gave two assists in 2016 for the Quakes.