Earthquakes Earn 1-1 Draw With D.C. United

July 7, 2010, 12:14 am
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July 3, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes returned home for the first time in over a month and earned a 1-1 draw against visiting D.C. United. Ike Oparas third goal of the season, which came in the 16th minute on a set piece started the Quakes off on the right foot. Bobby Conveys cross took some deflections before it found Opara at the back post, he then turned around and fired it inside Troy Perkins near post on the half volley. Andy Najar leveled the score just nine minutes into the second half off of a cross by Stephen King and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. San Jose travels to PPL Park next week in Philadelphia to take on the expansion Union for the first time.

San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-4) vs. D.C. United (3-9-2)July 3, 2010 Buck Shaw StadiumAttendance: 10,304 Scoring Summary: SJ Ike Opara (unassisted) 16; Andy Najar (Stephen King) 54.Misconduct Summary: None. San Jose Earthquakes Jon Busch, Ramiro Corrales, Bobby Burling, Ike Opara, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Sam Cronin, Steven Beitashour (Arturo Alvarez 65), Ryan Johnson (Cornell Glen 73), Chris Wondolowski (Omar Jasseh 86).Statistics: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 7; Offsides: 1; Corners: 7.D.C. United Troy Perkins, Devon McTavish, Dejan Jakovic, Juan Manuel Pena, Jordan Graye, Andy Najar (Thabiso Khumalo 90), Stephen King, Clyde Simms, Chris Pontius, Adam Cristman (Jaime Moreno 45), Santino Quaranta (Danny Allsopp 92). Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 7; Fouls: 6; Offsides: 4; Corners: 6.QUOTES
Were obviously disappointed with the second half, and that we couldnt get a second goal because we had the chances but especially at one nil youre always on a bit of a tight rope. We had the chances to score more than once tonight and I wouldnt say luck, but just a bit unfortunate that we didnt. On the second half:
We didnt change our strategy at half; we talked about it and felt that they struggled with any positive move forward with Wondo (Chris Wondolowski) and Ryan (Johnson) putting pressure on them and we tried to do that for 90 minutes and couldnt. I think Arturo (Alvarez) had some good runs, a couple of unlucky bounces but overall I think we should have scored more than one goal tonight. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JON BUSCH

On the result:
It was a good start to the game for us, the sun was difficult and it was my first experience with that, but we were pretty lively and well organized in the first half, we didnt really give them much. The start of the second half, (Jaime) Moreno made a difference; he came on and filled the gaps for them. We were just a little slow and didnt have enough chances to win the game. A point is a point though. On earning a draw:
Its tough that we didnt get the full three points. As the season goes on, you especially want to win home games against teams that are lower in the standings but theyre a team thats better than where they stand and I think theyll make a good push for the playoffs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER IKE OPARAOn his third career goal:
Bobby again played another quality ball off the corner and my marker left me. Ramiro (Corrales) challenged for the ball with his marker and the ball just dropped down and I tried to get my body around it and got good enough contact on it. Brandon (McDonald) did a good job shielding the goalie and I dont think he was able to see it so it went in. On being full time with the team:
Im much more comfortable with the team due to being here all the time. Im able to go to practice daily and Im finding everyones game, working with their strengths. Its been key for me in the last few games. Courtesy Earthquakes Media Services