Quakes fall to Vancouver on penalty kick

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Quakes fall to Vancouver on penalty kick

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The San Jose Earthquakes lost to the Vancouver Whitecaps forthe second time this season at BC Place as a penalty kick goal from designatedplayer Barry Robson gave the home side a 2-1 win. The call against Sam Croninfor a tackle on Camilo in the area was initially waved off by the referee, butupon reconsideration was called in favor of the Whitecaps. First half strikes from the Whitecaps' Dane Richards and theEarthquakes' Alan Gordon sent the match into halftime tied 1-1. Following thepenalty kick goal from Robson, the Earthquakes pressed forward in search of anequalizer, but were unable to crack the Vancouverdefense. The goal by Gordon was his ninth of the season, a new careerhigh, and the score was assisted by Marvin Chavez, his ninth of the season. Theloss to Vancouverwas only the fifth of the season suffered by the Earthquakes, and only markedthe second time they had dropped points to a team in position in the MLSWestern Conference to qualify for the postseason. After absorbing a tremendous amount of pressure on thedefensive side of the ball to start the game, the Earthquakes finally had achance develop in the 11th minute. A Whitecaps turnover at midfieldallowed Chris Wondolowski to race forward with the ball. Center defender MartinBonjour stepped into his path 30 yards from goal to break up the play, andearned a yellow card for hockey-style tackle. New Vancouver designated player Robson earned ayellow card for encroachment on the initial free kick from Victor Bernardez.The defenders retake was blasted a few feet over the crossbar. The Whitecaps were finally rewarded for their aggressive play inthe attacking third, when a loose ball in the center of the field was collectedby Young-Pyo Lee in the 20th minute. Vancouver's right back lookedto play distributor and spotted the speedy Richards sprinting into space behinddefender Justin Morrow. Richards collected the pass from Lee and carried theball into the area. From 10 yards out, the Jamaican blasted a shot throughgoalkeeper Jon Busch for the matchs opening goal. San Joseequalized in the 38th minute following a fine defensive play byJason Hernandez. The Earthquakes' centerback defused a Whitecaps counterattackand immediately pressed the ball forward to Chavez on the left side of thefield. The Quakes' leading assist man whipped a cross through the area for aleaping Gordon to head back to the far post for the goal. A controversial penalty call was awarded to Vancouver in the 62ndminute after Cronin was adjudged to have fouled Camilo in the area. Initiallythe foul was waved off by referee Jair Marrufo, but he reconsidered the callafter consulting with his assistant and pointed to the spot. Robson stepped upand crushed the penalty kick to the left of Busch to restore the Whitecaps'lead. The goal seemed to stun the Earthquakes, and they nearlygave up a third to the Whitecaps over the next quarter hour. In both the 71stand 73rd minutes, rookie Darren Mattocks had only Busch to beat, buthis first attempt was tipped out for a corner kick and his second was shot justwide off the target. In the 77th minute, Mattocks was replaced bydesignated player Kenny Miller making his debut for the Whitecaps. The Earthquakes began to turn the momentum of the match intheir favor late in the second half with the introduction of Shea Salinas forMarvin Chavez and Sercan Guvenisik for Rafael Baca. San Jose increased its pressure on the Vancouver defense, but did little tochallenge goalkeeper Joe Cannon over the rest of the match.Following the MLS All-Star game this Wednesday, theEarthquakes return home to Buck Shaw Stadium to face the Chicago Fire onSaturday, July 28.

Instant Replay: Sharks makes most of opportunities in win over 'Canes

Instant Replay: Sharks makes most of opportunities in win over 'Canes

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SAN JOSE – After a disappointing defeat less than 24 hours earlier, and with a four-game road trip on the horizon, the Sharks could have overlooked Carolina on Saturday night at SAP Center.

Although it wasn’t their cleanest game, and they managed just 20 shots on goal, the Sharks got past the Hurricanes, 4-3. San Jose’s modest two-game losing streak came to an end.

Twice the Sharks took a one-goal lead, and twice the Hurricanes responded. At 11:02 of the second period, Joakim Nordstrom’s shorthanded goal on a partial breakaway knotted the score at 2-2.

The Sharks tallied a pair of scores to take a 4-2 lead into the dressing room at the second intermission, though. Logan Couture redirected a Brent Burns wrist shot at 12:18, and less than two minutes later Kevin Labanc smacked in the rebound of a Dylan DeMelo shot off of Cam Ward’s pad at 14:10.

Carolina got back to within 4-3 in the third period, taking advantage of an ill-advised cross-checking minor on Brenden Dillon. Derek Ryan was left alone in front of the net, and slipped a shot through Aaron Dell’s five-hole at 3:42.

Carolina pulled Ward for the extra attacker with about two minutes to go, and Dell made a key save on a Jeff Skinner rebound with 20 seconds left to preserve the win.

San Jose beat Carolina for just the fifth time in the past 15 meetings (5-8-2). The Hurricanes won the only other matchup on Nov. 15, 1-0.

There was a flurry of goals early.

The Sharks opened the scoring just 12 seconds into the game, when Patrick Marleau finished off a two-on-one rush with Joe Thornton. Carolina responded shortly after that on Lee Stempniak’s power play goal at 1:59, but the Sharks reclaimed the lead when Paul Martin’s point shot nicked Brett Pesce’s skate and fluttered through Ward at 3:14.

The Sharks lost Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the second period. The defenseman left for a stretch in the middle frame, returned for a shift, but did not play at all after that.

Carolina went 1-1-1 on its three-game road trip through California.

The Sharks completed a stretch of eight home games out of 10, and begin a four-game road trip in Toronto on Tuesday.

Special teams

The Sharks went 0-for-1 on the power play, going up against the league’s best penalty kill.

Carolina finished 2-for-2. San Jose is just 23-for-32 on the PK in its last 12 games (71.8 percent).

In goal

Dell was making his fourth start of the season, getting both Carolina games while the other two were against the Islanders. He improved to 3-1 on the season with 30 saves.

Ward took the loss, allowing four goals on 20 shots goals. It was just his second loss to the Sharks in his career in eight decisions (6-2-0).

Lineup

David Schlemko missed his third straight game with a right ankle injury. Matt Nieto, a scratch for the previous five games, replaced Micheal Haley on the fourth line.

Burns’ three-game goal-scoring streak was halted.

Up next

The Sharks will visit Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Chicago on their upcoming roadie, playing four games in six nights, before returning home to host Calgary on Dec. 20.

Seattle wins MLS Cup, beating Toronto on penalty kicks

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Seattle wins MLS Cup, beating Toronto on penalty kicks

TORONTO -- Roman Torres scored in the sixth round of penalty kicks to give the Seattle Sounders their first MLS Cup title, 5-4 over Toronto FC after 120 scoreless minutes Saturday night.

It was the first MLS Cup final to fail to produce a goal in regulation, setting the stage for a dramatic tiebreaker.

While Toronto's Michael Bradley and Alvaro Fernandez for Seattle had both seen their shots saved, the game went to sudden-death spot kicks. Toronto's Justin Morrow could only clatter his shot off the crossbar, setting the stage for Torres to win it with a high shot down the middle of the goal.