Chavez leads Quakes to 2-1 win over FC Dallas

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Chavez leads Quakes to 2-1 win over FC Dallas

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The San Jose Earthquakes, normally playing the role ofcomeback kids, survived a late rally from FC Dallas to escape Buck Shaw Stadiumwith a 2-1 victory. First half goals from Marvin Chavez and Alan Gordon staked the Quakes to a two-goal lead, but that was halved by a late Hernan Pertuz goal. They then hung onto earn all three points when a late Dallaspenalty kick from Jair Benitez was unsuccessful.The victory extended the Earthquakes' unbeaten streak at BuckShaw to 11 games and pushed their season points total to 43. The Earthquakes' first goal of the match came courtesy offormer FC Dallas man Chavez in the 12th minute, when he connected ona long cross from Shea Salinas at the edge of the area and beat keeper KevinHartman to the far post. For Chavez, the one-timed low shot was taken from thesame spot where he had been leveled on a non-call just two minutes earlier. Throughout the first half, the Earthquakes defense remainedresolute in fending off eight FC Dallas corner kicks and numerous other scoringopportunities. While goalkeeper Jon Busch was credited with making three saves inthe half, it was the back four defenders that made clearance after clearancethat protected the Earthquakes one goal lead. The Earthquakes doubled their leadin the 45th minute following a giveaway by the Dallas defense that was collected by Gordon25 yards from goal. A square ball to Chris Wondolowski was passed back toRafael Baca then out wide to Sam Cronin. Gordon continued to make his run intothe area, and Cronin delivered a perfect cross for the tall forward to headhome for a 2-0 San Jose lead. The Earthquakes thought they had made it a three goal leadin the 61st minute, when Wondolowski buried a penalty kick followinga hand ball in the area by Brek Shea. However, referee Kevin Stott adjudgedthat the Earthquakes had encroached on the area before the kick, and the goalwas waved off. On the retake, Hartman guessed correctly and made the save onWondolowskis low shot to the right post to deny the MLS goal scoring leaderhis 18th of the season. San Jose made pair of substitutions midway through thesecond half with both goal scorers Chavez in the 68th minute andGordon in the 71st minute being replaced by Simon Dawkins and KhariStephenson respectively. A rash challenge from Fabian Castillo in the 81stminute on Justin Morrow earned the FC Dallas frontman a yellow card. StevenBeitashour entered the fray to support his fallen teammate and took a yellowcard for dissent against Castillo.FC Dallas climbed back into the game in the 89thminute after a free kick delivered into the area was stabbed home by defenderPertuz. The visitors had a chance to complete their comeback in stoppage timewhen they earned a penalty kick after Dawkins had bundled over Zach Loyd in thearea. However, Jair Benitez sent his kick from the spot well over the crossbarand the Earthquakes escaped with the win.Up next for the Earthquakes is a road trip to Vancouver to face theWhitecaps at BC Place this Sunday afternoon.

Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy

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Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy

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SAN JOSE -- Cali Clasico fans have come to expect fireworks on the pitch every time the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy face off in one of Major League Soccer’s best rivalries.

And the first affair of 2017 was no exception. Five goals in the first half got the match off to a roaring start but, much to the chagrin of San Jose fans, L.A. handed the Earthquakes their first Avaya Stadium loss of the season with a 4-2 final.

Giovani Dos Santos notched a pair of goals including the backbreaking tally 20 minutes into the second half.

Chris Wondolowski got the first half flurry going with an easy-money strike on a volley after a perfect backpost cross from Danny Hoesen in the 10th minute.

Saturday’s match was Hoesen’s best performance of the season, by far.

Los Angeles equalized nine minutes later when Joao Pedro took advantage of a sneaky ball between two defenders from Dos Santos. The Brazilian turned and struck the ball true to beat David Bingham.

It was the first sign of the San Jose nightmare that is the Mexican national.

The Galaxy took their first lead of the match in the 35th minute when Dos Santos finished a penalty kick earned after Kofi Sarkodie clothelined Bradley Diallo in the box.

But two minutes later, it was Hoesen getting off the proverbial schneid by notching his first goal as an Earthquake. It was a classy finish off a low cross inside the box from Tommy Thompson, who picked up his second assist of the season on the play.  

Disaster struck one minute before halftime though, when a diving Victor Bernardez deflected a Diallo cross after the defender found himself back in the San Jose 18. The ball beat a shocked Bingham.

San Jose came out aggressive in the second half and Los Angeles made them pay on the counterattack to put the game away. Romain Alessandrini raced down the left flank, took a look up and struck gold on a left-footed cross to Dos Santos on the back post that could not have been hand-placed any better. Dos Santos arrived perfectly to head the ball past Bingham.

The loss moved San Jose’s home record to 3-1-3.

Turning point: The final marker gave L.A. a two-goal win, but any momentum San Jose had after Hoesen equalized evaporated on the Bernardez own goal. Not only did the goal somewhat deflate the home team, but put San Jose in the position of aggressor – and it’s a position the Galaxy exploited to score the fourth goal.

San Jose’s Man of the Match: The pressure has been on Hoesen since the forward arrived on loan from the Netherlands. In 12 previous games, the man from Heerlen only had one assist to show for his efforts. On Saturday, Hoesen assisted on the first goal with a world-class cross and picked up his first goal of the season on an equally exquisite finish.

History watch: Wondolowski’s first half strike was his eighth goal against the Los Angeles side and 127th all-time in MLS. He is now just six behind Jaime Moreno, who sits third on the MLS’ all-time list.

Attendance: As expected, the San Jose Earthquakes announced a sell out for the marquee match on their schedule.

Up next: The Earthquakes head north to take on the Portland Timbers. The June 2nd matchup is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. 

Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0

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Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0

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FRISCO, Texas -- Jahmir Hyka scored on a spectacular move in the 81st minute and the San Jose Earthquakes handed FC Dallas its first loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hyka took a pass from Marco Urena and touched the ball straight up over defender Matt Hedges as he raced by before putting the ball in off the post for his third goal.

David Bingham made three difficult saves for his fifth shutout, the 25th in his seven seasons with San Jose (5-4-4). The Earthquakes, who played Wednesday night, had just one win in their previous 12 road games and had been shutout six times and outscored by 13.

Hyka's goal also ended a string in which Chris Wondolowski had scored or assisted on the last seven Quakes goals.

Dallas (5-1-4) was unbeaten in its previous eight games with San Jose, outscoring the Quakes 12-4 with five clean sheets.

Dallas dominated most of the game with 62.3 percent possession and Jesse Gonzalez only made one save.