Djalo leads Earthquakes to first win of season

Djalo leads Earthquakes to first win of season
April 26, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Earthquakes midfielder Yannick Djalo (10) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half on Saturday. (USATSI)


The San Jose Earthquakes earned their first win of the season over state rivals Chivas USA in front of a sell out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. The only goal of the match was scored by the Quakes' Portuguese midfielder, Yannick Djalo, in the 66th minute with a superb volley.

Chivas lined-up 4-2-3-1, while the Quakes opted for a somewhat more traditional 4-4-2 approach. 

In the first 15 minutes both midfields tested each other with neither really achieving dominance. On 9 mins Jordan Stewart picked up a yellow card for a tackle from behind. Carlos Alvarez showed some crisp passing for Chivas and managed a shot that skewed just over the bar.  There was plenty of energy on display from both teams, but little by way of cohesive linking play as possession went back and forth.

With 30 minutes in neither team had established dominance and neither offense had managed to capitalize on the rare breaks. The 21 year-old, Eric Torres, narrowly missed with a volley that looked as if it was going in right until it skipped past Jon Busch's post.

San Jose brought on Yannick Djalo for Atiba Harris and within 2 minutes he'd juggled the ball on the penalty box and fired a shot into the side netting.  Quakes midfielder, JJ Koval, who was showing great movement both on and off the ball, headed over the bar. Chivas forced a couple of corners but to no avail.

In the 66th minute, with possession  going back and forth, Djalo latched onto a fine Shea Salinas cross and rifled the ball home for his first San Jose goal. 

Two minutes later Chris Wondolowski had the ball in net, but the ref waved it off after the linesman called offside on Alan Gordon.

On 70 minutes Chivas brought on Adolfo Batista and his startling coiffure to replace Mauro  Rosales. 

Not that ball movement  was inaccurate but both the press box and the goal on the big screen suffered hits.

On 77 mins Dan Kennedy handled ball outside area to deny Alan Gordon a chance and the ref sent off the Chivas USA keeper. Chivas USA #2 GK Tim Melia came replacing Agustin Pelletieri.  On 83 minutes Djalo combined with Gordon who forced a close range save from Melia who showed awareness despite being brought into the field without proper warm-up. San Jose continued to press forward, but had difficulty defending Chivas USA's Leandro Barrera's runs down the right wing.

On 87 min Chivas subbed on Englishman Luke Moore for Carlos Alvarez, and San Jose brought Cordell Cato on for Shea Salinas.  The 4th official indicated a minimum of 4 minutes additional time, after which San Jose picked up their first win of the season.