Earthquakes draw with Rapids 0-0

Earthquakes draw with Rapids 0-0
April 19, 2014, 6:15 pm
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 The Colorado Rapids dominated the possession category 63.2.8% over the San Jose Earthquakes. (USATSI)

The Earthquakes were still in search of their first win of the season as they took on the Colorado Rapids. They wouldn't get it as neither team could find the back of the net and the contest ended in a 0-0 draw.

It had been rumored that Colorado's Chris Klute could possibly start in the match against the San Jose Earthquakes. As the Rapids took the field just before the predicted Colorado rainstorm moved in, that rumor was confirmed. Klute would again be starting, giving the Rapid defenders a little more sense of security.

Immediately at the start of the match, San Jose drove the ball forward, giving themselves an opportunity straight from kickoff. After back and forth movement from crosses and long passes, Colorado's Deshorn Brown broke away one-on-one to only be knocked off his path by Quake defender Andreas Gorlitz in the 15', who then received a yellow card giving Vicente Sanchez and the Rapids a free kick from just outside of the eighteen. The Uruguayan's kick was well defended by San Jose.

Chances on net seemed to favor Colorado, but San Jose was much quicker on their strikes. A yellow card given to Atiba Harris in the 25' gave Colorado a free kick that led to a spear of a shot from Deshorn Brown to the short side of the net, but was swiped away by Jon Busch.

An exciting, hard fought first half displayed two different styles of play from both sides. San Jose, got chances late from quick strikes and free kicks, while Colorado moved the ball from side to side waiting for an opportunity to move forward. The Rapids dominated the possession category 63.2%-36.8% with their slower paced methodical play. The Quakes still managed to take four shots to Colorado's six.

The second half was just as exciting as the first. A faster paced half brought less of a battle in the trenches, and more time in either box. Like a boxing match, the Quakes and the Rapids exchanged punches, neither landing anything solid.

With Dillon Serna's substitution (63') for Nick LaBrocca, the Rapids played for nearly five minute straight, surrounding San Jose's box. The Quake defenders banded together in an impressive showing of size and ability to fend off the attack. The Earthquakes countered by substituting Yannick Djolo seven minutes later, but it would be too little too late for both teams. Adam Jahn's red card after a swing at Jared Watts came at the end of the match and the Rapids were not able to capitalize with their one man advantage, ending the game in a nil-nil draw.

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