Is it against US soccer rules to play in the rain? No. Will fans sit in the rain to watch the game? Yes. Tonight at Buck Shaw Stadium 10,525 of the soccer faithful gathered to bathe in the warm California rain and watch San Jose Earthquakes take on New England Revolution.
San Jose began the match exchanging high balls up and down the field with New England while the teams found their feet. The Quakes started stringing passes together and had a couple of decent chances on goal but also conceded a series of corners. It was nervy stuff.
But then, as is so often the case in MLS so far this year, the game took a bit of a rest in midfield. There were lots of last minute feet to break up promising moves, all decorated with occasional corners at either end.
New England did occasionally threaten, especially through Andrew Farrell and Daigo Kobayashi. Quakes keeper Jon Busch was called on to make three key saves to deny New England the opening goal. That lasted until the 35th minute when Victor Bernardez sliding on his back, attempted a clearance but ended up scooping he ball into his own goal. It was a comedy of errors goal and New England were suddenly 1-0 up.
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