Earthquakes' Season Ends With 1-0 Loss to Colorado


Earthquakes' Season Ends With 1-0 Loss to Colorado


COMMERCECITY, Colo. (AP) Kosuke Kimura wasn't looking to score. Just to set upOmar Cummings with a chance to get a go-ahead goal for the ColoradoRapids."I took the shot with the idea thatgood things happen when you put the ball to the net," Kimura said. "Itwas a simple cross to Omar and it went in."Kimura scored in the 43rd minute andthe Rapids beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in chilly conditionsSaturday night to advance to the MLS Cup."We've gotten scoring from a lot ofdifferent areas in the playoffs," Colorado coach Gary Smith. "Tonightit was Kosuke's night and he made the most of it."Kimura scored on a shot from along the sideline that eluded goalkeeper Jon Busch. The goal was Kimura's first of the season."They scored on a lucky shot," Busch said. "It was a cross that everybody missed and it went in."The seventh-seeded Rapids reached theMLS final for the first time since losing to D.C United in 1997. Theywill face the FC Dallas-Los Angeles winner Sunday in the title gameNov. 21 in Toronto."This was unbelievable effort by our team and our conference," Smith said. "It shows the kind of parody there is in the league."Temperatures dropped into the high30s in the matchup of the two lowest-seeded teams in the WesternConference. The Earthquakes were seeded eighth."Weather wasn't a factor," San Josecoach Frank Yallop said. "I thought it was a very even game and thedifference was the one ball that got in."San Jose had five corner kicks and more scoring chances, but trailed 1-0 after 45 minutes."We had our chances in the first 40 minutes," Yallop said. "Finishing passes was lacking. The final pass was lacking."The aggressive Earthquakes put threeshots at Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens in the first 8 minutes. TimWard send a low drive from 15 yards from the left post in the thirdminute, Geovanni had a shot from the slot and Chris Wondolowski kickedone through traffic, but Pickens smothered them all.The biggest save wasn't made byPickens at all, but by Kimura in the 26th minute. Ryan Johnson brokefree in front of Pickens, but Kimura came in at the last instance tostrip Johnson of the ball and swat it out of harms way."I knew his style of touching theball one time before taking his shot," Kimura said. "It gave me time toget back on the play and get back before he took the shot."Meanwhile, Colorado's offense waslimited to a couple of harmless shots by Cummings and Anthony Wallace.That was until Kumara gained control of the ball along the sideline.Kimura appeared to send a cross toCummings in front of the net, but the ball never connected withCummings, who fanned on the ball. Instead, it bounced past Busch andinto goal.Colorado kept up the pressure at thestart of the second half. Conor Casey and Drew Moor barely missedcatching the right post in the 50th minute.The Earthquakes regained momentum.Wondolowski had a step on his defender in the 53rd minute, but lostcontrol of the ball and Geovanni never got through the three-man wallon a free kick in the 56th minute.Busch kept it a one-goal game with adiving save on a shot by Pablo Mastroeni in the 63rd minute. Busch cameout to force a missed shot by Cummings on a breakaway in the 65thminute.Geovanni kicked the ball off thegoal line on a shot by Moor in the 71st minute. Arturo Alvarez shotover the crossbar in the 84th minute.Six minutes of regulation and 4minutes of added time later, the Rapids were showering each other withbeer and were drinking champagne from the Eastern Conference Cup.

Torres scores MLS-leading seventh goal, Dynamo shut out Earthquakes

Torres scores MLS-leading seventh goal, Dynamo shut out Earthquakes


HOUSTON — Erick Torres scored his MLS-leading seventh goal of the season and the Houston Dynamo beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Saturday.

Torres opened the scoring in the ninth minute, converting from the penalty spot after Fatai Alashe conceded a penalty against Alex Lima. Alberth Elis tapped in a corner kick — Houston's first of the match — by Eric Alexander in the 72nd. Elis, a 21-year old designated player, has three goals in seven career MLS games.

It was the third game in eight days for San Jose (2-3-3), which is winless in its last six after opening the season with back-to-back victories.

Joe Willis had two saves for his first shutout this season. It was his second consecutive start after Tyler Deric started the first five matches for the Dynamo (4-2-1).

Houston is unbeaten, and all of its four wins have come, at home.

Earthquakes begin three-game road trip with draw vs Revolution

Earthquakes begin three-game road trip with draw vs Revolution


FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  — Cody Cropper had his second shutout of the season and the New England Revolution tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on a rainy Wednesday night.

New England (2-3-2) had its six-game home winning streak snapped. San Jose (2-2-3) ended a five-game road losing streak.

Cropper had a great reaction save of Fatai Alashe's redirection in the 66th minute. Cropper was moving to his right but extended his left leg to deny a near-post shot. Cropper also punched away Darwin Ceren's blast in the 88th minute.

San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham also had his second clean sheet of the season. He came out of his area to deny Diego Fagundez in the 26th minute. Fagundez had a nice give-and-go with Juan Agudelo in the 74th minute, but Fagundez's rolling shot was knocked wide by Bingham.



San Jose 0 0—0
New England 0 0—0

First half_None.

Second half_None.

Goalies_San Jose, David Bingham, Andrew Tarbell; New England, Cody Cropper, Brad Knighton.

Yellow Cards_Godoy, San Jose, 27th; Bingham, San Jose, 85th.

Referee_Hilario Grajeda.



San Jose_David Bingham; Victor Bernardez, Shaun Francis, Nick Lima; Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy, Jahmir Hyka, Florian Jungwirth; Cordell Cato (Tommy Thompson, 69th), Danny Hoesen (Marcos Urena, 69th), Chris Wondolowski (Darwin Ceren, 83rd).

New England_Cody Cropper; Benjamin Angoua, Antonio Delamea Mlinar, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Daigo Kobayashi (Kei Kamara, 52nd), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe; Juan Agudelo (Xavier Kouassi, 78th).