Earthquakes top Chivas, looking at Vancouver

Earthquakes top Chivas, looking at Vancouver
May 2, 2014, 5:00 pm
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In eight all-time meetings, the Earthquakes have one win, three losses and four ties vs. the Whitecaps FC. They meet Saturday. (USATSI)

Joe Washington

“Helllllo Djallllo!” was Anthony Passarelli’s call as the diminutive Portuguese striker scored his first MLS goal. Hello, indeed. Yannik DJalo’s volley was an incredibly difficult strike of the ball that most players in the league would not have been able to strike well, let alone keep it on goal. D’jalo took 3 extra long strides before reaching the ball and sending it into the side netting on back post. It stands to reason that there isn’t another player on the roster who could have gotten to the ball, let alone finish the difficult volley for a goal. It’s really nice not to be at the bottom of the standings.

Coming in at the 46th docile attack. Very rarely did the San Jose attack create any dangerous opportunities. Chivas on the other hand, tried to capitalized on turnovers and was very dangerous, especially in the first half. The Earthquakes escaped the first half with a clean sheet by the slimmest of margins.

That being said, consecutive shutouts means you’ll probably see the same back line for San Jose when they go up to Vancouver. Dan Gorlitz is slotted to play that position for San Jose on Saturday, and impressed with one-on-one moves, and aggressiveness pushing the ball forward several times against Chivas.

Clarence Goodson and Victor Bernardez were dominant in the middle again and Jordan Stewart returned from injury, shaking the rust off in an impressive 90-plus minutes. Watch for Gorlitz and Stewart to provide more offensive runs as they get more and more playing time. The Quakes will be going up against former teammate and MLS All-Star defender Steven Beitashour.

The San Jose native Beitashour had a career year in 2012 pouring in assist after assist from the right back position as the club scored 72 goals to lead the league. This is the standard the current batch of outside defenders must strive for to get the Earthquakes offense going again. Saturday was the 5th consecutive game without scoring more than a single goal. 

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