Playoff-Bound Quakes Fall 1-0 to Houston

Playoff-Bound Quakes Fall 1-0 to Houston

Oct. 16, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Their dreams of qualifying for a fifthconsecutive postseason since moving to Texas may be long dead, but the Houston Dynamo are not willing to mail in the remainder of their 2010 schedule.Houston defender Andrew Hainault scored with a diving header in the 23rd minute and Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric posted a shutout in his MLS debut as the former San Jose Earthquakes beat the current Quakes 1-0 on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.It was a second win in the space of four matches for Houston(8-15-6), who had been on a 2-11-5 slide since May 22, and allowed themto leapfrog Chivas USAand out of last place in the Western Conference. A victory in theirseason finale at home against Seattle would provide Houston a nice bitof momentum to carry into 2011.San Jose (12-9-7) lost for the second time in as many home games,and despite clinching a postseason berth with two weekends to spare,their performance against Houston on Saturday night was hardlyplayoff-worthy.Quakes coach Frank Yallop said earlier in the week that his foremostgoal for his teams final three matches was to avoid having anystarters get injured. That made things all the more frightening for SanJose in the first minute of the match when Houstons Corey Ashe fed a cross from the left wing to the edge of the Quakes six-yard box and keeper Jon Busch took an inadvertent boot to the head from Dynamo forward Cam Weaver.Weavers studs caused a laceration to Buschs left earlobe that bled quickly and profusely enough for Dynamo forward Dominic Oduroto call for a trainer. The game was delayed for seven minutes whileBusch had his head swathed in bandages and changed to a fresh jersey,but he continued in net.Busch could do nothing to keep out Hainaults diving header, which came off a corner kick by Brad Davis in the 23rd minute. The ball buzzed over the head of Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey, who was stationed at the near post, and rippled the roof of the net.That was hardly the Dynamos only bite at the apple. Davis, racing onto a loose pass from Sam Cronin,beat Busch from 35 yards but banged his shot off the left post in the37th minute. Weaver followed up in a matter of seconds with a freeheader from 10 yards that Busch did well to parry over the crossbar.Oduro had a free run at goal in the 66th minute after Ramiro Corrales making his first appearance since Aug. 7 and Geovanni conspired toturn the ball over in the Quakes defensive third, but Busch chargedout and body-blocked Oduros attempt from 12 yards. It marked Busch'sthird stop of an Oduro shot on goal in the second half.With Tally Hall slowed by a high ankle sprain and Pat Onstadnursing a hand injury, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear tapped thehomegrown Deric to man the nets on Saturday. The 22-year-old product ofthe Dynamo Academy became the firsthomegrown player to start an MLS game for Houston.The Quakes did not test Deric much, however, barely putting the ballon net and forcing Deric to make only three saves on the night. Dericbriefly bobbled his first touch, on a 30-yard rip from Chris Wondolowski in the 28th minute, but did well to cleanly hold a couple of second-half drives from Arturo Alvarez.San Jose did penetrate Houstons defense periodically with longballs ahead and passes back to cutting teammates, but on multipleoccasions, Houston defender Mike Chabala broke up the play with deft touches.Bobby Convey's 15-yard shot in second-half injury time glanced offthe outside of the near post. And Wondolowski almost forced a tie withthe final touch of the match, but his volley from 30 yardsoutparachuted just over the crossbar as the whistle sounded.

Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


FRISCO, Texas -- Jahmir Hyka scored on a spectacular move in the 81st minute and the San Jose Earthquakes handed FC Dallas its first loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hyka took a pass from Marco Urena and touched the ball straight up over defender Matt Hedges as he raced by before putting the ball in off the post for his third goal.

David Bingham made three difficult saves for his fifth shutout, the 25th in his seven seasons with San Jose (5-4-4). The Earthquakes, who played Wednesday night, had just one win in their previous 12 road games and had been shutout six times and outscored by 13.

Hyka's goal also ended a string in which Chris Wondolowski had scored or assisted on the last seven Quakes goals.

Dallas (5-1-4) was unbeaten in its previous eight games with San Jose, outscoring the Quakes 12-4 with five clean sheets.

Dallas dominated most of the game with 62.3 percent possession and Jesse Gonzalez only made one save.



Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home


Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

It’s been a season of inconsistencies for the San Jose Earthquakes. But one thing that has been certain is that in San Jose, at Avaya Stadium, the Quakes are pretty close to unbeatable. 

And they continued that trend Wednesday night thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski, who combined for a goal in the game’s 83rd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

In six home matches, the Earthquakes are 3-0-3. 

The equalizer came less than three minutes after Carlos Rivas had put Orlando on top with a goal from inside the 18-yard box. 

But it was then that head coach Dominic Kinnear reached to his bench for Thompson. 

The late substitution paid off not too long after when a Jahmir Hyka corner found its way over to Thompson just outside the penalty area. The midfielder put the ball on frame and as it was going wide, Wondolowski was there to poke the ball home. 

The goal was the fifth of the season for Wondolowski. It was also Thompson’s first point for the big club since signing San Jose’s first ever Homegrown Player contract. 

David Bingham made a huge save on Brazilian international Kaka in stoppage time to keep the game drawn. 

Turning point: You have to look to Kinnear’s substitution in the 82nd minute that brought on Thompson. The midfielder is known for his creativity on the ball, but had yet to turn that into production for the Quakes since signing his contract. On Wednesday, his first point could not have come at a bigger time. Thompson’s first point came in his 57th game with the club.  

Man of the match: Bingham has played lights out at Avaya in 2017. And when the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, it was his save that kept on Kaka that preserved the unbeaten record at home and a much deserved point for the home squad.  

Injury update: Quakes fans got some bad news before the start of Wednesday’s game when the team announced Harold Cummings, a big offseason acquisition at center back, is out of the season. The Costa Rican international suffered a foot injury while in his San Jose home. The blow is huge for the Quakes, who are already thin defensively.

Booked: Orlando: Leo Pereira (yellow, 25’); San Jose: Anibal Godoy (yellow, 44’), Marco Ureña (yellow, 62’), Nick Lima (yellow, 68’), Darwin Ceren (yellow, 70’). 

Up next: The Earthquakes head to Texas to face FC Dallas on Saturday. While the Quakes are unbeaten at home, their fortunes change significantly on the road. They’ll try to turn that around against a tough Dallas team.