Quakes can't capitalize, draw Portland 1-1


Quakes can't capitalize, draw Portland 1-1


As has been the case all too often in 2011, the Earthquakes put in a positive performance but couldnt finish enough chances in Wednesday evenings 1-1 draw at the Portland Timbers. The Earthquakes fell behind to an early goal from Kenny Cooper, but Khari Stephenson fired home his second goal in two games in the 70th minute to give the Earthquakes a share of the points, doing little to advance the teams faltering playoff hopes. Obviously we played well tonight, sometimes you can't put your finger on why, but I thought our players looked very sharp offensively and defensively, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said. I thought we were great from whistle to whistle. The Earthquakes and Timbers played a very open game for the most part, with both teams recording 19 shots, seven on goal. The Earthquakes, however, were far superior in terms of the amount of possession they controlled, with 64.7 of the ball as opposed to Portlands 35.3. Despite seeing plenty of the ball, though, the Earthquakes could not find the goal they needed to give their playoff hopes a shot in the arm. Sometimes it takes awhile to build the momentum and the players start to really believe in the way we want to play, said Yallop, of the teams ability to maintain possession. There's been a lot of changes and a lot of stuff that's gone on this year that's out of our hands, obviously, but I think that was a true performance that we're capable of and we will play like that in the future. While the Earthquakes advantage in possession started almost from the opening whistle, they were caught on the break in just the ninth minute after Cooper turned home a cross from Darlington Nagbe after Nagbe had gotten behind Bobby Burling. After another scare a few minutes later that saw Nagbes effort well-saved by Jon Busch, the Earthquakes remained unfazed and started to press the Portland backline. We showed great character to come back from that, nine minutes into the game against a team that's very dominant at home and come back into it and play some good stuff and get the reward that we deserve," Yallop added. Despite all the possession and passes San Jose was able to string together, the team wasnt able to make any serious inroads against a strong Portland defense marshaled by goalkeeper Troy Perkins, who made six saves on the night, including one on Simon Dawkins in the 18th minute after the Englishman had done well to create some space to aim at the near post. The Earthquakes started the second half in similar fashion, seeing much of the ball, but unable to break through against Portland, which would take its MLS-record streak of not conceding to 240 minutes before Stephenson equalized. Rafael Baca set up the Jamaican, who managed to connect on an off-balance shot from outside the area, sending it just past the outstretched Perkins. I was having good possession and good ball movement and Rafa (Baca) got the ball wide and played me inside, Stephenson said of his goal. I was a little off balanced, but I tried to turn and get a good shot off. I didn't connect as well as I wanted but it went in. Chris Wondolowski, the Earthquakes leading scorer this season, had a few good chances shut down by Portland, most notably a glancing head in the 86th minute that Perkins got down low to save at his near post. Wondolowski and Stephenson also had point-blank chances stripped away on either side of halftime after saving tackles from Portland midfielder Diego Chara. While the Earthquakes were able to mange to secure a point on the road against Portland, which possessed a 9-4-2 record at home before the game, it wasnt enough to gain any significant ground in the playoff race. With five games left, the Earthquakes now sit seven points outside the playoffs, meaning they would need to make up significant ground to make the cut. Despite this, Stephenson maintained the teams performances over the past few games indicated that there was still a chance for the Earthquakes to make their second consecutive postseason appearance. We've been playing well for the last 10 games and it's just unfortunate that we haven't won most of them, he said. We are pushing for the playoffs and we are more than capable of winning the next few games.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer chatter, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

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.