Quakes control game, fall 1-0 to Dynamo

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Quakes control game, fall 1-0 to Dynamo

MATCH FACTS

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Earthquakes fell 1-0 to the Houston Dynamo at AT&T Park thanks to an early penalty kick from Brad Davis. Despite seeing the majority of possession, the team was unable to seriously test Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.

The Dynamo were handed a golden chance to open the scoring in the 13th minute referee Chris Penso whistled for a penalty after a coming together between Victor Bernardez, Jon Busch and Houstons Brian Ching in the penalty area.

Both teams struggled to find their rhythms through most of the first half, though the Earthquakes had the better of the chances despite rarely being able to penetrate into the Houston area.

Ramiro Corrales was particularly active on the left flank, and in the 38th minute his cross from deep found Steven Lenhart, but the burly striker headed over. Three minutes later, Corrales nearly had a goal of his own when he saw Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall cheating off his line and lofted a ball towards goal, only for Hall to get back in time to turn it over.

The Earthquakes had a pair of good chacnes in first half stoppage time, with Chris Wondolowski denied by Hall one-on-one, only to be whistled offside. Seconds later, Rafael Baca broke free down the left, but Wondolowski couldnt connect properly with his cross.

San Jose started the second half with a spell of pressure which saw close-range shots from both Lenhart and halftime substitute Marvin Chavez blocked.

The Earthquakes continued to have the have the best chances, though they continued to struggle to connect on set pieces. Wondolowski had another chance to equalize in the 61st minute, but he saw his shot blocked by Hall despite a clever touch to get through on goal.

Much-discussed offseason signing Tressor Moreno made his Earthquakes debut in the 63rd minute, replacing Khari Stephenson. The 33-year-old Colombian was not able to bring his playmaking skills to bear, though, as he and the team struggled to get any more clean looks at goal.

As the clock ticked down, the Earthquakes continued to throw men forward, as another offseason signing, Sercan Guvenisik made his debut as well. Moreno played Salinas through in a well-worked Quakes move, but the winger could only fire into the side netting.

Salinas continued to feature prominently in the waning minutes, earning a free kick just outside the area after being brought down by Bobby Boswell. However, Chavez could not take advantage of the opportunity as he blasted his shot high.

The team was lining up in a frantic effort to find an equalize, and Lenhart was the next to have a crack, but he fired wide after controlling well with his chest. Wondolowski was clipped from behind by Jermaine Taylor in stoppage to set up another great free kick opportunity, though his effort took a deflection off the wall to roll out for a corner, ending the Earthquakes chances to tie the game.

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

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

BOX SCORE

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

BOX SCORE

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.

 

GAME SUMMARY

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.

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Lineups

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).