Quakes Face Colorado in Conference Finals Nov. 13

Quakes Face Colorado in Conference Finals Nov. 13

Nov. 6, 2010EARTHQUAKES PAGEMLS PAGE

The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Colorado Rapids in the Eastern Conference Championship on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Col. The match will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and 1220 KDOW.

The Earthquakes advanced to the Conference Championship in dramatic fashion, disposing of the top seeded New York Red Bulls 3-2 on aggregate, after a 3-1 win on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena. Bobby Convey scored in the sixth minute, again in the 76th minute and assisted on Chris Wondolowski's 81st minute header.

The Rapids advanced to play the Earthquakes after defeating the Columbus Crew on penalty kicks. The Rapids and Crew tied 2-2 on aggregate, but the Rapids won 5-4 in the shootout.

The Earthquakes and Rapids met twice in the regular season, with each team winning 1-0 at home. On May 1 at Buck Shaw Stadium, Wondolowski's Goal of the Week in the 33rd minute was the difference as San Jose produced their second shutout of the season and picked up the win. In Commerce City, an own goal by goalkeeper Jon Busch allowed the Rapids to come away with the 1-0 win on Aug. 7.

The winner of the Eastern Conference Championship will face the winner of the Western Conference Championship on Nov. 21 in MLS Cup at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. MLS Cup will be broadcast live on ESPN and Telefutura at 5:30 p.m. PT.

The San Jose Earthquakes previously made the playoffs in 1996 and 2001-2005, and have won two MLS Cup Championships, in 2001 and 2003.

MLS Cup Playoff ScheduleDate Round Location
Nov. 13 Eastern Finals Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Col.
Nov. 21 MLS Cup BMO Field, Toronto, Ont.

Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services.

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

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

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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

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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.