Quakes Fall 2-0 to Red Bulls on Henry's First Goal

Quakes Fall 2-0 to Red Bulls on Henry's First Goal

Aug. 28, 2010
EARTHQUAKES PAGE

HARRISON, N.J. Dane Richards bagged a goal and an assist to Thierry Henry, who scored his first MLS goal as the New York Red Bulls authoritatively dispatched the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.For Henry, playing in his sixth MLS match, it was a very activenight as the French superstar constantly was active in the attackingthird and proved to be a handful for the Earthquakes back line.The match started strong for New York, who saw the field tilt in thedirection of their attack early and often. The Red Bulls firstopportunity came in the third minute when a searching cross down theleft flank found an on-rushing Richards, who shot just wide. Eight minutes later, following two beautiful cutback moves down theleft flank, Rafa Mrquez served a right-footed ball into the box thatwas headed away by the Earthquakes Brandon McDonald. The ball fell to Henry about 10 yards away but his soft effort was cleared off the line by Tim Ward.Following a Juan Pablo Angel shot in the 19th minute that forced San Joses Jon Buschinto a solid save, Henry nearly had his first league goal two minuteslater, but he squandered an ngel cross into the penalty area. Henryseffort beat Busch, but not the post.San Jose had few chances in the first 45 minutes. In the 25th minute, Cornell Glen was sent a ball that beat the New York back line and allowed him in alone on Bouna Coundoulin New Yorks goal. But the striker pushed his effort wide right ofgoal. Another good opportunity came 10 minutes later from Glen, but hiscontested shot yards in front of goal went wide again.The strong start looked like it would amount to nothing for NewYork, but in first-half stoppage time, the Red Bulls took the lead.Taking a ball headed back to him by Joel Lindpere,midfielder Richards trapped it outside the penalty area and danced hisway through two San Jose defenders before sidestepping Busch in goaland tapping the ball into an open net. It was the Jamaicaninternational's first goal of the season.The Red Bulls nearly doubled the lead four minutes after halftime. Taking a Roy Millercross from the left flank, Henry back-heeled an effort from a dozenyards out and his audacious effort forced Busch into a sprawling save.ngel pounced on the rebound but, despite a nearly open goal, smashedhis effort off the post. Just three minutes later, Henry chipped an effort onto goal thatforced Busch to push the effort over the crossbar athletically. On theensuing corner kick, Mrquez pounced on a loose ball and powered theeffort just inches wide of goal.All the energy and momentum once again paid off when, in the 63rdminute, the wait finally ended for Henry. Following some good work downthe right flank, Richards found some separation and poked in a nicecross towards the penalty spot. Controlling the ball with his instep,Henry slammed a shot home into the bottom right corner of the goal forhis first league tally in league play.The Earthquakes never seemed destined to score, even with a good chance in the 78th minute when a Bobby Convey cross towards Glen was somehow poked away by Tim Ream at the last minute. San Jose's insertion of Designated Player Geovanni in the 55th minute did little to spark the Quakes'offense as the dominance of the New York midfield in supplying qualitychances throughout the night proved too much for the visitors to handle.Scoring Summary:NY -- Dane Richards 1 (Joel Lindpere 4) 46
NY -- Thierry Henry 1 (Dane Richards 3, Chris Albright 2) 63Misconduct Summary:SJ -- Bobby Burling (caution; Reckless Foul) 6
NY -- Dane Richards (caution; Dissent) 38
SJ -- Bobby Convey (caution; Dissent) 56
NY -- Joel Lindpere (caution; Reckless Foul) 75
NY -- Tony Tchani (caution; Reckless Foul) 81
Lineups:San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Tim Ward, Bobby Burling, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Arturo Alvarez, Sam Cronin (Ryan Johnson 78), Khari Stephenson, Joey Gjertsen (Geovanni 55), Chris Wondolowski (Omar Jasseh 63), Cornell Glen.Substitutes Not Used: Steven Beitashour, Brad Ring, Scott Sealy, Alex Horwath.New York Red Bulls -- Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Rafael Marquez, Tony Tchani (Seth Stammler 84), Joel Lindpere, Thierry Henry (Salou Ibrahim 88), Juan Pablo Angel (Macoumba Kandji 72).Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Mike Petke, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Greg Sutton.Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee's Assistants: Philippe Briere; Jason Cullum
4th Official: Jorge Gonzalez
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 80 degrees
Attendance: 21,859

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders

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What a difference a week makes.

The San Jose Earthquakes entered their two-game, coast-to-coast swing of road games in playoff position. 

But now, after a 5-1 loss to the Red Bulls in the middle of last week and on Sunday, a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders, the Quakes are in seventh place in the Western Conference -- on the outside looking in. 

Here are five takeaways from defeat number nine on the season:

-- For the first 53 minutes there, it looked like San Jose had corrected what ailed them against the Red Bulls. They bent but did not break. 

But Christian Roldan opened the flood gates in the 54th minute, capitalizing on a defensive miscue and then it didn't take Seattle too much longer to put the game out of reach -- and make the Quakes look completely out of place. 

Roldan scored again in the 56th minute and Kelvin Leerdam, starting in his first game for the Sounders, scored nine minutes later. 

Roldan came inches away from his hat trick -- hitting the post in the 79th minute. 

-- Again, it's tough to criticize the play of one player, but in both Roldan goals -- that came within a minute of one another -- Andres Imperiale looked like the target of Seattle's attack -- he got caught flat footed on the first goal and on the second, the Argentinean was beat in the air. 

His defensive partner Victor Bernardez was victimized on that second goal too. 

It's probably not a coincidence then, that the Quakes signed Swiss defender Francois Affolter during the week. 

-- Speaking of Affolter, we've yet to see him at Avaya Stadium. And just like Jesse Fioranelli's other signing, little is known of the international player. Yet, at this point, with injuries and a deep run in the U.S. Open Cup tournament, the Quakes are in need of able bodies. 

Affolter, a center back, does have five international caps and over 200 caps in the Swiss Super League and German Bundesliga. 

-- After losing to New York last week, the Quakes moved below the magic red line in the Western Conference. Sunday's loss to the Sounders is critical -- with 21 games played, the Sounders not only creeped ahead of the Quakes, but are now four points clear of their Western Conference rival for that sixth (and last) playoff spot.  

Over a two-match stretch, the Quakes went from fifth and in the playoffs to seventh and knowing the latter part of the season (13 games) will be an uphill climb. 

-- San Jose got another look at Vako. The midfielder scored against the Red Bulls but, after checking in during minute 62, Vako did not figure into the attack. 

And, in the interest of the aforementioned able bodies, it was positive to see Quincy Amarikwa put in another shift ... and almost score in the 83rd minute.

Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's

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Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan’s American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 Saturday night and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game.

Playing in his home state of Texas, the 34-year-old Dempsey entered in the 66th minute and made a perfectly timed through pass six minutes later that allowed Altidore to break in alone and beat Patrick Pemberton with a left-footed shot from 10 yards.

Dempsey doubled the lead in the 82nd minute with a 27-yard shot that went around a four-man defensive wall and got past Pemberton on two bounces.

“I saw the keeper cheating a little bit, and it went in,” Dempsey said.

Dempsey has 136 international appearances, trailing only Cobi Jones (164) and Donovan (157) among American players. The assist was his 20th for the national team.

“Coming back from two heart procedures, being able to still play at this level,” Dempsey said in his Texas twang, “living a dream. So I’m happy.”

Trying for their sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013, the Americans play Mexico or Jamaica in the final on Wednesday at Santa Clara, California.

The U.S. improved to 8-0-5 since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November and returned for a second stint as national team coach. Arena can become the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles following championships in 2002 and 2005.

Tim Howard got his second straight shutout, making key saves on Marco Urena in the 37th and 71st minutes.

After the second save, Dempsey took a pass from Darlington Nagbe in the center circle, made a cut, and took three touches as he sprinted toward goal. Altidore one-timed a shot for his first national team goal since September and ripped off his No. 27 jersey in a wild celebration, earning a yellow card.

Dempsey’s goal sealed the win, putting the U.S. back in the championship after a shocking semifinal loss to Jamaica two years ago. He was playing for the first time in AT&T Stadium, the $1.2 billion home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys that is about 180 miles from his hometown of Nacogdoches.

“Congratulations, Clint,” Donovan said while working on the Fox telecast of the game. “Feel free to stop now, we’ll share it together.”

After starting in Wednesday’s quarterfinal win over El Salvador, Dempsey moved to a reserve role against the Ticos. While the U.S. inserted five new starters in a roster rotation, Costa Rica went with the same 11 players who started in Wednesday’s win against Panama.

Costa Rica routed the U.S. 4-0 at home in a World Cup qualifier in November, the final game before Klinsmann was fired and Arena was brought back. And up ahead is another matchup, a qualifier on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey.

Morris, one of the new starters, hit a post just 11 seconds in.

Just before kickoff, El Salvador defender Henry Romero was suspended for his nation’s next six competitive matches and midfielder Darwin Ceren for the next three, those penalties coming three days after Romero bit Altidore and Ceren bit Omar Gonzalez during the quarterfinal. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football said the discipline was issued by the Gold Cup disciplinary committee for “anti-sporting behavior.”