'Quakes play Red Bulls to 2-2 draw

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'Quakes play Red Bulls to 2-2 draw

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Chris Wondolowski scored a goal for San Jose, Kenny Cooper had one for New York and the two kept pace with Thierry Henry atop the MLS scoring list in a 2-2 tie between the Earthquakes and Red Bulls on Saturday night.The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last four matches after starting the season with two losses. They trail only undefeated Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference standings. San Jose had its first tie, but has taken points in five of its six games this season."It was not one of our better performances," Red Bulls head Hans Backe said. "Our defense has to improve. We looked quite lost."The Red Bulls had the lead twice in the first half, then quickly squandered both leads."Attack-wise, we were pretty good," Backe said. "But we knew how Wondolowski was a good goal scorer and it's a little frustrating to give away a goal like that. We have to be better than that."Cooper scored his seventh goal of the season in the fifth minute of the game, drawing even with teammate Henry for the league lead. Henry spotted Cooper behind the Earthquakes defense and Cooper beat goalkeeper Jon Busch, who was certain Cooper was offside.There was no whistle and Cooper's seventh goal of the season stood for a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.The Earthquakes tied the game in the 14th minute, when Khari Stephenson spotted a streaking Rafael Baca alone going to goal. Baca blasted the shot past a diving Ryan Meara for the 1-1 deadlock.The Red Bulls then took a 2-1 lead in the 23rd minute, when Dane Richards carried the ball for 30 yards, avoiding two San Jose defenders, then passed the ball across to Cooper, who made a perfect touch pass to McCarty, who blasted it home from 18 yards out. It was McCarty's first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Red Bulls. McCarty was acquired in a trade with DC United last June, the trade that brought Dwayne DeRosario to DC United.The Earthquakes were undaunted and came right back to deadlock the match once again, going to their leading scorer to get the goal.Defender Steven Beitashour made a fine play, going through two Red Bulls defenders, to make a pass in front to Shea Salinas. At that point, Wondolowski made a beeline to the goal, diving headfirst to knock the header past Meara for the game-tying goal in the 35th minute."Shea put it there for me on a platter," Wondolowski said. "I didn't have to do much. To be honest, I thought we had more chances after that, especially in the second half. We played with a little more passion."Meara made a diving stop on Wondolowski in the 55th minute, coming out of the box to punch away a solid scoring chance in front.The Red Bulls lost top defender Roy Miller to injury in the 61st minute, leaving the game with a left knee injury. Rookie Connor Lade, making his MLS debut, replaced Miller in the Red Bulls' lineup.San Jose had a good chance to take the lead in the 75th minute, when Marvin Chavez' blistering left-footed shot just bent wide left of the goal.

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

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

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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).