'Quakes ride 2nd half surge to end winless streak


'Quakes ride 2nd half surge to end winless streak

Nick Rosano

Its been a long time coming, but the Earthquakes havefinally snapped their 13 game winless streak. On the back of a strong secondhalf showing and goals from Chris Wondolowski and Ramiro Corrales, theEarthquakes were able to overcome the Chicago Fire 2-0 to keep their slimplayoff chances alive for another week. It wasnt always easy, though.After Wondolowskis 10th minute opener andhalf-chance for Khari Stepehenson minutes later, the Earthquakes found thegoing tough as Chicago dominated the run of play, creating a number of chancesagainst a beleaguered San Jose back line. We weathered the storm in the first half; they should havescored, but we got through that and our response in the second half was great,said head coach Frank Yallop, adding, Their chances in the first half came offour mistakes. In particular, the team was bailed out by Jon Busch twice inthe dying minutes of the first half. First, he did well to deny the FiresDominic Oduro on a one-on-one chance after a giveaway in the midfield. Secondslater, he was on hand to deny a volley from Sebastian Grazzini after theEarthquakes failed to fully clear their lines from a corner. However, the second half yielded much more positive play asthe team connected its passes better and put pressure on Chicago right from the restart. Simon Dawkinsand Rafael Baca were active in the center of midfield, while Wondolowskicontinued to test Sean Johsnon in the Chicagogoal, albeit without much luck. It took a little bit of concentration and execution on ourpart. I thought the movement was there in the first half, we just couldntconnect on some passes, Wondolowski said of the teams second half improvement.While Wondolowski was unable to convert a 53rdminute penalty kick, he spared himself some blushes when he set up Corralessecond goal in the 69th minute after a nicely-worked passingmove.In the second half, we connected our passes and executed onour chances. I am a little disappointed I couldnt get that second goal, but Iam thankful for our defense and Ramiro (Corrales) to clean up and get us the2-0 win, he added. Baca in particular impressed Yallop with his active play inthe midfield, earning commendation from his coach, who said, Im very happyfor Rafa; good player, good kid. Hell continue to see time if he keeps playinglike that. Alongside Baca, who is just now enjoying a run in theEarthquakes first team after signing for the team in July, Yallop reservedpraise for a player on the opposite end of the spectrum. Corrales, playing inhis 209th Earthquakes game, was dangerous on the left flank and dida reasonable job of containing Chicagospace on the other end of the field. Ramiro was very good tonight, and of course he scored thesecond goal, Yallop said. His general play is fantastic right now. Hes ourcaptain and I think his play is indicative of what hes done all year.Despite the impressive contributions across the Earthquakesattacking front, the teams defensive ability told as they managed to get aclean sheet, the teams first since a 0-0 draw at the Columbus Crew on July 16.(Jon) Busch was the man of the match and our defense playedgreat, Wondolowski said. To get a shutout against that team, it makes thiswin that much more special. In addition to Buschs five saves, the defense did well tocontain a Fire offense that has scored two goals in each of its last threecompetitive matches. In particular, Oduro, one of MLS hottest strikers, wasnot able to use his pace to great effect against a well-drilled Quakesbackline. After a win that Yallop was quick to characterize as arelief, the Earthquakes will travel to face the Houston Dynamo to kick off athree game road trip. A win in Houstoncould see the Earthquakes reassert themselves in the playoff race, while a losscould all but kill the teams already slim chances.Hopefully we can go to Houston with a fresh attitude, and if we canwin there, well be right back in it, Yallop said.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings,you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

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

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


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


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.



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.



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).