'Quakes take opener, beat Revolution 1-0


'Quakes take opener, beat Revolution 1-0


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After a 2011 season in which the Earthquakes constantly surrendered leads, they kicked off their 2012 campaign by making a 1-0 lead stand against the New England Revolution.

Chris Wondolowski capitalized on an assist from Shea Salinas in the first half for the games lone tally.

The recently returned Salinas made his mark quickly, causing the Revolution defense plenty of problems with his pace and technique, and it was his opportunistic play that led to the first goal.

He picked up an errant pass from Shalrie Joseph and threaded the ball through to Wondolowski, who finished to give the Earthquakes the lead a quarter of an hour into the game.

Wondolowski had a half-chance to double the Earthquakes advantage later in the first half as a free kick from Marvin Chavez took an awkward bounce, and the forward was unable to get the right touch.

The sequence summed up the Quakes first half struggles on set pieces, as they were unable to manufacture a shot on target despite two corner kicks and four free kicks close to the Revolution area.

The start of the second half did not yield many opportunities, either, as both teams struggled to maintain possession for an extended period of time. The best chance in the early stages of the half came as Rafael Baca sent Marvin Chavez though on the right-hand side, only for Chavezs cross to roll agonizingly ahead of onrushing Steven Lenhart.

Despite the Earthquakes inability to convert a second goal, the team had little trouble holding on to its one-goal advantage, in large part thanks tothe play of offseason pickup Victor Bernardez in the center of defense. The towering Hondurans positioning and ability to read the game were evident throughout the match.

The Revolution did have two dangerous opportunities in the second half, the first as Lee Nguyen cut into the box, only for his cutback to be turned behind by Bernardez.

The second came as the game neared the 80 minute mark and Revolution forward Blake Brettschneider received the ball in the center of the area, only to catch air as he attempted to turn and shoot.

Both teams went close in the final stages of the match, with Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber rasping a shot just wide of Jon Buschs goal before Simon Dawkins flashed his own effort across the face of goal on the other end, only to see it roll just wide, and the Earthquakes went on to see the game to its conclusion.

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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).