'Quakes take opener, beat Revolution 1-0

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'Quakes take opener, beat Revolution 1-0

MATCH STATS

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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Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak

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Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak

BOX SCORE

MINNEAPOLIS -- Florian Jungwirth scored a goal and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Minnesota United 1-0 on Saturday night to snap a six-game winless streak.

Jungwirth tapped in a left-footer from point-blank range after Chris Wondolowski re-directed a corner kick from Jahmir Hyka in the 54th minute. It was the second career MLS goal for Jungwirth, a 28-year-old defender who was acquired on Feb. 2.

David Bingham had one save to earn his third shutout of the season for San Jose (3-3-3), which won for the first time since March 11 after starting the season with back-to-back victories.

Bobby Shuttleworth had five saves, including a pair of diving stops in the second half, for Minnesota (2-5-2), which was outshot 16-8.

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

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

BOX SCORE

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.