'Quakes' winless streak at 11 after 2-1 loss


'Quakes' winless streak at 11 after 2-1 loss

Nicholas Rosano

It all seemed to be going right as Joey Gjertsen pounced toopen the scoring in the 22nd minute on Saturday evening -- theEarthquakes had their first lead in over three games and the teams flickeringplayoff hopes seemed to be gaining some kindling. However, two blows of thewhistle later, and the Earthquakes found themselves in a big hole and a mandown, unable to break through once more as the Colorado Rapids sent them to afranchise-record 11th straight winless game, coming out 2-1 victors. I thought we played well. For some reason were not gettingthe breaks, but we cant give up, head coach Frank Yallop said following thegame. We put in a good effort and to come out with no points isdisappointing. The Earthquakes looked bright throughout large stretches ofthe game, though their profligacy in front of goal was further compounded bytwo controversial decisions from referee Paul Ward on either side of halftime. In the 39th minute, Ward awarded a penalty afterconsultation with his linesman, the assistant referee having adjudged that SamCronins arm had made contact with the ball in the penalty as he slid out ofplay. Colorados Caleb Folan calmly slotted the penalty past Jon Busch toequalize for the Rapids. Things went from bad to worse for Cronin in the 50thminute, as the midfielder saw red for a two-footed challenge on PabloMastroeni, prompting a less than favorable reaction from the Earthquakes fansand players. Jeff Larentowicz would soon hammer the nail in the Quakescoffin when he whipped in a free kick, which somehow found its way through thelegs of Simon Dawkins and past Jon Busch in the 72nd minute. Unfortunately it went through Simons (Dawkins) legs, Buschsaid. We know hes just going to hit it hard, hes not going to bend it.Busch then conceded while things may have broken down onthat play, the type of goal was symptomatic of the struggles the team has beenhaving lately. I take care of my side and the wall takes care of theirside and unfortunately, on a different night, the ball doesnt go in but thatshow the ball is bouncing for us right now, he said. Despite everything that didnt bounce the Earthquakes waythough, they didnt always do much to help their cause. While their play wasbright, the quality of finishing didnt always match, perhaps no more so thanwhen Gjertsen slotted a well-placed ball in for Chris Wondolowski, only for thereigning Golden Boot winner to balloon it over the crossbar with the score at1-1. Wondo couldve scored four goals but he didnt, Yallopsaid. You cant fault the man for getting into spots to score. He was braveand had good chances. However, with chances rapidly running out for theEarthquakes to claim a berth in the postseason and the winless skid continuing,the missed goals are starting to become more and more glaring. With seven ofthe last ten games on the road, the loss to Colorado represented a significantblow, capping off a crucial home stand that saw the Earthquakes claim just oneout of nine points on offer.With the team facing a trip to face league leaders andrivals Los Angeles Galaxy next weekend, followed by a cross-continental trip toToronto the following weekend, it is indeed difficult to envy the teamsposition. Still, Busch highlighted his sides resilient spirit, reminding thoselistening that the team was not quite done yet. Its never too late when you havent been officiallyeliminated, he said. We just have to pick ourselves up again and dustourselves off and start to prepare for LA.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings,you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter @nicholasrosano

Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


FRISCO, Texas -- Jahmir Hyka scored on a spectacular move in the 81st minute and the San Jose Earthquakes handed FC Dallas its first loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hyka took a pass from Marco Urena and touched the ball straight up over defender Matt Hedges as he raced by before putting the ball in off the post for his third goal.

David Bingham made three difficult saves for his fifth shutout, the 25th in his seven seasons with San Jose (5-4-4). The Earthquakes, who played Wednesday night, had just one win in their previous 12 road games and had been shutout six times and outscored by 13.

Hyka's goal also ended a string in which Chris Wondolowski had scored or assisted on the last seven Quakes goals.

Dallas (5-1-4) was unbeaten in its previous eight games with San Jose, outscoring the Quakes 12-4 with five clean sheets.

Dallas dominated most of the game with 62.3 percent possession and Jesse Gonzalez only made one save.



Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home


Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

It’s been a season of inconsistencies for the San Jose Earthquakes. But one thing that has been certain is that in San Jose, at Avaya Stadium, the Quakes are pretty close to unbeatable. 

And they continued that trend Wednesday night thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski, who combined for a goal in the game’s 83rd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

In six home matches, the Earthquakes are 3-0-3. 

The equalizer came less than three minutes after Carlos Rivas had put Orlando on top with a goal from inside the 18-yard box. 

But it was then that head coach Dominic Kinnear reached to his bench for Thompson. 

The late substitution paid off not too long after when a Jahmir Hyka corner found its way over to Thompson just outside the penalty area. The midfielder put the ball on frame and as it was going wide, Wondolowski was there to poke the ball home. 

The goal was the fifth of the season for Wondolowski. It was also Thompson’s first point for the big club since signing San Jose’s first ever Homegrown Player contract. 

David Bingham made a huge save on Brazilian international Kaka in stoppage time to keep the game drawn. 

Turning point: You have to look to Kinnear’s substitution in the 82nd minute that brought on Thompson. The midfielder is known for his creativity on the ball, but had yet to turn that into production for the Quakes since signing his contract. On Wednesday, his first point could not have come at a bigger time. Thompson’s first point came in his 57th game with the club.  

Man of the match: Bingham has played lights out at Avaya in 2017. And when the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, it was his save that kept on Kaka that preserved the unbeaten record at home and a much deserved point for the home squad.  

Injury update: Quakes fans got some bad news before the start of Wednesday’s game when the team announced Harold Cummings, a big offseason acquisition at center back, is out of the season. The Costa Rican international suffered a foot injury while in his San Jose home. The blow is huge for the Quakes, who are already thin defensively.

Booked: Orlando: Leo Pereira (yellow, 25’); San Jose: Anibal Godoy (yellow, 44’), Marco Ureña (yellow, 62’), Nick Lima (yellow, 68’), Darwin Ceren (yellow, 70’). 

Up next: The Earthquakes head to Texas to face FC Dallas on Saturday. While the Quakes are unbeaten at home, their fortunes change significantly on the road. They’ll try to turn that around against a tough Dallas team.