Earthquakes

Recapping the event of the summer

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Recapping the event of the summer

It was a storybook day for the San Jose Earthquakesorganization.50,000 fans The largest crowd in team history for a non-doubleheader where the main draw was the other game. The Quakes scored an early goal thanksto Marvelous Marvin Chavez and Steven Lenhart. The crowd got to see Beckhambe Beckham and Landon Donovan did what he does best, capitalizing on otherpeoples mistakes. Best of all though, the crowd got to see why Goonies neversay die!" Trailing by 2 goals, on national TV and a sold out stadium, the Quakesshowed their depth and resiliency and put on a great show. As the script would have it, the game-winnercame off the foot, or should I say the bottom of the foot, of their biggeststar, Chris Wondolowski. It iseverything the team could have hoped for.REWIND: Wondo's winner gives Quakes comeback win over Galaxy
In previous years, there was usually disappointment onhighly anticipated matches, whether it be an opening night or an opportunity toplay before a big crowd. This team has proven again that it is better thanthose teams and that they stick together when things look bleak.When you score a goal for the Quakes, you can be surethat you will be on the receiving end of a Victor Bernardez bear hug. That was one of the reasons it was so greatto see him score his first goal as an Earthquake just before the end of thehalf. His tiny countryman Marvin Chavezwas the first to get to him and jumped up on him with the joy of a little kid.It was a huge goal, bringing the Quakes to within one before the intermission.Jason Hernandez had a rough go in the first half. He knocked in an own goal for Galaxys secondgoal on a play where the defense got beat on some terrific passing and ballmovement. Hernandez played a key part inthe Galaxys third goal as well. After ascramble in front of the net, goal keeper John Busch was screaming forHernandez to take the ball out to the left side. Hernandez thought he was screaming back. He turned and passed back to Busch unawareRobby Keane was in between the two of them sitting on the doorstep of thegoal. Two touches later the ball was inthe back of the net and the score was 3-1 Galaxy. To his credit, Hernandez wasable to shake this off and played a key role in holding Galaxy scoreless therest of the way.The first half had 7 minutes of extra time due to manystoppages for injuries. The first wasfor goal keeper John Buschs eye. Theformer ice hockey player from upstate New York looked the part after catching an elbow,probably from his own teammate while aggressively defending a corner. Hefinished the half with a black eye that swelled quickly and visibly. Can anyonesay, Cut me Mick! The injury to Busch prompted Frank Yallop to bring inDavid Bingham for the second half. Thesecond year player out of Calplayed very well. His height and lengthcame in handy on more than one occasion.The first was when he dove to smother a rolling cross through the goalarea and the next was in defending a shot off an oncoming David Beckham. Later, Justin Morrow provided some goal linesupport and kept the Galaxy off the scoreboard in the second half.Steven Beitashour delivered a terrific ball to StevenLenharts heal that set up Sam Cronins first goal of the season. DefensivelyBeitashour showed why being a defender is so challenging. You can be playing great soccer for anextended amount of time, then over run a challenge and it frees up a player toget an open shot on goal and you have a bad game. This happened twice onSaturday and I cant recall seeing it happen to him since early in his rookieyear.Sam Cronin got his first goal of the season and itignited the crowd. In spite of it being only his second goal in 90 plus MLSmatches he knew how to celebrate it with a flying body bump with StevenLenhart. Here is another player whose value does not always show up on thescore card, but definitely shows up on the scoreboard.

Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union

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Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union

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SAN JOSE -- Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Shea Salinas drew a foul on Joshua Yaro in the penalty area to set up the penalty kick in the 95th minute. With his 10th goal, Wondolowski became the first player in MLS history with eight straight double-digit seasons.

Roland Alberg scored in the 55th to put Philadelphia (8-11-6) up 2-1.

Valeri Qazaishvili scored three minutes for San Joe (9-10-6). He eluded two defenders before punching it between two more defenders.

Jack Elliott tied it in the 35th with his first goal of the season, knocking the ball in on the left side of the net.

Road woes continue, Quakes fall to Dynamo

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Road woes continue, Quakes fall to Dynamo

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HOUSTON  — Alberth Elis and Vicente Sanchez each had a goal and an assist, and the Houston Dynamo blanked the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 on Saturday night.

Houston (10-7-7) joined Seattle and Sporting Kansas City at the top of the Western Conference standings by improving to 9-0-3 at home.

Elis got his head on a corner kick by Boniek García to open the scoring with his seventh goal in the 21st minute. It was the Dynamos' league-leading 17th goal off a set piece.

Elis helped ice the game in the 86th minute with a nifty touch to get around a defender before Sanchez beat his defender and the goalkeeper to the centering pass for his first goal.

Sanchez gathered a loose ball just before it crossed the end line and centered it to Mauro Manotas for his eighth goal in stoppage time.

Tyler Deric had three saves for his fourth shutout.

San Jose (9-10-5) has lost five straight on the road and remains one point up on Vancouver for the final playoff spot.