Wondo's PK lifts Quakes past Sounders

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Wondo's PK lifts Quakes past Sounders

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The Earthquakes moved into first place in the Western Conference with a 1-0 win at Seattle Sounders FC. Chris Wondolowski converted a first half penalty kick for the lone goal and his fourth goal of the season, and was supported by a robust defensive effort by his defense. Jon Busch made a number of crucial saves, while Victor Bernardez once again justified his acquisition.San Jose head coach Frank Yallop made one change from the lineup that defeated Toronto 3-0 last weekend, replacing Colombian playmaker Tressor Moreno with the energetic Rafael Baca. Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid, meanwhile, included Cal alumnus Servando Carrasco in place of the injured Brad Evans.
Seattle threatened in the first minute after a Ramiro Corrales giveaway, but Victor Bernardez strong in the center of defense for throughout the start of the season snuffed out the danger.The Earthquakes broke a deadlock in the midfield when Steven Beitashour found Steven Lenhart at the far post, but Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning was able to extend a hand and corral Lenhart's cross.After a brief spell of Earthquakes pressure, they made a breakthrough after referee Michael Kadlechek whistled adjudged Seattle defender Marc Burch to have tripped Lenhart in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Wondolowski stepped up and put the ball to Gspurning's left to put the Earthquakes up 1-0 in the 24th minute.Wondolowski had a chance to double San Jose's advantage a few minutes later as Sam Cronin found him in the center of the area, but he aimed his shot straight at Gspurning. On the other end, Jon Busch made a diving save on an Alonso header to keep San Jose in the lead.The Earthquakes managed to keep the lead for the rest of the first half, though they lost Ramiro Corrales with an injury to his right knee, forcing Yallop to bring in Jason Hernandez at center back, moving Morrow to center back.Seattle pressured early in the second half, but was denied by a strong defensive effort from San Jose. The Earthquakes then turned the tables and nearly scored in the 57th minute, as Sam Cronin burst into the box, but fired his shot just wide of the far post.Fredy Montero nearly equalized with 20 minutes left as he turned a free kick on goal, but Busch came up big once more, diving to his right to deny the Colombian, then collecting a followup effort.Wondolowski could have finished the game off 15 minutes from time as Cronin set him up again, but the Earthquakes' forward chose to poke the ball in at the near post, allowing Gspurning to make the save.With the clock ticking down, a tidy interchange between Seattle's forwards allowed Montero to unleash the Sounders' 15th shot of the evening, but Busch came up with the save once again, pushing the ball around the post.The Earthquakes managed to hold on to their fragile lead through injury time despite intense pressure from Seattle, allowing them to score an essential early season victory.

Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy

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Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy

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SAN JOSE -- Cali Clasico fans have come to expect fireworks on the pitch every time the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy face off in one of Major League Soccer’s best rivalries.

And the first affair of 2017 was no exception. Five goals in the first half got the match off to a roaring start but, much to the chagrin of San Jose fans, L.A. handed the Earthquakes their first Avaya Stadium loss of the season with a 4-2 final.

Giovani Dos Santos notched a pair of goals including the backbreaking tally 20 minutes into the second half.

Chris Wondolowski got the first half flurry going with an easy-money strike on a volley after a perfect backpost cross from Danny Hoesen in the 10th minute.

Saturday’s match was Hoesen’s best performance of the season, by far.

Los Angeles equalized nine minutes later when Joao Pedro took advantage of a sneaky ball between two defenders from Dos Santos. The Brazilian turned and struck the ball true to beat David Bingham.

It was the first sign of the San Jose nightmare that is the Mexican national.

The Galaxy took their first lead of the match in the 35th minute when Dos Santos finished a penalty kick earned after Kofi Sarkodie clothelined Bradley Diallo in the box.

But two minutes later, it was Hoesen getting off the proverbial schneid by notching his first goal as an Earthquake. It was a classy finish off a low cross inside the box from Tommy Thompson, who picked up his second assist of the season on the play.  

Disaster struck one minute before halftime though, when a diving Victor Bernardez deflected a Diallo cross after the defender found himself back in the San Jose 18. The ball beat a shocked Bingham.

San Jose came out aggressive in the second half and Los Angeles made them pay on the counterattack to put the game away. Romain Alessandrini raced down the left flank, took a look up and struck gold on a left-footed cross to Dos Santos on the back post that could not have been hand-placed any better. Dos Santos arrived perfectly to head the ball past Bingham.

The loss moved San Jose’s home record to 3-1-3.

Turning point: The final marker gave L.A. a two-goal win, but any momentum San Jose had after Hoesen equalized evaporated on the Bernardez own goal. Not only did the goal somewhat deflate the home team, but put San Jose in the position of aggressor – and it’s a position the Galaxy exploited to score the fourth goal.

San Jose’s Man of the Match: The pressure has been on Hoesen since the forward arrived on loan from the Netherlands. In 12 previous games, the man from Heerlen only had one assist to show for his efforts. On Saturday, Hoesen assisted on the first goal with a world-class cross and picked up his first goal of the season on an equally exquisite finish.

History watch: Wondolowski’s first half strike was his eighth goal against the Los Angeles side and 127th all-time in MLS. He is now just six behind Jaime Moreno, who sits third on the MLS’ all-time list.

Attendance: As expected, the San Jose Earthquakes announced a sell out for the marquee match on their schedule.

Up next: The Earthquakes head north to take on the Portland Timbers. The June 2nd matchup is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. 

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

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

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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.