San Jose hung on to beat FC Dallas 2-1 playing with 10 men after Shea Salinas was red carded right before halftime.
Clarence Goodson was back in the San Jose defense as was Sam Cronin in midfield where Quakes head coach Mark Watson was throwing the dice to see how Cronin would link up with Khari Stephenson. San Jose rested Yannick Djalo and Steven Lenhart is still working his way back to game fitness. In his absence Watson started Chris Wondolowski and Alan Gordon up front. Dallas were missing midfielders Andres Escobar and Mauro Diaz which handed Tescho Akindele his first start of the season.
Dallas looked the faster of the two teams in the opening exchanges with Fabian Castillo looking particularly speedy up the left flank. On the Quakes left wing Jordan Stewart and Shea Salinas continued to play as a partnership that was greater than the sum of its parts. On 10 minutes Salinas sent in a wicked curving ball to Wondolowski who headed straight at Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez from close range. In the 14th minute Jordan Stewart drew a yellow card.
A 20th minute stray pass from Goodson led to 3 straight Dallas corners eventually cleared to lead to 2 successive Quakes corners. On 25th minute Alan Gordon headed on a high ball up the middle and Cordell Cato ran onto it and scored. 1-0 San Jose. So much for the ground ball passing game.
On 37 minutes Dallas cleared off the line twice in as many seconds as San Jose began to find their way through the visitors defense. For all that the Quakes looked fragile at the back and too often favored passing backwards when promising attacking scenarios were developing.
In the 45th minute Shea Salinas was sent off after a studs up tackle on Zack Loyd. The half ended 1-0 San Jose.
The halftime show included the induction of San Jose player/general manager and US soccer pioneer Johnny Moore into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame.
San Jose's formation and lineup stayed the same for the second half with Jordan Stewart covering the entire left wing in Salinas's absence. In the 56th minute JJ Koval came on for Alan Gordon who showed signs of limping as he came off the field In the very next move Jon Busch made what will surely be one of the combination saves of the season to deny Dallas.
In the 59th minute Quakes striker Mike Fucito came on for Khari Stephenson. Two minutes later, the capable hands of Jon Busch once again preserved San Jose's lead when he parried away a powerful shot on goal by Dallas #11 Fabian Castillo. The ref issued Cordell Cato a mysterious yellow card for time wasting on a throw-in on 67th minutes
San Jose didn't seem to be suffering overly from being a man down but neither did they as teams sometimes do profit from it. In the 73rd minute Chris Wondolowski harried Tesho David Texeira into bundling the ball into his own goal. 2-0 San Jose.
In the 75th minute Dallas striker Michel pulled one back for Dallas with a fiercely struck free kick. 2-1 San Jose.
The last 15 minutes San Jose were pretty much under constant siege.
Goalkeeper Jon Bush made save after save to deny Dallas the equalizer in a performance that will surely be hailed by fans as one of his finest. The fifth official announced 6 minutes of time added on much to the displeasure of the capacity crowd.
Dallas threw everything at 10 man San Jose but the Quakes threw their bodies on the line and held on to win 2-1.