Earthquakes Take Down First Place Red Bulls

May 9, 2010, 5:34 am
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. TheSan Jose Earthquakes won their third consecutive home game 4-0 on Saturdaynight at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Quakes got a first-half goal from Ryan Johnsonand second-half goals from Joey Gjertsen, his first with the Earthquakes, ChrisWondolowski and Bobby Burling. Wondolowski has now scored in four straightgames. The win marked the Quakes third consecutive shutout at home.San Jose Earthquakes (4-2-0) vs. New York Red Bulls (5-2-0)May 8, 2010 Buck Shaw StadiumAttendance: 9,711Scoring Summary: SJ Ryan Johnson (Bobby Convey, Chris Wondolowski) 44;Joey Gjertsen (Ryan Johnson, Bobby Convey) 54; SJ Chris Wondolowski (RamiroCorrales, Ryan Johnson) 77; SJ Bobby Burling (Bobby Convey 85); BobbyBurling (Bobby Convey) 85.Misconduct Summary: NY Tony Tchani (caution) 4; NY Luke Sassano(ejection) 13; SJ Bobby Convey (caution) 43.San Jose Earthquakes -- Joe Cannon, Ramiro Corrales, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling,Chris Leitch, Bobby Convey, Andre Luiz, Brandon McDonald, Joey Gjertsen, RyanJohnson (Scott Sealy 85), Chris Wondolowski. (Cornell Glen 85).Statistics: Shots15; Shots on Goal 8; Saves 2; Fouls 8; Offsides 5; Corner Kicks 5. New York Red Bulls -- Bouna Coundoul, Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman67), Mike Petke, Tim Ream, Luke Sassano, Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani (SinisaUbiparipovic 75), Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel, Salou Ibrahim(Jeremy Hall 58).Statistics: Shots8; Shots on Goal 2; Saves 4; Fouls 5; Offsides 2; Corner Kicks 3.

Quotes SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn game:Obviously a great home winfor us and scoring four goals at home is important. The red card to themobviously makes a difference in the match, and sometimes you dont tendto play well when that happens, but I think this was our best game. Our ballmovement and desire to win the ball back was terrific. The way we playedtonight is exactly how I want us to play. On goals:Four goals on the scoreboardalways looks like a hammering, but its just a game of football where wemanaged to finish up our chances. Scoring is important, but winning iswhats really important. A fournil win is just the same as aonenil win, but it gives us confidence. Ryan (Johnson) and Wondo (ChrisWondolowski) have a great partnership going, both got one, and they deservedit.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD RYAN JOHNSONOn first goal of2010: It was one of the best goalswe scored all year as a team, great buildup, thats the stuff you work onin practice. It was nice to actually have those things translate to the gameand work out.On the result:This is a statement. We havenothing but playoffs on our mind, and it all starts right here at thebeginning. You cant put yourself in a hole. We are doing what we can toget the points when we need to get them, and not take our foot off thepedal.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKIOn his fourthstraight game with a goal:That was a great buildup. Iowe that one to my teammates. I believe the ball went from Bobby (Convey) toRyan Johnson, who played a perfect ball to Ramiro (Corrales), and then he putit on a platter for me. All I had to do was just tap it in.On the teamsmomentum:It was so huge to get a wintonight. I thought our team played really well. We were able to move the balland finish our opportunities. I feel we have the confidence and belief that wecan get three points against just about anyone. I think we are really playingwell right now, and it all starts with our defense. We have three shutouts inour last four matches and we cant really complain about that.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER BOBBY CONVEYOn his three assists:I wasjust doing my job, we had a lot of guys in the right places and they finishedtheir opportunities. It was good to get those goals, and important to get thiswin.On the first goal at the end of the first half:Obviously with the red card, we had much of thepossession in the first half, but we were getting a little frustrated with thembecause they were just sitting back. It is the perfect time to score at the endof a half because its a positive for us and a negative for them. Itworked out well, and the second goal early in the second half killed the gameoff.

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