by Michael Martinez
SAN JOSE- The San Jose Earthquakes invited C.F. Pachuca, a club from Mexico and last year’s Liga MX champions, to play in an international friendly in San Jose. The Quakes attempted a big comeback but ultimately fell short, losing 4-3 as time expired.
The first half was all Pachuca as the international club netted two first half goals to hold a two goals to none lead. It appeared that if the first half continued into the second, San Jose was headed for some major trouble.
And when the second half begun, it looked troubling as the visiting team struck first with another goal early in the half from a penalty kick. Fortunately, San Jose was poised to fight back down by three goals and they did just that.
In minute 64, the Earthquakes were on the scoreboard, when midfielder Tommy Thompson found the back of the net for the first time this season. Thompson has been on loan from SJ’s affiliate, the Sacramento Republic FC, since July. Four other players from the Sac Republic squad came on loan to compete in the friendly as well.
The Quakes showed a ton of fight, even though their opponent scored on a penalty kick again just two minutes later. San Jose battled back down by three goals and actually scored a minute after Pachuca. Midfielder Shea Salinas was the shooter as he nailed the far side netting.
In between minutes 60 and 70, the two teams scored three goals altogether as both offenses hit their stride with a little bit of help from chippy play. Pachuca’s midfielder, Ruben Botta, received two yellow cards and was sent off the field around the same time as all the goals.
With their opponents down a man, the Earthquakes hoped to take advantage and cut the two goals lead. However, it took the team too long as they were finally able to cut the lead to one in the second minute of extra play.
Once again it was Salinas who got it past the goalkeeper, but ultimately the Earthquakes fell short, 4-3.
Salinas had a tremendous game and some incredible goals to go with it. The Quakes have struggled to score recently so Saturday night’s friednly was a positive for them going forward.
San Jose’s next matchup is against the Seattle Sounders, next Saturday in San Jose at Avaya Stadium.