By Ben Leonard
The Earthquakes came into last-place Denver looking to build momentum and continue their winning streak—but were quickly stopped in their tracks.
Behind two goals from Shkelzen Gashi, the Colorado Rapids blanked San Jose 3-0 to end their two-game win streak Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce, Colorado. Gashi scored the first goal of the night for Colorado roughly midway through the first half, and the Rapids never looked back.
“We wanted to play a different game,” Earthquakes midfielder Jahmir Hyka said
. “We did it a little in the beginning, and then the goal pushed us a little down.”
Six minutes after Gashi’s goal, Dominique Badji answered the call for Colorado once again, giving the Rapids a 2-0 lead on a goal, assisted by Alan Gordon. Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear said that the second goal altered the team’s mindset.
“The second goal, for me, right before halftime changes the score but also the mentality,” Kinnear said
. “As many good things as we did last week, we made a lot of mistakes this week and they took advantage of it.”
The Earthquakes weren’t able to get anything going on offense despite taking 11 shots—they were only able to take two shots on goal. San Jose wasn’t able to play as tough as Colorado, which gathered 16 fouls as compared to the Earthquakes’ five.
Kinnear said the Earthquakes played better soccer in the second half, but still yielded another goal to Gashi in the 57th minute, assisted by Badji and Gordon.
Saturday marked the third time this season that San Jose failed to score a goal.
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Florian Jungwirth, left, clears the ball as Colorado Rapids forward Alan Gordon defends during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)