Quakes trampled in second half, shutout by Sounders at CenturyLink 3-0

July 23, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

~ Photo credit: Jane Gershovich

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ The Seattle Sounders scored three in the second to shut out San Jose 3-0 Sunday despite having less possession. Head coach Chris Leitch said he was frustrated after conceding two straight goals “It’s a game, right? We take chances to go after our goals and we don’t get it. We concede one and then shortly thereafter concede two. And then 10 minutes later off of another set piece. So two set pieces. The second one wasn’t necessarily off of a great play, it was just a mistake on our part. I thought we were moving the ball well in the first half and even parts of the second, but we have to be a little more assertive in that final bit.”

Cristian Roldan scored twice in two minutes starting in the 54th minute. He also led all with five shots and three shots on goal.

Seattle now has scored three goals in each of their last three games as a part of their three game winning streak. The Quakes now have given up at least three goals in their last three games as a part of their there game losing streak. Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas said the possession game was good in the first half but it was the second half that things came unglued, “It’s frustrating. You never want to lose a game. Especially 3-0. I think we ended the first half well with a lot of possession and a few chances. That just didn’t seem to carry over. In the first part of the second half they jumped on us early. Got three goals pretty quickly and then sat back. It was a frustrating 15 minutes there at the start of the second half.”

Kelvin Leerdam scored the Sounders’ third goal in the 65th minute. He also assisted with Roldan’s first goal.

San Jose had all of the game’s three yellow cards in the second, the first one starting a minute after Seattle’s second goal.

Game notes: next play the Colorado Rapids July 29 at 5pm.

 

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