San Jose Earthquakes Saturday game wrap: Ureña, Wondolowski find the back of the net in Quakes fourth consecutive win at home 2-1

August 6, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

sjearthquakes.com photo: Marco Ureña and Chris Wondolowski  who both scored goals for the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium edged the Columbus Crew as the Quakes keep their home winning streak going at four

By London Marq

SAN JOSE–Though the San Jose Earthquakes are one of Major League Soccer most storied franchises, success over the past few seasons has waned away from the San Jose football club. With a win tonight against Columbus Crew 2-1 Saturday night at Avaya Stadium, success may be back on the docket. Following a mid-season coaching change due to the teams less than satisfactory start to the season, the Quakes have found their stride. Under rookie coach Chris Leitch, play has at a higher level consistently and wins have begun to string together.

The Columbus Crew currently hold the sixth and final playoff spot in the East and are eager to hold that position. This match, a true test for San Jose against a team desperately trying to maintain contention. Given the circumstances, this match is the most important one of the Quakes season so far. A win would vault them from seventh in the west to fifth and well into playoff contention for the latter part of the season.

The first half of the match was chippy, physical, and entertaining. Between both clubs, ten fouls were conceded and Columbus’s Jonathan Mensah drew a yellow card early. San Jose took nine shots in the opening half. The opening goal was scored from Ureña (SJ). A an excellent piece of skill from near the baseline, left of the goal.

The second half saw Columbus take the pitch with a sense of urgency. Despite their vigor play, the next score was, again, San Jose. A nutmeg pass, from the baseline into the box found star captain Chris Wondolowski who only needed one touch to bulge the net. Columbus would score on a corner kick late, to make the score 2-1. By that point, it was too little, too late. The Quakes had all of the momentum, taking the wind out of their opponents sails.

The Quakes have a 11 games left this season in league play. Their next matchup comes Wednesday in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup Semifinal against Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City. A win will gain a berth in the final for the prestigious tournament and also confidence that they can play with any team in the league.

“It would be a great thing,” Chris Wondolowski said, when asked what a win on Wednesday would mean for the teams league play. “You want to be clicking at the time in the year. It’s the final stretch with 11 games left this season. It’s a great opportunity for us to gel.”

It’s an exciting time, no doubt, for the San Jose Earthquakes. They get the win tonight over Columbus Crew.

Quakes win Final 2 – 1

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