Quakes win possession, but not game get blanked by Dynamo 3-0

August 12, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

~ Photo: Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ In a game that began with a false start, San Jose’s Andrew Tarbell made his first MLS start, but the Houston Dynamo remained undefeated at home (9-0-3) Saturday in a 3-0 win.

Through they had majority control of the ball, the Quakes (9-9-5) were not able to make the final connection they needed.

The Dynamo have not lost in their last six MLS games, while San Jose have lost their last five road games.

Both Alberth Elis and Vicente Sanchez each had a goal and an assist. The Quakes’ Danny Hoesen had a game-high five shots.  

Elis’ goal in the 21st minute was the score for the majority of the game. Tarbell made a fingertip save against Romell Quioto, but that led to a corner. Elis scored off that corner, but there was a potential question regarding him pushing Francois Affolter before that.

At the end of the first half, Had more passes, passing accuracy and possession. Houston had four shots off target and San Jose had two shots blocked . Quioto had four shots, two on goal, Elis had three shots, Hoesen had two shots and the Quakes’ Chris Wondolowski and Jahmir Hyka one apiece.

San Jose almost went a man down early in the second half. Andres Imperiale fouled Erick Torres on his way to the net, and was issued a red card. It was later changed to a yellow card and a penalty shot. With Tarbell seeing penalties a lot sooner than he would like, he was able to make the diving stop against Torres.

Torres helped out a bit on the offensive side too.

Vako had two shots, but one went high and one went the wrong direction up close.

Elis made an impact again when he went into the penalty box to make a pass to Sanchez. Goalie, attacker and defender converged at the corner as Sanchez just got past Nick Lima and Tarbell to make it 2-0 in the 86th minute.  

In stoppage time (the 94th minute), Tarbell’s attempt to go forward did not work out this time as his attempt deflected off Sanchez who kicked the ball back, and as it flirted with the goal line, Mauro Manotas made sure of its direction.

Game notes: It was also Affolter’s first MLS start. San Jose next plays the Philadelphia Union Saturday at 7:30pm.

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