By London Marq
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes had a bittersweet evening at the gorgeous Avaya Stadium when they took on their interconference rivals, the Columbus Crew. Entering play the San Jose had been red hot. Winners of four straight and sitting squarely in third place in the Western Conference. Columbus traveled to San Jose winners of two straight, but still, one of the bottom-ranked team in the all of MLS this season.
San Jose will be looking back at the first half of this match wondering what could have been as they failed to convert on several golden opportunities inside the box. Reasonably the Quakes could have had a three-goal advantage by the 41st minute when they were granted penalty as the result of a handball. The Sweden native Magnus Eriksson was able to slot the ball into the bottom left corner and give San Jose the first goal of the game.
The Crew would have their revenge in the 65th minute. Taking advantage of lethargic San Jose defense former Men’s National Team striker Gyasi Zardes sharply headed the ball into the goal area. It was another moment that San Jose will look back on in the coming days. The match would finalize at a goal apiece, though San Jose did have scoring opportunities late.
Although San Jose didn’t get the win, they still got the one point for the tie. That one point put them in second place in the conference, continuing their excellent run of form this season after finishing dead last in 2018. This is the type of game San Jose will have to learn from. Despite them playing so well, they need to learn to battle complacency. Columbus is the type of team they should have beaten, and it will not be easier playing more talented teams. Nevertheless, San Jose walked away having moved up in the standings.
They will try to solidify their position next Saturday, August 10th at Colorado.
FINAL: San Jose draws with Columbus, 1-1.