May 21, 2011
WEST COAST WOES
Revolution fall to Quakes 2-1
SANTA CLARA, Calif.---The West Coast is not a happy place for the New England Revolution. Just when it looked like they had shaken off their malaise with back to back shutouts, they headed to the left coast and fell to the surging San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday night.
|Chris Tierney's late free kick saved the Revolution from a Saturday night shutout, but could not avert a loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.
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After more than 70 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Quakes took the lead in the 71st minute. Last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski made a run down the right side of the field and sent a cross in to the penalty area where the recently subbed-in Ellis McLoughlin nodded it past goalkeeper Matt Reiss. It was McLoughlin’s first career goal.
After Steven Lenhart was fouled by Stephen McCarthy in the 72nd minute, Bobby Convey made it 2-0 on the ensuing free kick. Convey’s free kick from just off the right corner of the penalty area curled into the upper left corner of the net just above the outstretched arm of Reis.
Chris Tierney pulled one back for the Revolution in the 86th minute after Sainy Nyassi was fouled. Tierney blasted a 32-yard free kick into the lower left corner of the net.
For the first time this season, Revolution head coach Steve Nicol named an unchanged starting lineup after his side claimed a 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC last weekend. Unavailable once again was the injured trio of Ousmane Dabo (R adductor strain), Didier Domi (L quad strain) and Marko Perovic (L knee sprain).
The Revs controlled possession in the very early stages, but it was San Jose which created the game’s first scoring chance in the seventh minute. Joey Gjertsen fired a wicked drive from the top of the penalty area, forcing Reis to make a diving save. In the 13th minute, Khari Stephenson’s free kick eluded the wall and hit the cross bar.
Revs leading scorer Shalrie Joseph forced Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch to punch away a knuckling shot in the 25th minute.
In the 56th minute, Joseph slipped a ball to into the right side of the area for Rajko Lekic, but his shot was scooped up by Busch.
McLoughlin’s goal in the 71st minute ended the Revolution’s 283 minute shutout streak. Minuutes later, Wondolowski almost made it 2-0, but his 20 yarder went just wide of the right post and four minutes later, Bobby Convey hit the upper part of the left post.
The loss drops the Revs to 3-4-4, 13 pts. San Jose improves to 3-4-3, 12 pts.
SJ – Ellis McLoughlin (Chris Wondowlowski) 71
SJ – Bobby Convey (unassisted) 83
NE – Chris Tierney (unassisted) 86
New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane (Zack Schilawski 83), Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney, Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph, Stephen McCarthy, Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 66), Rajko Lekic
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Franco Coria, Kenny Mansally, Kheli Dube, Pat Phelan
STATS: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 8; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 13
San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch, Bobby Convey, Ike Opara, Jason Hernandez, Chris Leitch, Ryan Johnson (Ellis McLoughlin 67), Khari Stephenson, Brad Ring, Joey Gjertsen (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 64), Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski
Substitutes Not Used: Andew Weber, Steven Beitashour, Bobby Burling, Sam Cronin, Matt Luzunaris
STATS: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 4; Fouls Committed: 17
SJ – Bobby Convey (caution) 53
SJ – Steven Lenhart (caution) 57
Referee: Yader Reyes
Assistant Referees: Peter Balciunas, Adam Garner
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: Clear and 71 degrees