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Saturday, March 17, 2012
(All times Eastern)
Houston (1-0-0) at San Jose (1-0-0), 5 p.m.
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris
Wondolowski picked up where he left off at the end of last season, scoring the
lone goal for the 'Quakes in a 1-0 victory against the New England Revolution
to start the new campaign.
Having scored in the final five games of last season, Wondolowski will attempt
to equal the record of seven straight games with a goal by putting one past
the Houston Dynamo at AT&T Park on Saturday.
The record was set in 1997 by Raul Diaz Arce, and equaled by Wolde Harris and
Both teams secured 1-0 wins to start the campaign, but San Jose head coach
Frank Yallop sounded more relieved than anything after his team began the
season with three points.
"Last year, we would have most probably, if not definitely, conceded a late
goal," Yallop said. "All in all, just really pleased to get the three points,
get this game out of the way and just move on and look forward to the rest of
the season. I said during the week it's like a cup final to us, and we won the
cup final. So now we can build on it."
The 'Quakes kept only seven clean sheets last season, so beginning the year
with one is a major plus, despite the fact that the win over New England may
not have come in the most stylish fashion.
"At the end of the day, it's three points," said San Jose goalkeeper Jon
Busch. "It wasn't pretty, especially in the second half. They threw a lot at
us, but we kept our shape, we kept our organization, and they didn't have too
many quality looks."
Houston also won despite a less-than memorable effort, but the 1-0 win at
Chivas USA is a big positive considering that it took the club 16 games to
record its first away win last term.
Andre Hainault's 92nd-minute goal was required for the Dynamo to claim the
win, although it wasn't because of a lack of chances that the goal came so
Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy did well to keep his side in the game,
especially in the second half, but Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear came out
of last weekend's game pleased with his team's performance.
"If you're not creating chances it does cause worry but with the chances we
created tonight we were due for a goal, but sometimes the goalkeeper's having
a good day," Kinnear said. "All in all I think it was a big positive for us."
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