MLS Game Summary - Chicago at San Jose|
(Saturday, April 12, 2008)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Chicago 1, San Jose 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Chad Barrett scored in the 19th minute and the
Chicago Fire were lucky to hold on for a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes
in Major League Soccer on Saturday.
San Jose outplayed Chicago for nearly the entire match but had nothing to show
for its effort after a pair of late shots hit the crossbar and post and rookie
Shea Salinas missed an open net from just steps in front of the goal.
Mexican Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who was otherwise shut down by San Jose's defense,
helped set up the early goal for the Fire (2-0-1), who extend their unbeaten
streak to three to open the season.
San Jose (0-2-0), which returned to the league this season, dropped its second
straight in its home opener - one of three games at McAfee Coliseum this year.
"San Jose gave us a very good fight. We're happy to get the points," Blanco
San Jose's Gavin Glinton had the first scoring chance in the eighth minute but
after being set up by a pass from Kei Kamara, had his blast stopped by Chicago
goalie Jon Busch.
Busch made an even better save in the 18th minute to save a shot from Glinton,
diving to push a ball headed toward the upper right corner wide for a corner.
Chicago defended the corner and then went on the attack with Blanco setting up
the first goal. Blanco controlled the ball on an attacking run and passed to
Tomasz Frankowski near the top of the penalty area.
Frankowski took a shot with his first touch and San Jose goalie Joe Cannon was
able to knock it down. But the rebound rolled to the right side of the box and
Barrett beat Cannon to the loose ball.
"I was lucky enough to be there to clean it up," said Barrett, who scored his
second goal of the season.
Glinton continued to pressure Chicago's defense with another shot in the 21st,
but it sailed just wide of the left post.
Frankowski, a former Polish international, broke free for a one-on-one chance
against Cannon in the 33rd minute but the Earthquakes goalie got low to make a
save and keep the deficit at one goal.
Ned Grabavoy had San Jose's last scoring chance of the first half but his shot
went just wide of the left post with two minutes left.
With the temperature reaching 85 degrees on a sunny afternoon, both teams were
drained after a fast-paced first half. For the first 40 minutes of the second
half, neither side threatened to score.
The Earthquakes had their best chance in the 87th minute when Glinton got free
in the box for a header - which he put just wide - but was called for offsides
"Obviously there was a shield up there in front of their net," Glinton said.
Chicago substitute Calen Carr nearly put the match away in the 89th minute but
shot just wide of the left post from a tough angle on one of his team's only
chances in the second half.
Four minutes of extra time gave San Jose plenty of time to create more chances
but it still failed to score.
Ramiro Corrales hit the crossbar in the 93rd minute, and Kamara put a shot off
the right post just seconds later. Kamara's shot bounced right to Salinas, but
he shot high from right in front of the net.
San Jose controlled the later stages of the match and finished with 19 shots -
including nine on goal - and limited Chicago's chances throughout the match,
but couldn't overcome Barrett's early goal.
"I think that for us to come out and play that well on both sides of the ball,
we should have gotten something out of the game," San Jose coach Frank Yallop
Sane Jose will still be looking for its first win when it travels to Colorado
on April 19. Chicago hosts Kansas City on April 20.
04/12 21:58:50 ET