MLS Game Summary - San Jose at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, July 10, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: San Jose 2, Philadelphia 1
Chester, PA (Sports Network) - The San Jose Earthquakes earned an
opportunistic 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer
action at PPL Park on Saturday evening.
The win was made possible because of a number of second-half saves by 'Quakes
goalkeeper Jon Busch, who finished with seven in the game.
San Jose (6-4-4) scored both its goals in stoppage time, the first by Cornell
Glen as the first half was winding down, and the second by Arturo Alvarez in
the closing minutes of the game.
"If it wasn't for Busch, we wouldn't have been in it. Yes I'm happy to score
the winning goal, but without him, it would have been a different story," said
Alvarez. "This is a huge win for us on the road."
Philadelphia's Fred opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he ran onto a
ball that was flicked into the area by Danny Mwanga. Fred then split defenders
Ike Opara and Jason Hernandez and fired just under Busch's arm for the 1-0
advantage in the 15th minute.
The Union, who dominated most of the possession in the game, just missed going
up 2-0 a minute later when Andrew Jacobson ripped a long-range shot off the
San Jose's Joey Gjertsen hit the crossbar with a dipping, long-range shot in
the 42nd minute before Glen scored the equalizer.
San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski ran onto a long ball played from the back
on the right side and quickly played a ball into the Philadelphia penalty area
to Glen, who one-timed the shot just inside the far post, past goalkeeper
Busch made a series of strong saves in the second half to keep his team level,
the first being in the first minute after the break when Mwanga broke in alone
on a breakaway. The steady goalkeeper then came out and knocked the attempt
Busch got the best of Mwanga again in the 73rd minute when the rookie attacker
pounced on a loose ball in the area after a corner kick.
Busch made a couple more game-saving stops in the final 10 minutes on
Sebastien Le Toux before Alvarez's winner.
With the Union pressing forward aiming for the full points, Alvarez caught
them on a counter attack, scooping up the ball at the center line and driving
all the way in on Seitz. Alvarez then deked past a defender and slotted the
shot past Seitz for his third goal of the season.
"Sometimes you dominate a game like that [and still lose]," said Seitz. "We
could have played another half hour and I don't know if we would have scored
again. For us it's a little bit of focus and it's a little bit of luck and for
us the luck wasn't on our side."
Philadelphia (3-8-2) will aim to rebound when it hosts Toronto FC on Saturday,
while the 'Quakes play at Los Angeles on July 22 in their next MLS fixture.
07/10 22:44:43 ET