MLS Game Summary - San Jose at New York|
(Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: San Jose 3, New York 1
Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - The San Jose Earthquakes' Bobby Convey scored
two goals and assisted on Chris Wondolowski's series clincher to lead his club
to the Major League Soccer Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over Red Bull New
York at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night.
The 'Quakes advance after earning a 3-2 win in the home-and-home, total-goals
New York took a 1-0 advantage into the game after midfielder Joel Lindpere
scored the only goal in the first leg at San Jose this past Saturday.
But Convey gave his team a 1-0 advantage in Thursday's game and leveled the
aggregate just six minutes in.
Convey pounced on a ball in the New York penalty area after the defense failed
to clear and fired into the top left corner with his left. The chance was
started by forward Ryan Johnson, who crossed from the right to Scott Sealy,
who touched the ball back to Convey.
The San Jose goal ended a 308-minute streak by the New York defense without
giving up a goal on its home pitch.
The game stayed like that until both teams exploded to score three goals in a
five minute span in the final 15 minutes.
Convey got his second goal in the 76th minute to give his team a 2-1 lead in
the series before New York striker Juan Pablo Angel leveled things at two just
two minutes later.
But a Convey diagonal cross from the left found Wondolowski on the right side
of the area for the winner in the 81st minute.
After Convey's first goal tied the series, New York midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy
had the best early chance for his team when he blasted a shot from about 18
yards out that hit Angel at the half-hour mark.
About 10 minutes later, New York's Juan Agudelo took a pass from winger Dane
Richards in the area and cut around a defender, but his shot from a tough
angle, in close, slammed into the near post and out of danger.
New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul made a huge reaction save on Johnson from
close range in the 42nd minute for his best stop of the first half.
The 'Quakes wasted a chance to go up a goal in the series just before the
break when a three-on-two counter-attack saw Golden Boot winner Wondolowski
wide open, but Johnson's pass overshot him.
New York narrowly missed going up in the series on a Rafa Marquez free-kick
from about 20 yards, but his shot went wide left about 10 minutes after the
Ballouchy had a glorious chance with the ball on his foot with space in the
area, but San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch made a great kick-save from six-yards
out to keep the series tied at the hour mark.
Convey scored his second goal of the game when he took a pass from Arturo
Alvarez at the top of the area and turned powerfully around rookie defender
Tim Ream before flashing a shot past Coundoul to put his team up in the
But another New York rookie, Agudelo, came up big two minute later when he
drove at San Jose defender Daniel Hernandez in the area before cutting back
and playing a service to the back post to Angel, who headed home to tie
the aggregate at two.
Three minutes later, Wondolowski, who scored nine game winners in the regular
season, scored a series winner when he headed a perfect service from Convey
into the top right corner for his first goal of the playoffs.
Late New York substitute Thierry Henry just missed propelling his team to
extra time when his header off a corner kick went wide, as the Red Bulls
season ended with another playoff disappointment.
San Jose will play the winner of the Columbus Crew-Colorado Rapids series next
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