San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls: What We Learned

They're back!The Earthquakes got back to their 2012 form in a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.They obviously needed a game to work out the rust. They lost the season opener 2-0 to Real Salt Lake one week prior. However, they had their never-say-die attitude back in full swing on Sunday. The Quakes looked sharp early with a couple quick chances being swept away by the Red Bulls defense. However, it was New York who got the scoring started. Eric Alexander scored off a Thierry Henry cross in the 16th minute. There weren't a lot of opportunities for either side until late in the game. In the 83rd minute, rookie substitute Adam Jahn put a Sam Cronin cross into the back of the net. Cronin received a through ball from captain Ramiro Corrales and sent a left-footed cross across the goal for the outstretched foot of Jahn.The Earthquakes weren't finished yet. Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute to secure the victory for San Jose. The penalty was set up by a headed effort from Jahn that bounced off the arm of Red Bulls defender Roy Miller in the box. Wondo's first attempt was saved by keeper ...
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San Jose Earthquakes Lose to L.A. Galaxy: The Day the Magic Died for the Quakes

It was set up for another magical finish. The San Jose Earthquakes were doing battle with the Los Angeles Galaxy in their Western Conference semifinal second leg. The Quakes had earned a 1-0 lead after Victor Bernardez's 94th-minute winner in the firs leg. However, the Galaxy quickly turned the tide on the Supporters' Shield winners. The defending champs came out blazing with a quick goal from Robbie Keane in the 21st minute on a defensive error by early sub Ike Opara. It looked like that was the shock San Jose needed to get going, but it was beat twice more in the first half on a second goal by Robbie Keane and Mr. November, Mike Magee. The MLS leading goal scorer, Chris Wondolowski, had an early opportunity to keep pace, but he blasted a shot from 10 yards over the goal. The Earthquakes have been called the Goonies for their never-say-die attitude. All season long, they appeared to have magic running through them. In three regular-season games with the Galaxy, the Quakes battled from behind to win two and tie the other. Five times this season, the Quakes had stoppage-time winners, including the Bernardez goal on Sunday. It was only fitting that they ...
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