Earthquakes crumble at home


Christian Martinez,

The San Jose Earthquakes lost to the New York City Football Club (NYC FC) on Saturday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose 2-1. This loss now gives the Earthquakes a 1-0-2 record for the season.

Both teams had strong starting lineups for the match with San Jose continuing to have Chris Wondolowski, Danny Hoesen and Magnus Eriksson as offensive attacking options. Yeferson Quintana and Harold Cummings also kept their role as central defenders for the squad with Nick Lima on the right side and Shea Salinas on the left.

The Quakes began the match by putting pressure on the defense and were able to score within minutes of the match starting. After earning a corner kick, Eriksson crossed the ball in towards the near side of the goal where Quintana was able to put a head on it and flick it past NYC FC goalie Sean Johnson.

Two yellow cards were given out to finish the first half of the match. The first to Earthquakes Anibal Godoy and the other to New York’s Ebenezer Ofori, both for hard tackles the referees determined illegal.

New York was able to get on the score sheet just moments after the second half started in the 48th minute of the match. NYC earned a corner kick and Maxi Moralez crossed the ball close to the edge of the 18-yard box. Anton Tinnerholm kicked the ball on a first touch volley straight towards the goal. San Jose goalie Andrew Tarbell reached for the ball but the shot deflected into the goal off of the crossbar and just out of Tarbell’s reach.

New York scored the final goal of the game in the 59-minute mark of the match. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi ran along the sideline and played the ball on the ground back to Moralez. Moralez was able to receive the ball and take a shot moments before he was surrounded by Quakes defenders. Moralez shot deflected off Quintana and it bounced right over Tarbell who was caught off guard by the deflection.

The Quakes suffered a defensive blow when Harold Cummings hit his head against an opposing player after jumping for a ball and he stayed down after landing. Medical staff was called onto the field to examine both Cummings and the NYC FC player and Cumming was immediately substituted off of the field.Quincy Amarikwa was brought in his and moved to the forward position.

San Jose kept attacking and then Wondolowski scored a goal in the 79th minute, only to have it disallowed due to an offsides call.

It was clear that San Jose and New York began feeling frustrated by the amount of contact between players and the types of calls the referees made. During the match players from both teams confronted each other while the ball was not in play and both, the center referee and linesman were involved in breaking up several confrontations.

New York received four more yellow cards throughout the second half of the match for a mix of reasons such as unsportsmanlike conduct and time wasting. Alexander Callens received the first yellow card in the 67th minute of the match followed by Yangel Herrera in the 74th minute. Both NYC goal scorers Moralez and Tinnerholm received the last two yellow cards for New York.

The Earthquakes face off against Philadelphia Union on April 7 in Philadelphia and then come back home to play against the Houston Dynamo on the April 14 at Avaya Stadium.