Earthquakes tie Houston Dynamo on home turf

Christian Martinez,

Things are off to a somewhat rocky start for the San Jose Earthquakes this year.

San Jose finished with a tie, 2-2, on Saturday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose against the Houston Dynamo. The Earthquakes are now 1-2-2 overall this season.

This was the teams first meeting this season and the Quakes changed their lineup with Chris Wondolowski, Shea Salinas and Harold Cummings cycling out for Fatai Alashe, Jackson Yueill and Francois Affolter. Anibal Godoy captained the team since Wondolowski was on the bench to begin the match.

San Jose scored first when Magnus Eriksson earned his first Major League Soccer goal at home. Danny Hoesen shot a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box, and he recovered it after it deflected off of the opposing players. Hoesen played a through ball to Yueill who received it and then Eriksson shot the ball on his first touch to the bottom left corner of the goal just out of Houston’s goalkeeper’s reach.

The Quakes maintained the lead and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Houston came out in the second half and applied immediate pressure on the Earthquakes that resulted in a Dynamo goal in the 48th minute. After he intercepted a poor pass by Yeferson Quintana, Alberth Elis shot the ball but it bounced off of a defender. Martinez recovered it, shot the ball past Andrew Tarbell and it bounced off of Quintana in the goal.

Houston scored again in the 63rd minute of the match when Martinez set up the goal. Martinez played the ball to Elis who ran the ball all the way up field. Once he reached the goal line, Elis cut inwards and passed to Mauro Manotas who kicked the ball into an open goal with no pressure on him for a 2-1 advantage.

In an effort to bolster up their offensive attack, Wondolowski was substituted into the match in the 67th minute to replace Alashe. Vako was also replaced by Jahmir Hyka.

In the final 10 minutes of the match San Jose scored another goal tying Houston 2-2. After a few passes, the ball flew over Wondolowski’s head back to Quincy Amarikwa who controlled it and passed it to Hyka. Hyka took a first touch shot on goal and the ball deflected off of Houston’s Oscar Garcia into the far side of the goal.

The Earthquakes next few games will be on the road, first against Orlando City SC on Saturday and then against the Columbus Crew SC on April 26.