Earthquakes defeat Rapids 2-0

Johnson, Amarikwa find net in third win in as many matches in England

The San Jose Earthquakes completed a clean sweep of their three matches while in England, knocking off fellow MLS side Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Friday afternoon at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell. Ryan Johnson scored his second goal of the trip in the 10th minute and Quincy Amarikwa found the net in the 84th to secure the San Jose win.
San Jose took the lead at Spurs Lodge in the 10th minute when Arturo Alvarez played Ryan Johnson through. The Jamaican international muscled through a challenge by Julien Baudet, and lifted the ball over Colorado keeper Matt Pickens for the match opener.

The Rapids threatened to equalize in the 25th minute, as Johnson's fellow countrymen, Omar Cummings fought through a challenge to get a close range shot off inside the area. Joe Cannon was equal to the task, saving Cumming's effort with his legs.

15 minutes later, San Jose looked to double their lead as Ramiro Corrales came forward out of the back as his long range effort went just high of Pickens' net.

In the 73rd minute, Colorado nearly leveled, as Jeff Larentowicz struck his free kick well from about 25 yards out, but Cannon came up large again, first saving the free kick, and then stopping the rebound as well from close range. Cannon made five saves on the day, and San Jose's defense earned their third successive clean sheet.

The Quakes came close to a second in the 81st as Cornell Glen created enough space for his left-footed effort from just inside the area, however, Pickens made the diving save to push it wide.

Substitute Quincy Amarikwa put in the second goal of the day, and the Quakes cemented their victory just three minutes later. Glen held possession, as Amarikwa made his run behind the defense. Glen played a perfectly timed and weighted ball through, and Amarikwa finished coolly against the oncoming Pickens.

The Earthquakes won all three matches while over in England, defeating West Ham United on Monday at Upton Park 2-0, Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Spurs Lodge on Wednesday and Colorado today, 2-0 at Spurs Lodge. The Quakes return home from London on Sunday, after they take in the Spurs-Blackburn Rovers match on Saturday at White Hart Lane.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids
March 12, 2010 - Spurs Lodge

Scoring Summary: SJ - Ryan Johnson (Arturo Alvarez) 10; SJ - Quincy Amarikwa (Cornell Glen) 84.

Misconduct Summary: None.

San Jose Earthquakes - Joe Cannon, Chris Leitch (Steven Beitashour 70), Ike Opara (Bobby Burling 60), Jason Hernandez, Ramiro Corrales (Justin Morrow 70), Joey Gjertsen (Chris Wondolowski 70), Brad Ring (Ramon Sanchez 75), Javier Robles (Simon Elliott 53), Bobby Convey (Antonio Ribeiro 75), Ryan Johnson (Quincy Amarikwa 75), Arturo Alvarez (Cornell Glen 60).

Shots: 6; Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 5; Offsides: 1

Colorado Rapids - Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimora (Rob Valentino 67), Drew Moor (Oscar Murillo 67), Julien Baudet (Mike Holody 67), Jure Trauner, Danny Earls (Colin Clark 67), Nick LaBrocca (Jeff Larentowicz 67), Pablo Mastroeni (Pat Noonan 45), Wells Thompson (Andy Lorei 67), Conor Casey (Andre Akpan 67), Omar Cummings.

Shots: 6; Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 3; Offsides: 0