Busch: 'Maybe Real Salt Lake are my daddy'

Jon Busch talks about the Quakes penalty-kick shootout loss to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday

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Anyone on the San Jose roster admitted disappointment Wednesday at
not being able to complete the transformation of a two-goal deficit
into a victory against Real Salt Lake in their U.S. Open Cup qualifying
match.

But for goalkeeper Jon Busch, losing to RSL in a
penalty-kick shootout hurt on a more personal, visceral level.

“It’s
like Groundhog Day for me,” Busch said after giving up goals to all
five RSL shooters in a 5-3 PK loss. “Just a few months ago, it feels
like, you know? As [former Red Sox pitcher] Pedro Martinez said back in
the day, the Yankees were his daddy. Maybe Salt Lake’s my daddy on
penalty kicks.”

Busch’s sense of déjà vu stemmed from his last
MLS appearance, in the 2009 Eastern Conference championship. Real Salt
Lake won that match in PKs, too, topping the Fire 5-4 and bouncing them
from the postseason at Toyota Park.

Busch, who made three
top-notch saves just to get the Fire into OT, couldn’t come up with
another stop during the shootout. RSL missed twice, but both shots were
off frame.

The same held true Wednesday. Busch was unable to
prevent Will Johnson, Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Robbie Russell
and Andy Williams from converting.

“I read the first two well, I
just couldn’t get close enough to them,” Busch said. “I had a little
info from [Earthquakes goalkeeper coach Jason] Batty on where
[Beckerman] went last time, which was to the keeper’s right.
Unfortunately, he went to my left this time. When I went through this
in the semifinals against them, I knew a couple of them wanted to go up
the middle, so I made it a point not to go early this time, thinking
that they may try it again. But they took them well.

“It’s a
tough situation," he continued. "Sometimes you get lucky and you get
close enough to them and other times you don’t.”

Busch made his
Quakes debut after signing with the team two weeks ago; San Jose
snapped him up on the cheap after Chicago released him on the eve of
the season. But it wasn’t the result Busch was seeking.

“Unfortunately,
we made three mistakes and they punished us three times,” Busch said.
“We’ve got to be better and cut those mistakes out, because
offensively, we’re a good team. We’re going to get our goals. You get
three goals, you should win a game, bottom line.”

Busch is
expected to be back on the bench Saturday, giving way to regular No. 1
Joe Cannon as the Quakes return to their MLS schedule and host New
England.

Geoff Lepper covers the Earthquakes for
MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached at sanjosequakes@gmail.com.
Follow him on Twitter at @sjquakes.