GOLETA, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes dropped a 1-0 result against the Chicago Fire during a preseason exhibition at UC Santa Barbara’s Harder Stadium on Saturday.
The match was played in two 40-minute halves, a shortened format agreed upon by both head coaches before kickoff.
Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and defender Justin Morrow made their first preseason appearances after returning from U.S. Men’s National Team camp. The duo started and played 55 minutes. Wondolowski forced Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson to come up with several saves as San Jose peppered the goal with shots in the first half.
Chicago’s lone goal came on a penalty in the 79th minute from offseason acquisition Jeff Larentowicz. The center midfielder slotted his shot to the left post past third-year goalkeeper David Bingham.
The Earthquakes return to action on Tuesday against the Ventura County Fusion at Oxnard Community College (11 a.m. PT). They will return to the Bay Area after the match and depart again on Friday, this time for Portland where the club will play games against the Timbers, FC Dallas and AIK of Sweden.
San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Chicago Fire
Harder Stadium – Goleta, Calif.
February 9, 2013 – Attendance: N/A
Scoring Summary: CHI – Jeff Larentowicz (penalty) 79.
Misconduct Summary: None.
San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch (David Bingham 55), Hunter Gorski*, Ty Harden (Peter McGlynn** 55), Tommy Muller** (Josh Suggs* 55), Justin Morrow (Henrik Robstad* 55), Shea Salinas (Sam Garza 55), Rafael Baca (Brad Ring 55), Sam Cronin (Abu Tommy* 55), Ramiro Corrales (Cordell Cato* 55), Chris Wondolowski (Sean de Silva* 55), Mike Fucito* (Adam Jahn** 41).
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Logan Pause, Arne Friedrich (Steven Kinney 40), Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Patrick Nyarko (Corben Bone 40), Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere (Daniel Paladini 70), Dilly Duka (Yazid Atouba** 40); Chris Rolfe (Jalil Anibaba 55’), Sherjill MacDonald (Quincy Amarikwa* 52).
** - Draft Pick