TUCSON, Ariz. – The San Jose Earthquakes continued their pre-season build-up in Tucson, Ariz. with a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo at the Kino Sports Complex on Saturday evening. Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith saved a penalty while new signing, Argentine defender Andres Imeperiale made his first start for the club.
San Jose started strongly with Chris Wondolowski going close three times and fellow striker Quincy Amarikwa rattling the bar with a powerful header.
In front of a watching David Bingham, who arrived in Quakes training camp after making his debut for the U.S. Men’s National Team on Friday night in Los Angeles, Meredith stooped to his left to deny Giles Barnes from the spot in the first half. Tommy Thompson was penalized for a foul on DaMarcus Beasley.
Almost immediately after the break the Dynamo scored the only goal of the game when Erick Torres converted from the spot after Victor Bernardez was adjudged to have impeded Barnes in the area.
San Jose new signing Simon Dawkins tested the Dynamo keeper twice from distance but the Quakes could not manage to draw level.
The Quakes wrap up their time in Arizona on Feb. 9 with a match against Seongnam FC of South Korea, before returning to the Bay Area to continue training camp.
San Jose Earthquakes 0-1 Houston Dynamo
February 6, 2016 – Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ
Scoring Summary: HOU – Torres (penalty kick) 46.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (first half): Bryan Meredith, Shaun Francis, Andres Imperiale, Clarence Goodson, Cordell Cato, Shea Salinas, Tommy Thompson, Anibal Godoy, Matias Perez Garcia, Quincy Amarikwa, Chris Wondolowski.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (second half): Andrew Tarbell, Kip Colvey, JJ Koval, Victor Bernardez, Marvell Wynne, Patrick Hodan (Ty Thompson 75), Simon Dawkins, Matheus Silva, Sanna Nyassi, Chad Barrett, Mark Sherrod (Adam Jahn, 75).
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
Thoughts on match:
“I do like the way we started and we probably should have scored. It’s good to create chances but you still want to bang some goals in. Bryan (Meredith) was really good. He made some great saves. Tonight we had some good play, some not-so good play, but the best thing is that we are keeping our training staff not-so busy.”