CHESTER, Penn. – The San Jose Earthquakes scored a late equalizer to earn a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium, despite playing the final 30 minutes of the match with 10 men. Midfielder Simon Dawkins weaved through multiple Union defenders and buried his shot past goalkeeper Andre Blake in the 83rd minute to secure a point for the road side.
The Quakes were without forward Quincy Amarikwa, who leads the team in assists and had started all eight games prior to Saturday’s contest. His absence opened the door for Innocent to make his first start of the season and first since May 1, 2015.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute. Off a corner kick by Tranquillo Barnetta, Union midfielder Chris Pontius headed the ball just inside the far post.
Five minutes later, the Union nearly doubled their advantage, but forward C.J. Sapong’s point-blank effort popped up and over the crossbar.
San Jose went down to 10 men early in the second half when midfielder Anibal Godoy was shown his second yellow card.
The Quakes continued to battle despite playing a man down, creating several chances late. After a couple of near misses and set piece opportunities, the Quakes finally equalized in the 83rd minute thanks to a bit of individual magic by Dawkins. It marked his first goal of the season and first in Major League Soccer since September 12, 2012, while on loan with the Quakes from Tottenham Hotspur.
San Jose plays its second of back-to-back road contests on Saturday, May 7 against Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on CSN Bay Area, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
The Quakes are now 4-2-3 this year, including a 0-2-2 record on the road.
San Jose currently has the third most points in Major League Soccer (15).
San Jose is now 4-3-2 against the Philadelphia Union all-time, including a 2-2-1 record on the road.
The Quakes are the first team to earn a point in Philadelphia this season, where they are now 3-0-1.
Midfielder Simon Dawkins tallied the Quakes lone goal, marking his first goal of the season, 15th of his MLS career and first since September 12, 2012.
The Quakes have scored at least one goal in 22 consecutive matches dating back to last season, the longest active streak in MLS.
The Earthquakes have now scored in the 80th minute or later four times in nine games this season.
Wondolowski made his 200th career MLS start, becoming the 82nd player in MLS history to reach the milestone.
Forward Innocent made his first start of the season and first since May 1, 2015, where he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Defender Kofi Sarkodie made his second start of the season after joining the team in early April. The match marked his 100th MLS appearance.
The 1-1 draw marked the second time this season the Quakes have earned a point despite conceding the first goal of the match [D 1-1 vs. DC (4/2)].
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Philadelphia Union
April 30, 2016 – Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA
Scoring Summary: PHI – Chris Pontius (Tranquillo Barnetta) 30; SJ – Simon Dawkins (unassisted) 83.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Fatai Alashe (caution) 31; SJ – Anibal Godoy (caution) 35; SJ – Anibal Godoy (ejection) 59.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham; Shaun Francis, Victor Bernardez, Marvell Wynne, Kofi Sarkodie; Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe (Adam Jahn 85), Alberto Quintero (Matias Perez Garcia 76); Chris Wondolowski, Innocent (Shea Salinas 55).
SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 15; CORNER KICKS: 3; OFFSIDES: 1.
PHILADELPHIA UNION: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Josh Yaro, Richie Marquez, Keegan Rosenberry; Warren Creavalle, Vincent Nogueira, Tranquillo Barnetta (Leo Fernandes 85), Chris Pontius (Ilsinho 73), Sebastien Le Toux (Fabian Herbers 85); C.J. Sapong.
SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 6; OFFSIDES: 1.