SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Western Conference-leading FC Dallas 1-0 on Friday night at Avaya Stadium. The loss marked the first at Avaya Stadium for San Jose this season, who are now 5-1-3 at home on the year.
San Jose nearly took an early lead in the sixth minute. After being awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, midfielder Anibal Godoy wrapped a shot around the wall, forcing FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz to make a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
FC Dallas had a chance of its own in the 19th minute that was snuffed out by keeper David Bingham. After receiving a chip from midfielder Mauro Diaz, streaking forward Maximiliano Urruti took an open shot on net. Bingham sprawled out to get a hand on the ball and send it it ricocheting off the post and safely back to him.
Five minutes later, Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato secured the ball by the corner flag and passed it to midfielder Alberto Quintero in the box. His cross in front of the net was tipped by forward Chris Wondolowski and rolled inches wide of the far post.
The Earthquakes almost took the lead again in the 32nd minute. After another foul just outside the box, Godoy attempted to curl a left-footed free kick past the FC Dallas keeper, but his shot bounced off the crossbar and was cleared.
FC Dallas broke the deadlock in the 51st minute. Forward Michael Barrios took a hard shot on net that Quakes defender Marvell Wynne cleared off the goal line but only as far as Urruti. His close-range bicycle kick sailed past Bingham to give FC Dallas the lead.
The Quakes look to rebound when they take on Toronto FC on Saturday, July 16 at Avaya Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
San Jose is now 5-6-7 on the season and 5-1-3 at home.
The Earthquakes are now 25-20-14 all-time against FC Dallas, including a 15-8-7 record at home.
San Jose is now 12-4-7 all-time at Avaya Stadium.
The Quakes lost at Avaya Stadium for the first time since September 5, 2015 vs. Philadelphia.
San Jose has allowed four total goals in eight games at Avaya Stadium this season and has yet to concede multiple goals to an opponent on home turf.
The Earthquakes have held opponents to no more than one goal in 13 of their 18 matches this season, including seven of their last eight.
Cordell Cato made his first start since October 16, 2015, playing 90 minutes.
Defender Marvell Wynne played in his 50th career game with the Quakes. He has now surpassed 50 appearances with three separate clubs (Toronto FC, Colorado Rapids).
With 90 minutes played today, goalkeeper David Bingham eclipsed 5,000 career minutes with the Earthquakes. He’s the fourth and youngest San Jose goalkeeper to reach the milestone, along with Pat Onstad, Joe Cannon and Jon Busch.
San Jose has held their opponents scoreless in the first half in 12 of their 18 matches so far this season.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 0 – FC Dallas 1
July 8, 2016 – Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA
Scoring Summary: DAL – Maximiliano Urruti (unassisted) 51.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Alberto Quintero (caution) 29; DAL – Matt Hedges (caution) 31; SJ – Anibal Godoy (caution) 59; DAL – Mauro Diaz (caution) 61; DAL – Atiba Harris (caution) 72.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham; Shaun Francis, Victor Bernardez (Chad Barrett 77), Marvell Wynne (Jordan Stewart 58), Cordell Cato; Shea Salinas (Matias Perez Garcia 61), Anibal Godoy, Simon Dawkins, Alberto Quintero; Simon Dawkins, Quincy Amariwka.
SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 14; CORNER KICKS: 8; OFFSIDES: 0.
FC DALLAS: Chris Seitz; Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman, Atiba Harris; Fabian Castillo, Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, Mauro Diaz (Victor Ulloa 77), Michael Barrios (Tesho Akindele 84); Maximiliano Urruti (Ryan Hollingshead 73).
SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; SAVES: 2; FOULS: 19; CORNER KICKS: 5; OFFSIDES: 3.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
On the game overall:
“Definitely tough. They made some big saves in the first half. We had some good chances in the first half, continued in the second half, and right now we’re just not scoring enough goals. So we’re playing from behind. It’s easier said than done to go out there and get the first goal, but it’s a frustrating period for us right now. We’re a little bit disappointed in ourselves, a little bit frustrated. But it’s important that after this weekend we have to get ready for Toronto, and we will.”
On whether it was a better performance than at Chicago:
“To be honest, I knew we were going to play better than we did last week. That would be an easy question to answer. Better movement, stretched the field better, was a little bit more dynamic in the attack. We were trying to get behind them, rather than playing everything in front. That was helping us. It’s just getting that goal. We’re lacking goals right now and to win games you need to score. That’s going to be the emphasis as we head to the game next weekend.”
On whether they can afford to drop points at home:
“Let’s be honest, it’s not good to drop points anywhere. Before the game I look at the standings and go, ‘If we win we’re tied fifth.’ We’re missing opportunities here. Obviously the other teams have something to say about it, but I think we’re good enough to take advantage of these opportunities presented before us and put pressure on other teams. Like I said, right now it’s just getting that goal. Because a goal gives you energy, it gives you confidence, it gives you some enjoyment from the game maybe you haven’t experienced for a while. Getting that first goal, it’s going to be good for us. I think it’s a sign that things will turn around.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER SHEA SALINAS
On the result:
“You never want to lose at home. It’s a frustrating loss. I thought we performed well tonight. We got behind their defense and had our chances. We didn’t finish and they’re a good team with a good counter attack. They scored and we didn’t. We can play better. We still have a lot to improve on although I feel we’ve played better the last couple of matches.”
On first half chances:
“They were sitting back more in the second half. We were getting in behind them quite a bit in the first half. It seemed like we weren’t making those dynamic runs in the second half. They sat back and got us on the counter attack.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER ANIBAL GODOY
On missed opportunities:
“We played well in the first half, but we couldn’t get the ball to bounce our way. If you are not able to convert those chances, you are asking for trouble and that is what happened. Dallas had one great chance and converted. We had multiple chances and couldn’t finish. It’s that simple. It hurts to lose at home, but we have to continue to work hard.”
On fighting for a tie:
“When you are down 1-0 late in the match, you have to push forward. We weren’t able to tie, but the attitude of this team feels like we are always in it. We thought we were going to equalize. We have to make a better effort of scoring first and not playing from behind.”