HOUSTON, Texas. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Houston Dynamo 3-0 Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in the second leg of a two-game road stretch.
Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell made his first MLS start and denied a Houston penalty attempt in the 49th minute. Defender Francois Affolter also made his first MLS start after making his first start with the Quakes on Wednesday, Aug. 9 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal.
The Earthquakes will return to Avaya Stadium to face the Philadelphia Union, presented by Meriwest, on Saturday, Aug. 19 with kickoff scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PT. The match marks the Quakes’ annual Pride Night and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports California Plus, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
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MLS Regular Season
Houston Dynamo 3 –0 San Jose Earthquakes
Aug. 12, 2017 – BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX
Scoring Summary: HOU – Alberth Elis (Boniek Garcia) 21; HOU – Vicente Sanchez (Alberth Elis) 86; HOU – Mauro Manotas (Vicente Sanchez) 90+4.
Misconduct Summary: HOU – Alberth Elis (caution) 39; SJ – Andres Imperiale (caution) 48; HOU – Boniek Garcia (caution) 50; SJ – Fatai Alashe (caution) 59.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Andrew Tarbell; Florian Jungwirth, Andres Imperiale, Francois Affolter, Nick Lima; Danny Hoesen, Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe (Tommy Thompson 60), Jahmir Hyka (Vako 63); Marco Ureña (Quincy Amarikwa 77), Chris Wondolowski.
SHOTS: 12, SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; SAVES: 4, FOULS: 15; CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDES: 1.
HOUSTON DYNAMO: Tyler Deric; A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Adolfo Machado, DaMarcus Beasley; Boniek Garcia, Juan Cabezas, Ricardo Clark (Tomas Martinez 62); Romell Quioto (Vicente Sanchez 78), Alberth Elis, Erick Torres (Mauro Manotas 62).
SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDES: 0.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH CHRIS LEITCH
On the team:
“We have continued to try to put some different pieces together to be more of a complete team. The guys have continued to buy in and work hard, and we will continue to work on those other components that we still need to improve. There has been good progress.”
On Andrew Tarbell’s performance:
“I thought Andrew did well. It is never easy coming in as a goalie and take your opportunity away and under tough conditions as it is in Houston. As far as Tarbell is concerned, he obviously made a hell of a PK save, had a number of shots that he saved, as well as the times he came off his line. I think he is going to be happy with it.”
On the penalty save:
“I thought that it gave us a bit of life but you would like to see a little bit more life after such a pivotal moment in the game. We fell short today.”
EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On the game:
“Houston is a tough place to play at any time. They are a great team and, credit to them, came out and got a goal early. They were very organized and condensed defensively and then they break so well. They have a very dangerous front three or four and took their chances.”
On the team’s performance:
“I thought we had a lot of good possession, especially around the middle third, but I think we got bogged down a little bit. We had a chance with Vako right before their second goal. To tie it up 1-1, I think could change it, but that’s soccer and that’s the game.”
On Andrew Tarbell’s performance:
“He is a great goalkeeper. We see it day in and day out. Great saves by him and hopefully he continues it.”
EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER ANDREW TARBELL
On if he is satisfied with his performance:
“No because we lost and we didn’t play to the best of our ability, but I know that we are going to go back and work towards it and keep getting better. We will come back from this no problem.”
On the penalty:
“I just held my ground as long as I could, picked a side and tried to be strong.”