The San Jose Earthquakes failed to grab an important home victory yesterday against Patrick Vieira’s New York City FC. The Earthquakes came into the game desperate for three points, sitting all the way down in 8th in the Western Conference and having only won one of their last 10 MLS matches. NYCFC on the other hand, came into the match top of the Eastern Conference and on a hot run of form that saw them win 6 from their last 8.
The first half started rather quietly, as neither team really created much offensively. The best chance of the half came when Alberto Quintero went on an incredible Messi-esque run, beating 4 New York defenders before having his shot ultimately blocked.
The second half however was completely dominated by the Earthquakes, as Dominic Kinnear’s side produced an incredible 14 shots. Chris Wondolowski, who was practically invisible in the first half with only 8 touches, had a few golden opportunities to grab that go ahead goal. The Earthquakes captain hit the post in the 69th minute volleying Shea Salinas’ lobbed pass from inside the area, headed just wide from the edge of the 6 yard box in the 53rd minute when latching onto Quintero’s cross, and blasted over the bar from the penalty area after Salinas again fed him a brilliant pass into space in the 56th minute.
After the match, San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear spoke about his disappointment towards the game and how his side will rue their numerous missed chances. “Not happy with this point. We should have come out with a win, I think we know that. Tonight was [a finishing issue], to come out with no goals is a bit surprising,” said Kinnear. “We had some good looks. The guys are disappointed in the locker room. Ties are good but we’ve got to do better than ties, we need some wins.”
On the other hand, New York City FC head coach, Patrick Vieira, was quite content that his side escaped with a point, “We have to give credit to the [Earthquakes] they played really well and made it really difficult for us. We are going back home with a point and I am really satisfied with that point…. Looking at the way we played going back to New York with a point is something I’m really happy with.”
Though the draw doesn’t do anything to move either team up or down their respective tables, it will certainly feel like an opportunity wasted by the Earthquakes. Like Kinnear said, the Quakes are in desperate need of wins and must take advantage of the chances they create.
The San Jose Earthquakes’ next match will come away to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place in Canada.