The San Jose Earthquakes failed to extend their four game winning streak after tying 1-1 against the Columbus Crew. The Earthquakes dominated the match and were the better side on the night but ultimately left ruing a string of missed chances.
The Quakes came strong out of the gates and created all sorts of problems for the Columbus defense thanks to the stellar play of Espinoza and Vako down the wings. However, San Jose was unable to capitalize on any of the dangerous crosses they were putting into the box. Danny Hoesen, the man filling in for Chris Wondolowski on the night, missed the best of them when he failed to convert a Magnus Eriksson cross at the back-post. It wasn’t until the 41st minute that the Earthquakes finally got on the board when Eriksson converted from the penalty spot.
The Crew, for their part, came into the match with a particular game plan in mind which they executed to perfection. Caleb Porter set his side out to be solid defensively, giving very little away to frustrate the Earthquakes and they followed his instructions to a tee. Columbus was able to withstand the onslaught of early pressure from the hosts and hit back with their first big chance of the game when Gyazi Zardes fired home after some great work from Luis Diaz down the right-hand side.
Impressed by the way Porter’s men performed, Earthquakes defender Tommy Thompson commended The Crew’s organization and unity after the match.
“I give credit to Columbus. They were a great team tonight. They were difficult to play against. They did a good job of occupying spaces and pressing us well. They didn’t give up after we went up”.
Despite also being impressed by Columbus’ performance, Earthquakes manager Matías Almeyda knows his side deserved more and would’ve gotten it had they been more clinical.
“If we scored on certain chances, we would have won the match because we had more shots on goal, we created more chances, but we know a game of soccer is won by scoring goals”.
Despite the draw, it is not all doom and gloom for the Earthquakes. The Quakes have now extended their unbeaten run at home to 10 matches and with their good performance against The Crew, they should feel confident going into their next match against the Colorado Rapids, a side who they beat just last week.