Saturday, August 13, 2016

Friday Night MLS: San Jose gets big win in Vancouver

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes
Two teams that have struggled to score of late met in the Great White North for a little Friday night action. San Jose's goal scoring woes went away fairly early. After Fatai Alashe drilled the crossbar at the 12 minute mark, the Quakes got on the board two minutes later with a headed corner by Quincy Amarikwa. David Ousted made the save, but his momentum carried him back into the goal. Vancouver was furious in their calls for a a foul before the goal, but their protests fell upon deaf ears. They had a point though. Amarikwa did appear to shove a defender in order to create the space required for the open look. It was the first time San Jose had ever scored at Vancouver.

That would be the only action of the first half. Both teams looked sloppy in the beginning, but San Jose recovered from their sleepy start sooner. It took VAncouver just about the entire first half to look involved.

The second half also started off in San Jose's favor. They doubled their lead at the hour mark with a wonderful left footer goal from Simon Dawkins. Vancouver would control much of the ball during their attempted comeback, but the only goal came from Nicolas Mezquida in second half stoppage time. It was their first goal in four games, but it was far from enough to take down San Jose tonight.

The result means the two sides swap spots in the table with San Jose replacing Vancouver in seventh. They are still a point out of the final playoff spot in the West.

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