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Wondo Keeps Quakes Top of Table

Posted on 23 September 2012 by Kyle Alm

Seattle Sounders slim chance at winning the Supporter’s Shield was crushed Saturday evening in Seattle when the San Jose Earthquakes put on an offensive display that shows that they truly belong at the top of the MLS Table. The two sides have been building some bad blood recently, a couple of close matches, a couple of physical altercations, the same mutually exclusive prize in an unbalanced schedule and you’ve got a budding rivalry.

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It didn’t take long for the Quakes to get started, in the 2nd minute Simon Dawkins was given space to shoot from a yard beyond the penalty box semi-circle. It was a horrible start for Sounders at home, all Michael Gspurning could do was watch it sail into the top corner and voice his displeasure at his defenders. Although it is not uncommon to give a midfield player space that far away from goal, it was too much space and the shot was not challenged by a defender.

Sammy Ochoa starting in place of Eddie Johnson, suspended for yellow card accumulation, was given his first real opportunity to start in MLS action and made an important contribution when he was able to beat his defender with a flick and then crossed the ball, Fredy Montero tried for it near the middle of the goal, but it was just out of reach. Steve Zakuani was ready for the ball when the cross went past the Colombian, and finished unmarked to draw the Sounders level.

San Jose Earthquakes were the dominant team in the first half, they were able to pass the ball with more ease, get forward in dangerous positions, create crosses, and get shots on goal. Their winner came on a corner kick that was conceded by Adam Johansson & Michael Gspurning in an awkward fashion. The corner kick went over the goal frame and was sent back in by Victor Bernardez and flicked past Gspurning by Chris Wondolowski, who stayed on pace with Roy Lassiter’s record 27 goals from 1996. Wondowlowski has 22 goals now with 4 matches left in the season to catch Lassiter.

Zakuani, who had been the hero moments earlier, was caught on the back post after the ball had been played out initially, he stayed on the post for the second cross into the box by Bernardez. A player can’t be offside on a corner because of where the ball is on the end line, when a player is stuck on the post defending you can’t be offside then either. Wondowlowski would have been offside had Zakuani stepped off the post, Ianni gave space, and tried to close when he realized he was onside, but it was too late.

As much as San Jose came out screaming in the first half, their enthusiasm was considereably muted in the second half. Scoring opportunities, crosses, were all down in the second half as the Quakes looked to defend their lead in Seattle. Sounders looked better and did have a better second half, but when the opposing team is bunkering down to defend a lead you can’t help but look better than you did before.

Sounders only managed one shot on target the entire night, Zakuani’s goal. Jon Busch didn’t have a single save.

Usually rivalries are give and take, but it’s been all San Jose this season and the Sounders have been taking it. San Jose had always been a good offensive side that defended poorly, Frank Yallop has gotten his side organized and kept the goal differential on the positive side by 26 goals after tonight’s match. Sounders fans would probably start a rivalry with any team that Steven Lenhart is on.

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Comeback Crew Draw Fire

Posted on 06 July 2008 by Jim Baird

Schelotto and Gutierrez do battle ©ASN/Taylor Birkos

The Columbus Crew trailed Eastern Conference rival Chicago Fire 2-1 in the 77th minute when rookie forward Steven Lenhart entered Saturday night’s game.

Ten minutes later Lenhart poked a Guillermo Barros Schelotto cross through a crowded front of goal to level the match. The goal capped a two goal comeback, snatched a crucial point in a crowded Eastern Conference race, and sent the more than 17,000 fans in Crew Stadium into a frenzy.

The rookie Lenhart is developing a reputation for clutch goals. Lenhart notched his first goal of the season against the LA Galaxy in the 88th minute to cap a 3-3 come from behind draw in L.A. last month. His second goal of the season came in the 87th minute Saturday night and doused the hopes of a Chicago victory.

The come from behind tie keeps Columbus’ unbeaten streak alive at four consecutive games and solidifies their hold of second place in the East. The Crew sit with 27 points in the standings with two games in hand against first place New England, whom they trail by 6 points.

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For the Fire, MLS victories continue to remain elusive. With the draw, the Cuauhtemoc Blanco lead squad’s winless streak extends to five games. Chicago is tied with Toronto FC for fourth place in the East with 21 points.

Ekpo takes on Segares ©ASN/Taylor Birkos

The Fire opened up the first half hot.

After back and forth action, Blanco lobbed a ball over the Crew defense to a cutting Justin Mapp whose shot hit off the post and rebounded to Chris Rolfe in front of net. Rolfe finished and gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute.

The Fire extended their lead to 2-0 when a series of pinpoint passes from Gonzalo Segares and Chris Rolfe sliced through the Crew defense and set up Calen Carr in front of net for the goal.

Down 2-0, Columbus’s Guillermo Barros Schelotto stole the ball from the Fire’s Bakary Soumare just outside the left side of the 18 yard box and sent a low lying pass to a diving Emmanuel Ekpo. Ekpo was jousting for position in front of goal and smashed the ball into the upper back left corner of goal over the arms of Chicago keeper Jon Busch. The goal was Ekpo’s second goal in two games and cut the Fire’s lead to 2-1.

Busch and Moreno battle for a loose ball ©ASN/Birkos

Then, in the 87th minute, Lenhart received a Schelotto cross from outside the right corner of the 18 yard box and poked it through a narrow opening between a scrum of players and Busch, to cap the comeback.

Match Facts

Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew
July 5, 2008 – Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Scoring Summary

CHI – Chris Rolfe 3 (UA) 8’
CHI – Calen Carr 2 (Gonzalo Segares 1, Chris Rolfe 3) 25’
CLB – Emmanuel Ekpo 2 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 7) 36’
CLB – Steven Lenhart 2 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 8) 87’

Misconduct Summary
CLB – Danny O’Rourke (caution, professional foul) 47’
CHI –Gonzalo Segares (caution, professional foul) 53’
CLB – Frankie Hejduk (caution, diving, exaggeration) 71’
CLB – Stefani Miglioranzi (caution, professional foul) 85’
CHI – Bakary Soumare (caution, professional foul) 89’
CHI – Brandon Prideaux (caution, pushing, holding) 93+’

Lineups
Fire (4-5-1): GK-Jon Busch, D-Brandon Prideaux, D-Bakary Soumare, D-Wilman Conde, D-Gonzalo Segares, M-John Thorrington, M-Diego Gutierrez, M-Chris Rolfe (Stephen King 78), M-Cuauhtémoc Blanco (captain), M–Justin Mapp (Lider Marmol 86), F-Calen Carr (Chad Barrett 65).

Crew (4-4-2): GK-Will Hesmer, D-Danny O’Rourke, D-Chad Marshall, D-Andy Iro (Steven Lenhart 77), D-Frankie Hejduk (captain), M-Robbie Rogers, M–Brian Carroll, M-Brad Evans (Stefani Miglioranzi 79), M-Emmanuel Ekpo (Jason Garey 91+), F-Guillermo Barros Schelotto, F-Alejandro Moreno.

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