San Jose Earthquakes 2 – Revolution 1

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Matty Jollie

In their fourth trip out to the West Coast, the New England Revolution (3-4-4, 13pts) fell once again to the San Jose Earthquakes (3-4-3, 12pts) 2-1 on Saturday Night. On a night where the Revolution actually saw more possession and a higher pass percentage, it was once again the lack of quality in the final third, as well as a few defensive miscues, that did in New England.

The Revolution began the match with their first unchanged lineup of the season, as head coach Steve Nicol chose to keep the same side that defeated Vancouver a week earlier.  New England came out strong in the early going, seeing the bulk of possession, and for the first time looked comfortable in maintaining the ball through the middle of the field.

In spite of the Revs controlling the early run of play, it was San Jose creating both of the game’s first scoring chances, the first of which was a Joey Gjertsen blast from the top of the box that forced goalkeeper Matt Reis into a very good save. Six minutes later, it was  Khari Stephenson who saw his free kick blast ring off the crossbar, missing the opener by a few inches.

San Jose’s chances appeared to awaken New England, who saw their first true scoring opportunity in the 26th minute, when captain Shalrie Joseph found a pocket of space at the top of the Quakes’ box and fired a well-struck effort that beat both ‘keeper Jon Busch and the far post, keeping the match knotted up at nil-nil.

The match saw little else in the first half, save for a meager appeal for a penalty kick, when Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney was seemingly taken down in the box, but match referee Yader Reyes denied the shouts from several Revolution players, and the match entered the halftime locker room still scoreless.

New England continued their strong play as the second half began and found themselves a solid scoring opportunity in the 56th minute when Joseph and Benny Feilhaber connected through the middle of the field to set up striker Rajko Lekic, who shot across the body of Busch, who made a fine save to keep Lekic off of the scoresheet.

San Jose finally broke through for the opener despite the Revolution controlling most of the play in the 71st minute when Chris Wondolowski wriggled free along the right flank and sent in a perfectly weighted cross that found a wide open Ellis McGloughlin at the back post, whose strong header beat ‘keeper Matt Reis to the back post and gave the home side the lead.

The match saw its second goal slightly over ten minutes later in the 82nd minute, when Bobby Convey’s free kick beat a caught-cheating Matt Reis, giving San Jose a 2-0 lead, and Convey a spectacular entry into the “goal of the week” competition. Convey’s effort curled around the wall, and then towered over Reis and found a home in the top-left corner of the net.

New England found the net finally in the 86th minute through a well-crafted, left-footed,  Chris Tierney free kick that curled around the wall at the top of the box, and beat Busch just inside the left post. The goal cut the Quakes’ lead in half, and New England found itself with only a precious few minutes to find a late equalizer, however it was not to be, as the whistle blew (seemingly a minute too early) ending the match, and the Revs once again found themselves on the losing end of a West Coast trip.

New England travels to Kansas City for a mid-week fixture in the U.S. Open Cup play-in round, and then return home for a Saturday match against David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the rest of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the return match after the two sides drew 1-1 in the season opener.

Scoring Summary:

SJ – Ellis McLoughlin (Chris Wondowlowski) 71

SJ – Bobby Convey (unassisted) 83

NE – Chris Tierney (unassisted) 86


New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane (Zack Schilawski 83), Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney, Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph ©, Stephen McCarthy, Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 66), Rajko Lekic


Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Franco Coria, Kenny Mansally, Kheli Dube, Pat Phelan


STATS*: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 8; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 13


San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch, Bobby Convey, Ike Opara, Jason Hernandez, Chris Leitch, Ryan Johnson (Ellis McLoughlin 67), Khari Stephenson, Brad Ring, Joey Gjertsen (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 64), Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski ©


Substitutes Not Used: Andew Weber, Steven Beitashour, Bobby Burling, Sam Cronin, Matt Luzunaris


STATS*: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 4; Fouls Committed: 17


* Note that all statistics are unofficial


Misconduct Summary:

SJ – Bobby Convey (caution) 53

SJ – Steven Lenhart (caution) 57


Team Records:

New England Revolution – 3-4-4, 13 pts.

San Jose Earthquakes – 3-4-3, 12 pts.


Referee: Yader Reyes

Assistant Referees: Peter Balciunas, Adam Garner

Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: Clear and 71 degrees

Attendance: 9,736



  • With the loss, the Revolution fell to 11-18-4 all-time against San Jose, including a 5-8-3 mark on the road … the Revs are now winless against San Jose in the last three matches
  • The loss extended the Revs’ winless streak on the West Coast to eight matches, dating back to the start of the 2010 season … the Revs are now 0-6-2 in West Coast games since taking a 1-0 win at Seattle on Aug. 20, 2009
  • There were no changes to the lineup that head coach Steve Nicol used in the last match … tonight’s match marked the first time this season Nicol used the same a repeat starting 11, both overall and in back-to-back matches … overall this season, New England has run out 10 different starting lineups in 11 games
  • Ryan Cochrane (2001-03) and Stephen McCarthy (2006-08) both played collegiately at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus on Santa Clara University, the home the school shares with the Earthquakes …. both are former three-year performers at Santa Clara
  • This game marked the first time in his eight-year career that Ryan Cochrane faced his former team – the Earthquakes – of four seasons … during the whole or parts of his four seasons in Houston, he never once faced San Jose, with whom he began his MLS career in 2004
  • Chris Tierney scored his first goal of the season and his second career goal with his 86th-minute free kick goal
  • Ellis McLoughlin’s 71st minute goal for San Jose snapped the Revs’ 283-minute shutout streak that dated back to April 30 against Chivas USA (57th minute)


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