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Honors Even for Chivas USA and San Jose Earthquakes

Posted on 28 April 2013 by iyeo

It wasn’t officially the California Clasico (Galaxy vs. Earthquakes) or the Honda Superclasico (Galaxy vs. Chivas USA) for that matter.

Yet the drama displayed by Chivas and the Quakes at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night was just as intense and entertaining. Chivas answered Chris Wondolowski’s late first half strike with goals from Marco De Luna and Tristan Bowen early in the second half, only to see San Jose’s Cordell Cato snatch the win away from their grasp late in the second half and the two teams settled for a 2-2 draw on Saturday night.

“A little disappointed, but at the same time, we’re happy with the draw,” Chivas midfielder Jorge Vllafana, who had a hand in both goals, though he was credited with an official assist on just the second goal. “Nothing’s easy, three points would’ve been better, but we’ll take the point and just keep working.”

The Earthquakes opened the match scoring in the 40th minute. Striker Steven Lenhart won a free kick deep on the left side of Chivas USA’s side of the field. Midfielder Shea Salinas delivered the set piece into the Chivas penalty area and Wondolowski leaped to head the ball past keeper Dan Kennedy into the back net.

Chivas USA came out firing to start the second half, tying the match two minutes in as Villafana’s cross into the San Jose penalty area was shot at goal by De Luna, keeper Jon Busch denied the defender’s shot but the ball went back to De Luna and he fired the rebound chance past Busch into the back post area for the equalizer.

The Goats weren’t done yet, as they pulled ahead in the 51st minute. Villafana sent in another cross from the left into the penalty area and stayed there until Bowen charged in and volleyed a chance past Busch into the back net to give Chivas the lead.

“We pushed it,” Bowen said of Chivas’ start to the second half. “The guys responded to what Chelis asked for and we were lucky to get the first goal and from there, the second goal just came.”

Chivas USA maintained the lead into the 76th minute, but the Earthquakes eventually came back with an equalizer of their own, as Salinas crossed a ball from the left into the Chivas penalty area and Cato came in and one-timed a ball past Kennedy far post to level the match one last time.

“I thought we could’ve had five to six goals tonight,” Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said. We had some really good looks and some really good chances. It was a frustrating night for us.”

Chivas will be on the road the next two weeks, starting next Sunday afternoon against Sporting Kansas City. San Jose will return home next Saturday night for host the Montreal Impact.

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