Sweet Victory

Sweet Victory

San Jose : CA : USA | Aug 25, 2009 at 10:39 AM PDT
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The San José Earthquakes won on the weekend against the lowly, not very good Kansas City Wizards. The first thirty minutes or so featured some exciting action, including a goal by the Quakes that was called back. Naturally, I think it should have counted, but I'm a Quakes fan so you might take that with a grain of salt. On the play, a KC defender collided with his own keeper allowing Cornell Glen an undisturbed shot on the empty net. The Assistant Referee ruled that Glen pushed the defender into KC keeper Hartmann.

Hartmann later made a brilliant athletic finger tip save on another Glen chip shot that would have beaten any other keeper. Really, ought to be save of the week.

Another play in which Glen was ruled offside so outraged the Quakes coaches that assistant Ian Russell threw his playbook, earning a quick trip to the showers. So Ian will no doubt not be on the bench for the Quakes next match.

But then Glen pulled a hamstring, the Quakes substituted Quincy Amarikwa for Glen and somehow the whole team became deflated. I don't blame Quincy for this. The Quakes pressed very hard in the opening and eventually settled down.

Neither side had any real chances after that, though the bulk of the best play remained with the Quakes. Not that the Quakes were great mind you, just less crappy than the 'Zards. There were a number of near chances. The Quakes won some free kicks in dangerous places, which they squandered because no one on the team can take a decent free kick, or corner for that matter.

Finally, in stoppage time (94 minute), Ramiro Corrales sent a speculative ball into KC's box. Chris Wondolowski, a late sub, ran onto the ball and sent a brilliant head flick into the far side netting beating Hartmann for the win.

It seems that most Quakes fans are pleased, but realistic about the win. The team is still terrible, still in last place, still realistically out of the playoff running, and the coach still makes very questionable decisions.

New comer Fabio da Silva did not play. (See my "Smells Like Desperation" article.) He will almost certainly get a chance this coming weekend though on the road against New England. Regular central defender Jason Hernandez picked up a yellow card and will need to sit because of the dred yellow card accumulation. Glen thinks that he will be alright to play, but that remains in question. I fear that we will see Ramiro Corrales get another start as well given his winning assist. Corrales was probably the Quakes best player last season, but he got injured late and never recovered his form. He has been dead awful all season long, but coach keeps playing him. This is just one more reason that Frank Yallop has to go.

markmcf is based in Vancouver, Washington, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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