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San Jose Earthquakes Can’t Pick Up Three Points To Continue Playoff Run

San Jose Earthquakes

Picture via SJ Earthquakes’ website.

As the run to the playoffs becomes even tighter in the Western Conference, the San Jose Earthquakes faced an FC Dallas side which had just lost in penalty kicks to the Philadelphia Union in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.  The Dallas squad played 120 minutes and went into penalty kicks, but was only able to score three of the five they needed to hold the Final at home.  The Earthquakes last game was a 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy in the first official match of Landon Donovan‘s farewell tour in Major League Soccer.

This match would see Head Coach Mark Watson start the same four players on defense, as in the match with the Galaxy, only in different positions.  Watson also would utilize the same midfielders and forwards as the match against the Galaxy.  The only change would come in the 13th minute when Brandon Barklage would have to be substituted on for an injured Shaun Francis.  Then, just a few minutes later Matias Perez Garcia would draw a penalty which Chris Wondolowski would try to score and send over the net.  Unfortunately, things would just get worse from there for the Earthquakes, when Dallas’ Fabian Castillo and Tesho Akindele would both slot chances past Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch to put Dallas up 2-0 at the half.

Akindele would add two more in the second half, and Castillo would add one more of his own as well to end the match 5-0 in favor of Dallas.  This is just the second win for Dallas in twelve tries against the Earthquakes and also marks the Earthquakes worst defeat in 519 MLS matches.  This dates back to the club’s first incarnation in 1996.  With all of the injuries that the Earthquakes have been dealing with lately and the new injury to Francis, can they make up points and still make it into the playoffs or is it too little too late?  Can Dallas keep their streak going and stay in the playoff race or will they fizzle out and end up out of the playoffs?

The next team on the Earthquakes’ minds is the Seattle Sounders who lost in an exciting 2-1 match to Real Salt Lake and also are looking to get back to first place in the conference.  This would be an extremely pivotal game for the Earthquakes in their hunt for a spot in the playoffs.  The Earthquakes and Sounders will play at CenturyLink Field on August 20th at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

Jasmine Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @TrueUnionFan1and like her page on Facebook.

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