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Quakes Manage Disappointing Draw in Columbus

By Tommy Brown



SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 03: Justin Morrow #15 of the San Jose Earthquakes battles for control of the ball with Alvaro Saborio #15 of Real Salt Lake during their MLS Soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 3, 2013 in Santa Clara, California
SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 03: Justin Morrow #15 of the San Jose Earthquakes battles for control of the ball with Alvaro Saborio #15 of Real Salt Lake during their MLS Soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 3, 2013 in Santa Clara, California

Not often are you too upset over managing an point in your first away match of the season, but the Quakes should view last Saturday’s match as dropped points. Despite dominating for almost the entire match, a complete lapse in concentration on a corner led to yet another late-game comeback to snag a draw in Columbus.

Treacherous field conditions, as the ball seemed to die when it bounced, and moved slowly across the pitch in Ohio -- led to some comical errors by both sides. Still, San Jose carved out a slew of opportunities, almost all of which were off target, which is rapidly becoming a concerning trend.

Much like in previous weeks, this left the door open for the Crew, who capitalized when Corrales lost the plot while marking Glauber, who easily nodded home the Federico Higuain corner.

Cue yet another late game comeback for the Earthquakes, and it was a goal from an unlikely source at that. Not five minutes after Columbus took the lead, Justin Morrow was found in acres of space at the top of the box, and he calmly deposited the ball into the far corner, to even up the match. Still, I think most of the San Jose squad will feel that it was two points lost, more than one point saved in the end.

The biggest positive of the match had to be the play of Adam Jahn, who was absolutely immense in the air and showed off some surprising ball skills for a big-man. Almost all of the Earthquakes most threatening attacks were sparked by his play, and the first year striker was calm with the ball at his feet, yet another great performance in his young career, and promising as San Jose returns home to play Seattle this Saturday.