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Rough Loss to RSL in Home Opener: Post Match Reactions

By Tommy Brown



SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 03: Chris Wondolowski #8 of the San Jose Earthquakes hits a header over Sebastian Velasquez #26 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: Chris Wondolowski #8 of the San Jose Earthquakes hits a header over Sebastian Velasquez #26 of Real Salt Lake during their MLS Soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 3, 2013 in Santa Clara, California

In a particularly brutal loss to Western Conference foe Real Salt Lake, Frank Yallop rued his team’s missed chances, but remained optimistic for the future, “Well that’s just the way of the game right, you’ve got to score, you’ve got to take your chances.”

With only one change from what his expected lineup was to be, Ty Harden in for the injured Dan Gargan, the Quakes dominated the match early, with Wondo hitting the crossbar and missing a few other clear-cut opportunities.

“That one’s on me,” Wondolowski said postgame. Both Wondo and Mike Fucito, San Jose’s new striker acquired from Seattle, had a multitude of chances, but often seemed to go for the difficult flick over making solid contact, and it didn’t pan out.

Jason Hernandez felt as though the Earthquakes were sound defensively, just had a momentary lapse for the first Saborio goal, “I think we are pretty comfortable, first 60 to 65 minutes we looked pretty good, one breakdown leads to a goal for them.” Overall I believe that is a legitimate statement, Busch’s goal was hardly threatened, and it was only after Saborio’s first that the defense had to open up as they pushed for an equalizer.

Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for the Earthquakes, who managed to dispel a few of my initial concerns. Fucito was lively first half, and though he was less effective in the second, his energy was a useful offensive tool. Shea Salinas was the key for most of the Quakes’ best attacking actions, which is fantastic to see going forward.

Hopefully San Jose can channel the disappointing match on Sunday into a positive result against Theirry Henry and the New York Red Bulls, the signs certainly seem to imply they can.