Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Earthquakes can still make
the postseason when they face FC Dallas on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium, but
they will need a minor miracle.
The Earthquakes enter the contest sitting in sixth place in the Western
Confernce on 48 points, but in order to make the postseason for the third
consecutive season the 'Quakes need to beat FC Dallas -- while scoring at
least 13 goals -- and hope that Colorado falls to Vancouver on Sunday.
San Jose is coming off a hard-fought scoreless draw against the Los Angeles
Galaxy at StubHub Center. Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo made four saves,
including diving stops on a Steven Lenhart header from a corner kick in the
27th minute and a Chris Wondolowski header in the 40th minute.
"We knew we had to be smart about the way we approached the game," Quakes head
coach Mark Watson said. "If you go too aggressive, throw too much forward too
early and they score, then youve really dug yourself a hole. To keep the
Galaxy at bay and have a bunch of chances, I think it's a fantastic
performance from the guys. I thought we deserved a little bit better."
"We knew we needed a result. We came in here and I think that to be truthfully
honest I think the points kind of spoken for it," San Jose forward Chris
Wondolowski said. "The second half of the season we played well and we feel
that we can come out and try to play against anyone, unfortunately we backed
ourselves into a corner, dug ourselves into a hole too deep and we couldn't
get out of it and it's unfortunate."
FC Dallas, meanwhile, is already eliminated from playoff contention, but will
hope to send head coach Schellas Hyndman out on a winning note in his final
match as head coach.
Hyndman announced his intention to step down as head coach at the end of the
season on Oct 18. and the club responded with a comprehensive 2-0 victory at
home over Seattle Sounders FC last week.
FC Dallas took the lead in the 65th minute as a free kick was expertly
delivered by second-half substitute Michel and headed home by defender Matt
The home side then put the game away three minutes from time as Michel slotted
the ball past Seattle goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.
"[Friday] was a difficult day for the club, for our owners, for the players
and for my family," Hyndman said. "We hoped that the players would show up
today and have a good match. We hoped that they would win for all those people
I just mentioned and our fans. It's been difficult, the last week, but it is a
great ending for my career here at FC Dallas. It couldn't be any better. We
showed up, the guys played with urgency, they played with character."
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