Brilliant Quake stuns D.C. United 2-0
United's Conor Doyle tries to steal the ball from Quakes' Fatai Alashe. San Jose Earthquakes defeated D.C. United 2-0 during an MLS match at the RKF Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Jose Arqueta photos
WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. United could not translate the spirited performance they put up in their CONCACAF Champions League competition during the week when they lost 2-0 to San Jose Earthquake in their 22nd week Eastern Conference MLS fixture.
 
This defeat could enable their closest eastern conference rivals New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew the chance to close the gap on the league table.  Goals from Chris Wondowloski and Salinas in the 4th and 52nd minutes of the game ensured that the California based club took way all the three points at stake. The Quakes who have been very impressive in their last two games continued their winning streak with a dream of getting in the playoffs by making their opportunities count when the chance arose.   

D.C. United’s total performance of the night was not bad but appalling finish in the final third cost them the game.  Quakes on the other hand played to a strategy that really worked well for them, as they looked dangerous anytime they made incursions in their opponent’s penalty box. The game started on a good note with both teams showing sheer determination to win. It was the visitors who showed early signs by threatening their opponent’s area with several goal attempts. It was no surprise when the Quakes scored the opener in the 4th minute after a wonderful finish from Chris Wondolowski when he buried a shot past DC United’ s goalkeeper Andrew Fatali.
 
According to statistics, D.C. United is the only club to concede more goals under 15 minutes in the MLS, and this was Chris Wondolowski’s 12th goal of the season for Quakes. D.C. United made countless incursions towards the Quakes’ goal area but their defensive set up revolving around Maun, Clarence, Victor and Marvel, with goalkeeper David in post produced a battling display and thwarted all effort made by the home team. There were several misses from both sides until the first half ended.
 
lvaro Saboro of United keeps the ball away from Quakes' Victor Bernardez. San Jose Earthquakes defeated D.C. United 2-0 during an MLS match at the RKF Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Jose Arqueta photos
The second half saw both teams introducing new blood in their set up but it was the visitors who benefited from those exchanges. A cross from Cordell Cato was met by Chris Wondolowskis’ right foot strike from the center of the penalty box, which was blocked by United’s defender Kofi Opare in the 46th minutes, whilst United responded by missing a scoring opportunity through Taylor in the 48th minutes.

The visitors deservedly made it two in the 52nd minutes through counter attack when Quincy Amaka mesmerized the D.C.’s defense to set up a pass for Shea Salinas to put the ball at the back of the net with goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra with no chance.  At this stage the game swinged from one end to the other with both teams trying to find the net until the referee Alan Kelly ended the proceedings.

In a post-match interview, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen expressed concern about how his defenders easily lost concentration especially conceding goals at early stages of every game and the naivety on the part of his defenders.  He said it is something they have to continue to work on. The frustrated coach also bemoaned the lack of missed chances especially his strikers. “Matches of this nature and at this stage of the completion we can’t be missing chances like that. We need to work on how to utilize our chances very well ‘’, Coach Olsen stressed.

United keeper Andrew Dykstra goes after the shot on goal. San Jose Earthquakes defeated D.C. United 2-0 during an MLS match at the RKF Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Jose Arqueta photos
Earthquakes coach, couldn’t hide his joy after the game, he believes they worked very hard and took their chances very well. “We came here determined to carry the day and that is exactly what we did. D.C. United played well likewise my team but the difference was that my players took their chances, he concluded.
 
D.C. United are expected to continue their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Tuesday evening when they host their Jamaican opponent Montego Bay United at the RFK stadium. They will then travel north to face Eastern conference rivals New York City FC on Sunday, whilst the Quakes play host to inform LA Galaxy on Friday.

D.C. United lineup:
Andrew Dykstra, Taylor Kemp, Kofi Opare, Bobby Boswell, Sean Franklin; Chris Rolfe (Jairo Arrieta 75’), Perry Kitchen, Davy Arnaud, Conor Doyle (Chris Pontius 71’); Michael Farfan (Nick DeLeon HT), Álvaro Saborío.
Unused Substitutes: Travis Worra, Markus Halsti, Luke Mishu, Steven Birnbaum.
 
San Jose lineup:
David Bingham; Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, Shaun Francis; Fatai Alashe (Marc Pelosi 67’), Anibal Godoy, Cordell Cato, Shea Salinas (Sanna Nyassi 81’), Quincy Amarikwa (Adam Jahn 89’), Chris Wondolowski
Unused Substitutes: Bryan Meredith, JJ Koval, Tommy Thompson, Leandro Barerra
                                                                                                                 
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey, Kyle Longville
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger
 
Written by Yaw T. Adofo