Toronto finds the way to San Jose

31 05 2010

Corny headline? Yeah, I know.

So Toronto came into San Jose and found a way to win. Preki has his team playing well and they took advantage of some breaks to get the W. Some notes on the game that weren’t in the story. 
• Laugher of the day goes to Bobby Convey. Late in the game, with the Quakes in full out offensive mode, the ball went out of play for a throw-in near the Toronto bench. Preki got his hand on the ball and as soon as Convey got the ball from the ball boy, Preki tossed another ball into the field of play. Convey didn’t take too well to that and threw a fastball in the vicinity  of Preki which smashed against the boards. Convey for a yellow for that, Preki was thrown out of the game.
• I’ve included video of Joe Cannon in the locker room after the game. I mention a little about the sun in the story but he goes into it a little more. 

That said, the story can be found here

‘Quakes lose to Toronto
By Julio Lara Daily Journal Staff
The recent resurgence of the San Jose Earthquakes hit what they hope will only be a speed bump Saturday night with a 3-1 loss to Toronto FC.
The Quakes were admittedly flat for the game’s first 60 minutes and were done in by some bad luck and questionable officiating. That said San Jose’s performance to start the game was uncharacteristic of the team fans have seen in 2010 – especially at home.

“I thought we were flat. I can’t put a finger on it really,” said San Jose head coach Frank Yallop. “The energy wasn’t good I thought, for whatever reason. It just wasn’t our night.”

Toronto FC came into the match near the top of the eastern conference standings – marking a two-game stretch where the Quakes will face off against the cream of the eastern crop. And while San Jose didn’t play too poorly and fell behind on two fluke-style goals, they cannot afford to come out like that again against Columbus Wednesday night.

After possessing the ball for the majority of the first half, Mother Nature did the Quakes in the 31st minute. It was a beautiful night in Santa Clara, but the positioning of the sun gave the San Jose defense fits in the first half and led to a miscommunication in the back on a long, high ball to Toronto’s Chad Barrett. Joe Cannon was out of position, charging toward the ball near his 18 and collided with Barrett who somehow managed to tip the ball forward and over the goal line for the 1-0 lead. 

“I just couldn’t see anything,” Cannon said. “I’m trying to assess the situation in a split second moment but it’s kind of like having blinders on. Last year I don’t think I ever had to deal with a full half of that sun in my face and I think everyone struggled with it.”

On the offensive the Quakes could muster very little despite their possession. Down 1-0 at the half, the task of coming back doubled in the 66th minute on goal by Toronto’s Dwayne De Rosario. A long pass from Toronto’s defensive third found De Rosario, who appeared to be offside, but with the flag down, De Rosario was able to tip the ball past Cannon was the 2-0 advantage. 

The goal awakened the Quakes, who were in full offensive mode from that moment on. Wave after wave of San Jose attacks made their way toward the Toronto goal and in the 76th minute the Earthquakes finally broke through. 

Bobby Convey tallied his sixth assist of the season on a corner kick that found the head of Ramiro Corrales for his first goal of 2010.

San Jose kept knocking on the door, applying constant pressure on the Toronto defense to try and get the equalizer but it wasn’t to be. 

De Rosario got his second goal of the night on an empty netter as Cannon had come up on a late indirect kick to give the Quakes an extra player on the offensive. But the gamble backfired and De Rosario was able to track down a clearance by his defense and tap the ball into the San Jose net for Toronto’s third goal of the night.

San Jose will try to rebound Wednesday night when they face the Columbus Crew, the top team in the eastern conference.