Wasn’t Pretty But Earthquakes Win

3 05 2010

Last season the Colorado Rapids were a pain in the Earthquakes’ backside. It wasn’t pretty Saturday night, but San Jose held on. Story follows along with a little video from the post game press conference with head coach Frank Yallop. You can catch it tomorrow at a news rack near you or here.

By Julio Lara

Daily Journal Staff

 After two seasons of hanging out near the bottom of the standings the San Jose Earthquakes will take the W’s any way they can get them — they’re all huge.

Saturday night’s 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids was a prime example of a game that the Quakes did not play all that well in but somehow found a way to win.

And if you ask anyone in the San Jose locker room, they’ll take winning ugly over losing pretty any day of the week.

“It wasn’t the best game I thought that we played all year but it was a workman’s-like game,” said Chris Wondolowski, the man responsible for giving the Quakes the win.  “And to honest it’s one the proudest wins I’ve had,” he said.

“We didn’t play particularly well, but, fantastic result,” said head coach Frank Yallop. “We had a few days where we’ve played pretty well and loss so to play not-great and get three points is very rewarding for us as a team.”

Colorado has been a head-scratcher as of late for the Quakes. Last season the Rapids stole a pair of points from San Jose in games that the Earthquakes led. So to come away with the victory might be further indication that San Jose is actually turning things around in 2010.

“I think we showed good resilience,” said goalkeeper Joe Cannon, who recorded his second shutout of the season — a feat the Quakes didn’t accomplish until late August of 2009. “(We were) in really good shape all night, really good discipline. We didn’t give them much. I think the maturity of this team is growing.”

The match was a defensively battle. The teams combined for only seven shots on goal, five of which belonged to the Quakes despite Colorado controlling possession for the majority of the game.

With their touches few and far between the Quakes were left to make the most of their opportunities.

They did just that in the 33rd minute on a pair of great passes and an even better finish by Wondolowski.

Ramiro Corrales’ pass from the defensive third was tipped by Ryan Johnson near midfield and found Wondolowski who fired a shot past Colorado keeper Matt Pickens. The missile struck the crossbar and ended up inside the net for the game’s only goal.

The goal was Wondolowski’s third in three games.

“Wondo is a good player, that’s the reason he’s here,” Yallop said. “So I’m very happy for him. He’s an unsung hero, doesn’t get a bunch of press and doesn’t say a word, just works really really hard so it’s a nice for a fellow like him to get the headlines and he deserves it.”

The Earthquakes defense did enough to hold on in the second half taking advantage of the lead to tighten things up even further and Cannon was never really threatened.

“I think we match up pretty well with Colorado,” said defender Jason Hernandez. “We like that match-up (and) for whatever reason we’re able to deal with their pace up top with Omar (Cummings) and Conor (Casey). We were really able to neutralize them,” he said.