The goalless streak is over.
The winless streak goes on. The San Jose Earthquakes lost 2-1 to D.C. United on Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, marking the squad’s fourth defeat in a row. In front of a sellout crowd, the Quakes endured a nightmare start, falling behind 2-0 in the opening 25 minutes.
“We put ourselves in a hole again,” said goal keeper Jon Busch.“The second half we were much better, but it’s the same old story.”
The digging began in the 12th minute when D.C. United jumped out to an early 1-0 edge. Right back Brandon Barklage committed a hand ball in the box and then Eddie Johnson stepped up to bury the penalty. In the 25th minute, Luis Silva doubled the advantage for the away side thanks to a glancing deflection from close range.
“One of those that just had eyes to find the back post,” said Busch. “That’s just the way it is for us right now.”
Center back Clarence Goodson, who returned to the lineup for the first time since June 7, echoed the sentiments of Busch.
“We started incredibly poor. We’re on our heels to start the game.”
“We dig ourselves into too deep of a hole, and it’s very small errors. It’s very poor from us and we have to start games quicker.”
San Jose picked up the pace in the 39th minute when Wondolwski pulled back a goal. Khari Stephenson laid the ball off to the striker right outside of the box before he smashed a deflected left-footed strike into the back of the net. For Wondolowski, who has been off at the World Cup for the past two months, the goal was his first for the Quakes since May 3. It was also the first time the team had scored at all since May 31.
“I was trying to bend it far post,” said Wondolowski. “I actually kind of hit it pretty well but it took a lucky deflection and caught Bill [Hamid] the wrong way.”
The Quakes dominated the run of play in the second half and had an array of near misses.
“I think for the last 60 minutes of the game once Wondo scores, I think really it’s us—it’s just us on the field,” said Goodson.
The best chances came in in stoppage time, but D.C. United managed to clear two goal-scoring opportunities off the line. Ultimately, the Quakes were unable to find the equalizer.
“It just wasn’t our night,” said Wondolowski.
Following the loss, San Jose drops to 4-4-8 and remains in last place in the Western Conference standings.
“You can’t worry about the total amount of points we have to get,” said Busch.“We have to just take it one game at a time right now and start trying to pick up points. You can’t look at the big picture, you got to look at the next game only. And that’s it.”
“We have to find ways to get points period. Whether it’s pretty, ugly whatever. It’s time to step up and take care of business. We get paid to win games and right now we’re not winning games period.”
Up next, the Quakes travel to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls on July 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 4pm. The game can be seen on CSN Plus and heard on KLIV 1590.