The San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids have played 180 minutes in 2014 and have combined to score exactly zero goals.
Following yet another scoreless draw against the Rapids on Wednesday night, the Quakes have now collected just seven point through the first eight games of the 2014 season
Count star striker Chris Wondolowski as among those who are growing increasingly concerned.
“We’re almost a fourth of the way into the season. We’ve got to stop having little stepping stones,” said Wondolowski. “We’ve actually got to take some steps. Take some leaps. Otherwise we’re going to get passed up.”
Against the Rapids, the Quakes had all sorts of opportunities to find the back of the net, but ultimately the final touch proved elusive.
“We had a lot of chances,” said Wondolowski. “We have to finish them “
The Quakes won’t have much time to dwell on the disappointing draw, as the squad takes the field at Buck Shaw Stadium again on Saturday night. The game against FC Dallas, which kicks off at 7:30pm will be San Jose’s third contest in eight days.
“It’s a big game,” said head coach Mark Watson. “We’ve got some tired legs and some injuries that we’ll have to kind of sift through in the next couple of days.”
Andreas Gorlitz is among the injured. The right-back had to be carted off the field at half time after sustaining a leg injury, and according to Watson his season is likely done. Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Gorlitz suffered an ACL injury in his right knee.
However, the injury news was much more positive regarding Clarence Goodson and Yannick Djalo, who both missed out on the draw against Colorado. Watson explained that both players could be involved against FC Dallas. Although he also noted that the club doesn’t want to “rush” Djalo back since the winger has struggled with a string of minor injuries in recent weeks.
The return of both players would be a major lift, especially with the club languishing in eighth place in the standings. Nonethless, Watson remains optimistic entering the game with FC Dallas.
“I think taking tonight’s performance was very encouraging and we’ll go into Saturday full of confidence.”