San Jose Earthquakes Earn First Road Win to Climb Back into Playoff Contention
The San Jose Earthquakes grabbed their first road win of the 2014 season thanks to strikes from Atiba Harris and Jean-Baptiste Pierrazi.
The Quakes (4-4-4) got past FC Dallas 2-1 at Toyota Stadium and now sit in sixth in the Western Conference standings just one point off the final playoff spot. Dallas opened up an early 1-0 advantage in the 16th minute when Blas Perez found the back of the net, but it didn’t take long for San Jose to equalize.
In the 27th minute, Atiba Harris put the Quakes on the board after striker Steven Lenhart set him up for a close-range goal.
The 29-year-old, who has now scored in two games in a row, gave all the credit to Lenhart.
“It so happened it fell to Lenny [Lenhart] and it was a great layoff by him…All I had to do was finish it.”
San Jose then took a 2-1 lead in the 45th minute courtesy of a remarkable 40-yard strike from Pierrazi that tailed into the upper left hand corner of the net.
For Pierrazi, the goal was his first as a member of the Quakes. Just minutes later in first-half stoppage time, Jon Busch preserved the lead when he dove to his right to block a penalty kick form Fabian Castillo.
“Every squirrel find a nut once in a while, you know?” joked Busch. “That’s what we needed at the time and I was able to help the team out there.”
Up next, the Quakes travel to BMO Field to take on Toronto FC (5-4-1) on June 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm.
Note: All quotes courtesy of the San Jose Earthquakes Media Relations. All videos courtesy of MLS Soccer.by