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San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch Just Doing his ‘Job’

With the 3-0 beat down of the Houston Dynamo last Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium, Jon Busch picked up the 107th win of his career, which is tied for the sixth-most in MLS history.

Afterward, Busch, who made a number of brilliant saves on the night, was simply impressed with the work of his teammates.

“I thought it was a tremendous team performance all around. I thought every player brought their A-game. That’s what we’ve been looking for this season.”’

As the 37-year-old explained, it was just another day at the office.

“That’s my job is to make saves and keep the team in the game sometimes. I was fortunate enough that I was making some saves and doing my job. That’s what I get paid to do, so no big deal there.”

However, head coach Mark Watson saw the performance slightly differently—especially a couple of remarkable first-half saves.

“Those two saves kept us in the game. So, as much as it was good performance ultimately,Jon Busch really gave us the opportunity to have that kind of performance.”

Here’s what Watson had to see about central midfielder Khari Stephenson, who crashed home two goals:

“From the first time he was part of the starting 11, he’s done really well for us—given us something maybe we haven’t had in the past. We know he’s very dangerous going to goal and he showed that.”

The Jamaican on his two-goal onslaught:

“I’m here, it’s work. We all have the common goal of trying to get the team up the table. So, we come out every day and put in our work and it paid off.”

Watson on the return of Yannick Djalo to the lineup after the winger has been out for four games:

“We know that you need pace in a team to be dangerous and get past teams. We’re happy to see Yannick back on the field. I thought he played well, he’s very dynamic. So, we want him getting the ball in those little central areas.”

Watson on the return of Striker Steven Lenhart, who had been out for seven games as he recovered from a sprained left MCL. Lenhart has played in four games and the team has scored three goals in two of them:

“He’s a handful up there. Any time he play’s he’s going to attract a lot of attention. For a big guy, he’s pretty athletic and runs well. He’s also a guy that gives us 100 percent and a lot of times we feed off his energy.”

This afternoon at 5:30pm, the Quakes take on FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. The last time the teams met was May 10 at Buck Shaw Stadium when the Quakes won 2-1. The first goal came courtesy of Cordell Cato, who slipped in behind the Dallas defense after Busch had booted the ball down the field and Clarence Goodson had headed the ball on to the Trinidadian.

For Cato, it was his first strike of the season. For Goodson, it was his first assist as a member of the Quakes and for Busch, it was his first even in his 14-year MLS career.

The game can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on 1590 KLIV.

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