The San Jose Earthquakes endured a debacle on Saturday night.
The squad’s streak of four positive results in a row was snapped as FC Dallas cruised to a 5-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
“They kicked out a— from minute one to minute 90,” said goal keeper Jon Busch.
The beat down puts a serious dent in the Quakes’ playoff hopes, as the team remains in eighth place in the Western Conference, eight points off the final postseason spot. San Jose’s record now stands at 6-7-8.
As Busch explained, it was all Dallas from the beginning.
The away team grabbed a 1-0 edge in the 30th minute thanks to a strike from Fabian Castillo. The Colombian carved through the Quakes defense and then chipped his shot past Busch.
Dallas added a second goal in the 43rd minute after Tesho Akindele found the back of the net. The striker charged into the box and pulled his shot across the face of the goal and beyond the outstretched arms of Busch.
San Jose had a perfect opportunity to cut the lead to 2-1 in first-half stoppage time when Matias Perez Garcia earned a foul in the box. Chris Wondolowski stepped up to take the penalty, but skied his shot well over the bar.
In the 54th minute, the Quakes nearly got on the board again. Instead, Wondolowski’s shot clattered off the post and Perez Garcia’s follow-up hit the side net.
Three minutes later, Dallas opened up a 3-0 advantage after Castillo slalomed into the box and smashed a close range shot at the goal, forcing a sliding save from Busch. The keeper spilled the rebound, and Akindele scored for the second time on the night.
In the 72nd minute, Tommy Thompson entered the match in the place of Attiba Harris. The 18-year-old had played a grand total of one minute before the game against Dallas. Thompson said he hoped that he “made a good first impression” on the home crowd but was clearly frustrated with the outcome of the game.
“It was cool to be out there, but I’m looking to get results and ultimately I’m just not happy with the way that game went.”
In the 75th minute, Castillo scored his second goal of the night and Dallas’ fourth of the game. In the 86th minute, Akindele rounded out his hat-trick as Dallas went up 5-0.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Busch. “I’m embarrassed. Every one of us should be embarrassed.”
“It can’t happen again. It’s embarrassing.’
Up next, the Quakes take on the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, August 20 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 in Seattle. The game can be seen CSN California and heard on 1590 KLIV.
Note: Right back Shaun Francis had to exit the game in the 13th minute with an injury. Brandon Barklage replaced the 27-year-old in the lineup.