The New England Revolution turned the tables on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
After the Quakes scored the equalizing goal in the 69th minute, the Revolution grabbed the win on a controversial strike in the dying minutes of stoppage time. You can watch full match highlights of the 2-1 defeat below, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.
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After the game, head coach Mark Watson was noticeably frustrated with his team’s performance.
“It was disappointing. I think we just didn’t play well,” said Watson. “I didn’t think we had energy. I thought we were second best at everything.”
The Quakes struggled in nearly every aspect of the game, as New England claimed the lead in the 39th minute on an own-goal that last touched defender Victor Bernadez.
Center defender Clarence Goodson described the team’s first-half performance as “atrocious.” The Quakes had a difficult time getting much of anything going on the offensive end throughout the opening 45 minutes, with the poor conditions clearly playing a part.
“The pitch was wet. A lot of players were slipping. I think it affected the quality of the game,” said Watson. “It’s the same for both teams.”
After the slow start, the Quakes came out strong in the second half and had a number of chances to level the score before Chris Wondolowski found the equalizer in the 69th minute. After scoring that goal, the Quakes had all the “momentum,” as Watson explained.
Ultimately, though, it was the Quakes aggressive push for the winning goal that would do the team in. With much of the squad still up near New England’s goal, the Revolution won a free kick on the counter-attack in the third minute of stoppage time. The Revolution then appeared to take the kick before the ball came to a complete stop.
“I think the ball was rolling when the free kick was taken,” said Watson. “Some of our guys stopped, which they shouldn’t have done. They caught us on the counter-attack and won the game.”
Not only did the Quakes lose the game, but the team also lost striker Steven Lenhart late in the second half as he went down with a left knee injury.
“I think the issue is MCL,” said Watson. “I don’t know how bad it is. They’re looking at it now, hopefully it’s minor and it will be a quick recovery. “
Lenhart will have an extra week to recover, as the Qaukes are off until April 13 when the squad hosts the Columbus Crew at 12 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.