It’s been a while since the San Jose Earthquakes have found the back of the net.
315 minutes to be exact.
With the 1-0 loss to Chivas USA on Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, the Quakes tumbled into last place in the Western Conference standings, dropping to 4-4-7 on the season.
“This one we needed and we knew that,” said goal keeper Jon Busch when asked if the club had reached rock bottom. “It’s frustrating for us all. We knew this was an important game.”
The Quakes had a chance to open up an early advantage in the 39th minute, but Steven Lenhart’s header clipped off the bar. The striker is still looking for his first MLS goal of the season.
Chivas USA took the lead in the 53rd minute courtesy of a strike from forward Erick Torres. Head coach Mark Watson described the defending that led to the goal as “sloppy.”
“It just seems that one play in the last couple of games is the difference,” said Busch. On Wednesday night, that was the one.
San Jose had a perfect opportunity to equalize five minutes later when Khari Stephenson came charging into the box unmarked. Instead, the Jamaican scuffed his shot well wide of the post.
In the final 45 minutes, the Quakes had by far the most chances, but ultimately they were unable to find a break through.
“I thought we moved the ball well at times, and were probably, in terms of the play, the better team, but in the end it’s not about that,” said Watson.
Busch knows the Quakes are running out of time to climb back into the playoff race.
“We just got to find a little but more somewhere—all of us. Every one of us has got to find a little bit more somewhere. And we’ve got to start moving. We got to start going because we did the same thing last year, and we came up short. We got to start picking up points, period. “
Up next, the Quakes take on D.C. United on July 11 at Buck Shaw Staidium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00pm. The game can be seen on NBC Sports and heard on 1590 KLIV.
Note: Yannick Djalso started his second game in a row for the Quakes and played the full 90 minutes for just the second time. “Health-wise it’s been a real struggle with him, ” said Watson. “When he’s on he’s a very dangerous player. So, health-wise that was encouraging.”
Entering the game as substitute in the 79th minute, Victor Bernardez made his first appearance since May 10. Watson also discussed the outlook for the sidelined Clarence Goodson. “Still injured. Hopefully, he’ll be ready for next Friday.” Watson also confirmed that Chris Wonodolowski will be back in the fold for the game against D.C. United.