On Saturday night in Seattle, Jon Busch had no choice but to tip his figurative cap.
The San Jose Earthquakes lost 1-0 to the first-place Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field, courtesy of a remarkable chip from Obafemi Martins in the eighth minute.
— Karl Buscheck (@KarlBuscheck) May 18, 2014
“You tip your cap to [Martins],” said Busch. “That’s a big time finish from that angle…There’s nothing you can do. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you play, that’s a good goal.”
The final score could have been even worse, if not for a number of noteworthy saves from Busch. In the 57th minute, the veteran goalie somehow managed to block a volley by Lamar Neagle from close range to keep the Quakes within a goal. Head Coach Mark Watson was certainly impressed with Busch’s performance.
“Jon was good tonight. He’s been good for us for a long time so I wasn’t surprised. Once again, he made some really crucial saves that kept us in the game. It came down to the last minute where we could’ve gotten something out of the game, and that was due to his saves and keeping it one-nil.”
Offensively, the Quakes struggled to threaten the Sounders net.The team was without top goal-scorer Chris Wondolowski, who is currently at World Cup training camp. Meanwhile, strikers Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart were also unavailable due to injuries. In fact, winger Cordell Cato was the only Quakes player in Seattle who has scored a goal in 2014.
Following the loss, San Jose (2-4-4) has now totaled just 10 points after 10 games. The club sits in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, and remains five points off the pace for the fifth and final playoff spot.
Up next, the squad takes on the Houston Dynamo (5-2-5) on Sunday, May 25 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm.
Note: All quotes courtesy of the San Jose Earthquakes Media Relations.