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Earthquakes – Revolution 2-0 – Defender Ike Opara 2nd MLS goal in just 3rd game

Ike Opara he scored his 2nd MLS goal in his just 3rd game and BTW he is a defender. PHOTO ISI by Michael Pimentel

Ike Opara he scored his 2nd MLS goal in his just 3rd game and BTW he is a defender. PHOTO ISI by Michael Pimentel

The San Jose Earthquakes knocked off the New England Revolution 2-0 to win their second consecutive game, moving them above .500 for the first time since the franchise came back in 2008. Chris Wondolowski tallied and rookie Ike Opara scored for the second straight week to give San Jose the win.  San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution 2-0


April 17, 2010 – Buck Shaw Stadium

Attendance: 9,082

Scoring Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Ryan Johnson, Joey Gjertsen) 57; Ike Opara (Bobby Convey) 72.

Misconduct Summary: NE – Joseph Niouky (caution) 16.

San Jose Earthquakes – Joe Cannon, Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez, Ike Opara, Ramiro Corrales, Joey Gjertsen, Brandon McDonald, Andre Luiz, Bobby Convey, Ryan Johnson (Ramon Sanchez 92+), Chris Wondolowski.

Statistics: Shots: 14; Shots on Goal: 6; Fouls: 6; Offsides: 3; Corners: 6.

New England – Preston Burpo, Kevin Alston, Cory Gibbs, Darrius Barnes, Seth Sinovic (Zak Boggs 82), Sainey Nyassi (Kheli Dube 69), Pat Phelan, Joseph Niouky, Chris Tierney, Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 85), Marko Perovic.

Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 7; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 4; Corners: 4.



On the game:
“This was probably one of the better performances since I’ve been back. I thought the play was very solid, very dynamic going forward, I thought our passing was clean.”

On the defensive communication:
“We have worked on shape in training, but when you get out on the field, you have to sort it out for yourself. Between Jason (Hernandez) and Ike (Opara), they are good talkers. Ike’s a young man, but he does communicate. It worked at Wake (Forest), which has a similar system as ours, and he understands it. Jason has become a leader back there as well.”

On Chris Wondolowski’s play:
“Chris played great. It is great for him to score a goal and I thought he played excellent tonight. He has done really well and I am very happy with him.”



On his second career goal:
“I think Bobby Convey and I can make a living off of that kind of play. I am really excited, its nice to kill the game off and I think it was big for us because New England is a good team, and they were going to just keep coming at us.”

On building momentum:
“We just want to keep it rolling, and build off of this type of performance. I think these last two weekends have shown our fight out there and we do have the talent, I think that the sky is the limit for this team.”


On the team’s performance:
“I think the most important part about tonight was seeing the team work extremely hard together and I think the team did that in front of me. I am proud of the effort, not only in this game, but really all week. We had a tough one mid-week with Salt Lake, but we earned this win tonight.”

On looking forward to next week:
“Momentum is really a funny thing, this kind of performance provides a lot of confidence. I feel that it is important because New England is a good side, and we are a good side. I am just happy to be a part of this.”

For a full recap, go to www.sjearthquakes.com

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