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MLS Earthquakes – Crew 2-2 – VIDEO

Ryan Johnson and Chad Marshall during San Jose Earthquakes vs Columbus Crew 2-2 game. PHOTO by Kelley L Cox / isiphotos.com

Ryan Johnson and Chad Marshall during San Jose Earthquakes vs Columbus Crew 2-2 game. PHOTO by Kelley L Cox / isiphotos.com

The San Jose Earthquakes battled back not once, but twice on Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium to earn a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew, who currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.

San Jose fell behind in the fifth minute when Eddie Gaven finished into an empty net off of a rebound to give the visitors the early advantage. Just seconds after the restart, San Jose was level. Arturo Alvarez finished from just inside the area on a feed from Andre Luiz. Alvarez beat William Hesmer low to his near post.

Columbus pulled in front yet again, this time in the 70th minute off a corner, when Chad Marshall headed home a Guillermo Barros Schelotto cross. San Jose equalized on another set piece, as Bobby Convey picked up his career-high tying seventh assist of the season, when his cross was flicked on by Scott Sealy at the front post to an unmarked Chris Wondolowski. He headed home his team-leading and career-high sixth goal of the year.For a full recap, go to www.sjearthquakes.com

San Jose Earthquakes (5-3-2) vs. Columbus Crew (6-1-3) 2-2

June 2, 2010 – Buck Shaw Stadium

Attendance: 8,033

Scoring Summary: CLB – Eddie Gaven (Jason Garey) 5; SJ – Arturo Alvarez (Andre Luiz) 6; Chad Marshall (Guillermo Barros Schelotto) 70; Chris Wondolowski (Scott Sealy, Bobby Convey) 78.

Misconduct Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (caution) 40; SJ – Bobby Burling (caution) 43; CLB – Jed Zayner (caution) 55; CLB – Eric Brunner (caution) 62.

San Jose Earthquakes – Joe Cannon, Ramiro Corrales, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling (Ike Opara 76), Steven Beitashour, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Andre Luiz, Arturo Alvarez (Cornell Glen 59), Ryan Johnson (Scott Sealy 60), Chris Wondolowski.

Statistics: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 16; Offsides: 7; Corners: 7.

Columbus Crew – William Hesmer, Gino Padula, Chad Marshall, Eric Brunner, Jed Zayner, Robbie Rogers, Brian Carroll, Jason Garey (Steven Lenhart 65), Eddie Gaven, Emilio Renteria (Emmanuel Ekpo 59), Guillermo Barros Schelotto

Statistics: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 6; Fouls: 13; Offsides: 1; Corners: 5.

QUOTES

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP

On the game:

“When you’re down 2-1 you’re thinking there’s a chance you’re going to lose the match, so coming back from a goal down was a good positive for us. In the end we could have gotten something more out of it, I think the (Robbie) Rogers break where he slides it across the face of the goal was a dangerous chance they had, but I thought we had some good stuff in the second half especially. We’re not playing our best soccer right now, but a tie tonight is another point hopefully towards the playoffs, which is our big goal. Some positives come out of this, it was a good fight back, the guys are disappointed we didn’t win, but we’re happy we didn’t lose and that’s important.”
 On the momentum:

“You can’t credit the pickup to any one player, but when you start to get a little momentum, you start to play better and you take more chances going forward. They were on our heels to start with then they scored, and we scored immediately after and in the last 20 minutes of the first half I thought we were the better team. I thought we maybe could have scored that second goal, going into halftime at 2-1 would have been a little better than 1-1 for us. Some games you look at and know we weren’t really at our best. Columbus is a good side, let’s not take anything away from that, they’ve only lost one game this year and they’re a good team. For us to get at least a point is positive, three would have been nice but I think in the end it was a decent result.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI

On his career high sixth goal of 2010:

“Bobby Convey played a great ball, and Scott Sealy was making a good, darting run at the near post and he got a good flick on it. I was just trying to put it in at the back post, and the ball found me. I just try to score whenever I can, and if they come in bunches, they come in bunches. It’s kind of like hitting in baseball, you go through your slumps and your streaks. I will just take them as I can.”

On the team’s difference from last year:

“We have great character in this locker room and no one is ever going to give up from the start. We have that belief that we are going to get the equalizer or game-winner. You saw that we were pushing up at the end on that last corner kick to get the winner. We could have just packed it in and been happy with the tie, so I think that shows that a lot about us, and it’s the difference between last year and this year.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQAUKES MIDFIELDER ARTURO ALVAREZ

On the resolve of this team:

“I think that last year, when we were down a goal, we probably couldn’t come back and tie it up. I think that shows a lot, we aren’t that kind of team anymore, which is definitely a good thing. We are always going to fight to the end, and hopefully we don’t give up as many early goals, and we can be the ones who grab an early advantage.”

On his goal:

“It felt great first of all, coming back in my first start in a while, it felt really good to be back, and scoring is always a great feeling. I think scoring so quickly after they did was a perfect situation for us. When I scored, it was kind of on the right side, and I moved inside, anticipating a cross, but it deflected off of a defender and fell right to Andre (Luiz). He just touched it inside, and I was able to turn and get the shot off.”

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