Earthquakes continue home dominance over Kansas City Wizards with 1-0 win Saturday night
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes pulled out a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Chirs Wondolowski supplied the only goal, as he found the back of the net in the 35th minute after a delicate chip from the newest Earthquakes midfielder, Khari Stephenson. Wondolowski was free at the back post and finished with a volley to put the Quakes in front.
Joe Cannon returned as Quakes goalkeeper and posted a shutout, his sixth this season, allowing San Jose to extend their home unbeaten streak against Kansas City to 13 games, which dates back to August of 2000. The Quakes host their bitter rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy, who lead MLS in points with 43, on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium.
San Jose Earthquakes (7-6-5) vs. Kansas City Wizards (5-9-5)
Aug. 14, 2010 – Buck Shaw Stadium, Attendance: 8,619
Scoring Summary: SJ – Chris Wondolowski (Khari Stephenson) 35.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Bobby Convey (caution) 24; SJ – Arturo Alvarez (caution) 59; KC – Jimmy Conrad (caution) 66; SJ – Jason Hernandez (ejection) 88.
San Jose Earthquakes – Joe Cannon, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Jason Hernandez, Tim Ward, Arturo Alvarez (Bobby Burling 89), Sam Cronin, Khari Stephenson, Joey Gjertsen (Omar Jasseh 73), Chris Wondolowski, Cornell Glen (Ryan Johnson 64).
Statistics: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 4; Fouls: 14; Offsides: 6; Corners: 8.
Kansas City Wizards – Jimmy Nielsen, Roger Espinoza, Shavar Thomas (Jack Jewsbury 90), Jummy Conrad, Michael Harrington, Ryan Smith, Stephane Auvray (Graham Zusi 80), Craig Rocastle, Davy Arnaud, Kei Kamara (Josh Wolff 82), Teal Bunbury.
Statistics: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 7; Fouls: 6; Offsides: 6; Corners: 5.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP
On taking a full three points:
“I’m happy with our demeanor. Our first half play was excellent. I think Kansas City obviously being a good team coming into the game, in the second half we kind of ran out of steam a little bit, but I thought that our first half performance was enough to win the game. I am very happy for our guys, very pleased with three points and it puts us right back in the picture, which is what we needed to do.”
On Khari Stephenson’s play:
“He was good. He probably tired a little bit, playing as much as he did. His first half contributions were good, a great ball for Cornell (Glen) for the header and a great ball to [Chris Wondolowski] for the goal. There’s more to him than we saw tonight but what we did see tonight was a clean player that’s strong. He just needs now to get game-fit and feel that he can go for 90 minutes.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JOE CANNON
On the emotions of playing for the first time in six games:
“I really just wanted to enjoy it tonight, and that’s it. I felt really good today. …I was just anxious. I really wanted to get out here, I felt really good and I’m just happy it worked out. I ‘m happy we won, happy for our players, for our staff, for our organization to kind of stop the bleeding, as you will, and get some momentum back, especially before a big game.”
On the play of San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson:
“To be honest I was surprised that he lasted as long as he did today. I think he set up a couple opportunities for us in the first half. It’s interesting, you see guys train, you don’t know how it’s going to translate, but he looked good out there and obviously on the assist with Chris [Wondolowski] he made a great contribution.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On his goal:
“Great play by Khari Stephenson. I got a ball, he saw me kind of drifting off on the back post and put it right there on a platter. I owe it all to him there.”
On the difference in the team’s play from the last home game:
“Just our mentality. I can’t really put a finger on what happened against Seattle, but we planned this whole week about playing strong, playing right from the first whistle, and playing hard. We had a game plan that we’re going to press high and I thought we executed pretty well.”