SANTA CLARA, California. – The San Jose Earthquakes burst out to a 2-0 halftime lead, but the Chicago Fire came back to even the score in the second half, before winning on penalties in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Play-in match Tuesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Chicago won the shootout 5-4 after a scoreless 30 minutes of overtime.
San Jose took a 2-0 lead on goals from Ellis McLoughlin and Justin Morrow in the first half, as the Quakes appeared poised for a trip to the Open Cup main draw. However, Orr Barouch cut the lead to 2-1 in the 61st minute and Yamith Cuesta headed home the tying goal in the 76th minute. Despite chances for both teams in overtime, neither club could find the back of the net, and the game was decided on penalties. Chicago prevailed 5-4 after six rounds with Daniel Paladini converting the winning goal for the Fire.
The Quakes return to league play with a rematch against the Fire on Saturday, May 28 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT and will be aired live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1220 KDOW (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
For a full recap of tonight’s match, log on to www.sjearthquakes.com.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire 2-2
U.S. Open Cup Play-in Match
May 24, 2011 – Buck Shaw Stadium
1-0 Ellis McLoughlin (unassissted) 14; S
2-0 Justin Morrow (unassisted) 43;
2-1 Orr Barouch (Gonzalo Segares) 61;
2-2 Yamith Cuesta (unassisted) 76.
Penalty Kick Summary:
Marco Pappa (Goal),
Logan Pause (High);
Cristian Nazarit (Goal),
Orr Barouch (Goal),
Dominic Oduro (Goal),
Daniel Paladini (Goal).
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Chris Wondolowski (Goal),
Sam Cronin (Crossbar),
Ramiro Corrales (Goal),
Khari Stephenson (Goal),
Brandon McDonald (Goal), S
Scott Sealy (Crossbar).
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (caution) 37;
CHI – Yamith Cuesta (caution) 39;
CHI – Daniel Paladini (caution) 63;
SJ – Brad Ring (caution) 69;
CHI – Orr Barouch (caution) 69;
CHI – Bratislav Ristic (caution) 74;
CHI – Cristian Nazarit (caution) 89;
SJ – Khari Stephenson (caution) 97;
CHI – Gonzalo Segares (ejection) 98.
Chicago Fire – Sean Johnson; Jalil Anibaba (Dominic Oduro 46), Yamith Cuesta, Dasan Robinson (Cory Gibbs 88), Gonzalo Segares; Bratislav Ristic, Daniel Paladini, Logan Pause, Marco Pappa; Cristian Nazarit, Gaston Puerari (Orr Barouch 46).
Statistics: Shots: 14; Shots on Goal: 6; Saves: 5; Fouls: 20; Offsides: 4; Corners: 5.
San Jose Earthquakes – Andrew Weber; Steven Beitashour, Bobby Burling, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales; Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Steven Lenhart 83), Sam Cronin, Brad Ring (Khari Stephenson 71), Justin Morrow; Ellis McLoughlin (Scott Sealy 46), Chris Wondolowski.
Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 7; Saves: 4; Fouls: 16; Offsides: 5; Corners: 4.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOP
On the game:
“It was a tough night for us. I thought we had enough chances to win, to be honest. You can’t be 2-0 up at halftime, and (let them) tie the game, and then go a man up, and not finish it off. It was disappointing.”
On play in first half vs. second half:
“Not a lot of difference. I thought we were OK tonight. We got a few chances. We didn’t play particularly well. We looked a bit edgy, nervous for some reason. We just didn’t move the ball particularly well, and that’s been the case the last two games. We need to address that and make sure we play better. You can’t keep giving the ball back to the opposition in good areas for them and expect to win games.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER ANDREW WEBER
On conceding second half goals:
“In the first half, the team energy was great and going into the second half up 2-0. Then we go and give up two goals in the second half. Then they get a red card and we didn’t pounce on that chance. At the end of the day, it all goes back to that goal I gave up. We should have hung on 2-1; I have to bounce back from this in my next performance.”
On individual play:
“I have to continue training and put it behind me. With goalkeeping, you have to have a short term memory. I had some rookie mistakes that I hardly ever make; I will put it behind me and move forward. Hopefully Frank (Yallop) can still have confidence in my when I play and I’ll be ready the next time my name is called.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MORROW
On weekend rematch vs. Fire:
“That’s the only thing we can take out of this match is that we face them again on Saturday. After a tough loss like this, you couldn’t wish for anything more than a rematch. We need to bring the fight for the next match and do everything we did in the first half over a full 90 minutes.”
On first half goal:
“It was a good play up the right side. I was able to get free, made a cut down the middle looking for a cross. Instead it was a shot. I was in the right place and I was able to follow up and score.” and move forward. Hopefully Frank (Yallop) can still have confidence in my when I play and I’ll be ready the next time my name is called.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER BOBBY BURLING