SANTA CLARA, CA – In their first of five matches in the month of April, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2W-2L-1D) came from behind to earn a draw against San Jose Earthquakes (2W-2L-2D) on an action-packed Saturday evening at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Highlights: Earthquakes 1 - 1 Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie made three changes from last week’s starting lineup with Erik Hurtado replacing Camilo, Russell Teibert replacing Gershon Koffie, and Corey Hertzog replacing Darren Mattocks. Tom Heinemann made his first appearance as a member of the Blue and White, coming on as a late substitution in the second half.
From kickoff, it was evident the match would be fast-paced with many chances for both sides, and it took only a few minutes for the action to begin.
On five minutes, Chris Wondolowski had a great chance for put the Quakes in front, but ‘Caps goalkeeper Joe Cannon was able to smother the ball before any damage could be done.
Just minutes later, in the 16th minute, Wondolowski had his second chance to give the Quakes the lead, but Cannon was able to make a big save on the low shot by the California native.
San Jose was able to capitalize on their pressure on 18 minutes when former 'Caps midfielder Shea Salinas made a low pass to Alan Gordon, who in turn made a quick flick over to Wondolowski. The 2012 MLS goalscoring leader promptly finished his third chance of the match to make the score 1-0 for the home side.
On 24 minutes, Daigo Kobayashi sent in Hertzog, who was making his first MLS regular season start, and second appearance as a member of Whitecaps FC. The Pennsylvania native was unable to equalize and the score remained 1-0 in favour of the home side after 45 minutes.
The second half provided more chances for both sides, as San Jose looked to increase their lead and Whitecaps FC looked to equalize.
On 49 minutes, Hurtado beat his defender and broke into the box, but his shot went wide and high over the near post. Just two minutes later, in the 51st minute, Wondolowski almost increased the Quakes’ lead, but Cannon jumped out to snag the ball.
A fortunate bounce on 62 minutes led to Whitecaps FC equalizing. With a Kobayashi shot deflecting to him, Hertzog pounced and buried the ball into the back of the net while San Jose defender Victor Bernárdez and striker Alan Gordon were off field changing their boots. The result was a 1-1 match.
The remainder of the half featured an increase in physicality, with ‘Caps defender Alain Rochat and midfielder Russell Teibert, as well as Earthquakes strikers Michael Fucito and Steven Lenhart all receiving yellow cards.
The final 10 minutes proved to be frantic for the ‘Caps, who were pressed with many chances by the Earthquakes, but Cannon came up with a huge save and Young-Pyo Lee blocked a close shot from Wondolowski to help the 'Caps earn an important point on the road in a 1-1 draw.
After the match, Rennie broke down his team's performance.
The 'Caps will now return home to host Real Salt Lake at BC Place next Saturday, April 13. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca/whitecapsfc.ca.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Andy O'Brien
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
18' - SJ - Chris Wondolowski (Alan Gordon, Shea Salinas)
62' - VAN - Corey Hertzog
Shots: San Jose 14 - Vancouver 8
Shots on Goal: San Jose 6 - Vancouver 2
Saves: San Jose 1 - Vancouver 5
Fouls: San Jose 14 - Vancouver 12
Offsides: San Jose 3 - Vancouver 1
Corners: San Jose 6 - Vancouver 4
22' - SJ - Rafael Baca
40' - SJ - Ramiro Corrales
65' - VAN - Alain Rochat
66' - VAN - Russell Teibert
78' - SJ - Mike Fucito
86' - SJ - Steven Henhart
San Jose Earthquakes
18.Jon Busch; 21.Dan Gargan, 2.Ty Harden, 26.Victor Bernardez, 15.Justin Morrow; 6.Shea Salinas (7.Cordell Cato 69'), 4.Sam Cronin, 30.Rafael Baca, 12.Ramiro Corrales © (16.Steven Lenhart 69'); 8.Chris Wondolowski, 24.Alan Gordon (9.Mike Fucito 76')
Substitutes not used:
1.David Bingham, 5.Brad Ring, 14.Adam Jahn, 22.Adu Tommy
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Joe Cannon; 12.Young-Pyo Lee, 40.Andy O'Brien, 3.Brad Rusin, 4.Alain Rochat; 13.Nigel Reo-Coker ©, 27.Jun Marques Davidson, 31.Russell Teibert (28.Gershon Koffie 68'); 19.Erik Hurtado, 26.Corey Hertzog (29.Tom Heinemann 82'), 14.Daigo Kobayashi (7.Camilo Sanvezzo 65')
Substitutes not used:
18.Brad Knighton, 2.Jordan Harvey, 8.Matt Watson, 11.Darren Mattocks