The San Jose Earthquakes sang an old, familiar tune as they fought to yet another draw (the sixth this season). This time the goonie goal came in the 78th minute, courtesy of a beautiful Marvin Chavez free kick. This equalized the game following the goal scored by Colorado’s Nathan Sturgis in the 26th minute.
Last night’s drama was enhanced by a red card given to Colorado’s Shane O’Neill in the 90th minute for denying Chris Wondolowski a clear goal scoring opportunity just outside the penalty box. Unfortunately, the resulting free kick did not provide the go-ahead goal the team–and indeed the whole stadium–was waiting for. Even the 5 minutes of injury time, which the Quakes have been known to do mind-blowing things with, was not enough for the boys in black to find the game-winner.
Despite the flatness of another 1-1 tie, I find that I too retain that hopeful spirit and my heart echoes the refrain of “next time!” Sadly, I will be rooting San Jose on from my living room, as a four-game road stretch begins next Saturday. The Earthquakes will not be playing in the area until the much-anticipated California Clasico that will take place at Stanford Stadium on June 29th.
In conclusion, friends, keep the faith! Goonies never say die!
Photo courtesy of San Jose Earthquakes Facebook page–John Todd/isiphotos.com