Earthquakes Close Road Trip with 2-0 Loss against Real Salt Lake
SANDY, Utah. - The San Jose Earthquakes closed their two-game road trip with a 2-0 loss against Real Salt Lake on Saturday at a sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Earthquakes were shorthanded for the second consecutive game, suiting up just 17 players due to international duty and injuries. Additionally, San Jose wrapped up a stretch of three games in eight days, two of which were on the road.
Real Salt Lake jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. Ned Grabavoy sent a blistering shot through traffic that teammate Kyle Beckerman shielded from Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch's view. Beckerman stepped over the shot and watched it roll into the lower corner past the outstretched arms of Busch for Grabavoy's second goal of the season.
The hosts doubled their lead five minutes later on a corner kick. Luke Mulholland sent an in-swinger from the near sideline that Sebastian Velasquez deposited in the back of the net with a leaping volley for his first career regular season goal with RSL.
Busch ended the night with seven saves, moving him to within three of Joe Cannon's club record 137 set in 2000.
The Earthquakes return home for their final two matches at Buck Shaw Stadium next week. First up is an international friendly against C.D.S. Vida of Honduras on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The club will then play its final match at Buck Shaw in club history on Saturday, Oct. 18 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KLIV. The club will open its 2015 season at Earthquakes Stadium, which is nearing completion across from Mineta San Jose International Airport on Coleman Ave.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes (6-15-11, 29 pts.) 0:2 Real Salt Lake (14-8-10, 52 pts.)
October 11, 2014 - Rio Tinto Stadium
Scoring Summary: RSL - Ned Grabavoy (unassisted) 24; RSL - Sebastian Velasquez (Luke Mulholland) 28.
Misconduct Summary: SJ - Yannick Djalo (caution) 32; SJ - Ty Harden (caution) 74; RSL - Ned Grabavoy (caution) 81.
San Jose Earthquakes: Jon Busch, Pablo Pintos, JJ Koval, Ty Harden, Jordan Stewart, Tommy Thompson (Billy Schuler 77), Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Khari Stephenson, Shea Salinas, Yannick Djalo (Mike Fucito 80), Adam Jahn.
SHOTS: 9 ; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 ; SAVES: 7; FOULS: 10; CORNER KICKS: 3; OFFSIDES: 0.
Real Salt Lake: Jeff Attinella, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Carlos Salcedo, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy, Luke Mulholland (Cole Grossman 88), Sebastian Velasquez (Luis Gil 77), Robbie Findley, Sebastian Jaime (Olmes Garcia 63).
SHOTS: 20; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 10; CORNER KICKS: 8; OFFSIDES: 2.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH MARK WATSON
On how the shorthanded Earthquakes handled playing their third game in eight days:
"The one thing I'll say about our guys is that I thought they fought right until the end. There's tons of things that go against you and reasons you shouldn't win the game, but in the end we weren't good enough on the night. But our guys kept going to the end so I'm proud of them for that."
On what he wants to see from his players with two weeks left in the season:
"I think everyone wants to win. It's been a long time. I think that would boost the spirits a little bit. I think there's a lot for the guys to play for. We have a proud bunch of guys and you always want to do well. You're playing for yourselves as well."
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER JORDAN STEWART
On playing shorthanded with three games in eight days:
"Obviously, it's hard when you play so many games. We didn't have a full squad. We only had like 14 or 15 guys that could play with a few of the guys carrying knocks. Still, I think the goals we conceded, we could have stopped. [We knew] they were going to have more of the possession."
On what they need to do in their final two matches of the season:
"I know I hate losing. I'm sure the rest of the boys are the same. We need to win, whether it's scrappy or whether we need to change something by going back to the foundations and the basics of trying to win a soccer game. Obviously as a player it's frustrating to lose so many games in a season. We've won six games all season, which is never ideal; especially with expectations of us trying to make the playoffs. This is my second season and I've never made it, so I feel disappointed."
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