Recap: Union Fall 2-1 to San Jose

Alvarez's late goal hands Philadelphia first home loss

Chester,
PA (July 10, 2010)
 – Despite being on their
heels for much of the match, the San Jose Earthquakes came away with the full
three points on Saturday night, topping the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at PPL Park.
Arturo Alvarez netted the game winner after Cornell Glen equalized before the
break, negating an early goal for Fred that gave Philadelphia an early
advantage.

"From the
flow of the game, from commitment, you can’t really say bad words about this
team and how they pushed forward and even the way we exposed ourselves," manager Peter Nowak said about his club after the match. "There are little things that need to be corrected and fixed very fast because that's what this game is all about. Not about how
many shots you have on goal, it was a handball, not a handball, foul, not a foul. At the end of the day, the results stand
regardless of the situation. We lost a
game we were supposed to win, and that hurts us as much as the other losses we've had. We're supposed to tie or win games."

"I don’t really know what
it is, I think we need to go back and look at film," goalkeeper Chris Seitz added. "I do not know if people are turning off or what it is. Obviously in the 90th minute we’re not
a team at home that’s going to push for a tie.

"We’re a team out there that’s going
to push for a winner and with that it’s about taking chances and if you push
guys forward you're going to leave guys open in the back and it’s a risk that
we’re going to take at home and
try to get a win. With that being said, we need to have
cover and be organized enough to cut that out and not allow things that
happened today."

The
Union’s first chance of the night came in the 12
th minute, when Fred
found a streaking Michael Orozco Fiscal near the top of the box, but the
defender’s one touch blast went just high and wide left.

Philadelphia
would strike first in the 14
th minute on Fred’s second goal of the
season, both of which have come at PPL Park in as many matches. Chris Seitz’s
goal kick was headed on by Danny Mwanga to Fred, who had a step on the defense.
The Brazilian took one touch towards goal and slotted a low ball through the
arms of goalkeeper Jon Busch for a 1-0 lead.

Attacking
relentlessly, the Union nearly took a two goal advantage just a minute later. After
Mwanga drew a corner kick, Fred found Andrew Jacobson 25 yards from the goal,
but the midfielder’s low blast struck the left post and bounced away from a
crowded box.

San
Jose’s first chance came in the 36
th minute, when a bouncing ball in
the area came to the feet of Chris Wondolowski, but the Quakes’ leading scorer
rocketed a volley just over the net.

In
the 37
th minute, Jordan Harvey sent a cross in from the endline to
Fred, who was waiting at the far post. Fred’s one-time volley back across the
goal mouth nearly put the Union up 2-0, but the attempt narrowly missed the frame.

With
the Union pressing, San Jose had a chance of their own in the 42
nd minutes.
Joey Gjertsen had a go from 27 yards out in the 42
nd minute, but the
midfielder’s strike hit squarely off the cross bar and was subsequently cleared
from danger.

San
Jose would get their equalizer right before the break. Defender Jason Hernandez
sent a long through ball over the top to a streaking Chris Wondolowski, who
crossed into the middle to a wide open Cornell Glen. Glen calmly deflected the
ball on an angle into the side netting past a diving Seitz to tie the score at
1-1.

Philadelphia
had the first chance after the break after a clearance from the back was
deflected to Danny Mwanga in the middle of the field. With his momentum
carrying him towards San Jose’s goal and Sam Cronin wrestling for position,
Mwanga won the ball but Busch was able to make the save and prevent the Union
from going ahead.

The
Union had a golden opportunity in the 72
nd minute off a Le Toux free
kick, but after Fred flicked the ball into the middle of the box, Mwanga was
unable to get a firm touch in traffic with plenty of open net in front of him.

Continuing
their barrage of scoring chances, Le Toux nearly put Philadelphia up in the 82
nd
minute after Fred slipped a ball through to him in the box, but Busch went down
and was able to knock away Le Toux’s attempt.

Against
the run of play, the Earthquakes would be the side to break through late in the
match. On the counter attack, Arturo Alvarez was in a one-v-one situation with
defender Jordan Harvey, and the second half sub took a touch to his left and
beat Seitz from the top of the box to take a late lead.

The
game-winner stunned the hometown crowd, as all momentum seemed to be in
Philadelphia’s favor, but a number of missed chances ultimately led to the
Union’s undoing at PPL Park.

“I think next time we need to make sure that we finish our chances because I think that we had a couple of chances (where) we could have scored goals," said forward Danny Mwanga. "Unfortunately, (Busch) was having a good game, but at the same time, I feel like we could have done a much better job trying to put those chances away. So we just have to make sure we finish the chances we get early in the game and try to not give up goals at the last minute of the game.” 

The expansion side will take to the pitch again at PPL Park on Wednesday for a mid-week friendly against storied Scottish Premier League side Celtic FC, followed by another league match at home against Toronto FC a week from today.

"That’s soccer, sometimes you dominate a game like that (and still lose)," Seitz added. "We could have played another half hour and I don’t know if we would have scored again. For us it’s a little bit of focus and it’s a little bit of luck and for us the luck wasn’t on our side. We’ll go out Wednesday and try to get things corrected and hopefully play a good performance together."

Scoring Summary:

PHI -- Fred 2 (Danny Mwanga 2) 14

SJ -- Cornell Glen 1 (Chris
Wondolowski 1) 45

SJ -- Arturo Alvarez 3 (Bobby Convey 8) 90

Misconduct Summary:

PHI -- Fred (caution; Reckless Foul)
52

SJ -- Chris Wondolowski (caution;
Reckless Foul) 69

SJ -- Ramiro Corrales (caution;
Unsporting Behavior) 93+

San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Jason
Hernandez, Bobby Burling,
Ike Opara, Ramiro
Corrales, Sam Cronin,
Brandon McDonald
(Brad Ring 88), Joey
Gjertsen, Bobby Convey, Cornell Glen (Ryan Johnson 67), Chris
Wondolowski (Arturo Alvarez 74).

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Leitch, Javier Robles, Omar Jasseh, Joe Cannon.

Philadelphia Union -- Chris Seitz, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Danny Califf, Jordan
Harvey, Cristian Arrieta,
Fred (Jack McInerney
81), Stefani
Miglioranzi, Sebastien Le
Toux, Andrew Jacobson
(Shea Salinas 64), Alejandro Moreno
(Roger Torres 55),
Danny Mwanga.

Substitutes Not Used: Nick Zimmerman, Amobi Okugo, Toni Stahl, Brad Knighton.

Referee: Abiodun Okulaja

Referee's Assistants: Brian Poeschel;
Craig Lowry

4th Official: David Gantar

Attendance: 17,183

Time of Game: 1:51