Recap: Union Fall 1-0 to San Jose

Chris Wondolowski's ninth goal of the season hands the Union a road defeat

Santa Clara, Ca. (September 15, 2010) – Despite controlling
the tempo throughout the match, the Philadelphia Union were unable to steal
points on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, who rode Chris
Wondoloski’s ninth
 goal of the season to a 1-0 victory Wednesday at
Buck Shaw Stadium.

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The first dangerous chance of the match came in the 8th
minute, when Bobby Convey sent a cross from the
left to Joey Gjertsen at the far post. Gjertsen centered to Geovanni, who
attempted a back heel with Knighton out of position, but a sea of Union
defenders were able to deflect the ball away from danger to help the Union
dodge an early bullet. 

The Union had two chances in the middle of the first half
off of long-range strikes, but Jon Busch was able to come up big for San Jose
on both occasions. San Jose’s ‘keeper lunged to his left to stop a strike from
Stefani Miglioranzi in the 22
nd minute, and then smothered a rifle
from Andrew Jacobson in the 27
th to preserve the scoreless draw.

Philadelphia had another opportunity in the 41st
minute after Sebastien Le Toux slid a through ball between two defenders to
Alejandro Moreno within the box, but the veteran forward’s angled attempt was
blocked by a diving Busch.

San Jose had a chance of their own from distance in the 42nd
minute when Khari Stephenson struck a shot from 30 yards out, but Brad Knighton
was able to get his body in front of it and Wondolowski was whistled offside
before having the chance to latch onto a dangerous rebound.

While both sides struggled to create chances in the early portion of the second
half, San Jose capitalized in the 69
th minute
to take a one goal advantage. After Convey’s cross from the left found its way
through the area, Arturo Alvarez gathered the ball and sent a cross back into
the middle for Wondolowski. The Earthquakes’ leading scorer found space and
headed the targeted service past a diving Knighton for a 1-0 lead.

The Union’s had a chance to equalize before stoppage time,
but Busch broke up Jacobson's through ball to a streaking Le Toux in the 83
rd
minute. After Knighton made a tremendous diving save off of a free kick
from Geovanni in the 89
th minute, the visitors’ had another golden
opportunity to draw level in the waning moments of the match. Following a
Le Toux free kick, second half sub Shea Salinas sent a low ball into a crowded
box that seemed destined for the back of the net when it was redirected on frame, but it came directly to Busch
who secured both the ball and three points for the Earthquakes.

The loss drops Philadelphia’s record to 6-12-6 and deals a potentially fatal blow to the club's playoff hopes. The Union will have to wait 10 days before their next match, when they’ll take on Chivas
USA at home on September 25.

Scoring Summary:

KCW – Chris Wondolowski 9 (Arturo Alvarez 1) 69’

Misconduct Summary:

PHI -- Andrew Jacobson (caution; Tactical Foul) 20
SJ -- Bobby Convey (caution; Delaying a Restart) 90
SJ -- Arturo Alvarez (caution; Delaying a Restart) 94+

Philadelphia Union -- Brad Knighton, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jordan Harvey, Fred (Danny Mwanga 72), Andrew Jacobson, Stefani Miglioranzi, Justin Mapp (Jack McInerney 74), Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno (Shea Salinas 58).

Substitutes Not Used: Cristian Arrieta, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Chris Seitz.

TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 5

San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Tim Ward, Joey Gjertsen (Arturo Alvarez 46), Sam Cronin, Khari Stephenson (Eduardo 46), Bobby Convey, Geovanni, Chris Wondolowski.

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Burling, Cornell Glen, Ryan Johnson, Brad Ring, Alex Horwath.

TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 5

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee's Assistants:
 Ian Anderson; Chris Strickland
4th Official:
 Yader Reyes
Time of Game: 
1:54
Weather:
 Clear and 65 degrees

Attendance: 8,109