Solid Start Leads Quakes to Victory Against Chicago

3/22 Regular Season SJ Earthquakes – Chicago Fire – Post Match Notes

Photo Courtesy of San Jose Earthquakes

Even before the game, Avaya Stadium was absolutely rocking. The Ultras, Krazy Geroge, El Imperico, The Casbah, The Faultline, and some pre-game festivities did a great job of getting the crowd going. 18,000 fans enjoyed a 2-1 triumph for their Quakes, a very positive buzz from all around the arena overcame the arena.

First Half

The Quakes opened up their home with a dream start – scoring a goal just 5 minutes in. Matias Perez Garcia took a corner kick that Sean Johnson couldn’t save. It ended up bouncing around the box and Fatai Alashe was able to head it into the back of the net.

San Jose did not necessarily dominate the first half, but they certainly made the most of their opportunities. Another set piece from Matias Perez Garcia fell into the right place. A badly directed rebound by Sean Johnson in the 21st minute fell to the feet of Ty Harden, who was able to easily poke it into the goal. Harden, who was filling in for the injured Renato and the suspended Bernardez, got the chance to score his first career goal in Avaya Stadium’s first game.

The Fire answered back quickly – where Harry Shipp was able to make it 2-1 in the 29th minute. Shipp, who was being shadowed by Fatai Alashe for most of the half, was able to slip by him and through the back line for an easy tap in.

Overall, the Quakes looked very dangerous on set pieces. Matias Perez Garcia’s ability to float the ball into the right places on corner kicks and set pieces has created several dangerous scoring opportunities. It led to two goals in the first half,and Quakes fans should definitely be happy with his work in the first half.

Second Half

The Quakes started the second half off a bit slow – where the Fire were able to get a couple chances to equalize. Shaun Francis, in particular, had some trouble on the left side of the field that led to a couple opportunities for the Fire.

After that, the game was a bit more back and forth. Neither of the teams were not able to dominate possession in the attacking third, and each exchanged small opportunities.

From the 70th minute on, the Quakes struggled to maintain any form of attack, and that allowed the Fire to linger in the attacking half with the ball for a long. Fortunately for the Quakes, the lackluster Chicago attack was not able to capitalize. The fresh legs of Adam Jahn, Shea Salinas, and Cordell Cato helped the Quakes maintain some more possession as the game came to a close.

Scoring/Caution Summary

5′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (Fatai Alashe)

21′ San Jose Earthquakes Goal (Ty Harden)

26′ Chicago Fire Yellow Card (Matt Polster)

29′ Chicago Fire Goal (Harry Shipp)

Anay Patel

I have been a lifelong Quakes fan, and founded Quakes Epicenter in November of 2014. I have been credentialed to cover the Quakes since the 2015 season, and currently serves as the lead editor of the website. Outside of the Quakes, I am currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science and Business Administration.

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