In the first leg of the quarterfinal in CONCACAF’s Champions League, San Jose drew with Toluca 1-1 last night, on a 95th minute goal from Alan Gordon.
The “comeback kings” struck once again, and will travel into Mexico for the second leg on March 19. The 1-1 draw gives San Jose a chance to upset the number 1 seed, but they will have to be able to score goals away from home in a hostile environment. Overall, San Jose had a difficult night in front of goal; as they had 7 shots on goal, only converting one. Toluca held over 60% of the possession, but only managed 1 shot on goal. The single shot came from Raul Nava in the 67th minute, and gave Toluca a lead they would hold onto for almost 30 more minutes.
In a match with 5 yellow cards and 21 combined fouls, the physical play benefitted the Earthquakes in stoppage time. A free kick from the foot of Shea Salinas provided the assist for Alan Gordon, who is returning to fitness after an offseason foot surgery. Gordon said “we didn’t put our heads down. We got together at the middle of the field like we usually do, and we looked at each other in the eye and we made a conscious effort to all see it through all the way to the end.”
San Jose will start MLS season play Saturday in a tough home test against Real Salt Lake, who defeated the Galaxy away last weekend.