San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Chivas USA: Hello, Yannick Djalo

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Apr 26, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Yannick Djalo (10) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second half against Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (not pictured) at Buck Shaw Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes scored a vital 1-0 victory over Chivas USA at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on a goal from super sub Yannick Djalo. With the win, the Quakes get some fresh wind in their sails going forward. Here are six things we learned, followed by player ratings, for the match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA.

1. Close calls in tense opening

Early on in the first half, both teams were pressing to gain an advantage over the other. A third-minute chance from Chivas’s Mauro Rosales was butchered by Agustin Pelletieri. In the sixth minute, Shea Salinas went coast to coast, only to be dispossessed at the last minute. J.J. Koval prevented a one-man counterattack from Leandro Barrera seconds later. Quakes defender Jordan Stewart was cautioned in the ninth minute for a foul on Rosales. In the 12th minute, a shot from Carlos Alvarez missed wide right. Dan Kennedy collected a chance from Atiba Harris in the 15th minute.

2. Mauro Rosales a hacking target

The next 15 minutes were a struggle in terms of both teams finding their footing. A shot from Alvarez in the 16th minute was saved by Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. Alan Gordon was cautioned in the 17th minute for fouling Rosales. Sam Cronin was also fouled in the 22nd minute for fouling Rosales again.

A chance for Erick Torres in the 23rd minute was collected by Jon Busch. Chris Wondolowski was denied by Kennedy in the 24th minute. Quakes defender Clarence Goodson was there to deny Torres in the 27th minute of play. Chivas’s Donny Toia was cautioned one minute letter for a challenge. The ensuing set piece was sent wide left by Goodson. Torres nearly had time in the 30th minute but Stewart kept calm to clear.

3. Scoreless first half

A cross from Barrera in the 31st minute was intended for Torres but missed. Another shot from Torres, a side-footer, missed wide right in the 33rd minute. In the 42nd minute, a Quakes set piece was cleared easily by Chivas, who had everyone back in the box. A chance from Koval in the 43rd minute was blocked. Barrera’s cross for Torres in the lone minute of stoppage time missed wide right.

San Jose Earthquakes Chivas USA
3 Attempts on Goal 5
1 Shots on Target 2
1 Shots off Target 2
1 Blocked Shots 1
0 Corner Kicks 0
10 Fouls 7
7 Open Play Crosses 12
1 Offsides 1
3 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
29 Duels Won 30
48% Duels Won % 50%
173 Total Pass 187
78% Passing Accuracy % 76%
48.1% Possession 51.9%

4. More close calls for San Jose

Early on in the second half, San Jose brought in Yannick Djalo to kickstart the Quakes attack. In the 47th minute, Djalo’s first shot sailed wide right. Alan Gordon was offsides in the 48th minute but his header was collected anyway. Torres’s next chance in the 51st minute was collected by Busch.

Osvaldo Minda was cautioned in the 53rd minute for a foul on Djalo. Koval’s header in the 57th minute went over the crossbar. A cross from Barrera intended for Torres was cleared by Goodson in the 58th minute of play. A couple of Chivas USA corners following the clearance were swept aside easily.

5. Quakes make their move midway through second half

A cross from Stewart intended for Wondolowski in the 63rd minute was collected by Kennedy. A shot from Alvarez in the 64th minute went over the crossbar. A more speculative from Alvarez missed everything in the 65th minute. Djalo finally got on the board in 66th minute of play with a cross from Salinas to make it 1-0 Earthquakes.

It nearly got worse for the visitors. A would-be goal from Wondolowski in the 68th minute was called back for offsides. Goodson cleared another cross in the 72nd minute of play, forcing a corner. Carlos Bocanegra’s ensuing header went over the bar.

6. Quakes close off game with composure

Dan Kennedy got sent off in the 77th minute for a handball outside the box. Via the DOGSO rule, he was given his marching orders. This forced backup goalkeeper Tim Melia to come into the game and Pelletieri to get subbed off. A shot from Gordon was saved by Melia but he was called offsides anyway in the 83rd minute of play. A cross from Barrera in the 84th minute missed wide right of the mark. Djalo nearly got his brace in the 90th minute but was tackled by Eric Avila. No further chances took place in stoppage time.

San Jose Earthquakes Chivas USA
7 Attempts on Goal 15
2 Shots on Target 3
3 Shots off Target 10
2 Blocked Shots 2
0 Corner Kicks 3
15 Fouls 14
16 Open Play Crosses 29
6 Offsides 1
3 First Yellow Cards 2
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 1
51 Duels Won 60
45% Duels Won % 54%
356 Total Pass 359
78% Passing Accuracy % 76%
49.6% Possession 50.4%
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