It was not a happy “homecoming” for Frank Yallop as his Chicago Fire side were utterly destroyed by the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Yallop returned after coaching San Jose for 9 years over two separate stints, and winning a MLS Cup with the Quakes.
The first half was a relatively close affair with San Jose only scoring once. After numerous shots from distance San Jose finally broke through just before the half. The goal was set up after a counter attack on a Chicago cross in the 45th minute; after a deflection by Hurtado, Djalo found Salinas with space on the left, who then cut inside and fired a shot past Sean Johnson to get the Quakes on the board.
The second half was an absolute explosion for Mark Watson’s side. Just 7 minutes in, San Jose doubled their lead after Djalo had broken down the Fire defense to create a chance for Chris Wondolowski. Wondo had his shot blocked by Johnson, but Harris came uncontested to put the ball into the net; San Jose were up 2-0.
Ten minutes later, Wondo got his revenge for Johnson’s save earlier. After a turnover by Chicago in the midfield, Harris assisted as Wondo put home a shot from 12 yards through the legs of a couple of Fire defenders. It was getting out of hand quickly.
Chicago pulled one back in the 75th minute when Grant Ward, who is on loan from Spurs, hit a great first time shot past the San Jose goalkeeper. But the Fire would get no closer. The Quakes kept pressing, and once again came through in the 79th minute. This time Djalo finally got in on the act after assisting on two previous goals. He was sent through on goal after Cato’s pass freed him up to chip Johnson from 20 yards.
San Jose added a 5th in the 84th minute when Cato converted a Wondo pass. Mark Watson’s side had destroyed Frank Yallop’s reeling Chicago Fire. This game got out of hand quickly in the second half, and not even Stuart Holden on commentary could make up for it.
This was embarrassing for Chicago who had barely missed the playoffs a year ago. If this keeps up, Frank Yallop could be out of a second job in as many seasons.