The San Jose Earthquakes hosted the New England Revolution on Wednesday night. Here are some post-game thoughts from the entertaining 2-2 draw.
A three-goal first half saw the Revs jump out to a 2-1 lead, only to have the Quakes respond early in the second half with a goal from Danny Hoesen in the 51st min. Hoesen had two goals on the night bringing him to nine on the season and rescuing a point for his team.
Here are a couple of post-game thoughts from the 2-2 draw.
2. Rock bottom in San Jose
Head coach Michael Stahre made only two changes from his side’s 4-3 loss to LAFC last Saturday night, and, for the most part, the consistent line-up paid off for the Quakes. San Jose overall looked better than they have as of late — the defensive effort was there and the goals continued to flow up top, but leaking goals proved once again doomed the Quakes.
With last night’s tie, the Quakes are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The mood in San Jose appears to be that of a team looking to position itself for next season. Michael Stahre’s post-game comments demonstrated that the club is all but too aware of this fact, as he put an emphasis on playing, ‘for the fans’ and ‘for the ownership’.
Stahre personally reaffirmed his commitment to the club saying that ‘as long as I am the coach for San Jose Earthquakes, I will put in maximum effort.’ Effort is great, but the frustration is being felt in the South Bay, that much is apparent. It’s time to scratch off this season as an unsuccessful, remodeling year for the Earthquakes.
1. Revs are ramping up
After a disappointing upset in the U.S. Open Cup, the Revolution have responded well in recent games. With last night’s result in San Jose, the team is now unbeaten in their last five league games.
The Revs put on a solid display against the Quakes, particularly Diego Fagundez who bagged a beautiful freekick in the 31st minute and later added an assist.
Heading back to Foxborough for a three-game homestead after grabbing two points from two road games is nothing short of ideal for a New England side who now stand in fifth place in the East.
Brad Friedel’s team appears to be picking up the pieces in all the right places, a couple of wins at home would set the Rev’s up for a nice summer where they can solidify a playoff spot.