San Jose Earthquakes Vs FC Dallas: 3 things we learned – Horrendous own goal costly

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San Jose Earthquakes, Matias Almeyda

FOXBOROUGH, MA – MAY 11: San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda before a match between the New England Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes on May 11, 2019, at Gillette Stadium in Foxnborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On Saturday, the San Jose Earthquakes came close to beating FC Dallas but a first-half own goal came back to haunt them. Here are three things we learned from the 2-2 draw.

Over the course of the last month, the San Jose Earthquakes have moved their way up the table. After a poor showing at the start of the season, the fortunes of Matias Almeyda’s side have changed. On Saturday, the opportunity to move into the top seven playoff places was at hand.

Visiting FC Dallas entered the match with troubles of their own, struggling for consistency throughout the season. However, they were gifted an opening goal after a terrible mistake by the Earthquakes. Goalkeeper Daniel Vega misplayed a pass and it rolled into the net for one of the worst own goals of the season.

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Luckily, Chris Wondolowski arrived in the second half to level the scoreline with yet another goal for the all-time scorer in MLS. Two more goals came in the second half as Magnus Eriksson and Francis Atuahene exchanged strikes. The match ended in a 2-2 draw as both sides took a point away.

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SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 02: San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8) reacts during the MLS match between the Montreal Impact and the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on March 2, 2019 in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

 

3. Wondolowski can’t stop scoring

Since his four-goal masterclass performance against the Chicago Fire, Chris Wondolowski has not stopped scoring.

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He has scored in four consecutive appearances and is quickly taking aim at the Golden Boot race. He now has eight goals on the year, the same as Nani, Wayne Rooney and Diego Rossi. He has also only played 783 minutes this season and has a better goals per 90 minute ration than any of the top scorers in the league bar Carlos Vela.

The Earthquakes owe a lot of their resurgence to the veteran striker and he is the man they need to look to for the remainder of the season. Matias Almeyda has breathed new life into the old dog, and San Jose are flying as a result.

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