The San Jose Earthquakes looked well on their way to another home victory on Wednesday night before a late FC Dallas rally threatened to spoil the party at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Dallas couldn't complete the comeback though. Defender Jair Benitez failed to make that happen when he sent a stoppage time penalty kick over the crossbar, dooming FC Dallas to a 2-1 loss.
Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez burned his former team with a 12th-minute strike to open the scoring. Alan Gordon added his own tally just before halftime to give San Jose a 2-0 lead. The Earthquakes had a golden opportunity to make the score 3-0, but a Chris Wondolowski penalty kick was waived off due to enchroachment in the penalty area by Justin Morrow.
Dallas looked destined to be blown away, but made things interesting in the 89th minute when defender Hernan Pertuz pulled one back. Dallas looked like they might complete the comeback after Simon Dawkins took down Zach Loyd in the penalty area. Unfortunately for the visitors, a lack of attacking players on the field for Dallas meant Benitez was forced to take the penalty kick, which he promptly missed just before the final whistle.
Here are the match highlights:
What did you think of the match? Surprised to see the Earthquakes nearly blow a two-goal lead? Disappointed with Brek Shea's behavior after being taken off? Starting to wonder how much longer Schellas Hyndman will have as head coach?
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