By RYAN TOLMICH
After a tough opening to their 2014 campaign, the San Jose Earthquakes were looking to pick up their first win Saturday when they visited the Colorado Rapids.
However, the Quakes were forced to settle for an always-difficult road point in a game where they were reduced to 10 men late.
It was Colorado who dominated for most of the contest, as the Rapids out-passed their opponents 478 to 290 while also earning ten corner kicks. However, neither team ever really threatened in the final third with the two sides combining for just one shot on goal.
The best opportunity of the match happened to come in the game’s opening minute off a San Jose corner kick when a header from the Earthquake’s Alan Gordon hit the crossbar.
A generally chippy affair finally reached its boiling point in the 87th minute when Earthquakes substitute Adam Jahn was sent off for a late challenge after only four minutes of game time. From there, it only got worse for the Quakes as both Yannick Djalo and Gordon left the game due to injury in the game’s final moments.
With the draw, the Earthquakes have now picked up just three points from their opening five contests, while Colorado improves their season total to 11.
The Earthquakes will look to get their first win next week when they host Chivas USA. The Rapids, meanwhile, head to Seattle in a battle of two of the Western Conference’s top teams.
Here are the match highlights: