When the Vancouver Whitecaps needed a moment to rescue a point at home, they turned to their playmaker.
Davide Chiumiento's bending ball from the right carried through the 6-yard box, eluded all San Jose Earthquakes defenders and goalkeeper Jon Busch and found the back of the net in stoppage time to force a 1-1 draw between the two clubs at Empire Field Wednesday night.
San Jose looked to be destined for a much-needed three points on the strength of Chris Wondolowski's first-half goal and some superb late saves by Busch. The draw snapped the Quakes' three-game losing streak but also extended their winless streak to six.
The match also marked Jay DeMerit's return to action from a groin injury, as the U.S. national team centerback entered as a 75th-minute substitute.
Here are highlights of the match.
What did you think of the result?
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Judging just by those highlights, Vancouver’s defense looks terrible.
I know GK’s cheat on those sweeping balls into the box in case someone gets onto the end of ’em, but this is at least the 3rd time since the Quakes lost to the Rapids in the conference final last year where Busch (and the Quakes backline) have allowed a goal like this. So aggravating!
Dunfield did not have a great game and on the SJ goal gave the ball away three separate times. Hassli and Camilo haven’t scored in over a month, and Atiba Harris’ presence and ability to hold the ball is definitely missed. On the other hand, good to see DeMerit back. Big focus for the next couple of weeks will be the Voyageurs Cup final v. TFC, so hopefully things will fall in line soon.