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Earthquakes rout mistake-ridden Dynamo 3-0 behind Stephenson brace

Khari Stephenson


A Kahari Stephenson brace led the way for the San Jose Earthquakes in a 3-0 win over the visiting Houston Dynamo.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 38th minute after a mental error from Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall awarded the Earthquakes with an indirect free kick just outside the six yard box. Hall handled a back-pass from Dynamo defender David Horst and Stephenson made the visitors pay by slamming the ensuing free kick past the wall of Dynamo defenders on the line, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Stephenson doubled his tally in the second half via a dubious 58th minute penalty. Earthquakes forward Stephen Lenhart was bumped down in the box by Dynamo defender Cory Ashe, giving Stephenson the opportunity to double the Earthquake lead.

The hosts removed all doubt in the 70th minute, when Atiba Harris scored the Earthquakes third and final goal of the evening. Harris beat an onrushing Hall to the ball outside the box and put the ensuing header off of the goal’s right post. Hall found his way to the ensuing rebound and calmly finished, putting the exclamation point on a frustrating night for Hall and the Dynamo.

With the win, the Earthquakes move up to seventh in the Western Conference standings ahead of their visit to fouth-place FC Dallas Saturday. Meanwhile, the Dynamo stay at fourth in the Eastern Conference standings as they look to rebound Sunday when they travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to take on the Colorado Rapids.

Here are the match highlights:



  1. In the article it says: “Stephenson made the visitors pay by slamming the ensuing free kick over the wall of Dynamo defenders on the line”

    Did the highlights even get watched?

    The PK was a bad call by most accounts. Taylor had already stripped the ball from Lenhart when Ashe impeded Lenhart. It should have been a FK if anything. If that was a PK, than there should have been a bunch of penalty’s given every week.

      • I disagree. if you watch the replay from behind the goal, you see Ashe clearly raise his elbow, but most importantly he’s making no attempt to play the ball- he’s not even looking for it. that’s a PK.

      • Full on PK! Just because the ball was probably unplayable. It doesn’t give Ashe the green light to jump into Lennarts path and plant his forearm and shoulder into his chest. Ref couldn’t ignore that stupidity…

        Bean… a FK (Free kick?) in the penalty box is a Penalty Kick… unless it is an indirect free kick. Ashes foul was of the direct variety….. It would be a big strtch to only call that obstruction(indirect kick)….

      • Clear penalty in my mind. You can’t shove someone off the ball in the box. Not even close to obstruction.

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