SAN JOSE, Calif.- Splitting points with Orlando City at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night prolonged the San Jose Earthquakes’ bittersweet trend. Th Earthquakes have yet to drop three points in front of their home crowd since week 31 of last season, but thanks to several undesirable come from behind last-minute draws, they haven’t always secured maximum points either.
Chris Wondolowski’s 83rd minute goal against the Lions salvaged another valuable point for the Quakes in the dying minutes of a game. After six games at Avaya this season, three have been victories, three have been draws. The trio of draws have been the result of forced equalizers within the final ten minutes of the games and, while the desire to come back is admirable, the play that has put them in those scenarios hasn’t always been the best.
“No, scoring never gets old,” Quakes captain Wondolowski said. “I really do enjoy that (scoring goals), but really wish it was a game winner instead of just tying it.”
Some deja vu dust made its way to Avaya midweek, as weeks prior against the Seattle Sounders, the Quakes were in an identical scenario. Wondolowski painted himself as the hero and forced a last-minute goal to draw level.
On that day, Wondolowski struck in the waning moments, sealing a 1-1 draw. It’s a familiar feeling for the Quakes, but not one they want to get used to. The aim, in many ways, is to avoid those scenarios, to be on top rather than chase.
“It’s good to get a point, but we feel points (were) dropped here just because we are at home and we really feel confident with this group any time we step out there to get three points,” Wondolowski added. “Like you mentioned, we don’t want to be relying on the late time goals.”
As the Quakes extended their unbeaten run at home, Tommy Thompson finally squashed his MLS drought. It took San Jose’s first homegrown player over two thousand minutes of playing time to record his first MLS point, delivering a game-changing assist a minute after coming onto the field.
He’ll be hoping there’s more to come, just like the Quakes will hope there are brighter days ahead as they look to remain unbeaten at home.
“Definitely, any time you come on as a substitute you want to leave your mark on the game,” Thompson said.“So I was happy to get the assist tonight, and I was happy to help keep us undefeated at Avaya.”