SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A back and forth affair ended in defeat for the New England Revolution as the San Jose Earthquakes scored twice in a twelve minute span late in the second half and eventually won 2-1 on Saturday night.
Ellis McLoughlin opened the scoring in the 71st minute and Bobby Convey doubled the ‘Quakes (3-4-3, 12 points) lead twelve minutes later. The Revs (3-4-4, 13 points) would answer through Chris Tierney in the 86th minute, but couldn’t go on to find a late equalizer.
The Revolution, again without Marko Perovic, Didier Domi, and Ousmane Dabo due to injury, used an unchanged starting line-up from their 1-0 win over Vancouver the previous Saturday. It was the first time all season the Revs had used the same line-up in back-to-back games.
The best chance in the first half came in the 13th minute for San Jose when Khari Stephenson’s free kick eluded the wall and goalkeeper Matt Reis, but was denied by the crossbar.
Both sides had a few more half chances before the ‘Quakes opened the scoring in the 71st minute. Chris Wondolowski found McLoughlin at the back post and the 20-year-old striker headed it inside the far post for his first career MLS goal.
Convey doubled the lead on a 83rd minute free kick. Curling an effort towards the far post, Convey seemingly caught Reis off guard as his effort landed just under the crossbar.
Three minutes later the Revs would answer in similar fashion as Tierney curled a free kick around the ‘Quakes wall and inside the lower corner to cut San Jose’s lead to one.
That was as close as the Revs would get however, as despite pressure at the end of the match, they could not break through San Jose’s defense before the match ended in bizarre fashion as referee Yader Reyes brought the game to a close after just two minutes of the announced three minutes of stoppage time.