Earthquakes Shake Columbus, 3-0

The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in front of  9,142 people at Buck Shaw Stadium, 3-0.

The first half ended without many notable events and a scoreline of 0-0.  The Crew have failed to score in the first half of their opening nine games to the MLS season.  They have now tied the 2007 Houston Dynamo for the most consecutive games without scoring in the first half to start the season.  The overall record for most consecutive games without scoring in the first half is 15, set by the New England Revolution.

2010 MLS Golden Boot Winner Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring for San Jose in the 50th minute.  Wondo, after losing Crew rookie Rich Balchan, volleyed in a cross from Ryan Johnson.

Steven Lenhart, in his first game against his former team, doubled the lead for San Jose in the 59th minute.  Lenhart outjumped Balchan on a corner kick by Joey Gjertsen and headed the ball off Brandon McDonald’s back and into the net.

EDIT: MLS has changed the ruling and given the goal to McDonald.

Kari Stephenson made the score 3-0 in the 62nd minute.  He received the ball near the middle of the field from about 25 yards out and  hit a well placed shot into the top right corner that beat Crew goalie William Hesmer.

The rest of the game passed without many scoring chances for both teams.  In the 79th minute, McDonald elbowed Crew forward Tommy Heinemann and received a straight red card.

The loss ended the Crew’s seven game unbeaten run.  They are winless in their four road games so far this season.

The Crew move to 3-2-4 on the season.  With a win, they could have moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.  The Earthquakes are now 2-4-3 and are no longer in last place in the Western Conference, moving past the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Columbus will visit Jeld-Wen Field next Saturday when they play the Portland Timbers for the first time ever.  San Jose will play Saturday at home against the New England Revolution.

Lineups:

Columbus Crew – William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Julius James, Chad Marshall, Rich Balchan (Andres Mendoza 85), Eddie Gaven, Kevin Burns, Dejan Rusmir (Emmanuel Ekpo 76), Robbie Rogers, Dilly Duka (Tommy Heinemann 66), Emilio Renteria.

San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Bobby Convey, Joey Gjertsen (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 61), Brad Ring (Sam Cronin 72), Khari Stephenson, Ryan Johnson, Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski (Ike Opara 82).

Be Massive.

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