The San Jose Earthquakes have struggled lately, to everyone’s surprise. In a flurry of tie games, they haven’t been able to find that rhythm and aren’t doing as well as everyone expected them to. There are many issues that they’re facing right now, and offensive isn’t one of them. They just can figure out how to find that extra gear that will push them into overdrive with their winning situation. Today, they tied again to the Montreal Impact 2-2.
They controlled the possession for most of the game, buy struggled to connect on 14/16 shot attempts. They didn’t move the ball well, and their accuracy was decent. Jon Busch allowed two very early goals to the Impact, both scored by Justin Mapp, who was on his game tonight. He had two shots on goal and connected on both of them. The first one came 24 minutes into the game, and the second right after halftime at 47 minutes. This seems to happen to the Quakes a lot.
Luckily, however, they go into overdrive in the second part of the game. They played pretty well from halftime on and were able to get some crucial stops while attacking the net. The shots just weren’t there, however. The Quakes finally scored 59 minutes in by Adam Jahn. They had their foots in the door. Like many other games, however, they found some very late magic and scored in stoppage time, courtesy of Sam Crownin.
It hasn’t been looking good for the Quakes, who are now at 2-3-5 at 6th place in the Western Conference, just outside of the playoffs. They’ve had worse starts, but this one is particularly surprising considering that this was supposed to be Chris Wondolowski’s year of dominance. Things like this can happen so many times, and this is the Quakes 5th draw of the season at 2-2.