The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Toronto FC by the final of 1-0 at the BMO Field in Toronto in their final game before the World Cup break. They return to action on June 28th.
With Chris Wondolowski out for World Cup duties San Jose started Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart up front.
Immediately Toronto took the game to the Earthquakes as they earned a few chances early including a beautifully struck volley from inside the box. The shot tested Jon Busch early, but he showed he was able to rise to the occasion.
A multitude of early chances came to fruition in the 25th minute when Gordon got called for an elbow in the penalty area against Toronto defender Nick Hagglund, resulting in a penalty kick. On that ensuing penalty Toronto’s Jermaine Defoe fired one home to the bottom left corner with Busch guessing incorrectly to the right. The goal made it 1-0.
In the 65th minute Toronto would have a golden opportunity to push their lead to two goals, but Hagglund missed a header wide after breaking free from his defender on a free kick generated by a Clarence Goodson hand ball.
The San Jose Earthquakes would pick up the possession for the rest of the second half, but a strong defensive game by Toronto quelled any inconveniences before they became real threats.
Even though San Jose held a majority of the possession (by a slim margin) Toronto looked to be fully in control of the game. Toronto even outshot the Earthquakes 14-11, forcing Busch to make three saves compared to two for their keeper Joe Bednik.
Also of note, Tommy Thompson made is debut in an Earthquakes uniform becoming “the first homegrown player” to make a professional debut for San Jose.
With the loss the Earthquakes’ record drops to 4-5-4 while Toronto’s becomes 6-4-1 after winning their third-straight game at home. San Jose now sits in eighth, tied with the L.A. Galaxy with 16 points. Only Chivas U.S.A. sits behind them in the Western Conference.