SANTA CLARA CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornell Glen #13 of the San Jose Earthquakes and Daniel Hernandez #2 of FC Dallas go for the ball at Buck Shaw Stadium on September 11 2010 in Santa Clara California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Quakes Battle Hottest Team In MLS To A Draw

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0-0 End To Defensive Slog

San Jose will be content with earning a point against one of MLS’s best teams, and Eduardo’s impact on the game will offer a tantalizing look at what San Jose might be able to achieve if they get all of their pieces onto the field at once.

This game was defined by organized, physical defenses that were at times brutal in their efforts to prevent scoring. Dallas largely controlled play in the 2nd half without creating any good scoring chances. But when Eduardo entered the game Dallas seemed to pull back and San Jose took advantage to create a couple of decent scoring chances. The best was when Geovanni sent in a beautiful curling pass onto the outstretched boot of Eduardo, who was unlucky to sent the ball wide left. If that Brazilian connection is a sign of things to come San Jose fans will fancy the team’s chances over the rest of the year.

But for now San Jose will look at the standings to see that playoff competitors Toronto, Chicago and Colorado all lost today, making this Saturday instantly successful even with the Quakes failing to find the back of the net. San Jose can now look forward to a home game against the struggling Philadelphia Union as a chance to move up in the standings of the Western Conference.

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Substitute Ryan Johnson Enters Game

Frank Yallop made another play for offense, bringing on forward Ryan Johnson for Arturo Alvarez. Dallas has had the better of play and there is a concern that another striker will open up the possibility of a Dallas counter attack, but San Jose is going for the win.

Dallas used their final substitution to bring on forward Ruben Luna in place of forward Jeff Cunningham.

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Brazilian Eduardo Comes On For San Jose

With the impact signings of Khari Stephenson and Geovanni, Eduardo became the forgotten man. Injured for the entire season, the Brazilian has been unable to make the impact he was supposed to provide on offense. Now, with an improved team he will get that chance as Frank Yallop searches for some offense by taking off a largely ineffective Cornell Glen.

Meanwhile, Dallas used their 2nd substitution by taking off an injured Jackson Goncalves for 21 year old Oakland native Kyle Davies.

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Dallas Makes 1st Substitution

Midfielder Marvin Chavez just came on for the generally ineffective Atiba Harris. Meanwhile, the CSN broadcast brought up the possibility of oft-injured Eduardo finally playing at striker for the Quakes.

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Quakes, Dallas Scoreless Through First Half

In a game dominated by organized defenses and uncreative offenses San Jose and Dallas remain tied at 0-0 after 45 minutes. Both teams have mustered only two shots, few of which have truly bothered the goalkeepers. Geovanni created San Jose’s best scoring chance on a dead ball free kick that narrowly went wide past the left post. Dallas also nearly scored an own goal that Hartman snared as it touched the line.

Dallas midfielder Eric Alexander picked up the game’s only yellow card for running over Bobby Convey.

San Jose will look to create more opportunities for Geovanni, and a change at forward (presumably with the removal of Cornell Glen) would not be surprising. Dallas will probably look to maintain more possession and force San Jose back into their own half.

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Starting Lineups Announced - No Khari Stephenson

A small surprise in San Jose’s lineup – Khari Stephenson starts on the bench, perhaps still slowed by an injury suffered last weekend against Houston. Also, with Chris Leitch now healthy Bobby Convey can return to his more natural position as wing midfielder, with Geovanni potentially feeding him the ball as an attacking mid. Here are the 11 that Frank Yallop will send out tonight:

Goalkeeper: Jon Busch
Defenders: Chris Leitch, Brandon McDonald, Jason Hernandez, Tim Ward
Midfielders: Arturo Alvarez, Brad Ring, Geovanni, Bobby Convey
Forwards: Chris Wondolowski, Cornell Glen

And for Dallas:

Goalkeeper: Kevin Hartman
Defenders: Heath Pearce, Zach Loyd, Jackson Goncalves, Jair Benitez
Midfielders: Atiba Harris, Daniel Hernandez, Eric Alexander, Brek Shea, David Ferriera
Forwards: Jeff Cunningham

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Quakes Face FC Dallas - Hottest Team In MLS - In Tough Home Matchup

The San Jose Earthquakes must feel pretty good about themselves right now. They have won three of their last four games and pushed themselves safely into the last playoff spot with room to spare and games in hand. And they must be thrilled to see Geovanni make such a powerful impact in his first full game as a starter, scoring one goal and assisting another. Khari Stephenson and Geovanni have combined to reinvigorate a stagnant offensive attack and San Jose has continued to play solid, scrappy defense despite massive injury issues. And tonight they can measure themselves against the hottest, and arguably the best team in the MLS.

FC Dallas has not lost a game since May 20th - more than three months. They haven't lost a road game since the 3rd game of the season. True, they have settled for more ties than any other team in the league, but with a defense that has not allowed more than one goal in a game since April, the chances of losing are slim. But San Jose will have home field advantage and should be brimming with confidence after a momentum building win in Houston last week.

To beat Dallas San Jose will have to get a goal or two past Kevin Hartman, perhaps the best goalie in MLS this year. He leads the league in goals-against-average and save percentage and is a large reason why Dallas has been so incredibly consistent in defense. The defensive back line is anchored by George John, who has started every game for Dallas this season.

The Dallas attack is led by David Ferriera, an attacking midfielder who leads the team in minutes played and assists and has the 2nd most goals. Containing Ferriera will be a major challenge for whichever Earthquake is selected to play defensive midfielder, likely Brandon McDonald, and will be a major matchup to watch. Ferriera's favorite target is Jamaican Jeff Cunningham, who has collected 8 goals on the season to lead Dallas in scoring.

This is a real chance to grade the progress San Jose has made. Getting any points from a team as hot as Dallas would be a solid result, and a win would be a huge windfall for San Jose's confidence and playoff chances. A loss would not be the end of the world, but if it came in a fashion that indicates that San Jose is still a few steps away from truly competing with the elite in MLS it could be a sobering result.

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