To say the San Jose Earthquakes have been struggling lately would be a gross understatement. They hadn’t won a match in 10 straight games heading into their meeting with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, and unfortunately was pushed to 11 as Colorado earned the three points with a 2-1 win at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Rapids continued their excellent play, stretching their unbeaten streak to five consecutive matches. Colorado took advantage for the final 40 minutes of the match when San Jose’s Sam Cronin was ejected at the beginning of the second half.
Caleb Folan and Jeff Larentowicz played the hero today for the Rapids, with Folan scoring his second penalty kick of the year after the referees awarded them a hand ball. Larentowicz had a beautful set piece later on in the match to give Colorado the winning goal.
Joey Gjertsen’s 22nd minute goal gave San Jose life early in the match, but slowly dwindled down after Cronin’s ejection, extending their winless streak to a devastating 11 straight games. Their 5-9-10 record leaves them 23 poitns out of first place in the Western Conference, and all but eliminates any playoff hopes they might have had.
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