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.