The San Jose Earthquakes were coming off an incredibly tough loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps and hoped to get back on track against a struggling Chivas USA side. Unfortunately for the Quakes, Chivas USA was the team that came out looking determined to get a win early in the match.
In the fourth minute, Chivas was able to find the back of the net, putting the Quakes on the defensive very early in the match. For a long time, it looked as though the one goal lead would be enough for Chivas to eek out a win on the road at San Jose. While Chivas did not do a whole lot offensively after the early goal, but did enough defensively to hold up that lead for the majority of the game.
The Quakes absolutely dominated the stat sheet, and had a ton of opportunities, but whether it was due to good defensive play or poor finishing, the Quakes peppered Chivas goal keeper Dan Kenny to no avail until very late in the match. Right when it was looking like the Quakes would suffer back to back losses, Alan Gordon came through with a crucial goal in the 88th minute to tie the game and salvage one point.
Despite the late game heroics of Gordon, the Quakes cannot be happy about how the match went. The home side dominated in time of possession (62.5% - 37.5%), shots (24-5) amd corner kicks (15-1) and maintained an 84% pass accuracy. With stats like those, against a struggling team, the Quakes really want to get the full three points if they wish to stay in the race for the best record in the MLS.