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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' bounce back win vs Rapids

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' bounce back win vs Rapids

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The San Jose Earthquakes really needed this one. 

After a disastrous road trip that saw them fall under the MLS playoff line and struggle defensively, the Quakes responded with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. 

Here are five takeaways from San Jose's win:

-- If you've yet to see it, the game-winning goal is something to behold. Nick Lima, San Jose's second ever Homegrown Player, controled and volleyed a rocket into the net in the 59th minute. 

The goal was his second of the season and first since the opening match of the year. And it also repositioned the defender into contention for MLS' Rookie of the Year award.

-- In more news to feel good about, Matheus Silva was back at Avaya Stadium. The midfielder looks to be recovering nicely after nearly drowning on July 4 over in Lake Tahoe. He was all smiles during pregame and has been seen on Reno 1868's practice field recently. 

-- Silva as in San Jose actually as the Quakes paid tribute to the people responsible for saving his life. Colby Peterson, Chris Guenther and John Burke were recognized at Avaya Stadium during a pregame ceremony. They kicked in the ceremonial first goal and posed for photos with Silva. 

-- The win puts the Quakes closer to the playoff line. Vancouver won on Saturday to strengthen their position and the Seattle Sounders, who were fifth place, play later Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Galaxy. A Seattle loss puts San Jose just a point away from fourth place in the very-crammed Western Conference. 

-- With the Gold Cup over, the Quakes were essentially at full roster strength. Back were Darwin Ceren (who started on Saturday despite some controversy) and Marcos Urena (who also started for San Jose). Simon Dawkins was in the starting XI as he continues his way back for injury. He played 66 minutes. 

Quakes grab second-half equalizer to clinch second straight draw

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Quakes grab second-half equalizer to clinch second straight draw

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SANDY, Utah  — Danny Hoesen scored his third goal in two games and Andrew Tarbell tied his career high with seven saves to help the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1 tie with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Valeri Qazaishvili’s shot from the top of the box was stopped by a diving Nick Rimando, but Hoesen chipped in the rebound to make it 1-1 in the 64th minute.

Salt Lake’s Damir Kreilach opened the scoring in the 54th, heading home Corey Baird’s redirection of a corner kick by Albert Rusnak from the top of the 6-yard box.

San Jose (2-9-4), which is winless since May 12, snapped a six-game losing streak.

Real Salt Lake (7-7-1) had its six-game home win streak snapped.

Salt Lake came up empty on multiple chances: Baird chipped a one-on-one opportunity wide in the 11th minute, Rusnak pushed a free kick from 30-yards out just over the cross bar in the 29th, Tarbell made a diving stop of a first-timer from Baird in the opening minute of the second half and Marcelo Silva’s header off a corner kick rolled off the cross bar onto the top of the net.

Hoesen scores 2 goals, Earthquakes tie Revolution 2-2

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Hoesen scores 2 goals, Earthquakes tie Revolution 2-2

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SAN JOSE -- Danny Hoesen scored two goals to help the San Jose Earthquakes tie the New England Revolution 2-2 on Wednesday night.

San Jose (2-9-4) avoided its first five-game losing streak since 2009. New England (6-4-6) is unbeaten in its last six games in the series, with three victories.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 17th minute. After a defensive turnover, Hoesen dribbled into the penalty area and sent a left-footed shot past Matt Turner. Hoesen tied it at 2 in the 51st on a header for his ninth goal of the season.

Diego Fagundez tied it at 1 in the 31st by bending a free kick over the wall and inside the near post. Cristian Penilla scored his sixth goal of the season in the 43rd on a fast break to give New England the lead. Penilla dribbled down the left side, cut back his defender inside the box and smashed a shot into the top corner.