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.
Heroes. 💙— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) July 30, 2017
Today, we honored Colby Peterson, Chris Guenther & John Burke, three men who saved the life of Matheus Silva on July 4. 👏 pic.twitter.com/ySYxjrNGhI
-- 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.