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MLS Snapshot: San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Orlando City SC

at Toyota Stadium on March 7, 2015 in Frisco, Texas.

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

Ronald Martinez

One game in 100 words: Orlando City SC procuring a draw in this one was the best case scenario when Brek Shea was sent off due to a red card early in the second half. Down to 10 men, Orlando snagged a goal and following the game-tier, played the rest of the match relying on compact defense to block the shooting lanes of San Jose. The Lions were outplayed for much of the first half but held the majority of possession in the end and made the needed adjustments to walk away with one point. In the Eastern Conference’s sixth place, Orlando currently has 13 points. San Jose is situated at fourth place in the West.


San Jose: Chris Wondolowski 68' (PK)

Orlando: Kaka 64' (PK)

64’ — Kaka cool on the PK — Orlando City goalkeeper Tally Hall smacked a long ball for midfielder Darwin Ceren, who ended up colliding with Earthquakes netminder David Bingham, which action in the box compelled the referee to call a penalty kick in favor of the Lions. And who else would step up a covert the opportunity than Kaka. The former AC Milan star had no trouble executing, firing in the PK with ease.

68’ — Wondolowski matches — For his 100th career MLS goal, a major milestone for any San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski readied himself at the spot for the penalty kick and buried it with confidence in the lower left-hand corner, sending Hall the opposite way. Off a corner kick, San Jose defender Jordan Stewart tracked the ball on the far side of the box and held firm, drawing the penalty when Ceren made contract with him.

90’ +2’ — Should Salinas have taken the contact? — San Jose appeared a bit weary toward the end of this contest, and there were a couple decisive occasions that could’ve altered the game. In this setting, Shea Salinas could’ve created an almost unstoppable goal by merely succumbing to the pushing of forward Martin Paterson in a 1-on-1 duel in the box. This sequence brings up the diving debate. When is it satisfactory to absorb contact and fall?


San Jose: Sanna Nyassi (Cordell Cato 71'), Adam Jahn (Khari Stephenson 68'), Shea Salinas; David Bingham; Marvell Wynne, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson, Jordan Stewart, Chris Wondolowski, Fatai Alashe, Matias Perez Garcia

Orlando: Cyle Larin (Martin Paterson 84'); Tally Hall, Rafael Ramos, Seb Hines, Sean St. Ledger, Luke Boden; Cristian Higuita, Darwin Ceren, Eric Avila (Amobi Okugo 87'), Kaka, Brek Shea