Whatever momentum FC Dallas had accumulated with the recent wins against Vancouver and Chicago was lost out in the bay as the San Jose Earthquakes manhandled the FCD side missing half its starters. A sell out crowd watched the home town Quakes beat the depleated FCD side 4-2.
Dallas was missing 6 starters with Brek Shea, Ricardo Villar, Kevin Hartman, Daniel Hernandez, and Andrew Jacobson all being left in Dallas for rest and recovery. Jackson was also suspended for the match due to yellow cards. “Some of the players we left at home are injured,” said Hyndman. "They wouldn’t have been at their best, and we might have made the injury worse. And a couple of them we just wanted to rest."
With Real Salt Lake tieing Portland earlier in the day, a FCD win would have seen them move into 3rd in the West and earn a bye in round one of the playoffs. It has to be wondered if resting those player will pay off since FCD now has an extra game against either New York or Houston (depending on the Houston/LA result on Sunday).
Chris Seitz started in net with Jeremy Hall, Jack Stewart, Maykel Galindo, Bruno Guarda, Bobby Warshaw and Maicon Santos filling in for the other missing players.
It all went sour for FCD in the first half, shortly after RSL had stumbled, FCD proceeded to give up four goals in a span of just twelve minutes. One of the four goals was a PK by Chris Wondolowski allowing him to tie Dwayne DeRosario for the MLS Golden Boot with 16 goals on the season. Seitz made several second half saves to deny Wondolowski the outright title.
One bright spot late was the first career MLS goal for FCD starlet Ruben Luna who netted in the 90th minute.
SJ – Simon Dawkins (unassisted) 26
SJ – Rafael Baca (Steven Beitashour, Khari Stephenson) 27
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (penalty kick) 34
SJ – Simon Dawkins (unassisted) 38
DAL – George John (Jack Stewart, Daniel Cruz) 46+
DAL – Ruben Luna (Bruno Guarda, Jair Benitez) 90
SJ – Bobby Burling (caution; Reckless Tackle) 77
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, Jeremy Hall, George John, Jack Stewart, Jair Benitez, Daniel Cruz (Victor Ulloa 81), Maykel Galindo (Andrew Wiedeman 63), Bruno Guarda, Bobby Warshaw, Fabian Castillo, Maicon Santos (Ruben Luna 73)
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Moises Hernandez, Bryan Leyva, Zach Loyd
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Fabian Castillo 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (7 tied with 1); FOULS: 5 (Maicon Santos 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Maicon Santos 3); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Daniel Cruz 3); SAVES: 5 (Chris Seitz 5).
San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Bobby Burling, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow, Rafael Baca, Ramiro Corrales, Sam Cronin, Simon Dawkins (Ellis McLoughlin 85), Khari Stephenson (Joey Gjertsen 62), Chris Wondolowski.
Substitutes Not Used: David Bingham, Nana Attakora, Chris Leitch, Matt Luzunaris, Brad Ring
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Chris Wondolowski 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Chris Wondolowski 4); FOULS: 10 (Sam Cronin 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (2 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Rafael Baca 3); SAVES: 5 (Jon Busch 5).
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Time of Match: 1:51
Weather: Clear and 76 degrees