MLS Snapshot: San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 DC United

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One game, 100 words (or less): Ew. Yucky soccer. Yucky. A sloppy mess graced Buck Shaw Stadium, and in the end only Bill Hamid came out of it with a gold star, but DC United came away with three points.

Gobs of midfield giveaways, poor defending, and missed chances ruled king, and only an early surge put DC United through. San Jose has a lot of work to do if they wish to get off the bottom.

Three moments that mattered:

12′ – Johnson buries a penalty – Pretty simple one here. A long ball fell to Chris Rolfe on the left edge of the box, and he ripped a shot on net from a tight angle. Brandon Barklage was out of position, and in his attempt to get back and defend, Rolfe’s shot crashed into his outstretched arm while the defender was midair. It was a clear penalty decision and it was given, and Eddie Johnson buried the chance for a 1-0 DC United lead.

25′ – Hello, San Jose defense, please wake up – Lackadaisical defense leads to goals. A Busch mistake led to Rolfe with the ball again on the left and Atiba Harris barely even attempted to keep up, and the DC attacker had all kinds of space to send in a low cross. Luis Silva beat Clarence Goodson to the near post with a run, and he connected with Rolfe’s open cross to touch past Jon Busch for a 2-0 lead. It was some terribly shoddy defending, but also another good attack for DC down the left.

39′ – Wondo’s back! With his team trailing 2-0 and looking listless, their first good attack saw some luck. A left-footed shot from Chris Wondolowski took a healthy deflection which planted Bill Hamid on the ground and the ball splashed into the back of the net.  It’s goal #85 of his MLS career, and gave his team some life.  It’s also the team’s first goal in four games. Yes, four.

Three lessons going forward:

1. DC United is for real – If you weren’t already convinced, you should be. They’ve challenged the top teams and beaten the ones they should. This team has a solid back line, a hard-working midfield, and in-form strikers.  It’s hard to get much better than that.

2. The Earthquakes need to wake up – The second DC goal was a face-palm moment. There were way too many players not plugged in, and they were beat. If this team is going to get back on their feet, they need to avoid moments like this, at both the front and back.

3. When a team is struggling, a goalkeeper’s even more important – Bill Hamid. Wow. DC United was on their heels all second half, and he came up with no less than three miraculous saves and nine overall, each better than the one before.  The biggest came in stoppage time when Alan Gordon had the net gaping but his header was pounced on by Hamid as it looked like San Jose would level. Hamid was clearly Man of the Match.

Where this leaves them:

  • DC United extends its surprising lead on the Eastern Conference, surging to 31 points, five clear of Sporting KC with 18 games played.
  • The Western Conference bottom spot remains with San Jose, 16 points which is four below Chivas USA on 15 games.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.