The game in 100 words (or less): San Jose’s quick thinking on a set piece led to a goal from Adam Jahn, and one goal was enough to take all three points in a win over the Houston Dynamo. A quickly taken free kick from the Earthquakes caught Houston’s defense off-guard, and Adam Jahn slipped in behind to head home for San Jose. Houston pressed for an equalizer, but San Jose held strong to keep a clean sheet. Goalkeeper David Bingham made a huge stop on Giles Barnes’ penalty kick to strengthen San Jose’s lead over Houston in the Western Conference standings.
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Three moments that mattered
34′ — Brad Davis can’t hit the target for Houston — With the game still scoreless, Brad Davis was inches away from putting Houston ahead. San Jose had trouble clearing the box when the Dynamo captain stepped up and fired a left-footed shot towards Bingham in net. Davis’ strike sailed just wide, as Houston would fail to score all game.
54′ — Jahn’s header opens the scoring for SJ — Matias Perez Garcia’s quick thinking gave San Jose the lead in the opening ten minutes of the second half. Garcia quickly took a free kick before Houston could find their defensive shape, and Adam Jahn snuck in behind to head home for San Jose.
58′ — Bingham PK save keeps San Jose ahead — Just minutes after Adam Jahn put San Jose ahead, David Bingham took down Giles Barnes in the box. A penalty kick was awarded for Houston, and Barnes looked to finish what he had started, only to be denied by Bingham’s palm.
Man of the match: Adam Jahn — The former Stanford standout worked tirelessly all night for San Jose, and his first goal of the season earned the Earthquakes all three points.
Houston: Deric, Sarkodie (Horst, 83′), Rodriguez, Taylor, Beasley, Garrido, Clark, Garcia (Lovejoy, 74′), Lopez (Bruin, 65′), Davis, Barnes
San Jose: Bingham, Stewart, Goodson, Bernardez, Wynne, Garcia (Thompson, 83′), Alashe (Koval, 29′), Wondolowski, Salinas, Jahn, Nyassi (Cato, 65′)
Goal: Jahn (54′)