MLS Snapshot: San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Philadelphia Union (video)


The game in 100 words (or less): MLS is so unpredictable, that it’s actually pretty predictable at this point. On Friday, I called this a really big game for the San Jose Earthquakes, who strode into Saturday’s meeting with the hapless, bottom-of-the-league Philadelphia Union riding a four-game winning streak. I noted that this was the quintessential “MLS gonna MLS” game, in which the league’s worst team would crop up and possibly shock the league’s hottest team. The game ended in a 2-1 loss for the Earthquakes. Chris Wondolowski scored his 13th goal of the season (106th of his career, 38 short of Landon Donovan’s all-time record — yes, that’s something we’re tracking now), but Conor Casey’s second-half brace off the bench took all the good vibes out of Avaya Stadium and proved once again that MLS is the most predictably unpredictable league in the world. The ‘Quakes, it should be noted, were without their savior signing, midfielder Anibal Godoy, in this one due to an international call-up. MLS strikes again.

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Three moments that mattered

64′ — Fabinho’s mindless handball leads to Wondo PK — What in the world is Fabinho thinking here? His hand is head-high and he’s in all kinds of space, thus the referee has an unobstructed view of him slapping the ball inside the penalty area.

74′ — Casey heads home to equalize at 1-1 — Charles Boehm is right: Conor Casey will outlive us all. Raymon Gaddis’s cross arrived to a place only Casey got reach and strike, and strike home he did.

86′ — Casey heads home — surprise! — the winner — Here’s a really poor strategy for you to consider, ‘Quakes: Don’t mark one of the best big men in MLS history. Just leave him un-marked, in his own world at the near post on a free kick. Let me know how that one works out for you. Not good? Yeah, not good.

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Man of the match: Conor Casey

Goalscorers: Wondolowski (PK – 64′), Casey (74′, 86′)