San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Vega commits awful howler

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Goalkeeper Daniel Vega committed a tragically bad error early in the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2-2 draw with FC Dallas that cost the home side a win and a chance to move into a playoff position.

Despite second-half goals from red-hot Chris Wondolowski and winger Magnus Eriksson, the Earthquakes were held thanks to the early mistake that came in the 27th minute. Vega took a goal-kick that he distributed to the left for defender Florian Jungwirth who sent it right back to the goalkeeper under a press by FC Dallas.

The pass squirted right under the foot of Vega as he looked to control, with no attacking player in the same zip code. Vega simply misjudged the pass and whiffed as he tried to control. The goal is the 26th San Jose has allowed this season, and with 27 after the match they sit tied with two other clubs for second-most in the West.

Francis Atuahene would go on to score an eventual equalizer for FC Dallas on his MLS debut with an absurd outside-of-the-foot finish to finish the 2-2 scoreline, keeping the visitors three points above the hosts in the Western Conference table.