Union 0, Earthquakes 0
Philadelphia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon recorded his sixth
shutout of the season, while San Jose’s Jon Busch had his fifth as
the Union and Earthquakes played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night.
Philadelphia (7-4-7) moved into a tie with New York atop the
Eastern Conference with 28 points.
The Earthquakes (5-6-7) were shut out for the fourth time in
five matches, going 0-2-3 during that span.
Philadelphia nearly broke through in the 85th minute as
midfielder Kyle Nakazawa’s free kick made it through the defense
but hit the right post.
The Earthquakes nearly scored early in the second half but
midfielder Ryan Johnson’s shot from left of the goal hit the
Philadelphia peppered Busch with two dangerous shots early in
the second half, one by Danny Mwanga and the other by Sebastien Le
Toux, but he saved them both.
San Jose coach Frank Yallop was ejected in the 66th minute after
protesting a yellow card that was issued against defender Ramiro
When the two teams met in April at Philadelphia, they combined
for just one goal as the Union won on Le Toux’s penalty kick in the
Each team was without one of its top offensive players.
Philadelphia forward Carlos Ruiz, tied for the team lead with
five goals, was not in uniform. Union coach Peter Nowak gave him
the night off to rest after his heavy recent workload, playing four
games for Guatemala’s national team in the Gold Cup then three
straight games in 11 days for Philadelphia.
The Earthquakes were without forward Steven Lenhart, who ranks
second on the team with five goals. He missed the match because of
a suspension for accumulating five yellow cards.
San Jose rookie midfielder Rafael Baca, who signed with the team
this week, made his MLS debut late in the second half.