Revolution beats Earthquakes 2-1 for 1st win
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Lee Nguyen scored in the 93rd minute, and the New England Revolution beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday night for their first win of the season.
Nguyen raced to Scott Caldwell’s long pass down the left wing, and then cut inside before deking San Jose defender Clarence Goodson and beating goalkeeper Jon Busch for the winning score for New England (1-2-1).
The Revolution ended a 305-minute scoring drought to start the season when San Jose defender Victor Bernardez knocked the ball into the Earthquakes’ net while trying to make a last-ditch clearance.
Chris Wondolowski had a second-half equalizer for the Earthquakes, who hadn’t lost at Buck Shaw Stadium since March 3, 2013. The loss ends an unbeaten string of 21 home matches in all competitions for San Jose.
The Revolution’s first goal ended a bizarre sequence that began with New England midfielder Diego Fagundez playing a pass over the top toward forward Saer Sene. San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch charged off his line, but left back Jordan Stewart reached the ball first and his attempted clearance pushed it out of Busch’s reach. Bernardez attempted a right-footed save inside the 6-yard box, but he inadvertently kicked his left foot instead and whiffed on the ball.
The Quakes held roughly 80 percent of possession for the first 10 minutes of the first half and continued to build pressure in the second half. Wondolowski finally made that work pay off in the 69th minute when he collected a deflected cross and cut a tightly angled shot across the face of goal from 4 yards, tucking it neatly inside the far post.
Goodson delivered a critical block on Nguyen’s open shot in the 80th minute.