Federico Higuain's late first half goal was canceled out by Chris Wondolowski's early second half header as the San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew settled for a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Despite a defeat to Toronto FC last week, Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter went with the exact same starting eleven and while they came out in the opening 20 minutes with more energy, they failed to find any targets in the box on crosses.
With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.
And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.
In their fourth game of the season, the Revs finally began to cook. They improved their play in all three fundamental areas â€“ defense, midfield, and offense â€“ and defeated a team that is notably difficult to beat at home. Score? 2 to 1.
The Revs basically controlled the first half, playing, as announcer Brad Feldman commented, as if they were the home team, rather than San Jose.
With Saturday'sclash betweenthe New England Revolution (0-2-1,1 point)andSan Jose Earthquakes (1-0-1,4 point)atvenerable Buck Shaw Stadiumonly hours away, let's take one last look at what the coaches and players were saying in the days leading up to it.
It may have been a disappointing result for Real Salt Lake, considering they conceded a stoppage time goal that led to a 3-3 draw on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, but a point at Buck Shaw Stadium is never anything to scoff at.
Jermain Defoe's MLS debut grabbed the headlines in MLS Week Two, but it was actually the week of the defender in Major League Soccer as several centerbacks and fullbacks stepped up with memorable performances worthy of a place in the SBI MLS Best XI.
Khari Stephenson is officially once again a member of the Earthquakes.
San Jose announced Tuesday that it has brought back Stephenson a year after he left to play for Real Salt Lake. The 33-year-old Jamaican midfielder with experience playing in Europe and MLS played for the Earthquakes from August 2010 to the end of the 2012 campaign, compiling eight goals and eight assists in 69 regular season matches.
For the San Jose Earthquakes, there is no time to shake off the preseason cobwebs because aCONCACACAF Champions League bout awaits.
The Earthquakes may not have played in opening weekend of the 2014 MLS season because of a bye in the schedule, but that will not stop them from having the difficult task of hosting a Toluca side in midseason form in the opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinals series.
A look at the West, for those of us from the East (image: logoinspirations.com)
New OTF contributor Cory Jensen brings you a detailed look at the teams we in Fireland only have the pleasure of meeting once a year...
In all reality, Major League Soccer's eastern conference has garnered all the preseason attention with Michael Bradley, Jermaine Defoe, DC United's reconstruction, and the impending introduction of NYCFC.
You just can't get enough of MLS savant Stephen Mangat's .gif parade, can you?
MLS First Kick is right around the corner, so let's do it West Coast stylee...
San Jose Earthquakes
The Earthquakes are like this year's Barcelona (first time anyone has ever said that, I'm betting) still capable of hitting the heights of prior years, but not with the same consistency when the team was at its peak.
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Rose City Invitational wrapped up Saturday at Providence Park with the San Jose Earthquakes earning a victory and the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps playing to a hard-fought draw.
PORTLAND, Ore.- For the three MLS teams competing in Portland this week, the second night of the Rose City Invitational was a night to look at players trying to either break into their team's starting lineup or to solidify their spot on the roster.
The Rapids wouldn't mind some long shots from Jose Mari Colorado is finally back home tomorrow, facing the San Jose Earthquakes at the Dick. After missing the last home game its been far too long since I've seen them in person. San Jose is still looking for their first win this year, while the Rapids have a chance to put up their best ever point total after their first 6 games with at least a draw.
The New England Revolution (1-2-1, 4 points) will look tomake it two wins in arowwhen they travel to the nation's capital to face D.C. United (0-2-1, 1 point)at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 7 pm.
The match will be broadcast locally on MyTV38 (WSBK, Boston), due to scheduling conflicts with Comcast Sports Net's telecast of the Boston Celtics game on Saturday night.
The San Jose Earthquakes have made it a routine to pull off late heroics at Buck Shaw Stadium, with last-minute goals an almost expected part of the proceedings in the small Northern California stadium.
Fans at Buck Shaw saw another late game-winner on Saturday, only this time it wasn't by the Earthquakes, but by the New England Revolution, who escaped San Jose with all three points after recording their first win of the 2014 season in dramatic fashion.
Two teams in search of their first win of 2014face off at Buck Shaw Stadiumon Saturday, where theNew England Revolution (0-2-1, 1 point)and San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-1, 1 point) will meet for an intra-conference clash. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 pm EST.
The Revolution will make their first West Coast trip of the seasonto face the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10:30pm.
The last time the Revolution faced the Earthquakes in the Golden State was the 2012 season opener on Mar. 10, 2012. Chris Wondolowski's 16th minute goal held to give the Quakes a 1-0 win over the Revolution.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.
Sporting Kansas City finally got themselves off the mark with a win in MLS play tonight with a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes thanks to a second half PK goal by Dom Dwyer. As might be expected after the two teams played CONCACAF Champions League games on Wednesday, the game lacked a lot of the bite that you'd expect from the match up, but both sides had their chances to pick up the win.
OTF's CONCACAF editor Austin Fido brings you most of what you need to know about the upcoming CCL quarterfinals...Eight teams and six weeks left in our regional showpiece tournament. Here's a look at the quarterfinal match-ups, including a reminder of how each club got to this stage, and an update on what they've been doing while CCL has been on hiatus.
The San Jose Earthquakes looked primed to be demolished on Wednesday night, missing eight starters and facing a dangerous Toluca side in Mexico with a patch-work defense. The Earthquakes figured to be blown out of the water.
Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Earthquakes looked like they might be run off the field by visiting Real Salt Lake, but in what has become a common occurrence in San Jose, the Earthquakes found a way to battle back and earn a point when earning any kind of points seemed improbable.
In part two of our 2014 season preview, we take a closer look at the eight teams that currently share the Western Conference with the Portland Timbers. Portland ended up finishing 2013 on top of the standings, but they'll have plenty of competition for the that level this season. Real Salt Lake advanced to MLS Cup but they'll need to adjust to a new coach, Los Angeles, FC Dallas and San Jose return their main core of players, while Seattle underwent a bit of an overhaul in their locker room while there still isn't a coach in charge of Colorado.
The Unites States men's national team opened 2014 with a shaky, but still relatively dominant 2-0 win over South Korea from a sold out StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Chris Wondolowski bagged a brace in both halves to make his case for a ticket to Brazil. The San Jose Earthquakes striker scored in the 4th and 60th minutes with assists from Brad David and Landon Donovan, respectively.