Down not one, but two men at home and in desperate need of a win, the San Jose Earthquakes found a way to stun Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday at Avaya Stadium.
A pair of straight red cards to Anibal Godoy and then Alberto Quintero had the Quakes in the worst of conditions with more than 37 minutes left in the match.
But a goal by Simon Dawkins in the 71st minute, one that summoned the days of "Goonies Never Say Die" Quakes soccer, was the difference in the match.
Quincy Amarikwa opened the scoring for the Quakes in the 30th minute thanks to a superb cross by Fatai Alashe just above the six yard box. Awarikwa redirected the cross for his second goal of the season.
The goal was the first at Avaya Stadium for the Quakes during an MLS match since May 11. It also marked their first lead in an MLS match since that date.
The Quakes woes began in the 42nd minute when Godoy picked up a straight red card. Two minutes later, a couple of former Quakes, Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow combined for the equalizing goal.
Eight minutes into the second half, Godoy's fellow countryman, Quintero, picked up San Jose's second straight red card -- one that gave Toronto a two-man advantage for the rest of the match.
Miraculously, and totally against the run of play, Dawkins found some space and fired a shot from distance that was played poorly by the Toronto keeper and that found its way into the net for the mesmerizing go-ahead goal in the 71st minute.
The Quakes held on the rest of the way for the win.