BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Friday night at Toyota Park. The Quakes got a strong defensive performance from their backline, which featured no natural center backs due to injuries to five defensemen.
In the 38th minute, Fire midfielder Joao Meira sent a right-footed blast goal-ward from 25 yards out and Bingham punched the shot over the crossbar for a corner kick.
San Jose nearly broke the deadlock eleven minutes into the second half. Matias Perez Garcia whipped in an out-swinging free kick from the left flank that found Wondolowski at the far post. His attempt on goal rolled just wide.
Two minutes later, the Fire found the back of the net. A header clearance by center back Fatai Alashe from his own penalty area went only as far as Chicago forward John Goossens, who volleyed the ball through traffic and past Bingham.
San Jose's search for a late equalizer was hindered when Alashe was forced from the match due to a head injury and the team had no remaining substitutes. The Quakes played out the final few minutes of regulation and all seven minutes of stoppage time with just 10 men on the field.
The Quakes return to action on Friday, July 8 when they host FC Dallas at Avaya Stadium during their annual Pride Night, presented by Shane Co. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on UniMas, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
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