The Earthquakes fell 2-1 to the New England Revolution on Saturday, dropping to 2-0-2 on the young season.
Disappointing Effort In New England
San Jose had to feel optimistic going in to last Saturday’s game with New England as the Revs had failed to score a goal in their first three games. It is hard to feel like anything but a sub-standard effort allowed New England to score twice in the first 37 minutes of the match. There are a lot of factors -- like travel, the slushy cold and windy weather, the odd gametime -- in play. But really good teams are able to either ignore or overcome these things when the whistle blows and find a way to win. That definitely was not the case Saturday, especially in the first half.
[RECAP: Quakes fall to Revolution 2-1]
Never a Good Sign
It’s never a good sign when someone from the opposing team wins MLS Player of the Week, but it was announced Tuesday New England’s Kellen Rowe earned this week’s honors with his two goals.
Goals, Goals, Goals!
The good news is the Earthquakes are tied for the league lead in scoring goals with six after four games. The bad news is they are also tied for allowing the most goals with six. The encouraging thing defensively is that San Jose has to feel like its experienced back line is going to get better as it gets more consistent playing time together. Their depth has been tested due to injuries and suspensions early this season. It is definitely something to watch.
Game 2 Crowd: Oakland A’s or San Francisco Giants?
Sunday is the second regular season game at Avaya Stadium. It’s easy to sell out the first game. The A’s have often done that, only to have around 10,000 show up for the second game of the baseball season. The Giants sell out Opening Day, and just about every other game of the year. With 12,000 season ticket holders, the Earthquakes are optimistic for another full house. My prediction is that the buzz from the opening game will carry over and the Earthquakes will have 17,000 in the house.
Hopefully they will provide as much excitement as in their opening match.