SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Western Conference-leading FC Dallas 1-0 on Friday night at Avaya Stadium. The loss marked the first at Avaya Stadium for San Jose this season, who are now 5-1-3 at home on the year.
San Jose nearly took an early lead in the sixth minute. After being awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, midfielder Anibal Godoy wrapped a shot around the wall, forcing FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz to make a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
FC Dallas had a chance of its own in the 19th minute that was snuffed out by keeper David Bingham. After receiving a chip from midfielder Mauro Diaz, streaking forward Maximiliano Urruti took an open shot on net. Bingham sprawled out to get a hand on the ball and send it it ricocheting off the post and safely back to him.
Five minutes later, Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato secured the ball by the corner flag and passed it to midfielder Alberto Quintero in the box. His cross in front of the net was tipped by forward Chris Wondolowski and rolled inches wide of the far post.
The Earthquakes almost took the lead again in the 32nd minute. After another foul just outside the box, Godoy attempted to curl a left-footed free kick past the FC Dallas keeper, but his shot bounced off the crossbar and was cleared.
FC Dallas broke the deadlock in the 51st minute. Forward Michael Barrios took a hard shot on net that Quakes defender Marvell Wynne cleared off the goal line but only as far as Urruti. His close-range bicycle kick sailed past Bingham to give FC Dallas the lead.
The Quakes look to rebound when they take on Toronto FC on Saturday, July 16 at Avaya Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
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