A rodeo and motorcycle racing caused me to miss a couple of Earthquakes matches, and it looked for a moment like The Rapture would stop me from shooting this one. But when kickoff came around sans apocalypse, it was time to shoot. It's still a little early in the season for much good light at the beginning of games at Buck Shaw, but it's getting close:
It ended up being a very physical match with a lot of hard fouls, more than a few cheap shots and some suspect officiating.
The Earthquakes got it in gear during the second half, and scored two goals at the far end. Luckily for me, the Revolution woke up and went all out to try to get back in the game. They got one back on a free kick in the 86th minute. I saw how the wall was set up and the direction Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney was looking, and quickly switched cameras and focused on Quakes keeper Jon Busch knowing that he was either going to save it right at me, or I'd get the ball going by him. And in fact it did go right by him.
Despite a few more chances in the last few minutes, the Revolution couldn't convert, and the Quakes got their second home win in a row, 2-1.
On Monday Chris Wondolowski was named to the US Men's National Team roster for this summer's Gold Cup. He doesn't look like a player, doesn't move like a player, but the Golden Boot doesn't lie. It's good to finally see the USMNT/USSF reaching outside their closed loop and adding a player who may not have gone to UVA or Indiana, but just knows how to bury the ball. CONCACAF teams can watch as much tape on Wondo as they want, I don't think they're going to know what to do with him. Now we just have to hope that Bob Bradley knows what to do with him. (Hint: Get him on the field.)