In an attempt to get some exposure outside of San Jose, the Earthquakes gave up their home field advantage (the usually packed Buck Shaw Stadium) for a sparse AT&T Park in San Francisco on St. Patrick's Day. The only goal of the match came in the 14th minute when Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch and defender Victor Bernardez collided with Dynamo forward Brian Ching at the edge of the San Jose six-yard box. On a play that easily could have been a no-call, referee Chris Penso awarded the Dynamo a penalty kick.
The game was hard-fought, but the Quakes just couldn't get anything going for most of the game, and then started going for broke far too late.
San Jose is going to have to do something about Steven Lenhart, who picked up his second yellow card in the Quakes' first two games. Obviously Lenhart's job is to be physical, win balls, and lay them off for Wondolowski. But Lenhart isn't winning balls, and he seems more intent on colliding with opposing players than serving Wondolowski.
Houston committed a few fouls at the edge of their own box late in the game, but made sure not to concede a penalty kick on any of them.
The Earthquakes need to get their best 11 on the field at the same time, and it's possible they will have to change formations to get it right...