Houston Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes 3/17/12

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.

Jon Busch, Victor Bernardez, & Brian Ching

Victor Bernardez & Brian Ching

Steven Beitashour, Jon Busch, Victor Bernardez & Chris Wondolowski

Brad Davis

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.

Will Bruin & Steven Beitashour

Khari Stephenson & Colin Clark

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.

Steven Lenhart & Geoff Cameron

Steven Lenhart

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.

Shea Salinas & Andre Hainault

Chris Wondolowski & Jermaine Taylor

Chris Wondolowski

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...

Ramiro Corrales

Shea Salinas