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New York 1-3 San Jose: Bobby Convey Takes Down New York

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 30: Chris Albright  of the New York Red Bulls collides with Bobby Convey  of the San Jose Earthquakes during the 1st leg of their playoff match up at Buck Shaw Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

After coming home with a one goal lead on aggregate from San Jose, the New York Red Bulls knew that the Earthquakes were never going to give up without a fight at Red Bull Arena. The Quakes absolutely knew they dodged a massive bullet at Buck Shaw Stadium as the scoreline could’ve been at least four goals to nil. On Thursday night at Red Bull Arena, the Earthquakes were ready to take down the Eastern Conference regular season champions.

Bobby Convey came ready to play and was the hero for the Earthquakes. An early sixth minute tally that started with a clearance by Tim Ream that was blocked, Ryan Johnson was then able to get the ball and cross it into the area. It was knocked down, but the ball fell loose and all Convey did was take the shot well and went top shelf. One goal to nil on the scoreboard, but the aggregate was leveled at one a piece.

After a poor start the Red Bulls were able to settle down and tried to pull one back. All match long you could see the Red Bulls chasing the game. They attacked the net with plenty of purpose and tried to get that second goal on the aggregate. No matter how many times they tried to get a goal it would either be a shot that hit the post, was high, wide or Jon Busch would make a good save.

But the Quakes were hungry to pull an upset and in the 76th minute Bobby Convey did it again and scored his second of the night with a quick fake on the near side. He ran at goal and scored another fantastic strike that beat Bouna Coundoul. Two goals to one lead on the aggregate. But there was an answer from the Red Bulls two minutes later.

New rookie sensation Juan Agudelo got a nice ball and attacked the area. He stopped to fake a shot, then chipped it across and waiting to head it in was Juan Pablo Angel who gave the home crowd something to cheer about. That goal leveled the aggregate at two a piece, but sadly it all went crashing down again.

In the 81st minute it was a cheap clearance that allowed the Quakes to keep possession in the Red Bulls side of the field. Convey made a fantastic cross into the middle of the area and an unmarked Chris Wondolowski timed his run perfectly and headed the ball past Coundoul for the three goals to two aggregate lead.

Hans Backe failed to get his substitutions out during this three goal explosion that took six minutes before he was able to use all three. Thierry Henry, Salou Ibrahim and Jeremy Hall came on around the 84th minute and when there was only two minutes of stoppage time in the second half, it was all over when referee Mark Geiger blew his whistle. The San Jose Earthquakes came to Red Bull Arena and performed Frank Yallop’s game plan well.

Almost 23,000 came to Red Bull Arena expecting a win and a celebration to host the Eastern Conference final. Instead they saw the side wearing Black and Blue celebrating on their home field. Give credit where credit is due. The Earthquakes came with no fear and knew they had a chance at an upset. They made their chances count and took advantage of some terrible defending. So now they will await their opponents and it will be a trip to either Colorado or Columbus for a chance at the MLS Cup Final in Toronto.

Congratulations to Frank Yallop and the San Jose Earthquakes for a well played series and good luck into the next round of the 2010 MLS Cup playoffs.

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  1. dcudiplomat96

    November 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I swear the score was 3-1 and not 1-3???

  2. Dave C

    November 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    NY desperately needs to get a legitimate soccer team (i.e. one based in NYC) if it’s really gonna attract fans. I’m a lifelong soccer fan, live in NYC, and would probably be regular match-attendee if there was a team in Queens or Brooklyn (where the majority of NYC’s soccer fans are anyway).

    That way, we could have our own real “New York” team, an existing audience of soccer fans who hopefully readily accept a local team, and a ready-made local derby/rivalry with the New Jersey Red Bulls.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      November 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      Our real NY team did play at Giants Stadium. The MetroStars who are now the NY Red Bulls. Listen, its very simple. If you didn’t drive to the Meadowlands to watch this team from 1996 then you have no reason to complain.

      Just to let you know back when MLS got started, no one wanted a stadium in the five boroughs for Soccer. Go to Giants Stadium where the NY Cosmos use to play. Now all of a sudden the Red Bull Corporation comes in and shows that they care and want this club to do well including a stadium that they built.

      This whole “NYC Proper” stuff is a bunch of hog wash (I can’t use a word that I really want to use). Let’s see the original NY Cosmos did start on Randell’s Island in Downing Stadium which is now Ichan Stadium, then moved to former Yankee Stadium, then they moved to…………………. Oh what’s the name of that stadium that my parents drove us from the Bronx and crossed the Hudson River from Manhattan………..THAT’S RIGHT! GIANTS STADIUM! In East Rutherford, New Jersey. Yet they still kept New York. Crossed the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey to watch the New York Cosmos. My Aunt & Uncle with my two cousins drove from QUEENS!, and joined us to watch the Cosmos.

      I understand technology has changed and you can stay in your neighborhood, go to the local pub and watch the Premiership, La Liga, Serie A & the Bundasliga. But I’m sorry that doesn’t wash. It’s called Laziness and crap.

      I know plenty of people who take the Subway from The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and catch the PATH trains from either the World Trade Center station or the W. 33rd Street line towards Hoboken or Journal Square and want to go to the games.

      If you say NYC needs a legitimate Soccer team, then I guess the Jets and the Giants just never counted anymore as real NFL NYC teams either. Remember you don’t force a rivalry, you create one.

      Go and watch the Brooklyn Knights in the PDL, You got FC New York in the USL Pro league. You also have the Brooklyn Italins, NY Pancyprian-Freedoms at St. John’s University, Greek American Atlas. It’s really not that hard to actually find pro or semi-pro clubs in the NYC area. Long Island Rough Riders as well. Gee that was simple.

      • Charles

        November 7, 2010 at 7:20 am

        Good post.

        The only difference between NY NASL and NY MLS is that NY NASL won…all the time…. in an unfair (and bankrupt ) league.

        Man these games have been INCREDIBLE. Sorry if you team lost, I might be joining you in a few hours. INCREDIBLE games.

      • Dave C

        November 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

        No I didn’t drive to the Meadowlands in 1996 (and I wouldn’t have considered a Meadowlands team a “NY” team either by soccer standards), for two reasons – firstly I don’t have a car (like most people in NYC), and secondly I wasn’t even living in the US at the time. I just think an NY team could attract a lot more fans if it was (a) reasonably accessible to people without a car and (b) located near where most of NYC’s soccer fans (i.e. immigrants) are – Queens/Brooklyn.

        As a Queens resident, taking a train to Manhattan, then another train to New Jersey, just isn’t a trip I would want to make for a “home” game. It would make for an awesome away trip though for a local derby…if only…

        As for watching Greek-American Atlas, Prancyperians, etc etc. I have nothing against watching lower division football. I used to attend English Div 4 occasionally. The difference was (a) English Div 4 had a route to the very top, so I could actually dream that one day my team could get to the top of the pyramid (which they eventually did), and (b) the players were still a million times better than I ever was. Unfortunately, neither of those is true of local teams here.

  3. Dan

    November 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    No matter what I think the Red Bulls had a hell of a year and should be proud. Going from Last to First in the East, That to me is a hell of a turn around. I just hope Columbus can knock off Colorado, So Columbus can Host the game against SJ.

  4. JT

    November 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Great game. I am a diehard soccer fan and that was a great game!

  5. Dan

    November 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Agudelo was great, still lots of room to grow but great. Henry and him should make a good pair next year and they should use 3rd DP spot to get a CAM

  6. Dan

    November 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Well, there goes our MLS Final ratings!

    That was about the worst case scenario for MLS, we really need TV ratings, REALLY bad. Marquez played pathetic, he didn’t give a shit at all. Angel looked rusty and Henry should’ve come in the full 2nd half. NY desperately needs a CAM

  7. Jose

    November 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

    The only bright spot I saw for New York was the 17 year old kid Agudelo. He was impressive. Much more so than than DPs earning the big money, especially marquez.

  8. james

    November 5, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Two things that should be highlighted:

    Most sources, including this blog, ranked the Quakes 15th out of 16 at the beginning of the season.

    The team that won last night has 0 DPs. The team that lost has 3.

    The Quakes have a home field disadvantage in that they play on one of the smallest fields in the MLS and they prefer a game that builds from the wings. This gives a more technical side like the Bulls an advantage on their home field and levels the playing field on a larger pitch like RBA.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      November 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      In-correct. Geovanni is a D.P. So it was NY 2- SJ 1 on the D.P.’s Henry was subbed in late and he is still suffering from the knee brusie.

  9. Robert

    November 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

    What the hell?! Did anyone notice all the empty seats last night?! New stadium, DP players, playoff team and NJRed Cows still couldn’t pack the stadium. MLS you are killing club soccer. Open up the league!

    • Charles

      November 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

      Let me get this straight. NY spends a lot of money on a DP and can’t pack the stadium and your solution…

      Open up the league, so NY can sign more DP types ?

      Allegedly a lot of tickets are going unused in NY. Not sure if it is scalpers hoping it will sell out. You wouldn’t think they would do that more than a few times.

  10. Charles

    November 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Wow, that was an incredible game! Three more to go this weekend.

    Daniel, Realize that NY had zero shots on goal at half according to ESPN.

    So while NY dominated possession for much of the game, and had 10 shots at half, they were not able to solve a San Jose D that didn’t look even good many times, much less great.

    Man that was exciting though. Dallas-SLC, Sea-LA still to come. What a great weekend for US Soccer.

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