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Jahn’s Late Goal Secures Point for Earthquakes Against D.C. United

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes earned a point with a 1-1 draw against Eastern Conference foe D.C. United on Saturday night in front of a sell-out crowd at Avaya Stadium. After honoring players, coaches and staff from the league’s first game in San Jose 20 years prior, Quakes forward Adam Jahn scored a late equalizer in the 88th minute, the same minute former San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scored the game-winning goal in the inaugural match, to secure a point. San Jose has now scored in 17 consecutive games, the longest active streak in MLS.

The Quakes nearly got on the board with a couple chances inside the first five minutes of the match, but both close-range efforts rolled just wide of the post.

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In the 16th minute, midfielder Matias Perez Garcia played a through ball behind the D.C. United defense to a sprinting Alberto Quintero. Quintero dribbled into the penalty area before going to ground. Despite pleas for a penalty, no foul was given.

Nine minutes later, forwards Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa combined on a one-two, sending Amarikwa in on the keeper alone from the right flank. Facing a narrow shooting angle, Amarikwa’s shot was parried by Travis Worra and his second attempt sailed over the crossbar.

D.C. grabbed the lead in the 34th minute, when a cross by Lamar Neagle was headed in by Patrick Nyarko.

Just four minutes into the second half, San Jose seemed primed to grab the equalizer. Quintero outran his marker and had a couple options in front of net, but his pass across the box was intercepted on a last-ditch effort by the D.C. keeper.

After knocking on the door for the length of the second half, the Quakes were finally able to level the score line. Midfielder Shea Salinas sent a low cross to fellow second-half substitute Jahn, who got enough on it to redirect it past Worra and into the side netting.

San Jose hits the road to face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, April 9. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

Notes:

  • San Jose is now 17-13-7 against D.C. United all-time.
  • The Quakes have now scored at least one goal in 17 consecutive matches dating back to last season, the longest active streak in MLS.
  • Forward Adam Jahn scored his sixth career goal and first since May 5, 2015.
  • Midfielder Shea Salinas tallied his first assist of the season and the 37th of his career.
  • The Quakes now have six different players with one assist this season.
  • Adam Jahn made his 2016 debut.
  • Defender Shaun Francis returned to the starting XI after missing the last two games to injury.
  • Midfielders Tommy Thompson and Matias Perez Garcia each made their first start of the season, playing 90 and 75 minutes, respectively.
  • The Earthquakes have now allowed one-or-fewer goals in eight consecutive games at Avaya Stadium.
  • San Jose has now scored a goal in the 88th minute or later in back-to-back games.

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