Earthquakes settle for draw in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Danny Hoesen and Nick Lima scored for the Earthquakes, but they had to settle for 2-2 draw in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

The Whitecaps’ Yordy Reyna scored in the 64th minute to even the score after the Quakes, denied a second consecutive win, forged a 2-1 lead after falling behind early.

Reyna created the deadlock as he headed Marcel de Jong’s cross in off the head of Quakes defender Shea Salinas.
The Earthquakes (2-5-3) are unbeaten in two games after going winless in seven. The Whitecaps are winless in their past three games and for the sixth time in their past seven. Hoesen posted his second goal in three games, while Lima counted his first of the season.

Cristian Techera scored Vancouver’s other goal.

The Quakes squandered a 2-1 lead after overcoming a 1-0 deficit. Chris Wondolowski, the Earthquakes’ top striker, was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game after he came off the bench to set the record for most MLS goals with a single club (136) in a 3-1 win over Minnesota last Saturday.

The move offered Wondolowski a chance to rest as the Quakes played the second of three games in a week. Wondolowsk has recorded more goals (11) and shots (58) than any other player — for either side — during all-time MLS meetings between the Quakes and Caps.

The Quakes were soon forced to play catch-up early as Techera opened the scoring in the 19th minute. He took a short through ball from Yordy Reyna and beat Quakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell with a low roller.

However, the Quakes caught a break as Hoesen got behind Whitecaps defenders and volleyed a long lead ball over goalkeeper Brian Rowe in the first minute of first-half added time. Hoesen appeared to be well offside, prompting Vancouver players and fans to protest, but the goal was allowed to stand without a video review.

According to a Whitecaps spokesman, all goals are reviewed at MLS headquarters in New York, but on-field officials were not asked to review the play.

Lima sent the Quakes ahead 2-1 in the 53rd minute as he curled in a shot from the right wing after taking a pass from Vako Qazaishvili. The midfielder triggered the play as he made a long run up the middle of the pitch unchecked and then sent a pass out wide to Lima.

Wondolowski subbed late in the game but could not make …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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