A goal in the third minute of stoppage time from San Jose’s Danny Hoesen lifts the Earthquakes past Real Salt Lake with a score of 1-0 tonight, as RSL had defended and played well for the majority of the game just to see it all slip away in the dying minutes.
This game saw the return of Jefferson Savarino after his international spell with the Venezuelan national team in Copa America came to an end. Sam Johnson was nowhere to be found after suffering a mild injury in this week’s earlier game against Columbus.
RSL spent much of the first 20 minutes in their own defensive third under attack from the home side as the Quakes enjoyed 68% of the possession early on.
Jefferson Savarino had a great shot in the 20th minute after some fancy footwork helped him dance through the San Jose defense. Unfortunately he put the ball into the side netting but it was a good look at goal and some promising attacking play.
RSL continued with some more pressing play including a couple great opportunities from Damir Kreilach. By the end of the half, San Jose still controlled the majority of possession, but both teams went into the locker room with six shots overall, deadlocked at 0-0.
RSL came out looking like a new team in the second half, with some great speedy play from Savarino that saw him get a couple good looks at goal, though Quakes ‘keeper Daniel Vega made some key saves to keep the visitors off the score sheet.
Just when RSL was getting ready to close up shop and earn a point on the road, San Jose found a goal in the third minute of stoppage time courtesy of Danny Hoesen nailing a shot on the volley from a cross to quickly sneak it past Rimando and give the home side a late, late game winner.
RSL wasn’t able to find an answer in the final two minutes of stoppage and they go home with zero points on the night.