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  • August 25, 2012
  • • 22:40
  • • Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, California
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
  • • Attendance: 10525
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San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 Colorado Rapids: Double braces for Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 Colorado Rapids: Double braces for Earthquakes

Tony Medina

The Earthquakes used a pair of braces to produce another impressive win.

A combination of San Jose braces gives the Earthquakes a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Following kickoff, it looked as if it would be a close match. The momentum changed in the 11th minute when San Jose’s Alan Gordon passed to Simon Dawkins who pulled the trigger and scored the first goal of the night.

Matt Pickens was on high alert as he had to make continual saves against Earthquakes' shots on goal.

San Jose doubled the lead in the 43rd when Rafael Baca crossed it into Gordon. The 30-year old enjoyed his 10th goal of the season, creating a 2-0 halftime score.

A crucial sub was made after the half, as Rapids replaced Hunter Freeman with Tyrone Marshall. This changed proved invaluable in the 54th when Martin Rivero deliveed a pass to Marshall, who headed in the Rapids only goal of the night.

This 2-1 score teased the visiting team with hope, but reality sank in at the 68th as Dawkins scored his second goal.

Gordon, not wanting to be left out, finished his brace in the 75th, giving San Jose a 4-1 win and three more points to add to its impressive Western Conference lead.

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