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Played
June 15, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ J. Gonzalez‎
Attendance:‬ 15017‎
 

Colorado Rapids 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes: Mark Watson wins first game as head coach

San Jose came out to make a statement with new coach and new spark to work their way back up the ranks in the Western Conference.

By Stephanie Gardner

Steven Lenhart, San Jose Earthquakes, MLS
Victor Decolongon
The San Jose Earthquakes won their first match with Mark Watson as the coach, beating the Colorado Rapids, 2-1.

The original Bash Brothers - Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart and Chris Wondolowski - were both back in the starting XI, and were quick to impress. In the 11th minute, Gordon passed the ball to Lenhart. The 26-year old trapped it at the top of the box, then sent a rocket past two Rapids defenders and goalkeeper Clint Irwin into the net to gave the Earthquakes an early lead.

Gordon was on the jumbotron yet again in the 18th minute when he was on the receiving end of a hard foul from Atiba Harris. The Rapids forward was shown the red card, which left the hosting side down a man for the majority of the match.

In the second half, Sam Cronin doubled the lead when he chipped home after Rafael Baca picked out his overlapping run.

By the 65th minute, the Rapids had used up all of their subs in hopes of changing the outcome of the match. The strategy appeared to work because in the next minute, Nathan Sturgis put the Rapids on the board as he headed in a cross by Brian Mullan.

The 10-man Rapids squad put on an impressive second half, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Earthquakes from taking home three points as a souvenir from the Mile High City.


Colorado Rapids

1
Clinton Irwin
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Drew Moor
Defender
 - 
15
Chris Klute
Defender
61′
 - 
22
Marvell Wynne
Defender
 - 
8
Dillon Powers
Midfielder
46′
 - 
11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
 - 
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
49′
 - 
23
Atiba Harris
Striker
18′
 - 
24
Nathan Sturgis
Defender
67′
 - 
9
Edson Buddle
Striker
 - 
26
Deshorn Brown
Striker
65′
 - 

San Jose Earthquakes

 - 
18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
 - 
2
 - 
21
 - 
4
 - 
4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
52′
 - 
-
Rafael Baca
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
-
 - 
16
 - 
24

Substitutes

-
Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
G. Mera
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
-
Martín Rivero
Midfielder
46′
 - 
28
 - 
-
J. Castrillón
Midfielder
65′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
Dan Gargan
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
5
Brad Ring
Midfielder
 - 
14
 - 
6
Shea Salinas
Midfielder
86′
 - 
14
Adam Jahn
Striker

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1