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Played
March 11, 2014 10:00 PM EDT
Buck Shaw Stadium — Santa Clara, California
Referee:‬ W. Quesada‎
 
90+5′ Alan Gordon
R. Nava 67′

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Toluca: Quakes equalize in stoppage time

It was in the script all along. San Jose found an equalizer in the dying seconds of the match to rescue a draw against Liga MX side Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League.

By Keith Hickey

Alan Gordon, Shea Salinas, San Jose Earthquakes, MLS
Chris Nicoll
Buck Shaw Stadium, the place where late leads go to die. The San Jose Earthquakes threatened for much of the match, but it took a deficit and extra time to kick the Northern California side into gear and record a 1-1 draw with Toluca in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matchup.

Playing its first competitive game since the end of the 2013 season, San Jose took time to get into a rhythm, and it was the visitors who had the first good chance through Gabriel Velasco, who found time and space in midfield to line up a shot that only narrowly went over the bar.

The Quakes eventually found their feet, however, and San Jose nearly had a goal and a shout for a penalty not long after. Steven Lenhart's header was saved on the line, but looked to have possibly gone off a Toluca player's arm.

Chris Wondolowski failed to convert a golden chance early in the second half, turning Cordell Cato's cross goalwards, but his first-time shot was right into Toluca keeper Alfredo Talavera, who parried the attempt.

Wondolowski did the same with his next close attempt on goal. Lenhart's flicked header from a long throw should have been buried by the American international, but he again put his shot right at Talavera.

Toluca eventually made San Jose pay for its lack of quality in front of goal. Raul Nava pounced on a poor defensive header to launch a stunning volley from the edge of the penalty area past Jon Busch in the 67th minute.

A goalmouth scramble after Lenhart hit the crossbar in the 80th minute nearly gave San Jose an equalizer, but Wondolowski and J.J. Koval both had their panicked kicks pushed away, much to Talavera's relief.

But this was a San Jose Earthquakes match, a place where "down 1-0 in the 95th minute" resembles a bloody steak in a tiger's cage. Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi won the free kick, Shea Salinas lofted it in, and Alan Gordon did the honors, nodding down into Talavera's bottom far corner to equalize seconds before full time.

Toluca will host the crucial second leg on March 18.


San Jose Earthquakes

18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
V. Bernárdez
Defender
31′
 - 
21
Jason Hernandez
Defender
73′
 - 
3
Jordan Stewart
Defender
 - 
4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
73′
 - 
26
Brandon Barklage
Midfielder
 - 
80
 - 
6
Shea Salinas
Midfielder
90′ 95′
 - 
7
Cordell Cato
Midfielder
86′
 - 
8
 - 
16
 - 

Toluca

 - 
1
 - 
51
 - 
-
 - 
14
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
59
R. Nava
Striker
67′

Substitutes

1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
 - 
23
 - 
15
JJ Koval
Midfielder
73′
 - 
14
Adam Jahn
Striker
 - 
32
 - 
24
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
C. Lozano
Goalkeeper
 - 
14
P. da Silva
Defender
84′
 - 
16
M. Ponce
Midfielder
71′
 - 
-
E. Brambila
Midfielder
 - 
8
C. Orrantía
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
99

Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
R. Nava R. Nava
Striker
Toluca
7 0
N. Muñoz N. Muñoz
Striker
A.D. Isidro Metapán
5 0
A. Emaná A. Emaná
Midfielder
Cruz Azul
4 0
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0
Pavone Pavone
Striker
Cruz Azul
4 0