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July 18, 2012 11:20 PM EDT
Buck Shaw Stadium — Santa Clara, California
Referee:‬ K. Stott‎
Attendance:‬ 9481‎
 
H. Pertúz 89′
45′ Alan Gordon
 

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 FC Dallas: Jair Benitez misses stoppage time penalty

A last-second squandered penalty helped San Jose cling onto three points with FCD making a dramatic effort late.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Jair Benitez, FC Dallas; Jon Busch, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
Thearon W. Henderson
Two first half goals stood up for the San Jose Earthquakes, even if the fans in Buck Shaw Stadium are still digging their nails out of their thighs from the 2-1 win over FC Dallas. The Texan club nearly completed a dramatic comeback but for a skied penalty in stoppage time.

Marvin Chavez opened the scoring against his old club, placing a skidding volley into the far corner after a Shea Salinas cross found him open at the top of the box.

Alan Gordon doubled the lead seconds before halftime. Sam Cronin lifted a delicate ball to the back post where Gordon won the header.

An hour in, San Jose thought it had iced the match when Brek Shea handled in the area. Chris Wondolowski buried the penalty, but it was called back for encroachment. Kevin Hartman pulled off an impressive double save to keep out the second attempt and its rebound.

That meant when Hernan Pertuz headed home a free kick in the 89th minute, FCD still had hope. It had even more when Simon Dawkins conceded a penalty and Jair Benitez stepped forward in the final minute of stoppage time.

Jair Benitez had never scored in 82 career MLS appearances. He still hasn't. The fullback thwacked his penalty high of the goal and San Jose hung on for the win.

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San Jose Earthquakes

18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
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2
Justin Morrow
Defender
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21
Jason Hernandez
Defender
 - 
5
V. Bernárdez
Defender
74′
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33
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4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
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Rafael Baca
Midfielder
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81
Marvin Chávez
Midfielder
12′ 69′
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6
Shea Salinas
Midfielder
90′
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8
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24
Alan Gordon
Striker
36′ 45′ 71′
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FC Dallas

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Kevin Hartman
Goalkeeper
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5
 - 
11
Jackson
Defender
75′
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17
Zach Loyd
Defender
14′
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24
Matt Hedges
Defender
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-
H. Pertúz
Defender
89′
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4
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-
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Brek Shea
Midfielder
64′
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-
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11

Substitutes

1
David Bingham
Goalkeeper
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-
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24
Jed Zayner
Defender
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3
Ike Opara
Defender
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9
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-
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-
C. Pizarro
Striker
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Substitutes

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18
Chris Seitz
Goalkeeper
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-
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-
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B. Leyva
Midfielder
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14
James Marcelin
Midfielder
94′
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10
Ricardo Villar
Midfielder
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19

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E. Torres E. Torres
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Colorado
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Columbus Crew
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