Cooper and Wondolowski joined Thierry Henry atop the MLS goalscoring charts in an exciting, chippy draw.The San Jose Earthquakes earned a road point against the New York Red Bulls, but it came at the cost of several injured bodies.
The game started with a bang. From a throw, Thierry Henry slipped a ball through the San Jose defense. All Kenny Cooper had to do was pass the ball into the back of the net to tie Henry with seven goals in the nascent 2012 season.
San Jose's response was immediate. Rafael Baca won the ball in midfield and then buzzed forward. Neat interplay between Chris Wondolowski and Khari Stephenson left Baca with an open finish in the box.
A quarter-hour into the match and fans had already seen two goals. The pace didn't slow. Dane Richards nipped the ball from Shea Salinas in midfield and then sprinted toward the corner. His cross from the endline was helped on by a tap from Cooper, and Dax McCarty slammed home a volley from the top of the box.
Yet again, the Earthquakes responded immediately. Salinas somehow kept a Steven Beitashour cross in play and Wondolowski dove to head the loose ball in. The goal moved Wondo up to seven for the season as well.
Salinas played a valiant part of the equalizer, but he contributed little else to the match. Shortly after, Rafael Marquez wrestled him to the ground while defending a set piece and then kicked his prone opponent, breaking Salinas' collarbone. Marquez also managed to injure Victor Bernardez before halftime. Both hurt players made way at the interval.
There were no more goals, but plenty of aggression, left in the match. Marvin Chavez hacked down Roy Miller from behind, injuring the New York fullback. Later, San Jose captain Ramiro Corrales left injured as well, meaning Frank Yallop's three substitutions were all forced.
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