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  • July 9, 2011
  • • 10:30 PM
  • • Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, California
  • Referee: E. Bazakos
  • • Attendance: 9794

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Philadelphia Union: Unimaginative draw

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Philadelphia Union: Unimaginative draw

Ezra Shaw

A drab draw extended San Jose's winless streak to five matches, with only goalkeeper Jon Busch excelling in the match with Philadelphia.

The Earthquakes and Union played to an unimaginative scoreless draw in front of 9,794 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium. Though Philadelphia had the better chances, it could not find a way past Jon Busch, who put in a sterling performance to earn his side a point.

Philadelphia saw three points for the taking and pressed hard up the field in the early minutes, forcing a few miscues from the Earthquakes, but failing to write any clear chances. Simon Dawkins fired wide from 20 yards out in the clearest chance for San Jose in the half. Danny Mwanga, whose pace troubled San Jose all night long, nearly had the opener after he collected a ball at the edge of the area and got a shot off as Jon Busch forced him wide, but Bobby Burling was there to clear off the line.

The second half kicked off at an electric pace, as Ryan Johnson hit the corner of the crossbar less than three minutes off the restart. Chris Wondolowski forced two stops off Faryd Mondragon and Ryan Johnson tried a placed shot on the bounce, only to be denied by a matter of inches. On the other end, Philadelphia forced two great saves out of Busch, as he denied Mwanga one-on-one before saving a volley from LeToux at the near post.

Philadelphia continued to pressure the San Jose defense, drawing a number of fouls, much to the ire of Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop, who was ejected for arguing with the officials just after the hour mark. The pressure nearly paid off in the late stages of the game as Sebastien LeToux drew a free kick on the edge of the area and Kyle Nakazawa bent it of off the Earthquakes wall and onto the far post with Busch motionless.

However, the chances wouldn't fall for either side and both teams had to settle for a goalless draw - an OK result for the Union, but one that sees the Earthquakes' winless streak extended to five games.

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