Despite another strong performance in a 1-1 draw Saturday night, Jon Busch is calling out his teammates, looking for some goals.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - They may be on a three-game unbeaten streak, but make no mistake about it, the San Jose Earthquakes are not happy with their performances of late. And after a second consecutive draw on their home field at Buck Shaw Stadium - a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC Saturday night - they know they have to be better.
“Bottom line is taking accountability and finishing your chances, plain and simple” said Quakes keeper Jon Busch.
Busch made two saves on the night, seeing just four of the nine TFC shots get on target (Brandon McDonald was credited with a save). But Toronto FC keeper Stefan Frei had the brunt of the action. Frei was forced to make a number of saves, five to be exact, on the seven Earthquakes shots on target. San Jose took a total of 16 shots on the night.
Meanwhile, Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop put it simply himself about not getting three points: “Very disappointing.”
“I’m not going to sugar coat it anymore,” said Busch. “We’re creating too many quality chances to score one goal.”
Amongst one of the “quality chances,” Chris Wondolowski whistled a shot heading for the far-side netting. Frei, however, had other ideas, making a bid for top save of the week with an incredible diving save off last year’s Golden Boot winner in the 51st minute.
“That (Wondolowski) chance is the one chance that he usually scores,” said Yallop. “And that changes the game.”
Of course, San Jose still managed to come back from a one-goal deficit (it accomplished that same feat twice a week ago in the 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders FC). For the second week in a row, Simon Dawkins scored, playing a flawless one-two with Wondolowski, and beating Frei to his left in the 38th minute.
“A lot of stuff goes through (Dawkins) when we’re playing well … when he’s on the ball, we’re very good,” said Yallop. “It’s nice to have a player that works so hard.”
Dawkins goal was in response to a right-spot, right-time goal by TFC 11 minutes earlier. Alan Gordon was the beneficiary of the play.
TFC’s Alen Stevanovic slid a pass from the left flank to a streaking Danleigh Borman at the edge of the box. Borman took a touch and hit a cross, deflected by Bobby Convey, into the six. Sam Cronin was in the perfect position to head the ball out, but instead flicked it to the middle, catching Busch out of position. All Gordon needed to do was tap it into the vacant goal, which he did successfully, giving the Red’s the 1-0 lead.
“Things like that happen occasionally,” said Busch. “We kept battling and got our goal back and should have got a bunch more.”
While there is the occasional hiccup on the defensive side - whether a goal is scored or not - Busch can accept that. However, taking so many shots at goal and not turning them into goals - thus resulting in draws, not wins - is getting the Quakes keeper riled up.
“Somebody needs to step up and bury the (expletive) ball,” said Busch. “We’re playing absolutely great soccer. But at the end of the day, we got a point today, and got a point last weekend. And we didn’t get any points against (Real) Salt Lake [a 1-0 loss in the Quakes home opener], and we out shot all three of those teams.
“That’s not me being hard,” Busch added. “That’s the facts of the game: We need to step up; we need to start being men; and we need to start finishing our chances. We’re leaving points on the table that we (should) have.”
While Busch is steaming about the strong performances that are going for not, Yallop is steadfast that performances like tonight will eventually result in wins.
“If we (continue) to play like that, we’ll beat teams, for sure,” Yallop said. “I felt we dominated play.”
San Jose will look to capitalize on their opportunities next weekend when they head to Red Bull Arena to take on New York Red Bull April 16.
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