CHESTER, Pa. -- The San Jose Earthquakes currently lead the Western Conference with 18 points from eight matches. After the club's dramatic 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union, head coach Frank Yallop is confident they can continue to get results as the season opens up.
“We just have to keep going and pick up points when we can," he said after the match. "There will be dips in the season, which is normal. I feel confident going into any game that we can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league and now we feel we can score goals which is important.”
He won't take credit for it, but a big reason for their early-season success has been down to good management.
After a disappointing first half at PPL Park that saw neither team really take ownership of the match, Yallop made two vital substitutions midway through the second half that produced massive dividends. Midfield playmaker Marvin Chavez and forward Steven Lenhart were brought on and ended up creating and scoring both goals, respectively.
“I just felt that we had to go and win the game," said Yallop of the changes. "If we would have kept doing what we were doing, we probably would have conceded a goal and probably not scored tonight. I thought we needed to shake it up. We needed to change it and I think it worked in the end.”
Lenhart was on the end of two Chavez crosses, first in the 76th minute and then with mere seconds left on the clock in the 93rd. The second ultimately sealed an impressive road win for a team that is off to a flying start in 2012.
Yallop, despite being pleased with the result, is treating it like any other victory and hopes that they will keep coming for his impressive squad.
“Any win is good, whether you take them at home or on the road," he added. "We don’t look at them any differently. Any time you are able to pick up three points on the road, against whoever it is, is good for any club.”
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