SAN JOSE, Calif. — Despite a two goal performance from Danny Hoesen, the San Jose Earthquakes came up short again, settling for a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution Wednesday night at Avaya Stadium.
Hoesen’s goals, his eighth and ninth of the season, bookended goals by Diego Fagundez and Cristian Penilla, as the Quakes (2-9-4, 10 points) saw their winless streak at home extended to six games.
“I feel I can be one of the players that sees the team to success,” Hoesen said. “I try to work hard for the team and score goals, give assists, but eventually it is a team performance. So I just try to do my job, and hopefully soon, it will get us to three points.”
The result was the second straight draw for the Revolution (6-4-6, 24 points) on their two game road trip, and despite earning another point, which keeps them well above the playoffs line in the Eastern Conference, head coach Brad Friedel wanted more from the game in San Jose.
“It feels like a loss, to be honest with you,” Friedel said. “We created enough chances to score more than two goals, and we gave away two very sloppy goals.”
For San Jose, it was another lost opportunity to gain maximum points at home, something the team hasn’t done since its season opening 3-2 win over Minnesota United. Head coach Mikael Stahre, who is finding difficult to explain away the mounting losses, still feels that the Quakes have more to show.
“We conceded two really easy goals, actually, from a transition and from a set piece,” Stahre said. “We can’t concede goals like this. It is absolutely crazy from my perspective. We created lots of chances, but we must also be frank and admit that they also created some chances at the end of the game. I think we were better than the opponent, but it is still just a tie. But, it is a step in the right direction, I think.”
Only a few days removed from it’s shocking loss to LAFC, the makeup of the team was fairly consistent, and with a 10-day break to look forward to, Stahre made only two changes to his starting eleven. Tommy Thompson, who was making his first start of the season, replaced Jackson Yueill, and Francois Affolter came in for the suspended Kevin Partida.
The Quakes came out a bit sluggish on the evening, as a giveaway in the center of the midfield by Florian Jungwirth allowed Fagundez to sprint in on goal uncontested. Andrew Tarbell storming off his line to disrupt the Revs’ midfielder, got a glove to the shot and prevented a sure goal.
Jungwirth atoned for his mistake in the 17th minute with a well timed tackle in the attacking third that dispossessed Kelyn Rowe of the ball, knocking right in the path of Hoesen. The forward danced in on goal, eluded two defenders, and tucked a shot inside the far post for his eighth goal of the season and a 1-0 Earthquakes lead.
But the Revolution would earn the equalizer is spectacular fashion, as Fagundez curled a free kick from 20 yards out over the defensive wall and past a diving Tarbell in the 31st minute.
Much like in Saturday’s game, when LAFC took a 2-1 lead into intermission, New England followed up with its second goal of the half to put the hosts behind. After a corner kick was snagged in the air by Matt Turner, the goalkeeper sprung the visitors on the counterattack. The Quakes couldn’t recover, and within seconds, Penilla was celebrating his sixth goal of the season.
“It’s difficult to go up and then concede, so mentally it wears on us,” Thompson said. “But we showed character and we fought back and that’s what we’ve got to continue to do. Our backs are against the wall right now, but we’ve got to keep going.”
The familiar script continued, as the Earthquakes equalized in the 51st minute courtesy of Hoesen’s second goal of the night. Nick Lima got the play started with a gut-busting run up the right sideline to track down a long pass a send a perfect cross to the far post. Hoesen was first to meet the ball, glancing his header expertly past Miller to tie the score at 2-2.
Needing a spark, Stahre sent in Fatai Alashe into the game with Yeferson Quintana, dropping Jungwirth into the back line in place of the Uruguayan. He then followed with Jahmir Hyka for Thompson, as the Quakes pressed forward in search of a game winner.
“When Florian stepped down to centerback at the end the game, he changed the game,” Stahre said. “He controlled the game really good, and we had more possession and controlled the game much better.”
San Jose created some chances, but the offense couldn’t break through, as the Revolution defense held strong, and both teams had to settle for a point. The result broke the Quakes’ four game losing streak, but it did little to help them in the standings, as they remain in 11th place in the West.
“It’s frustrating,” Quakes captain Chris Wondolowski said. “We lost another lead, and it’s nice to come back though, but that’s not good enough across the board though.”
The Earthquakes next travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on June 23, before returning to the Bay Area ahead of their annual summer showdown with the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 30.