Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - A second-half goal from Walter Martinez was
enough as the San Jose Earthquakes held off Seattle Sounders FC for a 1-0 win
at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday.
The Earthquakes had the better of the play in the first half, but had to wait
until the 48th minute for Martinez to fire them in front.
San Jose has won two times in its last four games as the club continues to try
and dig out from an early-season hole, while Seattle lost for the third time
in four games and continues to struggle with consistency.
Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning produced a pair of fine saves in the
first half to deny a bicycle kick from Martinez as well as a close-range
header from Alan Gordon.
However, the netminder was injured in the first half and was substituted at
the break, with Andrew Weber taking his place.
But Weber was picking the ball out of his net just three minutes after taking
the field as Steven Lenhart's driven ball into the penalty area found
Martinez, who cut back past a defender and fired a shot beyond the reach of
Seattle failed to register a shot on goal in the first half, and the Sounders
weren't much better in the second 45 minutes with a flicked header from Marc
Burch that sailed over the crossbar in the last 10 minutes representing one of
the better chances for the visitors.
The frustrating evening was capped off for Seattle when midfielder Osvaldo
Alonso was sent off just before the final whistle after an altercation with
San Jose's Dan Gargan.
The Sports Network