Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Jahn's second-half strike held up as the winner on Tuesday as the San Jose Earthquakes claimed a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Dominic Kinnear returns to Houston for the first time as head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes but both teams are in need of a good result. San Jose having earned only one win in the last five games, while the Dynamo securing just one victory in their last eight outings.
The match was wide open for almost the entire first half but the teams only managed a combined one shot on goal. The best chance came from the visitors side in the 38th minute.
Matias Garcia Perez sent a bending free kick from 22 yards out, but Tyler Deric came up with a huge save to keep the game tied 0-0 at the half.
San Jose would break the tie in the 54th minute when Garcia Perez sent a free kick over the wall when Adam Jahn dove and headed the ball over Houston goal keeper Deric as San Jose led 1-0.
In the 58th minute Houston's Giles Barnes failed to capitalize on a penalty kick, Barnes shot saved to the bottom right corner was blocked by San Jose Keeper David Bingham to keep the Earthquake lead at 1-0.
Houston would continue to apply the pressure as Rob Lovejoy's shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece in the 75 minute. San Jose stood tall and held on for the three points.