Toronto FC, Earthquakes play to 1-1 draw
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Toronto FC's Alan Gordon and the San Jose Earthquakes' Simon Dawkins both scored for the second consecutive match as the teams played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night.
Gordon took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Earthquakes in the 27th minute to give Toronto (1-1-2) the lead.
San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch rushed from the net to grab a deflection, but Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin, apparently unaware of Busch's move, tried to head the ball clear. It landed 4 yards from the goal, where Gordon pounced for his for second score of the season.
Dawkins responded in the 38th minute for San Jose (1-1-2) as he took a pass from Chris Wondolowski, held off defender Ty Harden and sent a shot past Stefan Frei.
The rugged match was marked by eight yellow cards.
Wondolowski, the MLS' leading scorer in 2010, almost put the Earthquakes up in the 51st minute, but Frei stopped his shot from 13 yards, and Wondolowski's attempt on the rebound was blocked by Harden.
Gordon had a chance in the 56th when Ramiro Corrales' back pass fell well short of goal, but Gordon couldn't get much on the shot, and it was easily controlled by San Jose center back Brandon McDonald.
McDonald created a chance at the other end 4 minutes later when he dribbled through Toronto's midfield and sent a through pass for Ryan Johnson, who tried unsuccessfully to dribble around a charging Frei and lost possession without getting off a shot.