SGE lose second test against the San Jose Earthquakes
The Eagles hit their first snag of the pre-season Friday night at Avaya Stadium, where they lost 4-1 to the hosts San Jose Earthquakes.
Things did not quite go Eintracht’s way this time around after starting off their U.S. tour with a decent 1-1 draw at Seattle Sounders about a week ago.
Quakes shake things up
Despite fielding a strong starting 11 which included the likes of Luka Jovic and Branimir Hrgota in attack - the latter scored last Saturday at CenturyLink Field, SGE could not get things together offensively against a San Jose side that took the lead in the 13th minute with a Victor Bernardez header.
Just five minutes later, David Abraham was penalised with a spot-kick for a foul; Chris Wondolowski converted to make it 2-0. Eintracht had several chances to pull one back before halftime - most notably a Jovic goal that was called offside and a Jonathan de Guzman attempt that rattled the post.
Denied by the woodwork
Things went from bad to worse for the Eagles in the 61st minute when Lukas Hradecky made a diving close-range save, only for the ball to deflect off Danny da Costa ending up in the back of the net for an own goal.
Minutes later, another penalty was awarded to San Jose; this time Quincy Amarikwa took the shot from the spot to make it a 4-0 scoreline. It just was not Eintracht’s night, again the woodwork denied the Eagles later in the match, rejecting an effort from second-half substitute Sebastien Haller.
It was not a complete lost cause for the Eagles, however, as Danny Blum was able to score a consolation goal in the 83rd minute. On another note it was good to see that both Makoto Hasebe and Marc Stendera had their comeback after long-term injuries.
Eintracht line-up and substitutions: Hradecky – da Costa (61' Chandler), Russ (61' Knothe), Abraham (61' Hasebe), Tawatha (61' Ordonez) – Medojevic (61' Stendera), Fernandes (61' Besuschkow) – Kamada (61' Mbouhom), de Guzman (61' Blum), Jovic (46' Haller) – Hrgota (61' Dadashov).
Earthquakes starting line-up: Tarbell, Lima, Imperiele, Bernardez, Cato, Thompson, Hyka, Dawkins, Salinas, Hoesen, Wondolowski.
Goals: Bernardez (13'), Wondolowski (18' PEN), da Costa (61' own goal), Amarikwa (74' PEN), Blum (83')