Rested Crew play host to reeling Quakes

three draws and one win. Everything needs to be taken into consideration," Warzycha said. "I will need to see more of them in practice, not for just one day but for a week."


The San Jose Earthquakes saw their winless run stretch to seven games in their fourth consecutive loss, falling 3-1 to the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at Robertson Stadium. The Earthquakes have five points from eight matches on the season, sitting all alone at the foot of the Western Conference, now 19 points behind overall leaders Chivas USA.

• Fast becoming a tense rivalry, the Dynamo and Earthquakes were meeting for the second time this season, after San Jose had handed Houston its only defeat. The Dynamo hadn't lost in five games since, while the Quakes hadn't won in seven games in all competitions since.

• The home side led by two goals after just 12 minutes, both on headers from set pieces. In the fourth minute, Brad Davis swung in a free kick and Brian Ching powered home a header from close range. It was Ching's fourth goal on the season and it marked the fifth consecutive game Davis had contributed an assist.

• The Orange led by two goals after 12 minutes when Davis served a corner kick to the near post and Kei Kamara flashed in to nod home his second goal on the season.

• Five minutes after the break, Houston made it 3-0. A corner kick was half-cleared and Geoff Cameron headed it back goalward from the edge of the area, finding Craig Waibel all alone in the six, who had been left free by the advancing defense. Waibel turned the ball in for his first goal since netting a pair in last year's CONCACAF Champions League.

• The Earthquakes pulled a goal back three minutes later. Chris Leitch served a free kick to the left side of the area where Cam Weaver headed it back across goal where Ryan Johnson bravely stuck his head in front of Cameron to send the ball off the underside of the bar and into the goal for his second goal in back-to-back games and fourth on the year.

• Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop made two changes to the team that lost 4-1 to the New York Red Bulls two weeks earlier. Jason Hernandez made his first start, in central defense, in place of Kelly Gray, while Cam Weaver came back into the lineup in place of the suspended Aaron Pitchkolan.

• Here's Yallop's team (4-4-2): Joe Cannon - Chris Leitch (Shea Salinas 76), Nick Garcia, Jason Hernandez, Eric Denton - Arturo Alvarez, Ramiro Corrales, Bobby Convey (Kelly Gray 88), Ryan Johnson - Cam Weaver, Pablo Campos (Quincy Amarikwa 46). Substitutes Not Used: Simon Elliott, Brandon McDonald, Andrew Weber, Michael Zaher

• "There's no tricks to this game, there's no tricks to coaching, there's no tricks to how you play the game," said Yallop. "It's still 90 minutes and it's still 11 on 11. You can change formations, you can change players, but the group of players we have and the way we're playing is not getting it done at the moment. Obviously I'm the one that's able to change that."

• For the second consecutive game, the Earthquakes were down by a big margin early. In their last game before the bye week, New York scored three goals in the opening 22 minutes on its way to a 4-1 win. The Quakes have allowed a league-high four goals in the opening 15 minutes of games, of their 19 total goals conceded, also leading MLS.

• "It took the air out of us a lot because it kind of felt like the New York game where we gave up goals, we dug a hole for ourselves, and we had to try to get out of it. It felt a little like New York because we bounced back a little bit," said Ryan Johnson, who had San Jose's lone goal in both games.

• All three goals conceded by San Jose in the Dynamo came on set pieces, with the two in the first 12 minutes coming from forwards breaking away from their marks. "We worked really hard on not conceding on set plays," said Yallop. "In the last two games, it's four goals on set pieces so it's tough to take."

• If there was a bright spot, it was the return of Jason Hernandez to central defense. Hernandez started 28 of 30 league games for San Jose a season ago.

• "He's a good man, and we missed him, and I think he did well tonight. We can't fault our general defending. I felt our general play defensively was pretty good against a good team. I feel Jason played well tonight, said Yallop. Said Hernandez: "I want to play, and I thought I was able to keep up and make some things for the guys. I'm just trying to take the good with the bad and move forward and improve for the next time out."

• Yallop is looking to improve his team's ability to possess the ball. For the Houston game, Bobby Convey resumes his central attacking midfield role while Ryan Johnson moved to the left side of midfield. Johnson went up top to start the second half, then went back to the midfield late.

• "We need to do a better job of possessing the ball, so we can get our good players the ball where they need it," said Yallop. "That's been the hard part."

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