With the wind ripping through Avaya Stadium and the ribbon boards glowing far too bright, all it took was a single shot from Sanna Nyassi to send the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 win over the Western Conference leaders the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.
Throughout much of the game, the Quakes attack went dim. The hosts didn’t register a shot on target until the 62nd minute when Matias Perez Garcia put a weak effort on the frame.
It was the 75th minute when Nyassi provided the breakthrough. After the ball rattled around the box, the rebound fell to the attacker’s feet and he proceeded to crash his shot into the roof of the net. For Nyassi, the strike opened his scoring account with San Jose.
The clash with the Whitecaps also marked the first time since July 12, 2012 that striker Chris Wondolowski had to be subbed off. According to head coach Dominic Kinnear, the striker wasn’t injured but was simply “out of gas.”
Up next, the Quakes travel to Harrison, New Jersey to take on the New York Red Bulls on April 17. Kickoff from Red Bull Arena is slated for 4:00 p.m. and the game can be seen on UniMas.
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