SAN JOSE >> A bright spot in a dismal season for the San Jose Earthquakes has been the play of Danny Hoesen. The Dutch striker scored twice Wednesday night, but it still wasn’t enough to get a much-needed win.
Hoesen’s goal in the 51st minute helped San Jose tie the New England Revolution 2-2 at Avaya Stadium. The 27-year-old now has nine goals, which is tied for fourth in the MLS.
Four days after allowing Los Angeles FC to score the winner in the 97th minute, the Earthquakes (2-9-4) broke a three-game home losing streak and five-game losing streak in all competitions, and gained a bit of momentum heading into the 10-day World Cup break.
The point was critical amidst signs of mounting frustration from the 16,234 fans, a season low at Avaya. A slight drop in attendance could be expected during a midweek game, but the stands appeared to be half empty on Wednesday – even the San Jose Ultras section wasn’t full. And booing could be heard during the pregame introduction of rookie coach Mikael Stahre, who faced questions about his job security after the LAFC loss.
Stahre shuffled the lineup once again, giving homegrown midfielder Tommy Thompson his first start of the season and also starting Swiss defender Francis Affolter, who had only played in four games so far. But the changes didn’t help solidify a backline that has yet to record a shutout.
For the seventh time this season, the Earthquakes got the first goal. Florian Jungwirth created a turnover in the 17th minute, slide tackling the ball away at midfield and onto the path of Hoesen. He showed patience in the box before sliding the ball past goalie Matt Turner.
Led by first-year coach Brad Friedel, the Revolution (6-4-6) stormed back before halftime on a pair of set pieces. In the 31st minute, Uruguayan Diego Fagundez’s free kick from 25 yards beat Andrew Tarbell near post to tie the game at 1-1. Then in the 44th minute, a throw by Turner led to a quick counterattack and a goal by Ecuadorian Cristian Penilla.
The Earthquakes pulled even shortly after halftime when defender Nick Lima hustled to reach a ball in the corner and rifled a cross that was headed in by Hoesen. It was the first assist of the season for Lima.
San Jose was playing without two starters who are on the Panamanian World Cup team, defender Harold Cummings and midfielder Anibal Godoy.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports