San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls: What We Learned

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San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls: What We Learned
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They're back!

The Earthquakes got back to their 2012 form in a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

They obviously needed a game to work out the rust. They lost the season opener 2-0 to Real Salt Lake one week prior. However, they had their never-say-die attitude back in full swing on Sunday. 

The Quakes looked sharp early with a couple quick chances being swept away by the Red Bulls defense. However, it was New York who got the scoring started. Eric Alexander scored off a Thierry Henry cross in the 16th minute. 

There weren't a lot of opportunities for either side until late in the game. In the 83rd minute, rookie substitute Adam Jahn put a Sam Cronin cross into the back of the net. Cronin received a through ball from captain Ramiro Corrales and sent a left-footed cross across the goal for the outstretched foot of Jahn.

The Earthquakes weren't finished yet. Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute to secure the victory for San Jose. 

The penalty was set up by a headed effort from Jahn that bounced off the arm of Red Bulls defender Roy Miller in the box. Wondo's first attempt was saved by keeper Luis Robles, but the Quakes were given a second chance thanks to encroachment by Miller. Wondo didn't miss a second time, sending Robles the wrong way as he tucked the ball into the back of the net. 

We may only be two games into the season, but there are few things to learn from this game. 

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