Even before their MLS season begins, the San Jose Earthquakes were put to the test. In the opening match of their two-game CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, the Quakes looked steady, and sometimes spectacular, in drawing Deportiva Toluca FC of Mexico 1-1.
Alan Gordon was the hero, scoring the equalizer in the 95th minute from a Shea Salinas free kick delivery, but the entire team battled throughout the game against the second place team in Liga MX. And if not for one defense mistake, perhaps the Quakes would be heading to Mexico for the return leg with a goal advantage. Still, the score level, it comes down to 90 minutes at Toluca to determine which team advances to the CCL semifinals.
Whether you were a part of the 10,525 in attendance at the Buck or watching along on Fox Sports, you no doubt were impressed with the atmosphere of the match. Quakes fans and Red Devils fans co-mingled in the stands (though not in the Ultras section, obviously), and an aura of celebration was felt by all. Want to relive the historic evening? Check out the following photo galleries from the Center Line Soccer photography staff:
Joe Nuxoll provided this exhaustive set, including the match-tying sequence that resulted in Gordon's golazo (click here for Joe's photos).
Lyndsay Radnedge brought her attention to detail on the field and in the stands with he photo gallery (click here for Lyndsay's photos).
Maciek Gudrymowicz captured the action and gave us the iconic Gordon photo seen above (click here for Maciek's photos).
Also, enjoy the full match highlights: