The San Jose Earthquakes have not scored a ton of goals this year. In fact, in 19 games this season, the Quakes have a grand total of 23 goals -- more than only the two conference cellar-dwellers Chivas USA and Montreal Impact. And just last week, San Jose notched 5 of those 23 goals in a single game -- the crushing of Chicago. Offense has not been the Quakes forte so far in 2014, but is that about to change?
Against Seattle last Saturday, the Earthquakes continued to show their developing new tactical style -- solid on defense, maintained ball possession in midfield, steady buildup into the attacking third -- could yield results. The Quakes 1-0 win marked the third straight positive result for a team that was coming off a dismal run of four straight losses. It was also San Jose's first clean sheet victory since topping the Houston Dynamo 3-0 on May 25.
That ground-control possession style we mentioned before? It was on display as part of the Earthquakes only goal against the Sounders in their dramatic 1-0 victory at Levi's Stadium. A pass to Chris Wondolowski near the center line got the play started, but it was his subsequent turn into space and perfectly weighted ball to Yannick Djalo that made the play. One on one with Seattle goalkeeper Stephen Frei, Djalo calmly slotted the ball past the former Cal player and watched it roll into the back of the net.
A world-class goal, indeed, and one that has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. The link to vote and a video of all the nominees is below. Does Djalo deserve the award? Make your decision today!