All the ifs, ands, buts, and maybes about MLS playoffs were about to go away in this the last regular game of the 2015 season.
It wasn’t as simple as win and you’re through to playoffs, there were other results that needed to go San Jose’s way, but San Jose had to win.
So in the end the 2-1 loss to Dallas was enough to make all those other games irrelevant.
Dallas came out and established an immediate high line but Pelosi and Alashe made themselves busy breaking up Dallas forward momentum and hustling for midfield dominance.
The first 10 minutes were a pretty evenly matched back and forth affair. On 11 minutes Amarikwa went one-on-one with Dallas keeper but chance went begging. However, on 13 minutes Amarikwa went on a jinking run through the Dallas defense and banged in a great opening goal.
1-0 to San Jose and their aggressive hustle was bearing fruit.
On 16 mins Watson fired a warning shot that skidded just wide of Bingham’s goal.
With 20 minutes gone San Jose were definitely looking the hungrier of the two sides.
On 21 mins Salinas made a strong run into the box to win a corner that resulted in chaos in the box that Dallas finally managed to scramble away.
Goodson more than earned his corn with a great scooped defensive tackle to recover the ball, and draw no foul in the area when a tap in for Dallas was a step away. Bernardez in 27 minute however was not quite so accurate in a tackle that drew him a yellow card.
With no midfield holding dominance the game on 30 minutes became an end-to-end deal, which suddenly was giving Bingham a lot more to do. Amarakiwa showed immense refusal to give up and fought through piles of fallen Dallas payers to get the ball to Wondo who fired the ball at Dallas GK Gonzalez.
On 38 minutes Castillo made a great incisive run into the area and fired a ball across the face of the San Jose goal. The ball beat Bingham and the Quakes defense and Diaz scrambled the ball into the net to tie the game 1-1.
With the crowd now behind Dallas it was suddenly an uphill battle for the Quakes to regain their previous momentum. The half ended Dallas 1 San Jose 1
Quakes came out firing on all cylinders aware that they were potentially 45 minutes away from their season being done and dusted. On 51 minutes Pelosi got loose on the edge of the area and fired a shot at the bottom corner that was deflected for a corner that led to Wondo heading wide.
On 58 minutes a spell of Quakes pressure that led to a fast break by Dallas signaled a clear and present danger to San Jose. Still San Jose pressed for the ball and exerted pressure on the Dallas defense.
On 63 minutes Nyassi came on for Salinas for the Quakes, while Akindele came on for Texeira for Dallas in 64 minute.
On 67 minutes Garcia was red carded for raising a hand to Diaz’s head in retaliation for an off the ball incident.
A minute later Pelosi was yellow carded for trying to hold a Dallas player off the ball. The ref at this point seemed to have decided to act out his secret dream to be a card dealer at a casino.
On 72 minutes Cato came on for Pelosi. On 74 minutes the ref yellow carded Goodson for a tackle on Castillo. On 79 minutes Castillo picked up a ball from a Goodson attempted clearance that went awry and scored one-on-one against Bingham.
Dallas 2 San Jose 1
On 86 minutes Barrios had the ball in the net for Dallas but was flagged offside. On 88 minutes Quakes head coach Kinnear brought off defender Bernardez and used his final sub to bring on striker Jahn.
But in the end all the results went against the Earthquakes including their own game and San Jose’s season was done.