It was shades of 2012: Beita had an assist, Justin Morrow and Simon Dawkins each got a goal, and the Quakes won despite improbable odds.
The Quakes scored first with a Quincy Amarikwa goal at 25′ for his second of the season. The Quakes sat back a bit, and then disaster struck.
Anibal Godoy received a red at 42′, then Toronto equalized a minute later after a good minute of arguing from the Quakes. The half ended 1-1, and I’m sure the Quakes would have been happy for a draw.
Then disaster struck a second time. Alberto Quintero received a red at 53′ for San Jose’s second red of the game, and the Quakes found themselves down two men and the score tied.
The Quakes managed just one shot on goal the entire rest of the match, but it turned out to be an historic shot. Simon Dawkins found space amidst four Toronto players to put a shot on frame. TFC ‘keeper Alex Bono was caught flat-footed, and the shot found its way to the net.
The Quakes played defense, and rightfully so. Toronto had 22 shots, but only tested Quakes ‘keeper David Bingham three times as San Jose managed 10 blocked shots. In the end, the Quakes won 2-1.
It is the first time a team has won a game with the score tied and down two men in MLS history.
My man of the match is easily Victor Bernardez. Five tackles, five clearances, three blocked shots, two interceptions, and a passing accuracy of 89%. Great job, Victor!