A goal by one
of many former Quakes, Ricardo Clark
, downed the 2008 version, 1-0, as the revived San Jose franchise began its renaissance Wednesday night against two-time
defending champion Houston.
Clark scored just before halftime to decide a lively contest in which the teams combined for 28 shots and numerous near-misses. Forty-three players took
the field, with only Dynamo defender Pat Ianni
going the full 90 minutes.
Said San Jose coach Frank Yallop
"It was a good start for us. The guys put forth a good effort and we created some good chances to score, especially in the second half."
In that second half, Shea Salinas
, Matt Taylor
and Yuri Morales
all tested Houston keeper Tony Caig,
but he turned them away with sharp saves. Caig had replaced regular starter Pat Onstad
Clark scored after a penetrating pass from Dwayne DeRosario
triggered a scramble in which Chris Wondolowski
ball that Clark drilled past Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon
The teams play again on Saturday in San Francisco. Houston is using the two games as
preparation for the Pan Pacific Championship in Hawaii next week. After Saturday's match, San Jose will play Columbus and D.C. United in San Luis Obispo.