SJ Earthquakes vs. New York RB  2 - 1

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Petke laments late lapses

11 March 2013 10:44

New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke is worried by his side's tendency to concede late goals so far in their MLS campaign.

The Red Bulls gave up an 83rd-minute equaliser to the Portland Timbers in their season opener, and on Sunday a 92nd-minute penalty from Chris Wondolowski saw Petke's team beaten 2-1 by the San Jose Earthquakes.

The coach wants to see his side stay switched on for the full 90 minutes.

"We like to sit back when we get the lead, maybe it's a natural thing," he said.

"Maybe we've got to watch every MLS game closely and see if they do it as well because it seems that we've taken the lead two weeks in a row on the road and given up two goals late when last year our major problem was early goals, now we've corrected that and let in late goals.

"At the end of the day the way we should've done it in the second half is to put three forwards up top.

"For some reason we didn't have guys who wanted to possess it tonight.

"They worked their asses of we'll give them that but at the end of the day we didn't learn from our play-off penalty kick as well."

Striker Thierry Henry vowed his team would come back stronger from the early setbacks.

"We lost. That's the way it is, we have to work on it and come back stronger," he said.

"We'll see with the boss during the week."

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MLS wrap: Earthquakes shake Red Bulls, Union win

11 March 2013 06:21

The San Jose Earthquakes downed the New York Red Bulls in MLS action on Sunday, while Chivas USA also won.

At Buck Shaw Stadium in California, Eric Alexander gave the Red Bulls the lead in the 17th minute and the score remained 1-0 to the visitors deep into the second half.

But rookie forward Adam Jahn popped up in the 83rd minute to level proceedings and Chris Wondolowski converted a penalty in stoppage time to guide the Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory.

The victory was San Jose's first of the season, while the Red Bulls remain winless and second bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, in front of 6801 fans at the Home Depot Center, Chivas USA came from behind to register a 3-1 triumph over FC Dallas.

After a dreary opening 45 minutes, David Arturo Ferreira put FC Dallas ahead just prior to the hour mark, only for Juan Agudelo to equalise for the home side 11 minutes later.

Tilson Minda then put Chivas USA ahead 14 minutes from time, before Giovanny Casillas sealed the result with a goal in stoppage time.

Chivas USA and FC Dallas sit in fourth and fifth place respectively in the Western Conference, with three points through two matches.

And finally, Philadelphia Union earned a hard fought 2-1 victory on the road against the Colorado Rapids.

Amobi Okugo gave Union the lead in the first half, but Jamie Smith equalised for Colorado with 22 minutes remaining in the contest.

Jack McInerney struck past Matt Pickens and into the back of the net in the 79th minute to ensure the Rapids lost their first home opener in 10 years.

The Rapids are rooted the bottom of the Western Conference table without a point, while the Union move up to seventh in the East with the three points.

MLS table

# Team MP D P
5 17 +10 27
6 19 +2 27
7 20 -1 24
8 20 -12 23
9 18 +2 20

MLS table

# Team MP D P
2 19 +9 34
3 17 +3 26
4 20 +1 24
5 21 -2 23
6 20 -3 23