San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Toronto FC: Tempting Fate

Fate's ficklet foot is fickle. - USA TODAY Sports

Yes, it's another late goal. What else were you expecting?


1 2 Total Goals
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
0
2
2
Jahn 48', Wondolowski 81'
TORONTO FC 1
0
1
Braun 14'
SAN JOSE
TORONTO
Cautions Emory 46'
Laba 63'
Henry 66'
Lambe 79'
Red Cards

Yes, it happened again. And it was going so good, too. After Justin Braun had deflected in the opener in the 14th minute off a header from Doneil Henry, a horrendous second half dropoff led to Adam Jahn's 48th minute equalizer, followed by Chris Wondolowski's "Goonie Time" winner in the 81st minute, meaning that once again, a late goal would be TFC's undoing, and extending the team's winless streak to eight.

Yes, it's obvious that we all believe the team sucks, and likely will for this season. Yes, Joe Bendik's distribution was terrible, and no one marked Wondolowski on the winner off the Dan Gargan throw-in. Shea Salina's 45th minute attempt was because he was totally unmarked, and it was only luck that the Reds got out of the first half up 1-0. And yes, we have no clue why Henry got the start from Ryan Nelsen over the likes of the Danny Califf and Gale Agbossoumonde, the latter of which seemingly has done no wrong?

Mind you, Henry did make the most of his chances when he was on the field -- and likely without him playing out of his mind, the Reds would have been down by more than a few goals. There wasn't exactly a lot to fete in this game, Robert Earnshaw still misfiring, and the defense is still as soft as ever. The refereeing was once again a horror show, with multiple calls missed and Marvin Chavez somehow not getting his marching papers from referee Fotis Bazakos in the 60th minute for a blatant chicken wing on Logan Emory.

But it still doesn't explain the late game collapses that have become oh-so-common over the past two seasons, and it's sad that we as supporters (and even media) have come to expect it to happen. We get the same platitudes from the coaching staff over and over, but it keeps happening. Perhaps it's time for us as supporters to stop tempting fate? So put down the Twitter when you get the urge to be a smartass and tweet "the late game collapse will happen" -- maybe if we stop doing that, fate might not make such a cruel mistress for once?

* * *

GOLDEN TROPHIES/KICKS TO THE GROIN

Kick to the Groin: TFC Supporters Stop tempting fate already.
Kick to the Groin: MLS PRO Another shit ref? Really?
Kick to the Groin: Ryan Nelsen What the hell are you thinking?
Golden Trophy: Doneil Henry
Surprising start, surprisingly well done.

STATISTICS

SJ TFC
Shots 17 7
Shots off Target 9 3
Corners 6 3
Fouls 12 14
Offsides 1 0
Yellow Cards 0 4
Red Cards 0 0
Passes 423 295
Passing Accuracy (%) 69 62
Possession (%) 59 41

Stats: MLSSoccer.com

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