It was a turn back the clock kind of night in Santa Clara as the San Jose Earthquakes were celebrating their 40th anniversary. The home side would ride their party to a wild 2-1 win Saturday night over FC Dallas.
Playing in their third game in seven days shined as midway through the first half San Jose caught the Dallas defense napping. After some brief possession, Clarence Goodson flicks on a ball to Cato, who slipped behind the FCD defense and slotted away the game's first goal.
San Jose nearly doubled their lead in the 36th minute on a corner kick. One header by Alan Gordon was stopped by Raul Fernandez and then a second attempt on goal by Chris Wondolowski was cleared out by Michel off the goal line.
Right before the halftime whistle, San Jose midfielder Shea Salinas caught Zach Loyd with a high cleat and was issued a red card.
FCD had a great chance in the second half as the extra space was beginning to help in the attack. In the 53rd minute Blas Perez found space behind the Quakes defense and got in a one-on-one situation with San Jose keeper Jon Busch, but the veteran forward tried to go near post on Busch and failed to get the ball on target.
Busch would come up huge for San Jose just moments later as he made two big saves in the 57th minute, including a save on Perez that appeared to go over the goal line.
San Jose doubled their lead in the 73rd minute on a set piece by Sam Cronin, as the ball hit off David Texeira and went into the post by Fernandez.
FC Dallas would find one in the 75th minute on a set piece by Michel. The Brazilian sent in a laser by Busch that clanged off the crossbar and into the back of the net. The goal was Michel's fifth of the season.
FC Dallas returns to action next Saturday as they host Chivas USA.