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Earthquakes use Djalo goal to defeat Sounders, 1-0

Chris Wondolowski controls the ball in the first half against the Seattle Sounders
Chris Wondolowski controls the ball in the first half against the Seattle Sounders
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The inaugural sporting event at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara saw the MLS San Jose Earthquakes beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 Saturday night August 2, 2014.

Goalkeeper Jon Busch makes first half save against the Sounders
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The San Jose Earthquakes led for 90 minutes and 5 minutes of extra time surviving a free kick from the 19-yard line that was deflected by the wall and a corner kick at the 95th minute that was headed out of the box by Chris Wondolowski as the referee’s whistle sounded ending a monumental and historic evening.

“At the end they keep adding more and more guys to the wall so I actually lost it visually and glad the wall had the deflection.” Jon Busch said.

For the Earthquakes, winning the inaugural event at Levi’s Stadium was motivational with 15 games left in the regular season, all of which being played back at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara. It was first-place Seattle’s third loss in four games.

“Boy, the crowd and support was great to see. It really gave us a lift. It also helped scoring just before the half ended,” Busch said.

Goalkeeper Jon Busch made 8 saves and wears a pair of goalkeeper's gloves that look like they came out of Mickey Mouse’s closet.

“I’m going to keep wearing the oversized navy seals’ gloves as long as they’re working.” Busch said.

The Earthquakes moved out of last place, ahead of the Chivas USA club and now trail the Portland Timbers by 4 points for seventh place in the Western Conference. “We just have to win a game at a time and move up the standings ladder,” Busch said.

It was only the sixth win of the season for the Earthquakes. The Seattle Sounders lead the MLS Western Conference with a 12-6 record and 38 points while the Earthquakes are now 6-8 with 23 points.

Man-of-the-match went to Yannick Djalo who scored the lone goal off an assist from Chris Wondolowski at 42nd minute.

The Earthquakes will take the pitch again next Friday night against the L.A. Galaxy in Los Angeles.