Is our lack of road wins a real problem with playing on the road or just coincidence?

Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by Lurko, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. Lurko

    Lurko Member

    Aug 31, 1999
    DC area
    I don't think that we necessarily have a problem with playing away from Spartan as much as it's just a matter of "you've got to lose sometimes." Odds are that you'll lose games here and there, so maybe other factors like injuries, substitutions, or simple bad luck are to blame. Thoughts?
  2. living_ded_boy

    living_ded_boy New Member

    May 24, 2001
    Pleasanton, Ca
    I think the larger, less confined away fields are less forgiving than Spartan when it comes to posession. If you aren't on your possession game on a larger field you will generally play chase for 90 minutes like the Quakes did in KC. A healthy Russell, Agoos and Dayak will help alot but I don't know if that will be enough.
  3. Smurfquake

    Smurfquake Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    San Carlos, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think that the Quakes get fired up at home. Not like the huge crowd makes an impact, but after they got five or six wins in a row at home, they really started to focus on getting wins to keep the streak alive. The come from behind wins over Columbus and KC helped.

    I think that they don't focus as well on the road. They've proved they can beat anyone in the league by winning everything at home (well, we haven't played DC yet...). But for whatever reason, they don't seem to be getting fired up for the road games the same as they play at home.

    Fortunately, we can win the MLS Cup without winning a road game -- just win the West to get the home field advantage, and then we just need to avoid the Revs in MLS Cup, you know, because then it'll be a neutral-site game instead of a road game, and the Quakes are undefeated in neutral-site games this year (games against Olimpia in Miami and Sacramento). Right? Or is that too much of a stretch?
  4. Quake Crazy

    Quake Crazy Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Ceres Califonia
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree you have to chase a lot more if you don't keep possession on a larger field. What has puzzled me is the fact that they have had a possession problem on the road. A possession game is usually enhanced by a larger field, more space to pass. The Quakes have played wonderful possession in the tighter confines of Sparten, I would expect that to be even better (if that's possible!) when visiting a larger field. The travel schedule and fatigue certainly played a part in the last lose at KC.
  5. living_ded_boy

    living_ded_boy New Member

    May 24, 2001
    Pleasanton, Ca

    Thats my point, I don't think their possession is great at Spartan right now either, i think they are finding ways to get the result. On the road they have no chance.
  6. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Member+

    Apr 10, 2002
    California - Bay Area
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree. I wouldn't say that they have played great this year, but as a sign of a good/great, they have been getting results. However, a great team will start making a run at the end of the season...

    We have had enough injuries that a hot team could drop us in the post season with our current form.
  7. Cweedchop

    Cweedchop Member+

    Mar 6, 2000
    Ellicott City, Md
    Being a United fan (0-8-2 for 2 points), you should probably be thankful you aren't us right now..

    431 minutes and counting from our last goal...
  8. due time

    due time Member+

    Mar 1, 1999
    Santa Clara
    Been there, done that. Thank you very much...
  9. biglandonfan

    biglandonfan New Member

    Jun 17, 2002
    So Cal
    A very good point ...
  10. Albany58

    Albany58 Member+

    Sep 14, 1999
    Concord, CA USA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, we do have the experience. :eek:

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