By Harry Allison

The Union spit the bit last night in San Jose, and in the process may have cost themselves whatever slim shot they had at a playoff spot.

They earned a road point with a 2-2 draw against Earthquakes, but they cratered near the end and lost a chance to get two.

That leaves them with an 8-11-6 record and 30 points, six behind Montreal, which currently holds the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Ten minutes into the second half, after a throw-in from Chris Pontius that was first touched by Jack Elliott, the Earthquakes failed to clear the ball away from danger. Instead, the clearance landed on the foot of Roland Alberg who sent a rocket to the back of the net to give the Union a 2-1 lead in the 55thminute.

San Jose started early with a goal in the third minute of play. Vako Qazaishvili danced through the Union defense and was able to capitalize with a shot that got past Union goalkeeper John McCarthy to give San Jose the 1-0 lead.

After several shots were blocked in front of net by the San Jose defense, Elliott took a one-timer and connected beautifully into the upper 90 to equalize the match at one in the 35th minute. After the first 45, the match was all squared at one goal apiece.


Philly continued to make an effort to get the third goal to put San Jose away. Sapong had a chance after fighting off defenders, but his attempt was stopped by Quakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.

Despite several blocks by Elliott to keep the Union ahead, they gave up a penalty with less than a minute left in stoppage time. Chris Wondolowski (above) stepped up the penalty spot and equalized the match at two as the final whistle blew.