SANTA CLARA -- The Earthquakes were so starved for a victory Saturday night, they needed only 10 players on the field to get the job done.

After winger Shea Salinas received a straight red card in the 45th minute, San Jose held on to beat FC Dallas 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 10,525 at Buck Stadium.

Perhaps playing a man down for 45 minutes and getting a victory will spur the Quakes (2-3-4).

"It was a long, hard-fought night," Quakes coach Mark Watson said. "I'm really proud of our guys, to see the effort and the commitment under extreme pressure to get the points."

Jon Busch, a wily veteran goalkeeper, made four saves, including three first-rate stops in the final 45 minutes, along with some athletic catches.

"Buschy was great tonight," Watson said. "He had a bunch of great saves. We had a couple of close calls. One was off the post. He showed his real quality tonight."

The Quakes, who play three of their next four games away from home beginning next week in Seattle, were desperate for a victory and to develop some momentum after managing only eight goals in their first eight games.

An own goal courtesy of FC Dallas' David Texeira off a Sam Cronin free kick gave the Quakes a 2-0 lead in the 73rd minute. Chris Wondolowski pressured the defender to knock it in his own net.

But Michel, a Brazilian, halved the deficit for Dallas (5-5-1) three minutes later with a laser-like free kick from 19 yards out.


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The Quakes led 1-0 at halftime on Cordell Cato's first goal of the season in the 25th minute off a double assist from Busch and Clarence Goodson. It marked Busch's first assist as an Earthquake.

The drama intensified after Salinas was ejected for a studs-up tackle on Zach Lloyd in the 45th minute. The Quakes, who also received four yellow cards, argued the call. Salinas said the replay made the foul look worse than it was.

"I didn't get him very hard, but I got him," Salinas said. "You can't argue too much at this point. I feel bad that I made the team play with 10 men from that point, but it was awesome what they did out there. It was an awesome victory. They battled out there."

The Quakes held on for dear life in six minutes of stoppage time, with Dallas surging forward. Ty Harden bolstered the back line after replacing Cato in the 85th minute. Forward Alan Gordon limped off the field in the 56th minute and was spelled by rookie JJ Koval.

  • The Earthquakes inducted former player and general manager Johnny Moore into the club's Hall of Fame.

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