SANTA CLARA -- The Earthquakes' magical comeback Saturday night left FC Dallas coach Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman fuming over officiating.
Hyndman blamed referee Geoff Gamble for allowing Major League Soccer-leading San Jose to escape with a 3-3 tie on Steven Lenhart's header in the 95th minute in front of a capacity crowd of 10,744 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
"Look at the foul sheets, they were called for zero fouls in the first half against eight or nine," the coach said on Saturday. "That's the game. That's the game. And we get three yellow cards for trying to protect ourselves."
All told the Quakes were called for 15 fouls to Dallas' eight. San Jose's Victor Bernardez and Sam Cronin also received yellow cards in a testy, playoff-like game. Dallas' David Ferreira and Jackson were lucky to receive yellow cards instead of red cards for retaliation. (Former Cal star Andrew Jacobson of Palo Alto got the visitors' other yellow card).
Hyndman, like many coaches this season, was frustrated by the physical play in the penalty box by the Earthquakes' Alan Gordon and Lenhart.
"The ball is up in the air, coming down, people are physically knocking you over," he said. "What are you going to do? We don't have the size to match.
"The goals we've given up, you guys see it. It's just knocking balls into the box. Continue knocking balls into the box, and if you don't get to the first ball, you'll get to the second one."
Dallas (9-12-10) trails the Vancouver Whitecaps by two points for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. What does the team need to do to reach the postseason?
"I think we need to get some good officiating and continue to score three goals," Hyndman said.
San Jose's Chris Wondolowski disagreed with Hyndman's assessment of the officiating saying the teams "were fighting tooth and nail but it wasn't over the top."
The Earthquakes have scored a MLS-record nine times in second-half stoppage time. Lenhart had two goals Saturday night to increase his season total to 10. Wondolowski (22) and Gordon (13) also are in double digits. San Jose is the first team since the Colorado Rapids in 2002 to have three players with at least 10 in a season.
"We kept ourselves in the game," Lenhart said. "We played some ugly soccer at times tonight, but we got the ball to bounce our way for the equalizer."
The tie extended San Jose's unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw to 17 games, dating to August 2011. The Quakes (62 points) need one point to clinch the Western Conference title. They have three games left in the regular season, starting Saturday at Colorado.
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