August 5, 2016
Scoreless in San Jose
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0, NEW YORK CITY FC 0
SAN JOSE--New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders earned his keep and then some in a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium Friday night.
The Quakes dominated the game in chances, free kicks and corner kicks, but could not convert or solve Saunders. In fact, the hosts finished the match with 18 corners as Saunders snared most of them or his beleaguered defense managed to clear them out of the penalty area.
Regardless what transpires the rest of the weekend, City (10-7-7, 37 points) will remain atop the Eastern Conference. San Jose moved to 6-6-10 (28).
Saunders' most memorable stops included a kick save on Alberto Quintero after a giveaway by Andoni Iraola in the 12th minute and slapping away Anibal Godoy's close-range shot in the 27th minute.
NYC FC's chances were few and far between. Frank Lampard probably had the best one, firing a shot from a difficult angle on the right side of the penalty area that goalkeeper David Bingham saved in the 31st minute.
both teams had solid late chances to snatch full points. Saunders made a kick save on second-half substitute Chad Barrett in the 76th minute.
On the other end of the field, Bingham was called on to keep the visitors off the scoreboard as he came out to the edge of the six-yard box to block Steven Mendoza's shot in the 81st.
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