CD Aguiluchos USA traveled down I-880 to take on Real San Jose at PAL Stadium in San Jose. This was their second meeting of the year with the first match seeing 10-man Aguiluchos pull off the 1-1 draw.
Real San Jose had their best chance within seconds of kickoff as Juan Carlos Leal saw his curling effort beat Aguiluchos keeper Kevin Gonzales and rebound off the post. This would be the last decent chance for San Jose in the entirety of the first half.
Following the San Jose chance, Aguiluchos woke up and began to stamp their authority on the game. The Aguiluchos began to press high up the pitch and dominate possession.
Aguiluchos’ first chance came in the sixth minute as Devin Collins sent in a beautiful cross that saw two Aguliuchos attackers have a chance to finish. This was soon followed by a chance for Ross Middlemiss that he struck just over the bar.
The first goal for Aguiluchos would come in the 14th minute, as great build-up play from Middlesmiss would play Devin Collins in, and he laid off a great pass to leading goal scorer Simon Rawnsley who made no mistake from short range to put the visitors ahead 1-0.
Aguiluchos began to dominate the game, owning nearly all the possession and playing most of the game in the opponents half. This possession would see Middlesmiss set up Adan Martinez, who then saw his cross deflected by San Jose defender Arturo Meza- Santiago into his own net, to double the advantage for Aguiluchos at the 25 minute mark.
The chances started to come quick and fast for Aguliuchos for the rest of the half, as San Jose struggled to find any possession and failed to create any threat on the counter attack.
However, the score would remain 2-0 going into the half.
San Jose tried to begin the second half pressing high, but their lack of possession led to another dominant half for the visitors.
Aguiluchos forward Simon Rawnsley would see a plethora of chances fall his way in the second half. With multiple good looks at goal from both corner kicks and from open play, it is surprising that he did not find the back of the net a second time.
Aguliuchos’ player Adan Martinez would see a wonderful 59th minute chance cleared off the line by San Jose defenders. As well, Ross Middlemiss would see a few half chances fall his way but he could not find the back of the net either.
Real San Jose’s goalkeeper was certainly the busier of the two keepers, making several fine saves. Without some incredible saves from Jonathan Arellano, the score line might have been much worse for San Jose.
The Man of the Match for Aguiluchos was central midfielder Jesus Morales, who was all over the pitch Saturday night. He helped the Aguiluchos both dominate possession and winning every loose ball, stopping countless San Jose counter attacks. The game would finish 2-0, but the balance of play was all Aguliuchos.