COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Because Justin Morrow followed the advice of his coaches, the Earthquakes rallied once again for a 1-1 tie to deflate the home opener for the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

With the Crew (1-1-1) holding the lead on the first MLS goal by Brazilian defender Glauber in the 68th minute, the Earthquakes (1-1-1) responded five minutes later with a well-constructed buildup.

It was so good, in fact, that when midfielder Ramiro Corrales had the ball in the center of the field as he approached the Crew goal, he spotted an unmarked Morrow streaking down the left side.

"I've been encouraging him to get forward more often," San Jose coach Frank Yallop said of Morrow.

The defender laced a strike from 18 yards that zoomed to the upper right corner for his first goal since May 2 against D.C. United and second of his career in 48 matches to go along with four assists.

"My coaches really stressed that I go forward," he said. "They know I'm an offensive player and can help I can help the team going forward."

Morrow credited Corrales for drawing attention as he made his way into a dangerous area.

"Ramiro did a really good job of finding me," Morrow said. "In the first half I had one kind of similar (run) and I looked up and crossed it. (This time) I think I threw (the goalkeeper) off because I looked up and he thought I was going to cross it."


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A point in the first road game of the season was well-deserved, Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch said.

"We played very well tonight," he said. "Out of both of the teams we had the better chances.

"You can see in the last two games our confidence is building again. If we continue to play that way we're going to be in good shape this season."

The Earthquakes nearly scored first, but a Chris Wondolowski shot was cleared off the goal line by Crew defender Chad Marshall in the 61st minute.

Otherwise, Yallop's only complaint was the manner in which the Crew got its goal.

"We never really felt in too much danger until they scored," he said. "We pride ourselves on not allowing goals on set plays. We don't usually do that."

  • The Earthquakes' newest addition, Honduran forward and World Cup veteran Walter Martinez, dressed but did not play after signing Friday.