FRISCO, Texas -- Two big plays in the last minute of the first half carried the San Jose Earthquakes to their first road victory this season Saturday night, a 2-1 win against FC Dallas.
Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi blasted a shot from 35 yards out past Dallas goalie Chris Seitz to break a 1-1 tie. It was Pierazzi's first MLS goal.
Seconds later, with time running out in the half, Earthquakes goalie Jon Busch stopped Fabian Castillo's penalty shot.
"I tried to read him, and I went the right way," Busch said. "I was just trying not to over-think it. It was what we needed at the time."
Dallas (5-7-3, 18 points) played a man short after Adam Moffat received his second yellow card in the 37th minute. San Jose (4-4-4, 16, and 1-3-1 away from home) was without two of its leading goal scorers who were with their World Cup team: Chris Wondolowski (five goals, United States) and Victor Bernardez (two, Honduras).
Playing defensively, the Earthquakes did not have a shot on goal in the second half.
"Once the other team is down in strength, they had to go for it," San Jose coach Mark Watson said. "They're pressing so high, you think it's either going to end up 2-2 or 4-1."
It was 1-0 after FC Dallas scored in the 16th minute, when Blas Perez redirected a pass from Moises Hernandez past Busch.
The Earthquakes' Atiba Harris tied the score with his second goal this season, both in the past two games, on an assist from Steven Lenhart.
"The more I've been here a few months, I'm beginning to feel more comfortable," Harris said. "I've been working hard in training, trying to do the best for the team."
Watson praised the 37-year-old Busch, who made six saves, and also Pierazzi, who arrived in San Jose from France.
"Jon's a good goalkeeper. He has been for a long time," Watson said. "We needed a little break on the penalties; he practices those all the time. So he's prepared for it.
"We know Pierazzi's got a good shot from distance. To score a fantastic goal like that will help his confidence. It was huge. It's hard to win games on the road."
In his first interview in English, Pierazzi said, "I have a lot of space in front of me. I just tried to shoot. I was just lucky. It was a great score for me and the team."
San Jose has defeated Dallas twice this season. They're scheduled for a third meeting Aug. 16 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
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