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Revolution didn't put away San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Revolution have two weeks to contemplate their 2-2 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night. So, while resting and ruminating during the MLS All-Star break, will the Revolution's primary recollection be the 90 minutes during which they compiled a two-goal lead or the four minutes of stoppage time, during which they squandered the lead?

"If someone said before the game we would get a tie, we would have taken it," defender Jay Heaps said. "It's unfortunate, but in the long run this will help us because we stayed unbeaten [for the fourth successive game] and got a point. If we can keep an unbeaten streak going on the road and win at home we will be all right."

Pat Noonan provided the Revolution's first goal, heading in Richie Baker's cross in the 25th minute, and Jose Cancela added a well-placed left-foot shot in the 54th. The Revolution appeared poised to snap an eight-game winless streak against the Earthquakes, especially after San Jose defender Troy Dayak was ejected for elbowing Shalrie Joseph in the 63d minute. But the Earthquakes rallied with a three-forward attack, adding Dwayne DeRosario in the 65th minute. Landon Donovan converted eight seconds into injury time and Brian Ching tied the score in the final minute of added time.

"That's what happens when you have your foot on their throat and don't put them away," Heaps said. "Once the first chance got through, the momentum changed. They are not an easy team to tie. But what happened is we didn't attack them after we got the lead and we seemed to drop off in the second half. They are a good team and they know what to do. They released a man [into the offensive zone] and brought on DeRosario as a third forward and pressured."

The result means both teams are in last place -- the Revolution (4-8-6) trail fourth-place Chicago by one point for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and the Earthquakes (5-6-6) fell two points behind Colorado and Dallas in the Western Conference.

The Revolution are 0-7-2 against the Earthquakes since a 2-1 victory July 22, 2000 in San Jose.

This was the first time the Revolution led San Jose for more than one minute in the last nine matches. The Earthquakes, who have won two of the last three MLS Cups, displayed similar resourcefulness at the end of last season in games at Spartan Stadium. In last year's playoffs, San Jose trailed Los Angeles by four goals in a total-goal series in the 21st minute of the final game, but overcame the deficit with five goals in a 75-minute span. The Earthquakes then eliminated Kansas City, despite never holding the lead until the final kick of the game, twice rallying from deficits.

"When you lose two goals after 90 minutes it's disappointing," Revolution coach Steve Nicol said. "A missed tackle, someone sleeping, cost us. But you learn from your mistakes and remember the good stuff. We were comfortable for most of the game. We were perfect for 90 minutes, then they got a couple of breaks."

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