If the San Jose Earthquakes used March to let MLS competition know that they were an improved side, they used April to let their foes know that they are a legitimate contender.
San Jose was able to go through the month unscathed, snapping the Vancouver Whitecaps' record shutout streak to start a season in a 3-1 win; twice coming back from deficits to draw the New York Red Bulls 2-2 even after losing centerback Victor Bernardez and winger Shea Salinas to injury; defeating Real Salt Lake 3-1 and winning 2-1 in Philadelphia en route to first place in the Western Conference and SBI's MLS Team of the Month honors.
The club's depth has become its calling card, with coach Frank Yallop able to turn to Jason Hernandez and Ike Opara in defense with injuries to Bernardez and Ramiro Corrales, and the likes of Marvin Chavez and Steven Lenhart coming off the bench to account for the result at PPL Park over the weekend.
San Jose beat out the likes of D.C. United, which went 3-0-2 to climb into second place in the East; and Sporting Kansas City, which went 4-1-0 including wins over Real Salt Lake, Los Angeles and Vancouver, to claim the monthly honors.
What did you think of the Earthquakes month? Think they are for real? Which team do you think had the best April?
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