The former Derby County man rescued a point for his side in Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Philadelphia Union with a superb late equaliser.
The San Jose Earthquakes had Simon Dawkins to thank for rescuing them a point at the Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon after the former Derby County attacker produced a stunning late equaliser.
Chris Pontius gave the Union the lead in the 30th-minute with a header from Tranquillo Barnetta’s corner, before the Earthquakes were reduced to ten men just before the hour-mark when Panamanian midfielder Anibal Godoy was shown his second yellow card.
The hosts looked to be cruising towards three points during the closing stages until Dawkins decided to take matters into his owns hands with seven minutes left, delivering a dazzling dribble through the opposition defence before firing past Jamaica international teammate Andre Blake to secure his side a 1-1 draw.
It was the 28-year-old’s first goal since arriving from Derby in late January for his second spell with the club, and head coach Dominic Kinnear was full of praise for him at the final whistle.
I tried to get [Simon] more on the ball,” Kinnear told mlssoccer.com after the match. “Obviously the red card makes it a little bit more difficult. Shea Salinas came in too, at that particular point, and opened the game for us with his running. And it kind of gave Simon more freedom underneath too.
“His finish was excellent. It was something that we definitely needed and it was his first goal of the year for us and it couldn’t have come at a better time for us.”
Dawkins previously enjoyed a productive two-year loan stint at San Jose between 2011 and 2012 while on Tottenham Hotspur’s books, recording 14 goals in 53 regular season appearances as the club won the 2012 Supporters’ Shield title.
Now a Designated Player, the former Spurs academy star has had a slow start to his second spell, having failed to score in his opening seven games and received the first red card of his career, but his goal against the Union suggests that he is starting to find his feet again back in the States.
After barely playing for Derby over the first half of this season, he will certainly feel like he has something to prove and his latest performance could well be a sign of things to come.