Halftime saw neither team able to breakthough. Both teams got off five shots, but the Crew lead in shots on target 3-1 with Williams, Speas, and Oduro all putting shots on frame.
The best attacks in the first 30 minutes came down the right side as Speas combined well with Higuain and Arrieta to stretch the Quakes defense. Oduro would get a couple chances in the open field, but wasn't able to make San Jose pay.
Gruenebaum was capable at snuffing out any chances that got past the last line of defense, snuffing out a dangerous shot by Chris Wondolowski and covering up an Adam Jahn chance in the 27th minute.