San Jose Earthquakes vs. Minnesota United FC (MNUFC), August 17, 2021

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Aug. 17, 2021

MATCH RECAP: Earthquakes 1, Minnesota United FC 1
Quakes extend unbeaten streak to nine; Wondo makes 400th MLS appearance

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes and Minnesota United FC played to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night at PayPal Park. The draw extends the Quakes’ unbeaten streak to a league-best nine matches and sees them climb to ninth place in the Western Conference, level on points with seventh place Portland and eighth place LAFC. Chris Wondolowski made his 400th MLS appearance in the match, entering as a second-half substitute.

San Jose opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Cristian Espinoza received a long switch from Marcos Lopez and sent a low cross across the six-yard box, deflecting off a back-tracking defender and into his own net.
The Quakes dropped to 10 men in the 21st minute after Nathan was shown a straight red card. Minnesota capitalized on the man advantage immediately, finding the equalizer one minute later through Wil Trapp.
San Jose played nearly 70 minutes plus stoppage time with 10 men and were able to secure a point.
The Earthquakes will now travel to southern California to face the LA Galaxy in the third California Clasico of the season. The match kicks off from Dignity Health Sports Park at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, and via radio on KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.


GAME NOTES
The Earthquakes now hold a 5-7-8 record (23 pts.) during the 2021 MLS regular season and are currently in ninth place in the Western Conference.
The Quakes extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches (2-0-7). It marks the club’s first unbeaten stretch of 9+ matches in a single season since the final nine matches of 2012 (5-0-4).
San Jose is now 4-3-2 all-time against Minnesota, including a 2-2-1 record at PayPal Park.
The Quakes have now allowed one or fewer goals in eight consecutive matches.
Forward Chris Wondolowski made his 400th MLS appearance, entering the match in the 86th minute. He became just the seventh player, fifth non-goalkeeper, and first forward to reach the milestone.

MLS Regular SeasonSan Jose Earthquakes 1 – 1 Minnesota United FCAug. 17, 2021 – PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif.Attendance: 10,353Michelob Man of the Match: Judson

Scoring Summary: SJ – Bakaye Dibassy (own goal) 12; MIN – Wil Trapp (Adrien Hunou, Ethan Finlay) 22.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Nathan (ejection) 21; MIN – DJ Taylor (caution) 82; MIN – Bakaye Dibassy (caution) 89; SJ – Marcos Lopez (caution) 90+4.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: JT Marcinkowski; Marcos Lopez, Tanner Beason, Nathan, Luciano Abecasis (Carlos Fierro 74); Shea Salinas (Paul Marie 55), Judson, Eric Remedi (Chris Wondolowski 86), Jackson Yueill, Cristian Espinoza (Cade Cowell 55); Jeremy Ebobisse.
Substitutes not used : Oswaldo Alanis, Siad Haji, Andy Rios, Jack Skahan, Daniel Vega

SHOTS: 4; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; FOULS: 11; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2

MINNESOTA UNITED FC: Tyler Miller; Bakaye Dibassy, Brent Kallman, Romain Metanire; Jan Gregus (Justin McMaster 64), Emanuel Reynoso, Ethan Finlay, Wil Trapp, DJ Taylor, Hassani Dotson; Adrien Hunou (Juan Agudelo 79).
Substitutes not used: Osvaldo Alonso, Michael Boxall, Fred Emmings, Jukka Raitala, Patrick Weah, Adrian Zendejas.

SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 1

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH MATIAS ALMEYDA
On tactical decisions made after the red card:“When I make substitutions, I am sending a message. The message is that I want to win. It’s simple. The players were great interpreters and we corrected things during halftime. Defensively, the players executed perfectly. We had our chances to score from counterattacks.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER LUCIANO ABECASIS
On the team’s mindset after Nathan’s ejection:“It was a valuable point with how the match turned out in the end and the fact that we were playing for a long time with one less player. It was clear by the team’s ambition that we wanted the three points because we needed them. The red card limited us a lot, but it forced the best out of each of us and we were able to hold onto the game and create chances on top of that. I think that the draw was fair given we were one man down. They had their chances and we had ours. We spoke in the locker room about staying focused, that we needed everyone’s maximum effort. That’s what we did, and I think we left a really good image with one less player.”
On giving advice to his substitute Carlos Fierro:“I didn’t speak much with him because we had already chatted in the locker room during halftime. Matias spoke to us, went over the changes we had to make for those of us playing outside, and for those that were going in to play in those positions, Matias asked them to pay attention. Carlos was one of them, so I think it was a credit to him for understanding it fast and credit to the coach for letting him know and preparing the moves beforehand because we knew that the game could happen that way.”

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Contact:
Jake Pisani – 408-556-7774 – jpisani@sjearthquakes.com
Pedro Ortiz – 408-556-3415 – portiz@sjearthquakes.com

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders, May 12, 2021

MATCH RECAP: Earthquakes 0, Seattle Sounders FC 1

Quakes snap three-game winning streak, host Portland on Saturday

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 on Wednesday night at PayPal Park. The result snaps the Quakes’ three-match winning streak but sees them remain in second place in the Western Conference.

Seattle took the lead in the 18th minute when a short clearance fell to Cristian Roldan, who would take a left-footed shot and send it past JT Marcinkowski. It would be Seattle’s only shot on goal during the match.

The back-and-forth contest saw a dramatic ending when Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei was injured late, forcing midfielder Alex Roldan to replace him. Despite a flurry of chances, and five shots on goal in the second half, San Jose could not find the equalizer.

GAME NOTES
The Earthquakes now hold a 3-2-0 record (9 pts.) during the 2021 MLS regular season and are currently in second place in the Western Conference.
San Jose has conceded just one goal in four consecutive matches.

MLS Regular SeasonSan Jose Earthquakes 0 – 1 Seattle Sounders FCMay 12, 2021 – PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif.
Scoring Summary: SEA – Cristian Roldan (unassisted) 18.
Misconduct Summary: SEA – Raul Ruidiaz (caution) 39; SJ – Chris Wondolowski (caution) 73; SEA – Stefan Frei (caution) 78; SJ – Luciano Abecasis (caution) 80.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: JT Marcinkowski; Marcos Lopez (Luciano Abecasis 69), Tanner Beason, Florian Jungwirth, Tommy Thompson (Shea Salinas 58); Eric Remedi, Jackson Yueill; Carlos Fierro, Chofis (Chris Wondolowski 65), Cristian Espinoza; Cade Cowell (Andy Rios 65).
Substitutes not used: Judson, Benji Kikanovic, Paul Marie, Jack Skahan, Daniel Vega.
SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 12; CORNER KICKS: 9.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC: Stefan Frei; Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou, Yeimar Gomez Andrade; Cristian Roldan, Jordy Delem (Shane O’Neill 8), Alex Roldan, Kelyn Rowe (Brad Smith 83), Ethan Dobbelaere (Fredy Montero 46), Danny Leyva (Joao Paulo 60); Raul Ruidiaz.
Substitutes not used: Will Bruin, Reed Baker-Whiting, Spencer Richey.
SHOTS: 17, SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 2.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH MATIAS ALMEYDA
On the result:“I’m very happy because we went up against the best team in the league and showed important things in respect to the sport. I can’t just takeaway the result when the opponent had a single shot at our goal. I take away the number of chances we created against an excellent team with a really good defense. We had our chances but this time we were unable to complete them. We would have liked to tie the game, that would have been fair. The first 25 minutes were back and forth. We were beginning to improve, and we were doing things right for a couple of moments.”
On the team’s approach to chances created throughout the match:“I am pleased with the team’s production while they were looking for the tie, and ultimately the win if they had tied the game. That’s the way soccer goes. You prepare, you get there and for some reason you can’t put them away. You play against a team of this pedigree and they only needed one shot to score a great goal. I will highlight the path we took in trying to tie the game, that intensity, getting through on the sides, the mobility and the pressure. We saw a lot of good things.”
On facing the Portland Timbers on Saturday:“We will have to make a thorough analysis of Portland. For us, every team in the league is challenging, not just Seattle and Portland. We respect everyone but we know we have to be doing very well to compete against anybody. We will analyze Portland, and then we will assess who has recovered from this match and determine if changes are necessary in order to renew energy.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JACKSON YUEILL
On tonight’s performance in comparison to previous matches vs. Seattle:“I think since my time here, four or five years [ago], they’ve been one of the consistent teams in MLS. They’re a very good side for a reason, they have really good players, and they have a system that they’re all bought in to. For sure they’re a challenging team to play against. You saw why tonight. We made them suffer a lot, and we pressed them hard, and they were able to win and do that against many other teams. I think this is a right step for us. I think, regardless of the result, the effort was there, the attitude at the end, and the second half for the team was in the right direction. It was just about finishing our chances and coming out ready to play at the beginning of the game. I think we gave away the goal early on, and we were a little slow at the beginning. I think that’s something to be improved on. But I think there were a lot of positives to take from this game and there is a lot of season to go so we’ll get our chances again.”
On playing alongside Eric Remedi so far this season:“I think Eric is a great addition to the team. He’s very similar to myself and Judson in his mobility, his work rate, being on the ball, his aggression, and his sacrifice for the team. He cares a lot about helping the guys around him, so I think those are all really, really good qualities. I think he’s really talented with the ball. He’s able to get us out of situations when we’re building up from the back. He’s always wanting the ball, he’s always asking for the ball, so he’s a guy to kind of relieve pressure from the rest of the team, especially myself. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him better and I think his influence on the team has been really good. The more he gets into the game and incorporates Judson, I think we’re really strong midfielders who will be a hard combination no matter who’s in there to play against.”

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Contact:
Jake Pisani – 408-556-7774 – jpisani@sjearthquakes.com
Pedro Ortiz – 408-556-3415 – portiz@sjearthquakes.com

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, October 7, 2020

MATCH RECAP: Earthquakes 3, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0

Quakes earn third consecutive victory, surge to seventh place

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes earned a 3-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday evening at Earthquakes Stadium, marking their third consecutive victory. Paul Marie scored the first goal of his MLS career, goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski earned the first shutout victory of his career, and San Jose set a club record with five Homegrown Players appearing in the match.
San Jose took the lead five minutes into the second half when Cristian Espinoza evaded a challenge in the box and blasted his shot into the lower-left corner of the net. Vancouver would go down to 10 men moments later when defender Andy Rose received his second yellow card.
The Quakes doubled their advantage in the 66th minute. Carlos Fierro played a ball across the box that found Andy Rios in stride and his first-timed strike beat goalkeeper Evan Bush.
Vancouver lost another player to ejection in the 75th minute and San Jose took advantage, with Paul Marie scoring his first career goal three minutes into stoppage time.
The Earthquakes will now travel to face the Portland Timbers on Sunday, Oct. 11, presented by Lux Bus America. Kickoff from Providence Park is slated for 7:00 p.m. PT and the match will be broadcast on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.

GAME NOTES
San Jose now holds a 5-6-5 record in the 2020 regular season and sit in seventh place in the Western Conference. Eight teams make the postseason from the West.
The Earthquakes have won three consecutive matches for just the second time since August 2015 (July 2019).
The Earthquakes are one of five teams in MLS to win each of their last three matches.
The Quakes now hold a 4-0-0 record in their last four meetings with Whitecaps FC, scoring at least three goals in each of them.
San Jose set a club record with five Homegrown Players appearing in a match for the first time (Cowell, Fuentes, Lima, Marcinkowski, Thompson). The Quakes also had each of their last three first-round SuperDraft picks appear in the match (Beason, Haji, Marie).
Homegrown goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski earned his first shutout of the season and second of his MLS career. It also marked the first shutout victory of his career.
Midfielder Cristian Espinoza scored his second goal of the season and fourth of his MLS career. He has now tallied a goal or assist in three consecutive matches, totaling one goal and three assists in that span. It also marked his second game-winning goal of the season and second of his MLS career.
Forward Andy Rios scored his fourth goal of the season and fifth of his MLS career. He has now scored in each of the last two matches.
Defender Paul Marie scored the first goal of his MLS career.
Midfielder Carlos Fierro was credited with an assist on Rios’ goal. It marked his second assist of the season and second of his MLS career.
Defender Tommy Thompson was credited with an assist on both Rios’ and Marie’s goals. It marked his third and fourth assists of the season, and eighth and ninth of his MLS career. His four assists this season tie his single-season career high (2017).
Eighteen-year-old Homegrown Gilbert Fuentes made his first appearance of the season and third of his MLS career, entering as a substitute in the 85th minute.
Midfielder Siad Haji made his first appearance of the season, entering as a substitute in the 88th minute.

MLS Regular SeasonSan Jose Earthquakes 3 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FCOct. 7, 2020 – Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Scoring Summary: SJ – Cristian Espinoza (Nick Lima) 50; SJ – Andy Rios (Carlos Fierro, Tommy Thompson) 66; SJ – Paul Marie (Tommy Thompson) 90+3.
Misconduct Summary: VAN – Andy Rose (caution) 17; SJ – Florian Jungwirth (caution) 45+4; VAN – Andy Rose (ejection) 53; VAN – Michael Baldisimo (caution) 60; VAN – Erik Godoy (ejection) 75.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: JT Marcinkowski; Nick Lima (Paul Marie 85), Tanner Beason, Florian Jungwirth, Tommy Thompson; Carlos Fierro (Gilbert Fuentes 85), Judson, Jackson Yueill, Cristian Espinoza (Siad Haji 88); Andy Rios (Shea Salinas 77), Chris Wondolowski (Cade Cowell 76).
Substitutes not used: Oswaldo Alanis, Luis Felipe, Jack Skahan, Daniel Vega.
SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; SAVES: 5; FOULS: 5; CORNER KICKS: 11, OFFSIDES: 1.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC: Evan Bush; Andy Rose, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski (Ryan Roposo 72), Ali Adnan, Cristian Dajome; Leonard Owusu, Russell Teibert (David Milinkovic HT), Michael Baldisimo (Patrick Metcalfe 73); Fredy Montero (Theo Bair 81), Tosaint Ricketts (Ranko Veselinovic 55).
Substitutes not used: Isaac Boehmer, Derek Cornelius, Bryan Meredith, Damiano Pecile.
SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; SAVES: 5; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 7, OFFSIDES: 0.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH MATIAS ALMEYDA
On the team’s performance tonight:“I think that we are forgetting about the tournament we played in Orlando. We really saw a competitive team. The restart of this season for each team was difficult. This season is unstable, just how we are living all around the world. It is difficult to train so little and play so often. Today, we had 20 players even. Many youngsters participated. But many teams are going through good moments and bad moments. There will be difficult moments and regular moments like we’ve talked about after each game, because of the way this season is. I think standing up after the previous negative performances, there is conviction and special work that we’ve done. There is good communication and adequate interpretation. We were able to overcome that negative streak at the beginning of the season. However, we cannot deny that the season is difficult for everyone.”
On forward Andy Rios’ performance:“When the team functions as a team, we are able to achieve our style of play. Andy Rios might not have been finishing, but he is one of the players that runs the most, he’s one of the players that plays with his soul, he does work that might not be noticed, but when they score it’s a joy for the team. I don’t just focus on one player, I am convinced that when the 11 players play for one another, we play as a team. And in football you play as a team.”
On playing the Portland Timbers on Sunday:“Today we celebrate a victory. We must make space to stay calm and the players deserve to celebrate after working hard. Tomorrow, we will begin to think about a difficult rival we will be facing, and we will figure out a game plan. We must see how the players recover and seek out any potential injuries. So today we will enjoy the victory with our families, as a family, after winning the way we did tonight.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JT MARCINKOWSKI
On what has fueled the team’s turnaround and how the team continues its momentum:“I think it’s not getting too high or too low. As we’ve seen in this league, results dictate how things go in the locker room, and so when you win it’s a good time. We just have to keep that same mentality going forward. We can’t get too high on these wins, and we can’t get too low when we lose. It’s just trying to maintain that same equal line and consistently getting better game in and game out. It’s looking at our mistakes, looking at what we did well, and trying to improve on those things.”
On how the team feels about going against the Portland Timbers:“I think the good thing is that we didn’t play them too long ago. There’s a lot of video we can watch and figure some things out. I think they did well. They took advantage of our mistakes, but I think that’s something we want to improve on. I think we’re in a much different spot than we were a few weeks ago when we played them. Now, we’ve kind of got back to who we are and play the Earthquakes style of soccer, and so we just have to keep that mentality going. So much of it is that group effort. It’s a team effort. It doesn’t matter if you’re starting or coming off the bench as you’ve seen in the past few games. Subs are scoring like tonight, Paul [Marie] with his first goal, I couldn’t be happier for him, and Gilbert [Fuentes], Siad [Haji], and Cade [Cowell] coming off the bench. I think taking that group mentality and collective effort into a tough place to play in Portland, but we just have to fight together.”
On what the absence of Florian Jungwirth means for Sunday’s game vs. Portland:“I really don’t know who’s going to play. I think we have to get guys recovered and watch some video on them. Then we can assess where we are a few days from now. Whoever does play, I think you’ve seen that whoever comes in makes a really big impact, and it’s going to be the same mentality and same feel with whatever 11 is out there.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JACKSON YUEILL
On if he thought about leaving the Quakes for Europe instead of signing a new contract:“No, not really. This is where I want to be. This is a project that I want to be a part of. From Matias to the locker room, it’s a family that I’ve grown to love and really appreciate. This is where I want to be for the future, and I’m excited to keep playing for this club and seeing how far we can go in all the years to come.”
On the team’s improvement over the last three matches:“These three games definitely brought back some of the confidence we had in Orlando. It’s been a difficult year with all of the interruptions of playing and not playing and then the games so close together. We had a little bit of a tough month there, but I think these three games definitely helped us get a little bit of our confidence back; the way we played, the way we passed, the way we pressed. I definitely hope that we can keep building from this and get better and better each game.”
On the importance of getting into a playoff spot:“I think we have a really strong group. We have a really deep group. You saw a lot of younger guys come in today and get minutes, which was great. The cohesion between everyone I think has been fantastic. We’re taking it one step at a time, one game at a time, and you can tell that in these games. I think each game we’re getting better and better, and you can see improvement with the ball and without the ball. That’s our focus. It’s trying to improve game in and game out and fine tune little details. Hopefully at the end, we’re where we want to be.”

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Contact:
Jake Pisani – 408-556-7774 – jpisani@sjearthquakes.com
Pedro Ortiz – 408-556-3415 – portiz@sjearthquakes.com