Thanks to 2 second half goals from Paul Marie in the 57th minute and Cristian Espinoza in the 72nd, the Quakes defeated Cruz Azul in their second meeting since October 2018 when they played to a scoreless draw.
Before a sellout crowd of 18,000 the Quakes and Cruz Azul played to a scoreless draw. The match was eventful in the sense that the game was played at a mini-Azteca and was the second Liga MX team that the Quakes hosted this season, having played Leon in March.
The game also marked the return of Rafa Baca, who spent 3 seasons with the Quakes from 2011 to 2013. His return to the Quakes as a second half sub was met with respectable cheers.
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Facebook series – Quakes v Cruz Azul. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved.
The Quakes international record is now 11-10-10 having drawn both Manchester United and Cruz Azul this year. The team has not been successful playing Liga MX/Primera Division teams in their history, but the draw was their fourth, and now have improved to 1-7-4. Next up for the Quakes will be their final home game at Avaya Stadium on October 21 against the Colorado Rapids at 1:45pm. Cruz Azul will play on the road against Querétaro on Saturday October 20 at 3pm.
The San Jose Earthquakes have added another game to the schedule–this time hosting Cruz Azul on Saturday October 13 at 5:15 pm. This is the third friendly the Quakes have hosted this season and the second against a Liga MX team having played Club Leon in March.
For season ticket holders this is Bonus Game C. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday August 29 at 10am through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
The remaining home Quakes schedule includes league matches against Sporting Kansas City September 15, Atlanta United September 19, New York Red Bulls on October 6, and the final for this year against the Colorado Rapids on October 21.