For the first time since March 7, 2020 fans were welcomed back into Earthquakes Stadium, which finally got a naming rights sponsor with PayPal. At the newly christened PayPal Park the 3000 or so fans were treated to an entertaining match which did not disappoint.
The Quakes scored first with a penalty kick goal from Oswaldo Alanis before the end of the first half. Cristian Espinoza increased the tally in the 49th minute with an assist from 17 year old Cade Cowell–who 10 minutes later provided a strike goal to put the game out of reach. Ricard Pepi of FC Dallas put FC Dallas on the board in the 79th minute but the home team was able to hold on for a 3-1 win. The only blemish on the match was Chris Wondolowski coming in as a sub in the 72nd minute for Carlos Fierro, only to be booked 17 minutes later. Another highlight was Fierro making a first half defensive save that prevented a Dallas goal. After 13 months the attendance of a few thousand sounded like a sellout of 18,000.
The Quakes continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas. Chris Wondolowski continued his goal scoring tear with his goal in the 46th minute while Magnus Eriksson was gifted with his through the officials through Video Review in the 52nd. The Wondo tally increases his career total to 152 goals.
FC Dallas did get one thanks to an own goal by Quakes keeper Daniel Vega in the 27th minute while Francis Atuahene scored the game tying goal in the 65th.
The Quakes are on a league break until June 26 when they meet the other Texas team Houston Dynamo at home. They still have an Open Cup date against Sacramento Republic FC on Tuesday June 11 7:15pm kickoff. FC Dallas are also on league break until June 22 when they host Toronto FC 5pm kickoff. They also enter the US Open Cup this Wednesday June 12 hosting OKC Energy 5pm start.
In the return leg FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes met for the second time this season and in the month of August. Maximiliano Urruti opened up the scoring with his goal in the 8th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. However Vako responded with 2 goals of his own in the 15th and 42nd minute to give the Quakes a 2-1 lead at the half. Dallas evened up the score 6 minutes into the second half with a tally from Santiago Mosquera in the 51st minute to tie at 2-2. The home team took the lead back a short time later with a goal from Magnus Eriksson in the 54th minute. The game was tied again 3-3 with a score from Dominique Badji in the 58th minute. The home team finally got something to cheer abut with a goal from Chris Wondolowski with an assist from Vako in the 62nd minute. The goal was the 142nd of his illustrious career and moved him 3 goals closer to the record of 145 set by Landon Donovan. The Quakes never looked back and won their second home game of the season with a 4-3 win over FC Dallas. The victory also marked a sweep of the home and home series for San Jose, having won 3-1 at Frisco, TX on August 4.
Facebook series – Quakes v FC Dallas. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes complete their home and home series against Vancouver at BC Place this Saturday September 1 at 7pm. FC Dallas returns home to host Houston on the same day.