In a game that was billed as a friendly, the Quakes fielded a mix of regulars and bench players despite having several key starters missing due to international duty against a team that is in the middle of their Mexican league season.
The game marked the debut of 15 year old Cade Cowell. He immediately made an impact with his goal in the 61st minute with an assist from fellow homegrown player Tommy Thompson. Although the match was a friendly, head coach Matias Almeyda fielded a lineup of younger players that included teenagers Cowell and Gilberto Fuentes, Reno loanee Duke LaCroix, and draft pick Siad Haji. The result was the same loss by a score of 2-1 although the match was merely to test out players who would otherwise be sitting on the bench or on loan to affiliate Reno 1868 FC. Monterrey accounted for their scoring in the first half with goals by Rogelio Funes Mori in the 6th minute and Maximiliano Meza in the 25th.
The Quakes were once again robbed by video replay as Minnesota United was rewarded a penalty kick in the second half. That was enough for them to take the lead as Darwin Quintero scored from the spot in the 49th minute. Miguel Ibarra added a goal 3 minutes later with an assist from Quintero, and an own goal by Quakes defender Harold Cummings in the 75th minute was the insurance the Loons needed to finally get a result. Their 3-0 win was the first franchise win against the Quakes, who had won the first four meetings dating back to 2017. Chris Wondolowski remains at 144 all-time career goals, just one short of the record of 145 goals set by Landon Donovan.
Notebook – Quakes v Minnesota United – all rights reserved.
The Quakes now play on the road for the first time this season with a trip to New Jersey against the Red Bulls on March 16 at 12:30pm. Minnesota continues with their west coast road swing down in Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy on the same day at 7:30pm. The Loons have victories against the Whitecaps and Earthquakes, and their trip will continue from LA to New England and New Jersey before finally opening their home schedule against New York City FC on April 13. The return leg will be on Wednesday July 3 at 5pm at Minnesota’s new home Allianz Field in St. Paul.
In the fifth home opener at Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes began their 2019 campaign with hope and a new head coach willing to turn things around for the long-suffering fans. While the team had a bit of fight it was back to the same results from 2018 as they lost to the Montreal Impact 2 to 1 in their only meeting this year. Magnus Eriksson scored the first goal of the game at the 11th minute but that lead was short thanks to two unanswered goals from Ignacio Piatti in the 29th minute and the game winner from Saphir Taider in the 44th minute.
The Quakes hope to turn things around with another home slate against Minnesota United FC next Saturday with an early 4:45 pm start time. Montreal continues their road swing at Houston on the same day before opening April 13 hosting Columbus. This was the first of a six-game road trip with additional stops at Orlando, Kansas City, New York (NYCFC), and DC.
We were at the Quakes friendly against the Sounders. The result was a 2-2 draw with Seattle taking the 2-0 lead into halftime, only to give it away thanks to two penalty kick goals by Chris Wondolowski in the 57th and 61 minutes. The next game for both teams will be their league openers on March 2 with the Quakes hosting Montreal and the Sounders at home playing against expansion team FC Cincinnati.
Notebook – Quakes v Sounders (friendly) – all rights reserved.
Yes, the Quakes are promoting opening night with an array of events that will be held throughout the week leading up to the game against Montreal on Saturday March 2.
In other action, the Stompers and Sol played a preseason friendly game at the North Bay. The venue was switched from Raimondi Park in Oakland to Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. The Stompers and Sol drew even with a goal each in their warmup to the NPSL season which starts March 16 for both clubs.
The Monday news includes the introduction of new Quakes coach Matias Almeyda to the local fanbase. A crowd braved the rain and clouds to meet the Argentine native, who was introduced as the head coach last October.
The San Jose Ultras introduce the coach in style!
Joel Soria of Quakes Epicenter is reporting that the Quakes will be training in Cancun. What remains to be announced is if a pre-season game will be played at Avaya. One match has been announced for February 9 as the team will be on the road playing against Reno 1868 FC. but most likely the two Saturdays afterward could have that traditional warmup leading up to the home opener on March 2 against Montreal. February 2 will be the USA-Costa Rica friendly at Avaya Stadium.
As this postcard from Avaya shows, we are happy to be back at the Epicenter.
Stay posted at 3pointsport.com for the latest news, announcements, and information related to Bay Area soccer. The Quakes open up their season on March 3 against Montreal. The USL League Two and NPSL schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.
The NPSL and USL League Two schedule will be announced at a later date. The US Open Cup matches with the San Jose Earthquakes and various friendlies will be announced in the coming months. Follow 3pointsport.com for the latest San Francisco Bay Area soccer news.
In a battle between the Western Conference bottom dwellers, the 11th place Colorado Rapids and last place Quakes played in a game that was fit to be tied, and with a goalless draw. Chris Wondowlowski had several chances to draw the record but was stopped by Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, who had a very spectacular game with 4 saves. The game was marked by the debut of 16 year old Gilbert Fuentes who came in as a substitute at the 89th minute.
Facebook series – Quakes v Colorado Rapids. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes will finish out their 2018 season schedule with a road game at Seattle next Sunday October 28 at 1:30pm, while the Rapids will host playoff bound FC Dallas. All matches will be starting simultaneously to determine rank in the MLS postseason with all teams except Real Salt Lake playing that day.
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.
Photo album from 3pointsport:
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.