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 a match that was marred by fouls, cautions, and ejections the Quakes squeaked by with a win thanks to a Nick Lima goal in the 22nd minute. That match was enough to get a 1-0 win, and their third home victory of the season.
A total of 28 fouls (15 from the Quakes and 13 from Cincinnati) plus 6 yellow cards (3 from each side), and the red card ejection of Cristian Espinoza in the 51st minute thanks to his yellow in the 15th was the focal point of the match. Still, the team was able to grind out the results in a major improvement from the season before.
The Quakes will hit the road to Foxboro, Massachusetts to play New England in their only meeting on Saturday May 11 at 4:30pm. Cincinnati will return home to host Montreal on the same day, 10 am PDT start tine.
Danny Hoesen’s early goals in the 6th and 12th minutes were the catalyst in the Quakes match against Sporting Kansas City. Additional goals from Shea Salinas to open the second half, followed by a goal from Magnus Erikkson in the 61st minute was enough to win 4-1 over Sporting Kansas City. Felipe Gutiérrez scored a penalty kick in the 66th minute was the only blemish in the game.
The win was the second this season for San Jose and equals the number of home victories from last year.
The Earthquakes will begin a two game road trip, first up to Seattle against the Sounders on Wednesday April 24 at 7:30pm followed by a Saturday afternoon match at FC Dallas on April 27 12:30 kickoff. Their next home game will be on May 4 at 6:45 against league newcomers FC Cincinnati 6:45pm start time. Sporting Kansas City will be returning home to host New England on Saturday April 27 at 5:30pm PDT.
Shea Salinas scored in the 15th minute, while Danny Hoesen added another goal in the 34th minute and Cris Espinoza one minute later to give the Quakes a 3-0 win. The victory was the first for new coach Matias Almeyda and the first points in the 2019 season. Espinoza also had an assist on the first goal.
It was the Carlos Vela show as he netted 3 goals to give LAFC a 5-0 win. His goals in the 8th, 45th plus 3rd of stoppage time, and the 66th minute was the catalyst in giving the second LA team another victory. The game was also a homecoming for Steven Beitashour, who played for the Quakes from 2010 to 2013 before playing for Vancouver, Toronto where he won a title, and now LA. His goal in the 26th minute gave his team a very unsurmountable lead and assisted on the hat trick Vela strike. Diego Rossi added another goal in the 68th minute. The Quakes are currently winless in 4 games this year.
The Quakes conclude their homestand against another West Coast rival in Portland on Saturday April 6 with a 4:45 start time. LAFC continues their road trip on the same day at DC United with a noon PDT kickoff. The return leg will be Banc of California Stadium on August 23 at 7:30pm.
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.