The Quakes lose to the Loons 5-2. The wet weather and the recent health news on coronavirus (COVID-19) were enough to reduce the attendance despite the recent concerns but it was a former teammate that did the team in.
The Quakes had to play catchup from the start due to a goal in the 13th minute by former player Ike Opara but thanks to Video Assisted Replay (VAR) San Jose was awarded a penalty kick in which Magnus Eriksson was able to convert 6 minutes later. However, the Loons were able to pull away with the lead and the win thanks to goals from Jan Luis Robin, and another from Opara. Vako’s tally in the 53rd was the only consolation goal.
Minnesota will next host NYCFC in their home opener on Sunday March 15 at 4pm, while the Quakes will hit the road for the first time when Philadelphia kicks off their home schedule on Saturday March 14 at 4:30pm.
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.
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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.
Danny Hoesen scored a brace while Vako added a goal as the Quakes took a 3-0 lead. Minnesota came back with 2 goals from Kevin Molino but the home team held on for a 3-2 victory to kick off the 2018 season. The score was similar to the last game of the 2017 season in which the Quakes scored the game winner at the end of stoppage time.
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