In a match in which both teams needed a win in order to bolster their MLS Cup playoff fortunes, it was Chris Wondolowski who came in the clutch through his goals in the 16th minute off a missed post shot from Cristian Espinoza and again in the 74th minute off a feed from Shea Salinas, which was his 47th career assist for the Quakes tying him with Ronald Cerritos for the all time lead in that category. The result was a 2-0 victory for the Quakes over Real Salt Lake, and as of now they are in the driver’s seat to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017. For Wondolowski the brace increases his career tally to 165 goals and that performance earned him Player of the Week honors.
The Quakes will play one more home game against LAFC on Sunday November 1 before heading back to Seattle the following weekend on November 8 in what could be a playoff deciding match for both teams. Real Salt Lake is in a must win situation with their away swing continuing to LA to play the Galaxy at Carson on November 1 before heading home against Sporting Kansas City on November 8.
In a match that was headed towards a draw, late game substitute Danny Hoesen scored a goal 3 minutes into the second half of stoppage time to seal a 1-0 for the Quakes over Real Salt Lake. The game continued an 8 game home unbeaten streak (7-0-1).
In a very spirited game marked with five yellow cards, the Quakes had chances to score a goal but the effort was salvaged in a 0-0 draw. Andrew Tarbell earned the clean sheet in the match, while Quincy Amarikwa had his strike hit the crossbar which was probably the best chance for the team.
Facebook series – Quakes v Real Salt Lake. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
San Jose heads on the road to play Dallas next Saturday August 4 at 5pm, and on August 11 to Colorado at 6pm. Their next home game will be on August 18 against Toronto FC at 7pm in the first of three at Avaya Stadium for that month. Real Salt Lake returns home to host Chicago on August 4.