It what was the grand reopening to full crowds since March 7, 2020 the Quakes and Galaxy played to a sold out crowd. While the game was originally scheduled for Stanford it was moved to PayPal Park and unfortunately it turned into the Chicharito show. Javier Hernandez accounted for the goals in the 9th and 50th minute, with Quakes defender Florian Jungworth adding to the LA tally in the 70th minute. Cade Cowell accounted for the only score for the Quakes in the 82th minute.
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The Quakes head on the road to visit Minnesota United at St. Paul on Saturday July 3 5pm kickoff while the LA Galaxy will host Sporting Kansas City in a holiday night match Sunday July 4 at 7:30pm.
In the last of a three game homestand the Quakes were hoping to salvage a win in this set and to extract some revenge from losing to Kansas City in last year’s playoff game. Things looked good with an early strike from Chofis in the 5th minute but Kansas City got the better end with three unanswered goals, with the first from Jaylin Lindsey in the 15th minute. Alan Pulido and Daniel Salloi later added the insurance goals in the 60th and 75th minutes respectively as Sporting Kansas City ended up with 3-1 victory and continuing their dominance over the Quakes.
This was the last home until June 26 in which the Quakes will host the LA Galaxy at PayPal Park instead of Stanford. This will mark the return of fans to full capacity since March 7, 2020.
In the second game in one week the Quakes needed to have a quick turnaround from Wednesday’s loss to the Seattle Sounders to focus on another rival in the Portland Timbers. However, the home team had to play catchup from the start with an early 5th minute goal from Yimmi Chara. Chris Wondolowski had a chance to tie the game in the 61st minute only to have Timbers goalkeeper Logan Ketterer save the ball. Marvin Loria scored an insurance goal in the 74th minute giving the Quakes a 2-0 loss and their second in as many games.
Next up for the Quakes will be another home match this time against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday May 22 7pm while on the same day the Timbers will host the LA Galaxy in an afternoon matinee 12:30 pm start.
In a match dominated by very chippy play between the current top two teams in the West, it was the MLS Cup finalists that ended up getting 3 points on the road with the Sounders winning 1-0 over the Quakes.
The only goal of the match came off Cristan Roldan in the 18th minute off a botched defensive clearance.
The notebook was from the stands. Our only match has been the home opener so awaiting word on a return so for now–back to being fans/supporters in the stands.
Both teams have a short turnaround with the Quakes hosting Portland this Saturday May 15 7pm start, while the Sounders return home to host LAFC on Sunday May 16 at 6:30pm.
We were in the stands for this match so the summary from the terraces.
In a game of total domination and the only appearance of a team from the Eastern Conference the Quakes got off to an early start and never looked back with a 4-1 win over DC United. Chofis got the game started with his first goal 51 seconds into the match. The home team later went into overdrive with goals from Cade Cowell in the 26nd minute and Jackson Yueill in the in the 43rd minute. In the second half with five minutes left to go plus stoppage time Yueill provided a free kick strike to put the game out of reach. The only blemish in the match was the lone DC goal from Tony Alfaro in the 31st minute.
The one person who did not factor into the game was Chris Wondolowski who served a red card suspension for this match. Due to current conditions the bedlam from 2019 against Philadelphia was absent but his spirit was there with the attendance of 3000 people who were entertained to an offensive blowout.
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.
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.
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.
San Jose kicked off their 2020 season against the defending Eastern Conference champions Toronto FC. The Canadian club got off to a lead thanks to a penalty kick goal from Alejandro Pozuelo in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, and another goal early in the second half from Richie Laryea. The Quakes mounted a second half comeback thanks to a goal from Andy Rios in the 53rd minute.
The home team was destined for another loss when Oswaldo Alanis scored off a free kick in the closing minutes of stoppage time to steal a point from Toronto FC.
The Quakes have announced their pre-season training schedule. Once again they will travel to Cancun, Mexico to prepare for the 2020 league slate. Their matches will be against one MLS team on February 3 and a local side on February 10 before returning home to play 2 closed door games against Reno on February 18 and Sacramento on February 21.
There has been no announcement on an Earthquakes (former Avaya) Stadium friendly as in years past, but most likely it could be scheduled for February 15. If there is announcement it will be posted here.
The Oakland Roots Spring games have been announced. They open up at home on February 29 5pm against Chattanooga, and will be on the road against Detroit on March 21 time TBA. The rest of the schedule will be given at a later date.