The Quakes come back to defeat the Seattle Sounders 4-3 to earn their first win of the 2022 campaign under interim coach Alex Covelo. Cristian Espinoza’s hat trick with the third one coming in from the penalty spot during the second half of stoppage time sealed the victory.
The Quakes will now hit the road for a Sunday match against the defending MLS Cup champions New York City FC on Sunday May 1 at 10am, while the Sounders have a CONCACAF Champions League series against UNAM Pumas for the next two Wednesdays on April 27 at Mexico City and May 4 at Seattle. They resume league play on Saturday May 7 at 5:30pm with a road trip to Dallas. The Quakes and Sounders will meet again May 11 at Seattle with the winner advancing in the US Open Cup.
The Quakes hosted the Sounders in a weeknight matchup with both teams aspiring to play in the postseason tournament. However, it was the visitors that ended up dominating the game with the Sounders winning 3-0. The Quakes were doomed from the start thanks to an early goal from Raul Ruidiaz in the 25th minute. His second tally from the penalty spot 17 minutes later to close the first half, plus an insurance goal from Cristian Roldan in the 49th minute sealed the win for Seattle. Only an own goal from Shane O’Neil gave the Quakes their only tally of the match.
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 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.
On Wednesday Clint Dempsey announced his retirement from soccer effective immediately. He caps off an illustrious career that started with the New England Revolution, then to Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, and back to MLS with the Seattle Sounders. He also has been a decorated player for the US National Team appearing in 3 World Cups, a Confederations Cup in 2009, the 2016 Copa America, and 5 Gold Cup tournaments.
As a tribute here are some photos from the vault – either from FootySF, QuakesFan, or in the stands courtesy of Nap.
Yes, he did play for Seattle in his later years and has been that thorn on the side of Quakes fans, but as one of the greats for the US National Team he has taken that club to greater heights. His achievements ought to be applauded so, thank you Clint and the best of luck in the next career path.
Raul Ruidiaz made his debut for the Sounders with a bang with a goal in the 62nd minute. That accounted for the only score of the game as Seattle defeated San Jose 1-0. The loss continued the string of futility for the Quakes with only one home game win from opening night against Minnesota (March 3) and no wins since their road win, again over Minnesota (May 12). The game also marked the MLS debuts for Guram Kashia and Luis Felipe.
Facebook series – Quakes v Sounders. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes will need to turn things around quickly with a Saturday match against Real Salt Lake at home on July 28 at 7:15pm. Seattle returns home to host New York City FC on Sunday July 29 at 2pm.