San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers, June 19, 2024

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June 19, 2024 

MATCH RECAP: Earthquakes 1, Portland Timbers 2

San Jose edged late in second half; Quakes look ahead to Saturday road match against Los Angeles FC

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell 2-1 to the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at PayPal Park.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Evander took advantage of a turnover in the box and beat Quakes goalkeeper Jacob Jackson. The Quakes would emphatically answer in the 50th minute with a long-range blast from Paul Marie to equalize. However, Portland recaptured the lead for good when Evander fed Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez for the finish in the 72nd minute.

The Quakes will now prepare for a road match against Los Angeles Football Club on Saturday, June 22. Kickoff from BMO Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast globally on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, as well as on local radio AM 810 The Spread (English) and AM 1370 La Kaliente (Spanish).

GAME NOTES

The Quakes are now 6-22-10 against the Timbers in MLS regular-season play and 6-5-6 at home.

Winger Cristian Espinoza and Jeremy Ebobisse started Wednesday’s match, extending their MLS-leading consecutive games played streaks to 93 and 92, respectively.

Goalkeeper Jacob Jackson made his Quakes debut in MLS play. He started last month’s San Jose’s 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 matchup against Sacramento, a 4-3 defeat in extra time where he made five saves — several at point-blank range — to keep the Black and Blue in the game.

In the 50th minute, Quakes defender Paul Marie scored his second goal of the season and sixth of his career.

MATCH INFORMATION

San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Portland Timbers

Saturday, June 19, 2024 – PayPal Park; San Jose, Calif.

Weather: 65° Sunny

Match Officials: 

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

AR1: Andrew Bigelow

AR2: Jeremy Hanson

4th Official: Ricardo Fierro

VAR: Greg Dopka

AVAR: Mike Kampmeinert

Scoring Summary:

POR (0-1) – Evander (unassisted) 22’

SJ (1-1) – Paul Marie (unassisted) 50’

POR (1-2) – Jonathan Rodriguez (Evander, Juan Mosquera) 72’

Misconduct Summary:

POR – Claudio Bravo (caution) 48′

POR – Evander (caution) 76′

POR – Nathan Fogaca (caution) 87′

POR – Diego Chará (caution) 89′

POR – Eric Miller (caution) 90+4′

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Jacob Jackson; Vítor Costa (Tommy Thompson 81’), Tanner Beason, Daniel Munie, Carlos Akapo (Paul Marie 18’); Jackson Yueill (C) (Alfredo Morales 81’), Niko Tsakiris, Hernán López; Amahl Pellegrino (Jack Skahan 73’), Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse (Preston Judd 73’).

Substitutes not used: William Yarbrough (GK), Michael Baldisimo, Tanner Beason, Alfredo Morales, Tommy Thompson, Casey Walls.

POSS.: 52.9%; SHOTS: 18 ; SOG: 2; CORNERS: 8; OFFSIDES: 2; SAVES: 2; FOULS: 3; xG: 1.9

PORTLAND TIMBERS: James Pantemis ; Claudio Bravo (Eric Miller 68’), Dario Zuparic, Zachery McGraw, Juan Mosquera; Evander, Jonathan Rodriguez (Nathan Fogaca 87’), Diego Chara (C), David Ayala (Cristhian Paredes 86’), Santiago Moreno (Dairon Asprilla 89’); Felipe Mora (Antony 67’).

Substitutes not used: Trey Muse (GK), Tyler Clegg, Larrys Mabiala, Eryk Williamson.

POSS.: 47.1%; SHOTS: 15 ; SOG: 4; CORNERS: 2; OFFSIDES: 0; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 12; xG: 2.4

EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH LUCHI GONZALEZ

On overall thoughts of tonight’s match:

“I think we imposed ourselves offensively. We created a lot. We got on the ball a lot. I thought we actually defended really well. I know the goal we conceded early first half was a build-up mistake, but not from a lack of effort or intensity. … I thought we imposed second half, started with protagonism, pushing the game. It should have been 2-1 with the chances we were creating. … It’s like this theme that continues to haunt us. It was a good 60 to 70 minutes where we could be winning, we’re imposing, we were actually defending well, and we just lose in a moment. We lose organization and concede. I like the effort of the guys to push at the end and I thought we were deserving of a second goal but it did not happen. We’re going to be disappointed with the common theme and we’ll have to get over it quick, but we need to change this common theme. If we don’t change, the results aren’t going to change.”

On the decision to start Jacob Jackson at goalkeeper:

“Making a goalkeeper rotation and change is never easy. It’s that one position, I’d say center backs and keepers are the hardest positions to just rotate or to make changes because you want that to be as consistent as possible. We saw Jacob really strong in training — really strong with second-team games. Our second team is really important to our development pathway for guys to earn opportunities with the first team. We were conceding goals. William is a fantastic leader with a lot of experience and a very good goalkeeper. … It’s not an easy decision and of course he’s disappointed with that, but at the same time there are opportunities there and we saw we needed to make a change. Jacob was performing well in training and in second-team games and we went for that decision. As a goalkeeper, he’s got a bright future. He still has a good age to keep learning and getting better and that’s the context of the decision.”

On conceding two goals tonight:

“The game is cruel. Because too many times we’ve been in leads or been in good momentum so it could have or should have or deserve to be winning while we’re creating. I love the excitement our guys play with in the attack and courage. I actually really liked our defensive organization. Up until the second goal because the first goal was a giveaway in distribution but we were very disciplined, very compact. We pushed our back line up. We controlled their transition quite well and even when they broke it without numbers behind the ball and protect the box so that goal is a hard one to swallow. We could’ve 100% prevented that. Just a little bit more numbers behind the ball, and more intensity on the ball, and push them out and not allow a free and open cross. You’ve got to do those things that are not easy, and you got to do the things that not everybody wants to do. That sacrifice. That’s how you win. That’s how you get results and so we’re disappointed.”

On making changes amid all the players out of the lineup due to injury:

“The first change that I would like to see develop is get our guys healthy — Daniel healthy, JT [Marcinkowski] healthy, Bruno Wilson healthy, get [Carlos] Akapo back healthy. That’s first and foremost. Get these guys healthy. [Carlos] Gruezo is in the [Ecuador] national team; but at the same time, I know every team is dealing with national call-ups right now, whether it’s Copa America or Euros. Get our roster and our depth as available and ready as possible. We’re aware we don’t talk about playoffs in every moment, but we do in key moments. We’re not going to give up. I’m not going to give up. These guys, what I know about them, the staff, these players, they’re not going to give up. If at some point mathematically it is impossible, then it is what it is, but the only way we can start making playoffs this season or seasons in the future is by taking care of business today and right now. That’s going to be our focus. Staying present and what we control and bringing our best today so that the future can be bright.”

On updates pertaining to Rodrigues and Daniel, as well as Daniel Munie’s performance:

“[Rodrigues] was not cleared for tonight — potentially cleared against LAFC, so that would be good news to have him available. And then Daniel is probably training with us within two, maximum three weeks training and competing with the group, and going from there. Hopefully he’s in our competition goalkeeping and helping our back line and defensive outcomes. But look, I mentioned guys that are injured, and we’d love to have them back competing with us, especially in that back line competition and in goal. But it’s also positive when you see a Daniel Munie who I thought had a strong performance tonight. A young player who has been patient to keep growing and learning from his other center backs and other players. He has speed. He has good physical qualities. But he also showed good build-up. Good confidence on the ball as well. Good in the air as well. I think he’s got a bright future. He’s got good guys next to him like Tanner [Beason], Rodri, [Carlos] Akapo. There’s a lot of cultural differences, but you can see the influence they had on him and he had a good performance tonight overall.”

EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER PAUL MARIE

On having to come in to the match early on:

“We had to do a sub early. Carlos [Akapo] got hurt so I had to step in at the 16th minute. It’s not easy to step in a game like this but it went OK. Obviously, we got scored on early on a mistake but that’s OK. I think the boys responded. We played really well until the 70th minute, and then they had half a chance and they scored. I think that’s the little moments that we need to take care of. I didn’t think they had that much on us, but it was the little details that beat us 2-1 tonight. I thought the team played well. There’s a lot of games that we’ve played well but there’s a switch in our mentality maybe that we need to think of, to work on and be able to be consistent for 90-plus minutes.”

On his second-half goal from long range and feeling the home crowd’s energy:

“It was amazing to feel the fans. … Having the fans behind us is a big plus. I think it’s hard to realize maybe for some people if they’ve only been at this stadium, but when we go on the road, having the crowd pushing for you for 90 minutes is unreal. I was very happy to score the goal, get a second breath for the team. We had that big chance and it felt like it was all coming along and had a happy ending, but it is what it is. I’m really happy to score a goal and help the team, but it would have been better with a win.”

On the team attempting to come together as a collective:

“Nobody showed up in preseason thinking it would go this way. We feel terrible for our fans and people that come to support us week in and week out because we have had the lead in so many games. We gave it all for our fans and for us too to get a result. Obviously, for the guys who are coming in, maybe they were in teams that were successful, and they didn’t have to do as much defensively. Obviously, we’re trying to gather everybody and get everybody on the same page. As of right now we’re not able to click everything together, hopefully we’re able to figure that out. There’s a lot of games left and a lot of positives to take in each game.”

On his and the rest of the team’s mentality:

“My mind is to win games and to be performing. I think Luchi is doing everything he can. He is giving 100 percent, and he’s been perfectly aligned with his message this season all along. Obviously, we’re trying to give it all for him. We would have loved to have better results but as of right now the players just need to focus on winning games and following the plan.”

On the team being able to score goals but not come away with a result:

“It feels like we’re able to turn things around and be more offensive. I feel like we’re being very positive going forward, and unfortunately maybe we don’t score, but then we start to become spread out. We start to have midfielders and No. 10s of the other team start to face us and play balls in behind us. For me, I feel like we start to be over-positive on one side, become stretched, and then in the middle they start to come at us with everything they have. I feel that’s what happened in New York, last game and in this game. Obviously, we’re going to score goals. We have incredible attackers, but we really have to focus and recover and stay in better lines especially in those last 20 minutes.

Earthquakes Communications Contacts:

Ryan Maquiñana – Director, Communications

rmaquinana@sjearthquakes.com

C: 650.243.8523

Jake Jansing – Coordinator, Communications

jjansing@sjearthquakes.com

C: 408.425.1329

Bay FC vs. Utah Royals, June 16, 2024

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Cincinnati FC, June 15, 2024

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June 15, 2024 

MATCH RECAP: Earthquakes 2, FC Cincinnati 4

Visitors surge ahead late after San Jose holds second-half lead; Quakes continue homestand Wednesday vs. Portland

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell 4-2 to FC Cincinnati on Saturday night at PayPal Park.

After a scoreless first half, Cincinnati struck first in the 53rd minute when midfielder Pavel Bucha picked off a pass and scored in transition. The Quakes would answer just four minutes later when midfielder Hernán López scored off a rebound in the box.

San Jose would capture the lead in the 72nd minute when Vítor Costa pinged a long ball for winger Cristian Espinoza, who hauled it in and buried it in the back of the net for this third goal of the season. However, the visitors responded with three goals in succession from Yuya Kubo in the 78th, 80th and 87th minutes to pull ahead for good.

The Quakes will now prepare for a midweek home match with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday, June 19. Kickoff from PayPal Park is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast globally on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, as well as on local radio AM 810 The Spread (English) and AM 1370 La Kaliente (Spanish).

GAME NOTES

The Quakes are now 1-2-0 against FC Cincinnati in MLS regular-season play and 1-1-0 at home.

San Jose has had the lead at some point in 10 of 17 games in MLS play this season.

With his 57th minute goal, Hernán López stayed hot, notching either a goal or assist in four of his six MLS starts.

Winger Cristian Espinoza scored his third goal of the season, marking his 12th goal contribution of 2024 when paired with his nine assists.

Espinoza and forward Jeremy Ebobisse started tonight’s match, extending their MLS-leading consecutive games played streaks to 92 and 91 games, respectively. Sporting Kansas City’s Daniel Salloi had the third longest record with 69 matches until tonight, when he sat out due to injury.

San Francisco Giants legend Hunter Pence was on hand to fire the ceremonial siren before the game. The four-time Major League Baseball All-Star and two-time World Series champion is part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Bay Area Host Committee Advisory Board and took in his first game at PayPal Park.

FC Cincinnati assistant coach Dominic Kinnear returned to the South Bay. The former San Jose defender served the club as assistant coach for the Quakes’ Audi MLS Cup triumphs in 2001 and 2003, and as head coach, he led the Black and Blue to their first MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2005.

MATCH INFORMATION

San Jose Earthquakes 2-4 FC Cincinnati

Saturday, June 15, 2024 – PayPal Park; San Jose, Calif.

Weather: 63° Clear

Match Officials: 

Referee: Lukasz Szpala

AR1: Chris Wattam

AR2: Mike Nickerson

4th Official: Tim Ford

VAR: Younes Marrakchi

AVAR: TJ Zablocki

Scoring Summary:

CIN (0-1) – Pavel Bucha (unassisted) 53’

SJ (1-1) – Hernán López (unassisted) 57’

SJ (2-1) – Cristian Espinoza (Vítor Costa) 72’

CIN (2-2) – Yuya Kubo (Luciano Acosta, Gerardo Valenzuela) 78’

CIN (2-3) – Yuya Kubo (Luciano Acosta, Gerardo Valenzuela) 80’

CIN (2-4) – Yuya Kubo (Luciano Acosta, Obinna Nwobodo) 87’

Misconduct Summary:

CIN – Kevin Kelsy (caution) 66′

SJ – Hernán López (caution) 90+4′

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: William Yarbrough; Tanner Beason, Daniel Munie, Carlos Akapo (Paul Marie 75’), Vitor Costa; Jackson Yueill (C) (Preston Judd 84’), Hernán López, Niko Tsakiris (Alfredo Morales 84’); Amahl Pellegrino (Jack Skahan 75’), Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse (Benji Kikanovic 90+3’).

Substitutes not used: Jacob Jackson (GK), Michael Baldisimo, Tommy Thompson, Casey Walls.

POSS.: 44.7%; SHOTS: 20 ; SOG: 8; CORNERS: 10; OFFSIDES: 0; SAVES: 2; FOULS: 5; xG: 3.2

FC CINCINNATI: Roman Celentano; Nick Hagglund (Gerardo Valenzuela 75’) , Matt Miazga (Kipp Keller 64’), Luca Orellano, Ian Murphy, DeAndre Yedlin; Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta (C), Pavel Bucha; Sergio Santos (Yuya Kubo 64’) , Kevin Kelsy (Yamil Asad 75’).

Substitutes not used: Alec Kann (GK), Landon Aghedo, Bret Halsey, Alec Kann, Malik Pinto, Alvas Powell.

POSS.: 55.3%; SHOTS: 20 ; SOG: 7; CORNERS: 3; OFFSIDES: 0; SAVES: 5; FOULS: 11; xG: 2.2

EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH LUCHI GONZALEZ

On leading in the second half before FC Cincinnati’s late surge:

“We actually were on the front foot winning 2-1. We were in their half attacking them. … We lost balance in that attack in the transition moment. We lose the ball in the box and even though we had good numbers to defend the tradition we weren’t together enough. We lost duel [after] duel, falling behind, didn’t cover the depth, and they’re dangerous. If you give Lucho Acosta half a second, he plays a one-touch ball behind [Yaya] Kubo and that’s what they’re capable of. The other goal again was we had numbers behind the ball, but Lucho Acosta is driving it and we’re not able to shut him down, and duel and keep him out of the box. It ricochets there to Kubo is opportunistic so that’s the game. The game is won or lost in the box defensively and offensively. When it was 3-2, we got some offensive guys on the field to push the game, and the game opened up. I thought we could have actually scored and made it interesting, possibly 3-3, but it ended up going 4-2, and that’s the risk you take.”

On FC Cincinnati’s team as a whole:

“It’s not one player. They’re a good collective unit. They have three center backs that know their role; they win balls in the air. I thought we did a good job creating isolation with our wingers against their center backs and getting in behind their wing backs. … There’s physicality, speed — they’re a handful. With Lucho Acosta with a free role, you can see how they’re really dangerous. They’re a good team, and we were toe to toe with them until the game got out of our hands in the transition moments. I think the transition moments hurt us at the end of the day, and in the last 15 to 20 minutes of the game that didn’t allow us to get the result.”

On the Earthquakes’ defense over the course of the match:

“We’re a dangerous team that can score in any way. We’ve shown that with the underlying data and we back it up with actual goals. But we needed five goals to win this game. These transition moments where we are attacking are important. I thought we did improve that for the most part until we opened up. You can do things well for 70 minutes, 80 minutes. We saw that last game [vs. New York City FC]. We lost our organization. … Missing two center backs is not easy; losing Bruno [Wilson] and Rodrigues in the same game. … I thought Daniel [Munie], Tanner [Beason] had very good control of this game. They stepped it up, did well. Until it got to that moment where collectively we broke down mentally and tactically and physically. That’s something that we’ve got to fix.”

On the continued push for a playoff spot:

“Our goal for the second half of the season is to be a top-three team in the conference points-wise from this point on. We say that we can’t control the past, but if we’re a top-three team in points for the rest of the season, we’ll get into the playoffs. It’s been historically the trend and it starts with a win tonight. Everybody’s stepping up. Surely we were coming into the game with that mentality. We had that in our hands at some point. It didn’t happen. Cincinnati is a good team. Congrats to them. They’re a very good team and they turn it around on us, and they have talent, and they have had the effectiveness.”

On the team’s mindset after tonight’s game:

“It’s going to hurt because we had the game in our hand until we didn’t. It’s about control. We control the next moment and we’re never going to give up. I’m not going to ever give up. These guys won’t give up. We’re going to learn and keep trying to figure this out. That’s what we can control.”

Earthquakes Communications Contacts:

Ryan Maquiñana – Director, Communications

rmaquinana@sjearthquakes.com

C: 650.243.8523

Jake Jansing – Coordinator, Communications

jjansing@sjearthquakes.com

C: 408.425.1329

San Jose Earthquakes vs Austin FC, May 25, 2024

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May 25, 2024 

MATCH RECAP:

Earthquakes 1, Austin FC 

San Jose earns point at home to snap two-game losing streak; Quakes travel to New York on Friday to face NYCFC

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes drew 1-1 with Austin FC on Saturday night at PayPal Park in front of 13,744 fans.

San Jose found the back of the net early when Jeremy Ebobisse finished Cristian Espinoza’s cross in the 10th minute. The visitors then drew level via Brendan Hines-Ike’s header off a set piece right before intermission. Despite both clubs attempting to find the go-ahead goal in the second half with a late blast from Earthquakes midfielder Hernán López hitting the crossbar, the match would end in a draw, snapping a two-game losing streak for San Jose in MLS play.

The Quakes will now prepare for a road match with New York City Football Club on Friday, May 31. Kickoff from Yankee Stadium is set for 4:30 p.m. PT and will bebroadcast globally on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, as well as on local radio AM 810 The Spread (English) and AM 1370 La Kaliente (Spanish).

NOTES
The Quakes are now 2-1-6 against Austin FC in MLS regular-season play and still unbeaten at home (1-0-3). Tonight’s draw snapped a two-game losing streak for San Jose (three in all competitions).San Jose has now led at some point in 11 of 17 games in all competitions (9 of 15 in MLS play).

Jeremy Ebobisse’s fourth goal of the season also tied him with Landon Donovan for third on the all-time club list for goals scored (32). He also netted his fifth time in seven career games against Austin. Cristian Espinoza notched his ninth assist of the season, good for fourth in MLS. It was also his sixth career assist in nine games against Verde. The winger now has 65 career assists in total to extend his club record.

MATCH INFORMATION
San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Austin FC
Saturday, May 25, 2024 – PayPal Park; San Jose, Calif.
Weather: 59° Sunny
Attendance: 13,744

Match Officials:  
Referee: Chris Penso
AR1: Chris Elliott
AR2: Eduardo Jeff
4th Official: Alyssa Nichols
VAR: David Barrie
AVAR: Jozef Batko

Scoring Summary:
SJ (1-0) – Jeremy Ebobisse (Cristian Espinoza) 10’
ATX (1-1) – Brendan Hines-Ike (Owen Wolff) 45’

Misconduct Summary:
SJ – Bruno Wilson (caution) 41′
SJ – Cristian Espinoza (caution) 43′
ATX – Sebastian Driussi (caution) 48′
SJ – Carlos Akapo (caution) 57′
SJ – Vítor Costa (caution) 64′

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: William Yarbrough; Vítor Costa, Rodrigues, Bruno Wilson, Carlos Akapo; Carlos Gruezo (Niko Tsakiris 56’) , Jackson Yueill (C); Hernán López; Cristian Espinoza, Amahl Pellegrino (Jack Skahan 77’); Jeremy Ebobisse .

Substitutes not used: Jacob Jackson (GK), Tanner Beason, Ousseni Bouda, Preston Judd, Paul Marie, Daniel Munie, Alfredo Morales.

POSS.: 48.5%; SHOTS: 23 ; SOG: 7; CORNERS: 8; OFFSIDES: 1; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 10; xG: 3.5

AUSTIN FC: Brad Stuver; Brendan Hines-Ike, Hector Jimenez (Ethan Finley 72’) , Jon Gallagher, Julio Cascante; Dani Pereira (Jhojan Valencia 86’), Alex Ring, Owen Wolff; Sebastian Driussi (C) (Gyasi Zardes 81’), Jáder Obrian (Zan Kolmanic 86’), Diego Rubio . 

Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland (GK), Guilherme Biro , Matt Hedges, Emiliano Rigoni.

POSS.: 51.5%; SHOTS: 6 ; SOG: 2; CORNERS: 1; OFFSIDES: 2; SAVES: 6; FOULS: 12; xG: 0.7

EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH LUCHI GONZALEZ

On his reflections pertaining to tonight’s match:
“I thought we played with a lot of urgency. I thought the guys were up for the game. We say in the locker room that we want to get PayPal back. We want to make this the place that teams suffer like they did most of last season, and I thought Austin suffered a lot tonight. We had 20-plus shots and created a lot of opportunities. I loved how we played brave to attack, to play forward and get numbers in the box and create chances. That’s a positive. “Defensively I thought in the run of play, we were quite sound. It was great work rate by the 11 players on the field to defend in their mid-block, build pressure, sprint and recover behind the ball when Austin tried to counter. I loved the effort. I thought we let them off the hook. We let them off the hook. We didn’t put away some clear chances, and for maybe three minutes, we’re giving away silly set pieces around our box at the end of the first half. Things that we can avoid. Fouls we can avoid with a little more discipline and a little more control defensively, push them back and not gift them free crosses into our box, and it caught up to us. That was a disappointing few minutes of the game, but when we play with this sense of urgency and this desire to push the game and score and attack, I know we’ll earn points and win more games over the course of time.” 

On the Quakes’ attack starting to jell midseason:
“[Amahl] Pellegrino’s a really dangerous winger who can score and set up teammates. He’s working really hard. I really love what I’m seeing in terms of his work rate, to be connected to us defensively. We can still even use him more with his runs in behind, but he’ll continue to score goals in this league. I’m really happy that [Jeremy Ebobisse] got a goal tonight. He played with a lot of conviction and energy. His hold-up [play] was excellent, switching fields for us, drawing fouls. Really good connection with Hernán [López] in the press. And then Hernán could’ve had two goals and two assists. It’s him continuing to do his thing. He’s a high-risk player. There are moments where he can lose balls and he and the team needs to know that the risk-reward ratio is a little higher with him, but when he pulls things off, he’s super-dangerous, and we’re really glad to have him. Cristian [Espinoza] does what Cristian does, with volume of crosses. I think he’d like some of those left-footed shots and get them on frame because he hits them with good power. But I think we have a dynamic attack and I think we’ll continue to be dangerous.” 

On being unable to sustain the lead:
“It’s disappointing. … The margins in this league are so close, from winning, losing, even tying. This is the 11th game in 17 [in all competitions] where we’ve had leads. But this tough moment, which has lasted longer than we’d like, it’s going to make us tough. I’m going to keep working, doing my best, and these guys are going to keep working, and that’s the only way we can turn those leads into points.”

On using the defensive performance tonight as a reference point heading into next Friday’s road game vs. NYCFC:
“We allowed six shots, and two on goal. That’s really good for a defensive performance in our league, especially a very good team like Austin who’s doing well. They’re winning games and attacking well. So yes, this is a good standard and reference for us defensively.”

EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER WILLIAM YARBROUGH

On his overall thoughts of the game (translated from Spanish):
“I think, from my personal point of view, this is the best game that we have had collectively at home. It seemed like we dominated most of the game. We created quite a few goal opportunities, and that is what calms us down a bit. If we continue down that path playing like we did today, we’ll win and we’ll win more than we’ll lose. Obviously, defensively it was a notable improvement today. Practically spaces weren’t left open. That speaks highly of how well the 10 players in front of me were doing. … To not get the results we want is frustrating, but if we continue this way it will go well.” 

On earning the point at home but wanting more:
“I want to win every game. When you’re at home with your fans, seeing that they’re making the effort to come to these games. … Playing the way we did tonight and not being able to give them three points, which we feel like they deserve and we deserve, it’s a frustrating feeling. Knowing where we are in the standings and playing the way we did tonight, we felt like we deserved three points, but this game isn’t about deserving; it’s about going out there and taking the points. Tonight, unfortunately it didn’t work that way for us, but I am at peace of mind knowing that if we continue to play the way we did tonight, sooner or later things will turn around for us.” 

On finishing the third straight week with two games on the schedule:
“We train very hard to make sure that we have the legs to play as many games as we need to, whatever time span that it is. We have a good group of guys and I feel like we have enough depth to where we can have a competitive squad for 90 plus minutes. If it has to be every three, four days, so be it. At the end of the day, we’re professional athletes. We have to take care of our bodies on and off the pitch.

“I know that there are times where we can sense a bit of that fatigue, and that’s just where we need to step it up mentally. That’s where you have to show a little bit of that extra concentration so that when that fatigue steps in you know you can still focus and not become sloppy on the ball and in decision making. That is 100 percent just concentration. It is a frustrating feeling. What do we do? We soak it in. We analyze the video. We learn from what we did right, what we did wrong, and use that in training. Let it out in training.”

On the biggest takeaway from tonight heading into next Friday’s road game vs. NYCFC:
“The intensity. You saw guys throwing themselves in front of shots. When [Austin FC] were circulating the ball and getting into those wide spots how quick we were to shift and close the space down. A lot of times when they got into our final third it felt like they didn’t have much time to think about what their next option was going to be. The intensity that the guys showed tonight—that’s what I stick with.####

Earthquakes Communications Contacts:

Ryan Maquiñana – Director, Communications
rmaquinana@sjearthquakes.com
C: 650.243.8523

Jake Jansing – Coordinator, Communications
jjansing@sjearthquakes.com
C: 408.425.1329

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, March 9, 2024

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Austin FC, October 21, 2023

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Oct. 21, 2023     

MATCH RECAP: Earthquakes 1, Austin FC 1
Quakes clinch Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs in front of sellout crowd
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes qualified for the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in three years after drawing 1-1 with Austin FC on Saturday night at PayPal Park.

The Quakes opened the scoring in the 17th minute from forward Cristian Espinoza. A crucial interception from Jeremy Ebobisse set up Espinoza to fire his shot into the bottom corner. Austin would find the equalizer in the 32nd minute to finish the first half 1-1. The Quakes would outshoot their opponent 20 to four and hold onto the point to earn a playoff berth. 

The Earthquakes will now prepare for their first playoff match against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Kickoff from Children’s Mercy Park is slated for 6:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed globally on MLS Season Pass (Apple TV), as well as on local radio via 810 AM The Spread (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish). 

GAME NOTES

The Earthquakes have qualified for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2020. 

The Earthquakes finish the 2023 MLS regular season with a 10-10-13 record (43 pts), sitting in ninth place in the 14-team Western Conference.

The Quakes now hold a 2-0-5 record against Austin FC, including a 1-0-2 record on the road. They have never lost to Austin FC in seven MLS matches. 

Cristian Espinoza netted the first goal of the game for his 13th goal of the season. Espinoza now has 26 goal contributions (13g, 13a), contributing to 66.7% of the Earthquakes’ total goals this season (39). This percentage of involvement ranks first in club history and ties for first in the league this season. Espinoza is now also tied with teammate Jeremy Ebobisse for fourth most goals in club history. 

Jeremy Ebobisse tallied his fourth assist of the season and 16th of his MLS career. 

MATCH INFORMATION

San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 1 Austin FC
Saturday, October 21, 2023 – PayPal Park; San Jose, Calif.
Attendance: 18,000 (sellout)
Man of the Match: Cristian Espinoza

Scoring Summary:
SJ (1-0) – Cristian Espinoza (Jeremy Ebobisse) 17’
ATX (1-1) – Owen Wolff (Nick Lima, Sebastian Drussi) 32’

Misconduct Summary:
SJ – Niko Tsakiris (caution) 22’
ATX – Jhojan Valencia (caution) 66’
SJ – Cristian Espinoza (caution) 72’

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Daniel; Miguel Trauco (Paul Marie 57’), Jonathan Mensah, Rodrigues, Carlos Akapo; Jackson Yueill (C), Niko Tsakiris (Carlos Gruezo 57’), Matthew Hoppe; Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse (Tommy Thompson 88’), Cade Cowell (Jamiro Monteiro 57’).

Substitutes not used: Emi Ochoa (GK), Ayo Akinola, Tanner Beason, Judson, Jack Skahan.

SHOTS: 20; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 4; CORNER KICKS: 15; SAVES: 0

AUSTIN FC: Brad Stuver; Leo Vaisanen, Jon Gallagher (Adam Lundkvist 69’), Julio Cascante, Nick Lima; Jhojan Valencia (Dani Pereira 78’), Alex Ring, Owen Wolff (Will Bruin 78’); Emiliano Rigoni, Sebastian Driussi (C) (Memo Rodriguez 86’), Ethan Finlay (Matt Hedges 69’).
 
Substitutes not used: Matt Bersano (GK), Brendan Craig, Hector Jimenez, Gyasi Zardes.

SHOTS: 4; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; FOULS: 5; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 7

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH LUCHI GONZALEZ

On the team’s work tonight:
“We are not over-celebrating anything. We were unlucky not to score, but I’m proud of my guys to push it and show a winning mentality and winning actions. Being over the [playoff] line is a great validation to the team, the staff, and the fans’ hard work and desire to get better. I see a lot of progress. We want to take it to the next step, and we have the opportunity. This is a league where there are always upsets in playoffs and we need to answer the question now of whether we want to be one of those teams.”

On the expectations vs. Sporting Kansas City:
“There is a lot more potential in us. I believe in this group and this foundation of players, and I believe that we can be one of those teams that other teams don’t want to play against. You go in that locker room; that’s a hungry group of players. We have more ambition. This is a really united group, and I am hopeful that we will have a quick recovery for Kansas. Sporting Kansas City is a good team. They are very well coached. They have an intense environment. This is going to be a battle, but it is also one that we are not afraid of.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CRISTIAN ESPINOZA

On what clinching the playoff spot means for the fans:
“It’s amazing. It’s amazing. The fans have been supporting us the entire season, and us on being on the field, we really feel the support. That’s been so important for us, and it was an important year for me personally, too. We wanted to win the game for the fans and finish higher in the table, but what’s important is that we qualified for the playoffs.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JACKSON YUEILL

On qualifying for the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs:
“We said it at the beginning of preseason that this is what we wanted to do. This is where we wanted to be. You could see a lot of fight especially during this game. I’m proud of the guys for what they did. We knew we had to be aggressive and go for it right away. We pushed the game, and it was a draw but we’re ready for playoffs and we’ll see. We’re excited for Wednesday. We regroup tomorrow, get ready to go Monday Tuesday and battle on Wednesday.”
Earthquakes Communications Contacts:
Ryan Maquiñana – Director , Communications
rmaquinana@sjearthquakes.com
C: 650.243.8523
Ryan Negrette – Coordinator, Communications
rnegrette@sjearthquakes.com
C: 408.489.8891

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Nashville SC, September 23, 2023

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Sept 23, 2023     

MATCH RECAP: Earthquakes 1, Nashville SC 1
San Jose draws at home, prepares for Minnesota next week

 SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes and Nashville SC finished with a 1-1 draw at home on Saturday night at PayPal Park. Forward Matthew Hoppe has scored in two consecutive appearances to help the Quakes earn a point at home. 

San Jose nearly opened the scoring in the 36th minute when forward Cade Cowell struck the crossbar , just inches from the top corner. Both sides would trade blows but end the first half scoreless. 

Nashville opened the scoring in the second half, but the Quakes would find the equalizer in the 75th from Matthew Hoppe. A low cross from Carlos Akapo found Hoppe unguarded, with space to fire into the top corner. San Jose built on the momentum and fired four shots in less than a minute just after scoring.

The Earthquakes will now prepare to face Minnesota United FC on Saturday, Sept. 30. Kickoff from Allianz Field is slated for 5:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed globally on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app, as well as on local radio via 810 AM The Spread (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish). 

GAME NOTES

The Earthquakes now hold an 10-10-11 record (41 pts.) during the 2023 MLS regular season and currently sit at eighth place in the 14-team Western Conference, but only three points from fourth place.

The Quakes now hold a 0-0-3 record against Nashville SC, including a 0-0-2 record at home. 

San Jose has only lost twice in 15 MLS home matches this season (8-2-6) and are tied for fewest home losses in the Western Conference. 

Forward Matthew Hoppe scored his second goal of the season, earning two goals in two consecutive appearances. 

Defender Carlos Akapo tallied his third assist of the season and of his MLS career. 

Forward Cristian Espinoza earned his 150th MLS appearance. 

MATCH INFORMATION
San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 1 Nashville SC
Saturday, September 23, 2023 – PayPal Park, San Jose, Calif.
Attendance: 16,728
Man of the Match: Matthew Hoppe

Scoring Summary:
NSH (1-0) – Teal Bunbury (Shaq Moore) 50’
SJ (1-1) – Matthew Hoppe (Carlos Akapo) 75’

Misconduct Summary:
SJ – Cristian Espinoza (caution) 10’
NSH – Anibal Godoy (caution) 12’
SJ – Carlos Gruezo (caution) 54’
NSH – Walker Zimmerman (caution) 89’

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Daniel; Miguel Trauco (Paul Marie 61’), Jonathan Mensah, Rodrigues, Carlos Akapo; Jackson Yueill (C), Carlos Gruezo (Niko Tsakiris 55’), Jamiro Monteiro (Benji Kikanović 90+1’); Cade Cowell (Matthew Hoppe 61’), Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse (Ayo Akinola 90+1’)

Substitutes not used: JT Marcinkowski (GK), Judson, Tanner Beason, Tommy Thompson

SHOTS: 21; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3

NASHVILLE SC: Elliot Panicco; Daniel Lovitz, Jack Maher, Shaq Moore, Walker Zimmerman (C); Hany Mukhtar, Teal Bunbury (Sam Surridge 67’), Alex Muyl (Josh Bauer 88’), Anibal Godoy, Brian Anunga (Sean Davis 79’); Fafa Picault (Randall Leal 67’)Substitutes not used: Joe Willis (GK), Dax McCarty, Jacob Shaffelburg, Luke Haakenson, Taylor Washington

SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH LUCHI GONZALEZ

On tonight’s result against Nashville SC:
“We are still in a position to control our destiny, as much as possible. We’ve got to find a way to get more points on the road against Minnesota [United FC]. I know their home form is different than their away but they area a very good team and they have very good players. We have to be ready to show our best. We’ve put ourselves in a position to do this, and now home or away it is up to us to get it done, with no regrets. We’ve got to rest now and build momentum in the week to do better.”

On forward Matthew Hoppe’s performance tonight:
“He’s got versatility, he can play wide, he can play inside. He can play in the last line. He’s got combinations. He drives at the back line. Gets in the box. Almost scores another rebound tonight. He has a lot of anticipation and double movements in his game. I think that’s great and will continue to help us.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JACKSON YUEILL

On the team’s performance throughout the game:
“First I think that Nashville is a really good team. They had a lot of possession, and it was hard for us to give pressure in the first half but in our block and our shape we didn’t give up a lot of chances. I think the first half was really disciplined by us. It was good to go in 0-0. We weren’t playing our best but I think the second half we turned it around. The guys that came in gave us a bit of a spark. We were able to go forward a little more, connect better passes, and get better combinations in and around the box. I think we can build on that to keep going in the game and have a little bit more urgency. We wanted to start that way the whole game but it’s something to build on to go to Minnesota with.”

On finishing the rest of the regular season strong:
“With the few games that we have left we know that we have to maximize the points. We have two road games coming up and we have to find a way to win and we want to take the offensive good points and keep highlighting those and keep utilizing that. The subs that came in did a really good job and we’re going to need them again. We need the whole team, the whole roster to come and give us energy and we’ll build on that and keep forming relationships with some of the guys who came in the summertime and keep using their strengths and go to Minnesota and get those three points.”
Earthquakes Communications Contacts:
Ryan Negrette – Coordinator, Communications
rnegrette@sjearthquakes.com
C: 408.489.8891