Quakes, Sporting KC play to scoreless deadlock

June 18, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, June 17, 2017

The San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City played to a 0-0 draw in an MLS match played before an announced crowd of 18,000. It was the first tie game played between the two clubs since 2005.

San Jose earned a point in the Western Conference standings despite missing seven players to injury, two to suspension and another who is committed to international play.

“[Sporting Kansas City] probably had the better chances overall through the game,” Quakes coach Dominic Kinnear said while addressing the media. “We had some good moments. I think our final ball was off today and our crossing and shot selection. Let’s give them credit, they’re a good team.

“They had their best lineup out there today. I don’t know that anybody was missing for them. We went with a lot of guys who haven’t been starting a lot of minutes. It’s difficult. Not only are they putting out their best lineup, they’re a good team.”

Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham earned his sixth shutout of the season, and defender Andres Imperiale made his first MLS appearance for San Jose this season.

Jackson Yueill, the Quakes’ first-round SuperDraft selection, made his MLS debut for San Jose, entering the match in the 75th minute.

“It was awesome,” Yueill said. “I’ve been waiting for it for a while, so it was cool stepping out on the field against a top team like that. Getting a point is really good for us. I’m excited about that and will keep moving on.”

The Earthquakes remain at home to take on Real Salt Lake on Saturday, June 24, at Avaya Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:15 p.m. PDT and will air live on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.

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