Quakes slip past Sounders in U.S. Open Cup match 2-1

June 28, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes forward Danny Hoesen, center, dribbles past Seattle Sounders’ Nouhou Tolo during the second half of a U.S. Open Cup soccer match Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 2-1. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Chris Leitch’s debut as San Jose’s head coach was a successful one on Wednesday, as the Earthquakes advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders before 13,442 at Avaya Stadium.

“There were a little bit of excited moments in there. I think less nervous though just because, honestly, this is a good group and it’s a good staff,” Leitch said.”From the performance team to the assistants to the team administrators to really good staff, and it’s a damn good team. So when you have those things, you become less nervous for sure. But yeah, first game, hadn’t seen the bright lights on that field that close for a while, so you can get a little good energy I would say.”

Substitute Danny Hoesen scored the game-winning goal for San Jose in the 84th minute on an assist from rookie Jackson Yueill.

“Yeah, I’m feeling good,” Hoesen said. “I always watch my games back after the game, and I just thought I need to be more direct towards the goal. I’m feeling confident at the moment. I have the feeling that I can be dangerous every game and try and help the team. It’s starting to show now more than in the beginning and I’m happy with that.”

This is the first time the Earthquakes have defeated Seattle in U.S. Open Cup play since the defending MLS Cup champions joined the league in 2009. San Jose will face the LA Galaxy in a Cup quarterfinal match at Avaya Stadium on Monday, July 10, at 7:15 p.m.

Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas put San Jose up 1-0 six minutes into the game. Aaron Kovar tied the game for the Sounders with an unassisted goal in the 48th minute.

San Jose took 20 total shots with six shots on goal and nine corner kicks. The Sounders were held to four shots, two on goal, and two corner kicks.

Meanwhile, the Earthquakes look forward to Saturday night’s California Clasico match against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium. The first 10,000 fans will receive a California Clasico-themed scarf.

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