San Jose Earthquakes Friday game wrap: San Jose walks to a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt 

July 15, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

 sjearthquakes.com photo: Chris Wondolowski converted a penalty shot in the San Jose Earthquakes win over Frankfurt Eagles at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on Friday night

By London Marq

SAN JOSE–Eintracht Frankfurt traveled in San Jose to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at the gorgeous Avaya Stadium. Major League Soccer is hosting the German Football Club for 12 days as they play 3 friendlies against the Seattle Sounders, the San Jose Earthquakes, and the Columbus Crew. Frankfurt is in the middle of their offseason, getting an extended look at what the MLS has to offer as they attempt to improve before their season starts. Major League Soccer hopes to nurture a relationship with the Bundesliga to not only improve American Soccer, but improve ratings and raise the bottom line.

In the second game of the trip, San Jose gave the Frankfurt Eagles fits all match, as they were outplayed. You can’t win a match in the first half, but you can lose one. Frankfurt proved that with poor play in their defending third of the field, allowing eight shots on goal. Two of those shots converted via a corner from Bernardez and a penalty from USMNT star Chris Wondolowski.

While there was a lot of scoring in the match though, there wasn’t a lot of advanced competition. Near the end of the first half the Quakes subbed six players out, and the Frankfurt Eagles did the same later in the second half. Traditionally only 3 subs per game are allowed, but it was clear as the match went on that this was a match focused more one developing younger talent to help these two teams move forward. Frankfurt recently added five players to their squad and are looking to get them acclimated before transfer season and league play commence.

Having a Bundesliga team stateside to provide experience against a different style of play will surely be beneficial to the Quakes, who seem to be coming into new confidence under new rookie coach Chris Leitch. It would be nice to see a competitive friendly in the future though, especially in an international match with the Bundesliga in an effort to raise viewership. While teams need to do what is best for them, the MLS needs to do the same and take advantage of these prime opportunities.

Final Score SJ 4 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Goal Scorers –

San Jose: Bernandez 13’, Wondolowski 18’ (penalty), Amarikwa 75’ (penalty)

Frankfurt: Da Costa 61’ (own goal), Blum 83’

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