Open Cup: Quakes fall in Sudden Death; Penalty Kick shootout Sporting KC tops SJ 1-1

August 9, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

~ Photo: ESPN

By Pearl Allison Lo

~ Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia became the hero after he stopped San Jose’s sixth penalty attempt facing Victor Bernardez in a 1(5)-1(4) win Wednesday.

It was an Open Cup semifinal midweek matchup and a rematch of the 2004 semifinals with the same results. Kansas City continued their Open Cup and penalty success.

Both coaches started off with different strategies. Most of the Quakes’ regulars were on the bench, including David Bingham, Chris Wondolowski and Bernardez.

San Jose struck early when Danny Hoesen gave a 1-0 lead in the 4th minute, his third of Open Cup play. He was able to get around Ike Opara and made a diagonal shot from outside the box. That also broke Sporting’s shutout streak in the Open Cup. Vako, making his first start, made the assist.

Shots and saves intermingled with shots from Kansas City’s Gerso Fernandes, Jimmy Medranda, Latiaf Blessing, and Graham Zusi.

Then the entire Sporting side, chipped in, literally. After in the attacking half for a while, 18 passes in all, Diego Rubio took pass from Medranda on the left and shot the ball past a late to react Andrew Tarbell, the game tied up in the 32nd minute.

Tarbell deflected Diego Rubio’s shot in the 60th minute. Hoesen had at least a third attempt against Tim Melia in the 66th minute.  

During the second half, the Quakes’ Fatai Alashe subbed in for Tommy Thompson and Wondolowski for Hoesen.

San Jose’s Darwin Ceren got the game’s first yellow card in the 74th minute.

Wondolowski got his first shot in the 82nd minute.

At the end of full-time, significant stats were for Kansas City, 22-11 shots, 11-3 shots on goal, 67%-33% possession, 11-1 corners and Tarbell making 10 saves to Melia’s two.

The first half of extra time saw Quakes’ Francois Affolter booked in the 92nd minute, Tarbell deny Diego Rubio again and Tarbell out of goal while Blessing went above the net.  

The second half saw more Rubio attempts, the second an almost straightaway free kick and Andres Imperiale issued a yellow card against Blessing.

During penalties, Sporting’s Benny Feilhaber had his first ever team penalty miss while Wondolowski’s shot bounced off Melia safely. After that, kickers prevailed, with Diego Rubio, Ilie Sanchez, Medranda, and Daniel Salloi connecting for Kansas City. For San Jose, Imperiale, Ceren, Vako and Florian Jungwirth got past Melia. In Sudden Death for Sporting, it was Matt Besler.

Game notes: It was also Affolter’s first start for the Quakes. San Jose now head over to Texas to play the Houston Dynamo Saturday at 6pm.


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