Earthquakes settle for 2-2 draw against Sounders

Photo credit: @SJEarthquakes

By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes traveled to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Sounders, the third best team in the Western Conference, inside CenturyLink Field on Wednesday night.

The Quakes had hoped for a quick turnaround against the Sounders. Before the much-anticipated kick-off, Nick Lima said: “We have to continue to build.”

Check out the Quakes’ starting lineup:

Paul Marie played his first MLS game last week. Fast forward to this week as Marie made his first MLS start tonight. Congratulations to the French defender and midfielder!

The majority of the fans sported Sounder Blue, Rave Green and Cascade Shale, but there were some Quakes fans who rocked the Black and Blue. That, my friends, was true loyalty to a MLS team.

The game got underway in Seattle. Both teams brought their A-game to the field. But it was the Quakes who wrote the first statement of the night. Daniel Vega came up big with a noteworthy save to fend off a potential Sounders goal in the 10th minute. The Quakes then created a promising buildup between Shea Salinas and Nick Lima in the 19th minute.

Jackson Yueill showed off some slick moves in the 30th minute. After that, San Jose got on the board, thanks to Shea Salinas’ goal, which gave the Quakes a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. Salinas’ third goal of the season also tied his career-high.

The Quakes led 1-0 at the end of the first half.

Shea Salinas extended his steak with a brace to make it 2-0 Quakes in the 53rd minute. With the goal, Salinas now has four goals on the season.

However, Seattle rained on San Jose’s parade with not only one, but two goals in the second half. Kelvin Leerdam ended the Quakes’ chances of a shutout with a goal in the 65th minute. Harry Shipp followed up with a game-tying goal for a 2-2 tie in the 67th minute.

Daniel Vega wowed the crowd with another notable save in the 73rd minute. Vega knocked the ball out of the net to prevent what could’ve been the Sounders’ third goal of the game.

The Quakes made their first substitution in the 75th minute. Vako entered the game for Magnus Eriksson.

The Quakes made their second substitution in the 79th minute. Luis Felipe entered the game for Judson.

The Quakes made their third (and final) substitution in the 86th minute. Chris Wondolowski entered the game for Danny Hoesen.

Both teams played six minutes of stoppage time after a full 90 minutes of soccer. Both teams settled for a 2-2 draw, but at least the Quakes got a hard-fought point.

The Quakes take on FC Dallas inside Toyota Stadium on Saturday, April 27 at 12:30 pm PT.

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