The San Jose Earthquakes had lots to celebrate with a shocking win over LAFC on Sunday night in Los Angeles (@SJEarthquakes)
by Marko Ukalovic
LOS ANGELES, Calif-The San Jose Earthquakes could not have chosen a better time to get its first win against the team who won the team that won the MLS Supporter Shield last season.
San Jose scored two goals in the final 13 minutes, including the game winner scored by Jackson Yueill in the final minute of stoppage time and snapped their nine game winless streak with a 2-1 win over LAFC on Sunday evening at Banc of California Stadium.
The dramatic win by San Jose is the first one over LAFC since they second Los Angeles club came into the MLS as an expansion team back in 2018.
Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda once again made changes to the starting eleven with Chris Wondolowski, Nick Lima returning to the lineup. Goalkeeper JT. Marcinkowski also made his second start of the season.
LAFC (5-6-3) controlled the play for the entire first half winning the possession battle 60%-40% and created numerous scoring chances in the first 30 minutes. The best chance was when Diego Rossi chipped a ball over Tanner Beason for a point blank shot that Marcinowski made one of his two saves on the evening.
The hard work paid off for LAFC minutes before halftime. Bradley Wright-Phillips made a touch pass over to Mark-Anthony Kaye who lasered in a ball past a diving Marcinkowski for his third goal of the season at the 45th minute.
Almeyda substituted Shea Salinas and Vako in for Wondo and Marcos López in the 63rd minute. The fresh legs for San Jose (3-6-5) as the momentum of the match began to shift the Quakes way.
“We let ourselves down,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley. “It’s a bad loss.”
Christian Espinoza was the catalyst on both goals. On the first he set up Salinas, who dribbled in from the left into the middle where he buried a shot to the right corner of the net beating LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega for the equalizer in the 80th minute.
Then in the third minute of stoppage time, Espinoza gained possession off a deflection and sent a cross into the middle of the box where Yueill one-timed the ball past Sisniega for his first and biggest goal of the season.
“You would’ve thought we won the World Cup when we scored that last goal,” Salinas said. “We have to play with passion and we did that tonight.”
Marcinkowski’s two saves were earned him his first career win. Sisniega made six saves in the losing effort.
GAME NOTES: San Jose had one corner kick. LAFC had six.
LAFC won the possession battle 53%-47%.
UP NEXT: San Jose returns home to host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday 10/3 at 7:30pm at Earthquakes Stadium.