Real Salt Lake shut out Earthquakes 2-0

Real Salt Lake played their toughest defense yet shutting out the visiting San Jose Earthquakes at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah in MLS action on Sat Jun 18, 2022 (photo from @SJEarthquakes)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANDY, Utah — Jefferson Savarino was a one man wrecking crew.

Savarino tallied a goal and an assist in leading Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 shutout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Real Salt Lake has won four of its past five matches. San Jose has lost two of its past three matches.

RSL (8-4-4) drew first blood in the 22nd minute off a set piece. Savarino sent in a corner kick into the middle of the box where Mareclo Silva beat Quakes goalkeeper with a right footed shot for his third goal of the season.

San Jose (3-7-6) played on the back of their heels for the majority of the first half and did not generate a shot on target in the first 45 minutes.

Marcinkowski kept the Quakes in the game with back to back point blank saves in the 48th minute.

Rubio Rubin’s header off a cross by Savarino was knocked away by Marcinkowski. Immediately after, Sergio Cordova’s shot attempt was gobbled up by Marcinkowski.

RSL put the game away in the 81st minute thanks to a turnover by Jackson Yueill. His header went back into the box where Savarino one touched it up in the air before buying a shot past Marcinkowski for his second goal of the season.

The Quakes best chance to score came in the 89th minute when Nathan’s header hit off the crossbar from a corner kick.

RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath only needed to make one save to earn the clean sheet. Marcinkowski finished with four saves on six shots on target in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with three corners kicks. Real Salt Lake had 10.

San Jose is 14-13-11 all time against RSL, including 5-7-7 on the road.

The Quakes were without Cade Cowell and Nico Tsakiris who were both playing for the USMNT U-20 squad. Each scored a goal in USA’s 10-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis.

UP NEXT: San Jose hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday 6/25 at 7:00pm at Stanford Stadium in the first installment of the California Classico.

Earthquakes and Nashville SC battle to a 0-0 draw

The San Jose Earthquakes and Nashville SC battled to a 0-0 draw at Geodis Park in Nashville on Sat Jun 11, 2022 (San Jose Earthquakes twitter)

by Marko Ukalovic

NASHVILLE — The San Jose Earthquakes and Nashville SC each earned a point in a 0-0 draw on Saturday evening at GEODIS Park.

San Jose comes off the international break with a point in its first match in the month of the June. Nashville SC extended its unbeaten streak to four matches.

The Quakes played without several regulars including Francisco Calvo (international duty), Marcos Lopez (international duty), and captain Jackson Yueill (injury).

Nashville SC (6-4-5) nearly had the match’s opening goal in the ninth minute. Hany Mukhtar played a through ball to Luke Haakenson, who dribbled around goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and put a shot towards the empty net before Paul Marie made a last-ditch slide tackle to put the ball out of play.

Marcinkowski was San Jose’s (3-6-6) best player during the match making key saves throughout the match including in the 33rd minute when he kept a Mukhtar header out of the net with a diving save.

The Quakes best chance to score in the opening 45 minutes came in the 40th minute when Cade Cowell bent in a right footed shot from 10 yards out only to have Nashville SC goalkeeper Joe Willis to make a diving save to his right.

Marcinkowski once again came up big for San Jose in the 76th minute when he made a save on an unmarked C.J. Sapong’s header that he knocked away from the net.

Jan Gregus tried to be the hero for the Quakes in the 87th minute but his shot from just outside the D was stopped by Willis.

Marcinkowski finished the match with fives saves to earn his second clean sheet of the season. Willis made six saves on six shots on target for his fourth clean sheet of the season.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with two corner kicks. Nashville SC had seven.

The Quakes are now 0-0-2 all-time vs. Nashville SC, including a 0-0-1 record on the road.

San Jose is now 3-2-3 in MLS play under interim head coach Alex Covelo.

Midfielder Cristian Espinoza made his 100th MLS appearance, starting and playing 79 minutes.

UP NEXT: San Jose conclude its three-game road trip when they take on Real Salt Lake on Saturday 6/18 at 6:30pm at Rio Tinto Stadium.

LAFC edges Earthquakes 3-2 in regulation

LAFC forward Cristian Arango brings the ball up the pitch during the second half of a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Banc of California Stadium. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Orange County Register)

by Marko Ukalovic

LOS ANGELES — The best in the West resides in Southern California.

Brian Rodríguez scored the eventual game winning goal in the 47th minute to give LAFC a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday afternoon at Banc of California Stadium.

San Jose had its four-match unbeaten streak snapped with their first loss since a 3-0 loss to NYFC back on May 1st. LAFC stayed atop of the Western Conference with its second consecutive win.

Jose Cifuentes set up Rodríguez with a cross pitch pass that left Rodríguez all alone against Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski. The Uruguayan midfielder’s left footed shot beat Marcinkowksi for his second goal of the season.

LAFC (9-3-2-29 points) drew first blood when they were able to draw a penalty inside the box in the sixth minute. Ryan Hollingshead was tripped up by Jan Gregus. Cristian Arango converted the penalty in the eighth minute for his third goal of the season.

The home team doubled its lead just over five minutes later. Rodríguez found Hollingshead along the left side of the box. Hollingshead beat Marcinkowski with a low shot to the left corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season in the 13th minute.

San Jose (3-6-5) responded three minutes later to cut LAFC’s lead in half. Jamiro Monterio set up Jeremy Ebobisse as the pair had a nice give and go inside the box. Ebobisse finished off the play with a left footed shot that beat LAFC’s goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau for the first of his two goals of the match.

The Earthquakes scored the equalizer off a set piece in the 31st minute. Cristian Espinoza sailed a cross into the middle where an unmarked Ebobisse one-timed the ball into the back of the net with a left footed shot for his second goal of the match.

It was Ebobisse’s fourth brace this season as he leads the Quakes in goals with nine. Ebobisse had a chance to score four goals in the first half, but a header attempt sailed high over the net, and on another occasion, he overran a pass from Espinoza where he was all alone on net. By the time he recovered, Crépeau was able to secure the ball.

Quakes head coach Alex Covelo waited till the 73rd minute to make his first substitutions with Benji Kikanovic and Marcos Lopez replaced Cade Cowell and Tommy Thompson.

LAFC settled down defensively in the final 20 minutes to keep San Jose from earning a point in the match.

Crépeau finished the match with one save on four shots on target to earn the victory. Marcinkowski made six saves on nine shots on target in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: Each team finished the match with six corner kicks.

LAFC have yet to concede more than two goals in any match this season while posting four shutouts. They are 2-2-1 after starting the season 7-1-1.

UP NEXT: San Jose returns continues its three-match road trip on Saturday 6/11 in Nashville as they take on Nashville SC at 3:00pm at GEODIS Park.

Republic FC shutout Earthquakes 2-0 advance to quarterfinals of US Open Cup

Luis Felipe (#96) celebrates his goal he scored in the 28th minute with his teammates on Wednesday evening at Heart Health Park. May 25, 2022. (Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC)

by Marko Ukalovic

SACRAMENTO — The Battle of NorCal went to the Capitol City.

Sacramento Republic FC defeated the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2-0 shutout in the Round of 16 at the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday evening at Heart Health Park.

Quakes head coach Alex Covelo started what consisted of a “B” lineup like he has during all three matches of the US Cup San Jose has participated in.

“We try to provide opportunities… that’s it. I wouldn’t change anything,” Covelo said when asked if had and regrets with who he penciled into the starting lineup.

Sacramento drew first blood in the 28th minute off a set piece. A corner kick from Rodrigo López found its ways to Luis Felipe. The former Quake headed the ball off the hands off of Quakes goalkeeper Matt Bersano for a 1-0 lead.

The best scoring chance San Jose had in the first half came in the 35th minute when Shea Salinas’ shot from 25 yards out was gobbled up by Republic FC goalkeeper Danny Vitiello.

Covelo looked to even the score when he substituted three of his regulars in the 58th minute when he inserted Cade Cowell, Cristian Espinoza and Chofis.

López iced the game for the Republic FC in the 83rd minute. Matt LaGrassa found López along the right wing and the Mexican national midfielder dribbled in and blasted a shot from 20 yards out into the upper left corner of the net that Bersano had no chance at.

“We came here to get the job done and we came up short,” said fullback Tommy Thompson. “The atmosphere was great. Sacramento Republic made it difficult for us.”

Sacramento advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup where they will play the Los Angeles Galaxy, who defeated LAFC 3-1 earlier in its Round of 16 match, in late June.

Vitiello made five shots in earning his clean sheet. Bersano made two saves on four shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with 12 corner kicks. Sacramento had three.

Sacramento is now 16-1 at home in US Open Cup play.

San Jose is 3-1 against Sacramento in US Open Cup play.

UP NEXT: San Jose returns to MLS action when the travel down to Los Angeles to take on LAFC on Saturday 5/28 at 3:00pm at Banc of California Stadium.

Earthquakes battle Sporting KC to a 1-1 draw

The San Jose Earthquakes celebrate Jackson Yueill’s equalizer goal to start the second half in their 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City at Pay Pal Park on Sun May 22, 2022 (VCP Soccer photo).

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Earthquakes outplayed Sporting Kansas City for 90 minutes but had to settle for one point in a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Pay Pal Park.

San Jose is unbeaten in four straight matches and are now 6-1-2 since interim head coach Alex Covelo took over the reigns of the team. Sporting KC is 1-4-4 in their past nine matches.

San Jose (3-5-5) dominated the first half as they controlled the possession and had the majority of the scoring chances including a three-minute from the 40th-43rd minutes where they created three good scoring chances only to have Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia keep the ball out of the net.

“I think in the first half, we didn’t occupy the right spaces to advance. We were trying to find Jamiro [Monteiro] and Jackson [Yueill]. We didn’t need them falling back as we saw. We knew we needed to fix something in the second half,” Covelo said.

Melia had four saves in the opening 45 minutes.

Despite being outplayed in the first half, Sporting KC (3-7-4) ended drawing first blood in the 45th minute when Cam Duke outwaited Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski on the left side of the box before centering the ball to Johnny Russell. The veteran striker tapped home the ball into an empty net for his co-team leading fourth goal of the season.

It didn’t take long for San Jose to answer back to start the second half. In the 46th minute, Jamiro Monteiro sent a cross into the box to an unmarked Jackson Yueill. The Quakes captain headed the ball past a diving Melia for his third goal of the season.

 “In the second half, Jackson was tired and felt something in his leg, so we tried to put [Jan] Gregus and Chofis to find more in between lines and create more chances because we were very low. That’s why we made those substitutions,” said Covelo.

The Quakes had Sporting KC back on their heels in the last 10 minutes of the match but weren’t able to earn three point and instead had to settle for one against a team that wasn’t aggressive in the second half.

Oscar Agren made his debut in a Quakes uniform as he started at right center back for Covelo and played all 90 minutes of the match. Chofis, who came in as a substitute in the 68th minute for Monteiro, played in his first match since missing the past nine due to an upper thigh injury.

“It felt good to be out there and get the debut,” said Agren. “I’m very appreciative for that. The game was pretty calm, I thought overall.”

Marcinkowski finished the match with one save on two shots on target. Malia made four saves on five shots.

GAME NOTES: Each team finished the match with four corner kicks.

San Jose is now 25-28-10 all-time vs. Sporting KC in MLS play, including a 17-7-8 record at home.

Sporting Kansas City has lost only one of its last 12 matches against San Jose (W7 D4, including a penalty shootout win). Sporting has won three of its last six visits to San Jose after going winless in 18 straight matches at the Earthquakes from 2001 to April 2016 (D5 L13, incl. playoffs).

San Jose had its three consecutive home matches winning streak snapped. Going back to last season, San Jose has lost only one of its last 11 home league games (W4 D6), a 3-1 defeat to the Red Bulls on the opening day of this season.

Dániel Sallói scored both goals for SKC in their Wednesday win and also received one of their red cards, after being sent off in the waning moments of the match. Sallói is the fifth player in MLS history to notch a brace and be sent off in the same match, joining Ted Chronopoulos, Taylor Twellman, Obafemi Martins and Ola Kamara.

UP NEXT: San Jose travels down to SoCal to take on LAFC on Saturday 5/28 at 3:00pm at Banc of California Stadium.

Monteiro’s brace the difference in Earthquakes 3-2 win over Timbers

San Jose Earthquakes captain Jackson Yueill celebrates his second goal of the season after beating Portland Timbers goalie Aljaz Ivacic with a header in the first half at Pay Pal Park on Wed May 18, 2022 (Tony Avelar, Oregon Live)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — Jamiro Monteiro has been a shooting star in the South Bay.

The San Jose Earthquakes midfielder scored his first brace in helping his team defeat the Portland Timbers 3-2 on Wednesday evening at Pay Pal Park.

Monteiro’s second goal of the match proved to be the game winning goal in the 80th minute. A centering cross by Cristian Espinoza pinballed off Jeremy Ebobisse and a Timbers defender inside the box before finding a wide-open Monteiro whose sliding kick into an empty net that sent the Quakes faithful into a frenzy.

“From my first game, my first training, I was really connecting [with his teammates]. I was talking with the guys. But now I feel like it’s getting better and better. Today, I think we could have done more, we could have scored more goals. It didn’t happen but we have another game Sunday and I hope we do that on Sunday,” Monteiro said.

San Jose is unbeaten in its past three matches. Portland is 1-1-1 in its past three matches after coming off a dominant 7-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.

San Jose is now 5-1-1 in all competitions under interim head coach Alex Covelo, including a 3-1-1 record in MLS play.

Portland (3-5-6) drew first blood in the 18th minute off a set piece. Marvin Loría’s corner kick was finished off by an unmarked Christhian Paredes, who got past Paul Marie on the play, headed the ball top shelf over Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski for his second goal of the season.

San Jose (4-5-4) answered back in the 31st minute. Ebobisse possessed the ball outside the box along the left wing. Ebobisse did a pirouette before crossing the ball into the middle of the box where Jackson Yeuill sent a diving header past Timber’s goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic for his second goal of the season in the 31st minute.

The Earthquakes gained their first lead of the match just before halftime. Cade Cowell utilized his speed on a three-on-one counterattack. Cowell fed a pass over to the left to Jamiro Monteiro who beat Ivacic with a right footed shot the bottom right corner of the net for his first goal of the match in the 44th minute.

“Well, Jamiro (Monteiro) is a player with a lot of quality and that’s why we need him in those areas, to turn and try to combine and be dangerous. It’s fun to see him play. At the beginning of the game, he was a little bit defensive, and we were not able to find him in spaces that we wanted. But at the end of the first half and in the second half, he was amazing. That’s why he scored those goals,” Quakes interim head coach Alex Covelo said.

Portland responded back in the 56th minute on another set piece. Bill Tulioma was able to get inside position in the middle of box when he headed in Eryk Williamson’s corner kick for his team leading fourth goal of the season.

Marcinkowski finished the match with three saves on five shots on target to earn his fourth victory of the season. Ivacic had one save on four shots on target in the losing effort.

Shea Salinas made his season debut for San Jose as a substitution for Espinoza in the 88th minute.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with six corner kicks. Portland had four.

San Jose is now 6-15-9 all-time vs. Portland in MLS play, including a 6-4-5 record at home.

The Quakes have now scored 22 goals this season, fifth most in MLS, including at least three goals in three of their last five matches and five of their 12 regular season matches to date. San Jose is the only team in MLS with 3+ goals in five separate matches this season.

Nine of San Jose’s 13 points so far this season have come from matches in which they conceded the first goal (two wins, three draws).

San Jose has won three consecutive regular season home matches and four consecutive home matches in all competitions.

The Timbers had its seven straight unbeaten streak snapped against the Quakes (W5 D2) dating back to 2019. This ties the longest unbeaten run by either team against the other in MLS play with Portland also going unbeaten in the first seven meetings (W2 D5) from 2011 to April 2013.

San Jose has lost only one of its last six matches (W3 D2), including a 3-3 draw this past Saturday. It was the seventh time since the start of last season that the Earthquakes both scored and conceded at least three goals in the same match. No other MLS team has done so more than four times in that span.

UP NEXT: San Jose hosts Sporting KC on Sunday 5/22 at 4:30pm at Pay Pal Park.

Whitecaps rally late to earn 3-3 draw with the Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes’ Jeremy Ebobisse (11) and Cade Cowell (44) celebrate Ebobisse’s goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps in second half action at BC Place in Vancouver on Sat May 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

VANCOUVER, B.C. — It was a one-point stinger up north.

Down a goal late in the match, the Vancouver Whitecaps scored the equalizer in the first minute into stoppage time in the second half to comeback for a 3-3 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday afternoon at BC Place.

A corner kick from Déiber Caicedo found Erik Godoy in the middle of the box and his right footed shot found the back of the net for the center fullback’s first goal of the season to earn a point for the home team.

San Jose, who have four points in their last two MLS matches, were left scratching their heads as they had three points in their grasp but weren’t able to hold on to their one-goal lead they had twice late in the second half. Vancouver has points in back-to-back matches.

“First of all, one point on the road is a point,” said Quakes interim head coach Alex Covelo. “It’s something positive that we can bring home. In relation to the game, I think you’re right. We created three goals in transition. We were talking about that at halftime that we had to be more aggressive once we recovered the ball to go forward but without losing our composure.”

The Earthquakes controlled play for the majority of the first half as they created scoring chances while keeping the Whitecaps on the back of their heels.

San Jose (2-5-4) started the second half with a fleury of chances in an opening minute sequence. Two shots from Paul Marie were blocked inside the box and a Marcos Lopez’s chance from 20 yards out hit the post.

Vancouver (2-6-2) drew first blood the 56th minute. Lucas Cavallini finished off a give and go with Ryan Raposo with a left footed shot that beat Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski into the right corner for his second goal of the season.

San Jose answered back in the 62nd minute when Cristian Espinoza made a brilliant individual effort when he sent in a cross into the box where an unmarked Jamiro Monteiro headed the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season and in a Quakes uniform.

The Quakes earned their first lead of the match in the 73rd minute on the first goal of Jeremy Ebobisse’s brace. Monteiro found Cade Cowell along the left wing. Cowell dribbled into the box before finding Ebobisse, who one-timed the ball past Whitecaps goalkeeper Cody Cropper for his sixth goal of the season.

“I think that Jeremy [Ebobisse] is a player that tries to help us in build-up, trying to arrive to the box, he has very good feet, he has goals. Today, he helped us a lot. He helped us a lot today, and every game that he plays for us, offensively and defensively. Obviously when you are a striker, a nine, you have to be in those spaces. Sometimes the ball arrives, sometimes not. Jeremy has been good. I’m so happy for him,” Covelo said.

Vancouver responded two minutes later on a counterattack. The Whitecaps caught the Quakes flat footed as Caicedo waited for his moment to find Raposo who one-timed a right footed shot just inside the right post for his second goal career MLS goal in the 75th minute.

Ebobisse recorded his brace in the 81st minute to once again give the Quakes a one-goal lead. Cowell found Espinoza along the right side of the box. Espinoza then crossed the ball back into the middle where Ebobisse finished off a tic-tac-toe of a goal for his team leading seventh goal of the season.

Ebobisse is tied for first in MLS in goal scoring this season with his seven goals in 10 matches, that includes three braces.

“The team achievements come first,” Ebobisse said. “The goals today were useful for a tie, but ultimately I want to win. I’ve been to an MLS Cup before. Unfortunately, it didn’t go my team’s way and ever since, that’s been the plan, to get back there. If my goals help get us there, then I’ll be super grateful and grateful to the rest of the team who are providing the service for those goals. However, we can get to the playoffs and make a run, I’m happy to play my role.”

Cavallini had a chance to give the Whitecaps an improbably comeback win on the last play of the match but his header from six yards out hit the left post and went out of bounds.

Marcinkowski finished the match with four saves on seven shots on target. Cropper made three saves on six Quakes shots on targets.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with five corner kicks. Vancouver had three.

San Jose is now 4-1-1 in all competitions under Covelo, including a 2-1-1 record in MLS play and 2-0-0 record in U.S. Open Cup play.

The Quakes have now scored 19 goals as a team, fifth most in Major League Soccer.

Espinoza recorded two assists during the match. It marked his fifth and sixth assists of the season and 35th and 36th of his MLS career.

Jan Gregus tallied an assist on Monteiro’s goal. It marked his sixth assist of the season and 25th of his MLS career.

Cowell assisted on both of Ebobisse’s goal. It marked his second assist of the season and ninth of his MLS career.

UP NEXT: San Jose hosts the Portland Timbers on Wednesday 5/18 at 7:30pm at Pay Pal Park.

Earthquakes outlast Sounders in penalty shootout to advance at the US Open Cup

—The San Jose Earthquakes advanced to the Round of 16 on Wednesday evening as they beat the Seattle Sounders in the Round of 32 of the US Open Cup. 5/11/22. Courtesy of the San Jose Earthquakes.

by Marko Ukalovic

TUKWILA, Wash. — Matt Bresano was made for the shootout.

The San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper not only outlasted his counterpart in a 11-round shootout, but he also scored the game winning goal in the same shootout to help his team to a 2-2 (10-9) victory over the Seattle Sounders in the Round of 32 of the US Open Cup on Wednesday evening at Starfire Sports Complex.

San Jose advanced to the Round of 16 thanks to the heroics of Bersano. Quakes head coach Alex Covelo went with youth over experience in the non-MLS match against the defending CONCACAF Champions League champs.

Bersano kept Seattle off of the board just before the end of the first half when he made two outstanding saves in a nine second span off of a corner kick opportunity.

The Earthquakes drew first blood early in the first half. Benji Kinkanovic was tackled inside the box that drew a penalty in the ninth minute. A minute later Jack Skahan cashed in on the penalty kick when he beat Sounder goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland with a shot into the lower left corner of the net.

San Jose doubled its lead in the 50th minute thanks to a turnover by Seattle. A failed clearing attempt led to Cade Cowell dribbling in from the right wing and beating Cleveland with a low shot to the right side for his first goal of the tournament.

Seattle responded four minutes later to cut the lead in half in the 54th minute off of a set piece. Jimmy Medranda bent in a ball from 30 yards out that beat Bersano into the upper right corner of the net.

The Sounders evened the score in the 77th minute when Freddy Montero headed the ball into the back of the net off a cross by Kelyn Rowe.

A scoreless 30 minutes of extra time set up Bersano’s heroics in the shootout.

With the shootout tied at nine a piece, the goalkeepers were the only ones left to decide the outcome. Bersano stopped Cleveland’s attempt with a diving save to his right. Then Bersano finished off the epic match when he beat Cleveland with a rocket of a shot to the left corner of the net.

UP NEXT: San Jose returns back to MLS action on Saturday 5/14 when they visit the Vancouver Whitecaps at 4:00pm at BC Place.

Nathan’s heroics propel Earthquakes to second win of the season in 1-0 shutout over Rapids

The San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids battled at Pay Pal Park in San Jose as the Quakes edged the Rapids in MLS action on Sat May 7, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Earthquakes twitter)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Earthquakes are happy Nathan is back in the lineup.

The Brazilian center back scored the game’s only goal to help his team to 1-0 shutout victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening at Pal Pal Park.

Off a set piece, Cristian Espinoza sent in a cross inside the box and Nathan, who had a Rapids defender all over his back, finished off the play with a right footed shot past Rapid’s goalkeeper William Yardbrough for his first goal of the season in the 64th minute.

San Jose has won two out of its past three matches since interim coach Alex Covelo took over the head coaching duties back on April 18th. Colorado is winless in six out of its past seven matches.

“I feel very good,” said Covelo. “Just like all of our staff: [Chris] Wondolowski, Steve Ralston, Luciano [Fusco], and the rest of the guys. I think the guys are responding very well. During training sessions many of them are very different, it’s going to take a little bit more time to memorize those concepts, but the guys are working hard. They are improving step by step and memorizing the concepts that we want for the team.”

San Jose (2-5-3) had a good scoring chance in the 31st minute to draw first blood. A long ball from Jamiro Monteiro to Cade Cowell who made a move around Yardbrough but never was able to generate a shot on net. Instead, his cross into the middle of the box was knocked away by Colorado.

Cowell had another chance right before intermission when his shot from 20 yards out hit the right post in the 44th minute.

The second half started the same way as the first half did with San Jose controlling the play and generating scoring chances with many counter attacks.

Colorado (3-4-3) was too busy chasing the ball around in the second half as they weren’t able to generate enough quality scoring chances to score the equalizer.

Jermey Ebobisse had a shot just sail to the left of the net in the 58th minute just before Nathan’s heroics six minutes later.

Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski earned his first clean sheet of the season and 11th of his career. He made five saves, including his best save when he dove to his left to stop a shot from Rapid’s striker Gyasi Zardes in the 70th minute, to help preserve the shutout.

“I think the clean sheet is a great representation of how well the team defended. I’m just out there to try and help the team in any way that I can, whether that’s a clean sheet or whether that’s a 4-3 victory, doesn’t really matter to me as long as we get a win,” Marcinkowsi said.

Yardbrough made three saves on five shots on target in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with nine corner kicks. Colorado has three.

The Quakes now hold an 31-24-18 overall record against the Colorado Rapids, including a 18-9-9 record at home.

The Earthquakes won 1-0 for the first time since July 31, 2021 at Seattle, and for the first time at home since July 6, 2019 vs. Real Salt Lake.

Colorado hasn’t won consecutive matches at San Jose since July-August 2003.

UP NEXT: San Jose travels up to north to take on the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday 5/11 in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup at 7:00pm at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington.

NYCFC’s second half blitz bury Earthquakes in 3-0 shutout win

The San Jose Earthquakes were shutout by NYCFC at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Sun May 1, 2022 (photo from San Jose Earthquakes twitter account)

by Marko Ukalovic

NEW YORK — There’s a new version of the Bronx Bombers.

New York City FC scored all three of their goals in the second half in route to a 3-0 shutout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC has won three matches in a row after having a hungover start to their season. San Jose was not able to carry the momentum of its first win of the season into their match in the Big Apple.

In a match that featured a shorter pitch that had the infield dirt covered with turf, the home team used their home field advantage to the best of their ability.

The opening 45 minutes featured an even played match between the two clubs with each team generating scoring chances.

NYCFC (4-3-2) had its best chance in the first half at the 28th minute off a set piece. A corner kick led to a header by Talles Magno hit off the post. The rebound chance by Valentín ‘Taty’ Castellanos was stoned away by Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski with a sliding kick save.

San Jose (1-5-4) had their best chance six minutes earlier in the 22nd minute when a long ball Jackson Yueill found its way to the leg of Cristian Espinoza. The current MLS Player of the Week’s shot from five yards out was saved by NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

In the second half the defending MLS Cup Champions proved to be too much for the Quakes to handle as their counter attacks ended up being too difficult for San Jose to defend.

Magno, who was a thorn in the side of the Quakes all afternoon, helped NYCFC draw first blood in the 74th minute. The Brazilian midfielder set up Keaton Parks inside the box and Parks beat Marcinkowski with a right footed shot from 10 yards out for his second goal of the season.

NYCFC doubled its lead just fourth minutes later when Santiago Rodríguez found Gabriel Pereira, who came off the bench, inside the box and Pereira’s left footed shot beat Marcinkowski to the far-left corner of the net for his second goal of the season.

NYCFC iced the game in the 88th minute with a long ball that found Chris Gloster along the left sideline. Gloster raced in and beat Marcinkowski with a shot to the short side for his first goal of the season.

Johnson finished the match with three saves on three shots for his first clean slate of the season. Marcinkowski made six saves on nine shots on target in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with six corner kicks. NYCFC had seven.

NYCFC out shot San Jose 23-11.

Magno was named the Man of the Match with his assist and three shots on goal. He registered his fouth assist in his 23rd career MLS match.

UP NEXT: San Jose returns home to host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday 5/7 at 7:00pm at Pay Pal Park.