Brenner’s hat trick power past Earthquakes in 6-0 shutout win

FC Cincinnati striker Brenner celebrates scoring a hat trick during the match at TQL Stadium on Saturday Sep 10, 2022. (MLS)

by Marko Ukalovic

It was a night to forget along the Ohio River.

Brenner recorded his second career hat trick as FC Cincinnati thrashed the San Jose Earthquakes in a 6-0 shutout win on Saturday evening at TQL Stadium.

With the win, FC Cincinnati is on a season best nine-match unbeaten streak. San Jose has lost two out of its past three matches.

San Jose (7-13-9-30 points) played a descent first half generating scoring chances. At one point from the 37th minute to the 38th minute, the Earthquakes had shots from Cade Cowell, Jamiro Monteiro and Jackson Yueill only to be knocked away by FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Roman Celentano to keep San Jose off the board.

FC Cincinnati (10-8-12-42 points) took advantage of the momentum shift as Luciano Acosta found Alvaro Berreal along the left wing and the fullback’s left footed shot deflected off Nathan into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season right before the halftime whistle blew.

It didn’t take long for FC Cinciannti to double its lead in the second half. Off of a free kick, Brandon Vázquez headed a ball into the middle where Brenner scored from close range for his first goal of the night at the 47th minute.

“It’s something that we need to control a little bit more because it’s a transition every time you lose a ball in the zone too. The plan was to rotate [FC Cincinnati] a little bit, attract them and find the opposite side to attack them because they had a lot of density in the middle,” ‘Quakes interim head coach Alex Covelo said.

Acosta drew a foul inside the box from ‘Quakes fullback Rodrigues in the 66th minute for a penalty kick. Five minutes later, after a VAR review, Acosta cashed in the penalty for his eighth goal of the season.

A counter attack by FC Cincinnati led to Brenner with a nice set up for Yuya Kubo, who beat ‘Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski with a low shot to the right corner of the net for his first goal of the season in the 77th minute.

“I think [the locker room] feels the same when you lose by that big of a margin,” said Shea Salinas about the team’s morale after a brutal loss. “Everyone feels defeated and frustrated. It’s a moment of reflection when guys can look and see where they made mistakes, not just mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, but when we’re not playing as a team, when we’re not fighting for each other. When we conceded early in the second half, we lost it a bit and then in the third goal everything fell apart.”

Brenner finished off the scoring for FC Cincinnati with the final two goals of the match. A bad turnover right at the D by San Jose gave the Brazilian striker his second goal of the match in the 90th minute.

Brenner put the cherry on top with a penalty kick in the 4th minute of stoppage time, after a foul by Nathan inside the box, to complete the hat trick and his 12th goal of the season.

Acosta earned the man of the match with one goal two assists. The two assists gave Acosta 18 for the season, which leads the MLS.

Celentano stopped all five shots on target to earn the clean sheet. Marcinkowski made four saves on 10 shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with three corner kicks. FC Cincinnati had four.

San Jose is now 1-1-0 all-time vs. FC Cincinnati, including a 0-1-0 record on the road.

The Earthquakes are now 7-9-6 in MLS play under Covelo.

UP NEXT: San Jose concludes its two match road trip when they take on the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday 9/14 at 7:00pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: Quakes move up in MLS power rankings

Photo credit: @SJEarthquakes

On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes moved up 12 spots in the MLS power rankings from Opening Night.

2. Quakes defender Nick Lima was recognized for his performance vs. FC Cincinnati on May 4.

3. The Quakes tweeted a photo of head coach Matias Almeyda and assistant coach Benjamin Galindo on Teacher Appreciation Day. Was that really necessary?

4. The San Jose Earthquakes Foundation partnered with the Spartan East Side Promise for the second year in a row.

5. Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas was named April’s Innovator of the Month presented by Audi.

Ana does the San Jose Earthquakes podcast each week for

An Earthquake strikes the MLS; San Jose much improved over last 5 games, gets 1-0 win

USA Today photo: San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Magnus Eriksson (7) controls the ball between FC Cincinnati defender Mathieu Deplagne (17) and midfielder Frankie Amaya (24) during the first half at Avaya Stadium.

By London Marq

The San Jose Earthquakes have come a long way in their previous five games. After starting the season 0-4 and looking completely disconnected, they seemed to be well on their way to a bottom of the table finish. Since then, San Jose has found some swagger and momentum. With a 2-1-2 record over the past five matches, they have managed to climb back into playoff contention.

Give credit to the head coach Matias Almeyda, who in his first year with the Quakes has managed his team through adversity, despite mounting pressure. After two matches on the road, the Quakes returned to Avaya Stadium to host a struggling FC Cincinnati squad. Cincinnati entered play coming off of four straight shutout losses. Momentum seemed to be in San Jose’s favor. And that was where it would stay.

From the opening kickoff, San Jose was in control. Playing a more confident, aggressive style than earlier this season, the Quakes were able to dominate the ball. Being physical can come with a price, however, as San Jose found themselves with two yellow cards in the first 15 minutes.

One applied to Shea Salinas, the other to Cristian Espinoza. Jackson Yueill played an aggressive game in the offensive third. While none of his shots were on target, they were right around the posts causing the FC Cincinnati keeper Tyton fits. Hometown hero, Nick Lima, found pay dirt in the 22nd minute with a low strike to the far post from outside box.

San Jose would remain in control for the remainder of the half, taking their one-goal lead into the locker room. The tempo of the game wouldn’t change until the 51st minute when Cristian Espinoza made a critical mistake, pulling Cincinnati defender Deplagne down from behind as he moved towards the goal.

Espinoza would draw his second yellow with the foul and exited the match, leaving San Jose down a man for the remaining 39 minutes. With this, Cincinnati was able to capitalize and put some pressure on the San Jose goal. Quakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega, who appeared completely inept early in the season, made an absolutely sensational save to keep Cincinnati off the board. San Jose was able to endure the loss of Espinoza and ride the momentum to a one-goal win. With the win, they’ve move into seventh in the Western Conference and hold a potential playoff spot, for now.

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: Where do the Quakes go from here?

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, April 24.

2. The Quakes and FC Dallas played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, April 27.

3. The Quakes return home to host FC Cincinnati on Saturday, May 4.

4. It was a Bay Area Unite moment when the Quakes celebrated Evander Kane’s goal in the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche’s Game 2 at SAP Center on Sunday, April 28.

5. Shea Salinas and Jackson Yueill were named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Ana does the San Jose Earthquakes podcasts each week for