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.

Espinoza’s hat trick give Earthquakes 4-3 comeback win over Sounders

The San Jose Earthquakes celebrate a penalty-kick goal by Cristian Espinoza during the second half against the Seattle Sounders at Pay Pal Park in San Jose on Sat Apr 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE– Cristian Espinoza picked a great time to score his first hat trick.

Espinoza’s penalty shot in the fourth minute of stoppage time in the second half earned the San Jose Earthquakes a 4-3 come from behind victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday evening at Pay Pal Park.

With the score even at three, video review concluded that Nouhou Tolo took down Francisco Calvo inside the box to concede the penalty early into stoppage time of the second half.

Espinoza kicked the penalty shot into the lower right corner as Sounders goalie Stefan Frei guessed wrong diving to the left to complete his first hat trick in a Quakes uniform as well as hand San Jose their first win of the season.

This was the first match played since Matias Almeyda was let go as head coach of the team by San Jose this past Monday and the first match coached for interim coach Alex Covelo. He had served as head coach of the club’s MLS NEXT Pro side Quakes II during their inaugural season in 2022. Covelo earned his first win in his coaching debut for the Quakes.

San Jose finally earned its first win in its eighth matches. Seattle have lost two matches in a row after having a three-match point streak.

Seattle (2-4-1) drew first blood on a penalty shot after Nathan took down Raul Ruidiaz inside the box with a sliding tackle. Nicolas Lodeiro converted the penalty in the 14th minute for his first goal of the season.

The Sounders doubled its lead six minutes later in the 20th minute off of a set piece. Lodeiro’s free kick was finished off with a header by Cristian Roldan into the left corner of the net for his first goal of the season.

San Jose (1-4-3) answered back with Espinoza’s first goal of the game in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half. Espinoza cleaned up his own rebound after his initial shot went off a Sounder defender and right back to him for his second goal of the season.

Seattle regained its two-goal lead in the in the 57th minute. Lodeiro picked up his second assist when he set up Jordan Morris with a cross into the middle of the box where Morris tapped it in past Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski for his team leading second goal of the season.

The Quakes began their comeback three minutes later with Espinoza’s second goal of the match. Espinoza sent in a shot from a tough angle that handcuffed Frei and went into the back of the net on the short side in the 64th minute.

San Jose scored the equalizer a minute later when Jackson Yueill scored a tic-tac-toe goal set up by Jamiro Monteiro for Yueill’s first goal of the season.

Marcinkowski finished the match with four saves on seven shots on target to earn his first win of the season. Frei made three saves on seven shots in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with six corner kicks. Seattle had two.

UP NEXT: San Jose travel to the Big Apple to take on NYFC on Sunday 5/1 at 10:00am at Yankees Stadium.

Ebobisse’s brace help Earthquakes draw with Nashville SC 2-2

Nashville SC and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 2-2 draw at Pay Pal Stadium in San Jose on Sat Apr 16, 2022 (photo from San Jose Earthquakes)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — Jeremy Ebobisse is using 2022 as a showcase season.

Ebobisse recorded his second brace of the season as the San Jose Earthquakes came back twice to settle for a 2-2 draw with Nashville SC on Saturday afternoon at Pay Pal Stadium.

San Jose, despite remaining are winless in their first seven matches, earned another point and have earned a point in their last three home matches. Nashville SC has points in three straight matches.

This was the first match between the two clubs as Nashville SC entered the MLS as an expansion team in 2020.

Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda welcomed back his best defender to the starting lineup in Nathan. The Brazilian fullback played in his first match since the opener when he suffered a lower body injury in the first half.

Nashville (3-2-2) drew first blood late in the first half. Former Quake Anibal Godoy fed Hany Mukhtar at midfield off of a turnover. Mukhtar dribbled all the way in, untouched, and beat Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski with a right footed shot into the right corner for his first goal of the season in the 38th minute.

San Jose (0-4-3) had a couple of chances earlier in the opening 45 minutes, including a shot from Cristian Espinoza from inside the box in the 16th minute, but it was easily handled by Nashville SC goalkeeper Joe Willis.

San Jose’s luck changed early in the second half. A handball by Danile Lovitz in the 51st minute set up a free kick from 20 yards out.

Ebobisse bent in a perfect ball into the left corner of the net past Willis for his team leading fourth goal of the season in the 52nd minute to score the equalizer.

“It’s a team that does not give up,” said Ebobisse. “We’re a team that always play to the final whistle. We always believe we can turn this game around.”

Nashville SC regained the lead in the 63rd minute. CJ Sapong’s header off a throw in caromed over to an unmarked Mukhtar along the left side. The German native used a diving kick into the empty net for his first brace of the season.

The Earthquakes took advantage of another set piece. A corner kick from Jamiro Monteiro found its way to Jan Gregus who poked the ball back into the middle and Ebobisse chipped it into the back of the net for his fifth goal and second brace of the season.

Marcinkowksi finished with two saves on five shots on target. Willis made three saves on five shots on target.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with eight corner kicks. Nashville SC had one.

This was Nashville’s first MLS match against a team from California.

The Earthquakes are off to the worst start in club history with just three points from their first seven games. San Jose is the 10th team in MLS history to have fewer than three points after six games, while only three teams have had two or fewer points through seven games in league history.

UP NEXT: San Jose host the Seattle Sounders on Saturday 4/23 at 7:00pm at Pay Pal Park.

Dynamo hang on to defeat Earthquakes 4-3

The San Jose Earthquakes just couldn’t catch up to tie the game against the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo squeezed by with good defense keeping the Quakes out of the zone for a one goal win at PNC Stadium in Houston in MLS action on Sat Apr 9, 2022 (photo by the San Jose Earthquakes)

by Marko Ukalovic

The Houston Dynamo scored two goals in the second half and then hung on for dear life to preserve a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at PNC Stadium.

San Jose remain winless in their first six matches to start the season. Houston have won two matches in a row and have points in four consecutive matches.

Houston (3-1-2) drew first blood in the eighth minute off a set piece. Adam Lundqvist’s corner kick found its way on to the foot of Sebastián Ferreira and he buried a one-timer past Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski for the first of his two goals on the night.

San Jose (0-4-2) answered back in the 25th minute with the first of Jeremy Ebobisse’s two goals in the first half. Cade Cowell centered a pass in the box and Ebobisse slammed home a one-timer top shelf for his second goal of the season.

Three minutes later Ebobisse struck again for the Quakes. Jan Gregus crossed the ball into the box where an unmarked Ebobisse headed the ball into the lower left corner for his second goal and third of the season in the 28th minute.

“I think it’s tough to get too high on scoring in a defeat because ultimately it’s a defeat. It doesn’t advance the team’s goals. If the team’s goals aren’t advancing, then my individual goals aren’t either,” Ebobisse said.

Houston scored the equalizer just before halftime. Marcinkowski aggressively came out to stop Tyler Pasher’s one-on-one attempt, but Darwin Quintero cleaned up the rebound into an empty net for his team leading fourth goal of the season in the 43rd minute.

The Dynamo used the momentum of Quintero’s goal and seized the momentum in the second half with two unanswered goals 11 minutes apart.

Teenage Hadebe scored off a corner kick from Pasher with a left footed shot that beat Marcinkowski for his first goal of the season in the 57th minute.

Then in the 68th minute, Fafà Picault danced around a couple of Quakes defenders inside the box before finding Ferreira along the left side and the Paraguayan striker’s shot deflected off of Marcinkowski for his second goal of the match and of the season.

Tommy Thompson brought the Quakes back into the match in the 77th minute off a set piece. Thompson’s high volley off a corner kick beat Dynamo goalkeeper Steve Clark to the far side for his first goal of the season.

“It’s a difficult loss. Any time you concede four goals, you’re not going to be happy about it. It’s been a difficult start to the season. There’s no hiding from that. This is not how we planned it. It’s just something that we’re going to have to correct,” said Thompson.

San Jose had a chance to score the equalizer in the 85th minute but Clark robbed Ebobisse’s bid for a hat trick when he made a save on Ebobisse’s header that was headed for the far corner.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with two corner kicks. Houston had three.

The Quakes have a 9-15-4 overall record against Houston Dynamo FC.

Ebobisse’s two goals were also his 29th and 30th goals of his MLS career. He has now scored three goals in the last two matches. His brace marks the third of his MLS career and first since Oct. 7, 2020 (vs. LA).

Thompson also made his 163rd appearance for the Quakes, tying Richard Mulrooney for sixth most appearances in club history.

UP NEXT: San Jose returns home to host Nashville SC on Saturday 4/16 at 12:30pm at Pay Pal Park.

Earthquakes storm back from two-goal deficit to earn point in 2-2 draw with Austin FC

The San Jose Earthquakes and Austin FC battle to a 2-2 draw in a cliffhanger at Pay Pal Park in San Jose on Sat Apr 2, 2022 (photo from the San Jose Earthquakes)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — It looked like a good old fashioned Goonies comeback.

The San Jose Earthquakes scored two goals in two minutes in the second half to overcome a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw result with Austin FC on Saturday afternoon at Pay Pal Park.

San Jose, despite earning a point, remained winless in its first five matches to start the season. Austin FC has points in four out of its first five matches to start the season.

Austin FC (2-1-2) drew first blood in the 11th minute. Julio Cascante sent a long ball in from midfield. Maxi Urruti touched the ball up into the air before shooting it over the head of Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski just below the crossbar for his first goal of the season.

San Jose (0-3-2) had scoring chances from Cristian Espinoza in the 7th and 26th minutes as well as a free kick from Jan Gregus from 18 yards out in the 35th minute, only to have Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver keep the ball out of the back of the net.

Austin FC dictated the play in the opening 45 minutes with six total shots, three on target.

Jackson Yeuill was called for a foul inside the box on Dani Pereira in the 50th minute resulting in a penalty shot for Austin FC by referee Alex Chillowicz.

Sebastian Driussi cashed in the penalty with a shot into the upper left corner of the net for his team leading fourth goal of the season in the 52nd minute.

The Quakes came within inches of cutting Austin FC’s in half when a header by Francisco Calvo off a corner kick danced on the goal line and was kicked away by Stuver before the ball crossed the line in the 55th minute.

San Jose was awarded a penalty shot in the 69th minute when former Earthquakes defender Nick Lima took down Jamiro Monteiro inside the box off a centering pass.

Jeremy Ebobisse finished the penalty kick by getting Stuver to guess wrong as he tapped home the ball into an empty net for his first goal of the season in the 70th minute.

The Quakes struck again to even the score two minutes later off a set piece. Gregus sent the ball into the middle off of a corner kick and Cade Cowell was able to swarm in and beat Stuver with a left footed shot for his first goal of the season in the 72nd minute.

San Jose had a chance to score the winning goal in the 88th minute when Ebobisse pickpocketed an Austin FC defender just outside the box. Ebobisse’s shot and Cowell’s rebound attempt were stopped by Stuver. However, the rebound attempt by Calvo sailed high over the net on what was an empty net.

Marcinkowski finished the match with three saves on four shots. Stuver stood on his head making eight saves on 10 shots.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with nine corner kicks. Austin FC had none.

Cowell was named the Man of the Match.

Each team were issued three yellow cards during the match.

The Earthquakes are unbeaten in the four meetings with Austin, including three last season.

The Earthquakes are off to the second-worst start in club history with two points from five matches, only beating out the 2019 season in which they lost four in a row to open the campaign. San Jose has never had fewer than three points after five games of a season (three in 2014 and 2019).

Austin FC snapped its 10-match road losing streak dating back to last June, scoring only two goals in those games. There have been only seven longer road losing streaks in league history while only the Red Bulls from March to June 2009 (1 goal) have scored fewer than two goals over any 10-match road span.

UP NEXT: San Jose travels out to Houston to take on the Dynamo on Saturday 4/9 at 5:30pm at BBVA Compass Stadium.