Minnesota FC take down Earthquakes 4-1, advance to MLS Is Back semifinals

The San Jose Earthquakes tweeted a message “It was an incredible journey” they went 3-0-1 going into Saturday’s night’s game against Minnesota FC but were eliminated in the quarterfinal in a 4-1 loss. (@SJEarthquakes photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

ORLANDO, Fla— Kryptonite is kryptonite.

For the The San Jose Earthquakes their kryptonite is Minnesota FC. The Loons established its game early and never took their foot off the gas pedal in a 4-1 victory in a quarterfinals match of the MLS Is Back tournament on Saturday evening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

San Jose has lost four consecutive games against Minnesota, including a 5-2 loss back in March at Earthquakes Stadium, dating back to last year and are 0-4 during head coach Matias Almeyda’s tenure with the Quakes.

The Cinderella run for San Jose came to an end after spending five weeks in the citrus city. They now head back to Silicon Valley to regroup while Minnesota FC head to a semifinal matchup with Orlando City FC on Thursday.

The Loons took control of the game scoring two goals in a 90 second span at the 20th minute.

Hassani Dotson sent a cross in to the left side of the box where Jose Aja headed the ball back into the middle where an unmarked Robin Lod finished the play with a right-footed chip into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Before the Quakes could even blink, Minnesota FC’s Dotson dribbled in from right to left with a shot on goal that Quakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega wasn’t able to control and Jacori Hayes buried the rebound into the upper right corner for a two-goal lead. It was Hayes’ first goal in a Minnesota FC uniform.

“We were outplayed by the opponent. It’s the fourth time they played us and the fourth time they beat us. In these instances, unfortunately you have to get your bags and go home. And even though I didn’t want to lose, I had illusions to keep going. All the people that were here, the players, the staff, the executives, people back home, I thank everybody for the effort,” Almeyda said.

Despite controlling the possession game in the first half 70%-30%, San Jose looked flat-footed in the first 45 minutes as Minnesota looked steps ahead playing their style of game.

San Jose changed the momentum of the game briefly at the beginning of the second half when Cristian Espinoza sent a ball into the box where Tommy Thompson’s chip went off the wrist of Hayes. After VAR review a penalty shot was awarded to the Quakes.

Once again Magnus Eriksson was the man from 12 yards out as he slammed home the shot past Minnesota FC goalkeeper Tyler Miller for his third penalty conversion of the tournament in the 50th minute. Eriksson is now a perfect eight for eight on penalty shots.

Six minutes later Minnesota FC regained their two-goal lead and ended any chance of a San Jose comeback. Lod made a pass from midfield over to Luis Amarilla. The Minnesota FC striker then dribbled the ball unchallenged all the way down inside the box before drilling a shot past Vega from 12 yards out for a 3-1 lead.

“I am really proud of the steps forward that we’ve taken in this tournament. “It was a huge commitment for us to be the first team here, and to stay as long as we did. I think it’s a testament to where this team is at. We’re confident and I think the best is yet to come. We have plenty of lessons to take, whether it’s the comeback win against Vancouver, or the convincing win against Chicago, or now those result against Minnesota. We’re going to take the good with the bad and were focusing on the future. It’s like I said, I think the best is yet to come”, said Thompson.

The Loons finished off the scoring to ice the game in the 86th minute. Dotson made a run along the right wing and centered the ball into the middle where Marlon Hairston tapped in the ball into an open net.

Miller only needed to make three saves in earning the victory. Vega made nine saves in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose had 6 corner kicks. Minnesota FC had 5.

San Jose were issued four yellow cards in the match (Chris Wondolowski, Jackson Yueill, Andy Rios and Judson).

The Earthquakes depart the MLS is Back Tournament with a 3-1-1 overall record, including a 2-0-1 record in Group-Stage play that counts towards the regular-season standings.

San Jose held >60% possession in all five of their matches in the tournament.

Eriksson and Wondolowski each finished with a team-high three goals during the competition.

Midfielder Jack Skahan made his Earthquakes debut, entering as a substitute in the 67th minute.

Vega and defender Guram Kashia each played all 450 minutes of the tournament.

MLS is Back Tournament podcast with London Marq: How the game has stayed safe in the Orlando bubble; Quarterfinals start on Saturday

Real Salt Lake defender Marcelo Silva, left, and San Jose Earthquakes forward Andres Rios (25) compete for the ball during the first half of the MLS Is Back knockout game Monday. (AP photo)

MLS podcast with London:

#1 Since playing in the bubble for the MLS is Back Tournament there hasn’t been any major outbreak since FC Dallas and FC Nashville had dropped out.

#2 London their are eight teams left in the MLS quarterfinals and amongst them are the heavily favorites LAFC and Sporting KC which had strong outings to get here.

#3 The San Jose Earthquakes have been the biggest surprise going 3-0-1 beating some real odds playing to a 0-0 draw to start the tournament against Seattle, then coming back from behind on the Vancouver Whitecaps for a  4-3 win, then shutting out the Chicago Fire 2-0 and then a huge win 5-2 over Real Salt Lake to go the quarterfinals with momentum.

#4 The Quakes go into the quarterfinals this Saturday as underdogs and no one would have expected them to get this far and the way they have played since the MLS is Back has folks the games asking “who are these guys”

#5 Chris Wondolowski always a key player in the Quakes success and the 86th minute of Monday night’s game against RSL was no exception with Wondolowski scoring on a rebound. Wondolowski who leads the MLS as the all time scorer scored in his third straight game.

London Marq podcasts each Friday and does analysis on the San Jose Earthquakes at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Quakes roll to quarterfinals this Saturday with a perfect 3-0-1 record

The San Jose Earthquakes Carlos Fierro has a lot to be happy about as he’s been a big offensive contributor in the MLS is Back Tournament as the Quakes defeated Real Salt Lake in a come back match on Monday night in Orlando (@SJEarthquakes photo)

On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Jose Earthquakes once again played another come back from behind contest at the MLS is Back tournament scoring four goals in the second half to turn it around on Real Salt Lake for a three goal 5-2 win last Monday in Orlando.

#2 Marko talk about the point you had brought up in your column on Monday night San Jose had five different players tally either a goal or an assist and two players that recorded both a goal and an assist.

#3 The Earthquakes have now scored 11 goals in their last three matches of the MLS is Back Tournament, including at least four in two of the last three games.

#4 San Jose controlled the majority of play in the first half. They won the possession battle 66%-34% against Real Salt Lake.

#5 Marko talk about the upcoming game against  Minnesota FC the Quakes have this Saturday Aug 1st as they head to the quarterfinals.

Join Marko as he takes you through the excitement of San Jose Earthquakes soccer from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.


Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake 5-2, earn spot in quarterfinals of MLS Is Back

The San Jose Earthquakes celebrate yet another happy ending following their victory over  Real Lake City in their three goal win to improve to 3-0-1 and move onto the quarterfinals (@SJEarthquakes photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

ORLANDO, Fla.—The San Jose Earthquakes continued their dominance in the second half. Real Salt Lake was their latest victim as they won they scored four second half goals en route to a 5-2 victory in their round of 16 match of the MLS is Back tournament on Monday evening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

With the victory the Quakes stamped their ticket to the quarterfinals of the MLS Is Back tournament and now await the winner of the Minnesota FC-Columbus Crew match tomorrow evening.

San Jose had five different players tally either a goal or an assist and two players that recorded both a goal and an assist.

The Earthquakes have now scored 11 goals in their last three matches of the MLS is Back Tournament, including at least four in two of the three games. The club has now outscored its opponents 11-5 in the competition and 10-2 over its last 210 minutes.

San Jose controlled the majority of play in the first half. They won the possession battle 66%-34% against Real Salt Lake.

“I think the team keeps growing game after game,” said Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda. “It keeps showing a very positive attitude. In unity, in sacrifice, but more than anything in how they play. The best thing for a coach is to get the maximum level out of each player because that will allow us to have growth. Once again, I am grateful to each player and for the work they have put in.”

The Quakes broke through in the 21st minute. Magnus Eriksson started a rush up the pitch where he found Vako open in the middle. Vako then sent a pass out to the right wing where Cristian Espinoza gathered the ball, made a move inside and fired a shot past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Zac MacMath back into the left corner of the goal for his second goal in as many games.

Real Salt Lake caught San Jose sleeping at the subsequent kickoff. A long ball surprised the Quakes backline and sprung Douglas Martinez who came in all alone from the left wing. Quakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega came out to challenge the play but Martinez chipped the ball over Vega for a goal just 21 seconds later at the 22nd minute.

San Jose regained their composer and toward the end of the half had numerous attempts for the go-ahead goal but weren’t able to capitalize.

It didn’t take long for San Jose regain the lead once the second half started. In the 48th minute with the Quakes in possession, Eriksson split RSL’s defense with a splendid pass over to Tommy Thompson who broke in from the right side of the D. Thompson had a stride on Alvin Jones, who ended up pushing down Thompson inside the box resulting in a penalty kick for the Quakes.

Eriksson buried the ball into the upper right corner for the first of his two-goal evening for San Jose.

“We have been shooting penalties during the week and I felt pretty confident. I had a really great feeling before both penalty kicks. There was no doubt from my side. I am really happy with the performance tonight with the boys and everybody around the team, so it is a great evening for us,” Eriksson said.

Real Salt Lake pushed back in the 59th minute when Martinez drove into the box but his shot was saved by Vega.

San Jose gained their first two-goal lead two minutes later in the 61st minute. Vako collected a turnover from 30 yards out. He dribbled up the middle before sending a pass to the left where Andy Rios gave back a pretty centering feed to Vako who tapped home the ball for for his first goal of the tournament.

Once again Martinez tried to get Real Salt Lake back into the match. He centered a pass over Damar Kreilach but Vega was there with a diving save off to spoil Kreilach’s chance in the 63rd minute.

Kreilach gave Real Salt Lake a glimmer of hope in the 75th minute when he slammed home a pass from Marcelo Silva past into the right corner past Vega cutting the Quakes lead to just one goal.

Silva received a red card in the 84th minute for a dangerous tackle attempt on Jackson Yueill that had the Quakes midfielder withering in pain on the grass for a few minutes.

With San Jose up with a man advantage, Chris Wondolowski put the game away in the 86th minute when Shea Salinas made a move around Justin Meram and centered the ball that deflected off the foot of MacMath over to the MLS all-time leading goal scorer who had the ball tap off his shin and sneak into the right corner of the net for his third goal in three games.

Wondo increased his current MLS record for goals to 162.

Eriksson put the cherry on top in the final minute of stoppage time when he cashed in his second penalty shot of the night after a hand ball by Kyle Beckerman inside the box gave the Quakes their second opportunity from 12 yards out. Beckerman was issued a red card and ejected from the match for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Vega finished with three saves on fives shots on target as he stayed undefeated in the tournament (3-0-1). MacMath finished with three saves on eight shots on target in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose had six corner kicks to Real Salt Lake’s four.

The only stat Real Salt Lake dominated in was fouls. They had 19 to only nine for San Jose.

The Quakes have taken more than twice the number of shots as their opponents in the MLS is Back Tournament (76 to 37).

Rios tallied his first assist of the MLS is Back Tournament and first of the year in all competitions.

Sixteen-year-old Cade Cowell made his second appearance of the MLS is Back Tournament, entering as a substitute in the 81st minute.

Real Salt Lake’s Justen Glad was issued a yellow card in the 66th minute for tripping Espinoza. Corey Baird (33rd minute) and Aaron Herrera (29th minute) also drew yellow cards. Espinoza received his own yellow card in the 31st minute.

UP NEXT: San Jose take on the winner of the Columbus-Minnesota match on Saturday 8/1 at 5:00pm at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

MLS is Back Tournament podcast with London Marq: Quakes wait for their next opponent sit on top of Group B

The San Jose Earthquakes Shea Salinas in the second game of the MLS is Back Tournament against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wed Jul 15th runs off in celebration after booting the winning goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time (sjearthquakes.com photo)

Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 Who would have thought but their they are on the top of Group B the San Jose Earthquakes who started the tournament with a scoreless draw against the Seattle Sounders on July 10th, then in a game that might have sparked the team the Quakes down 3-2 to the Vancouver Whitecaps came back with two goals to win 4-3.  London I’ll let you talk about those first two matches to start.

# 2 The Quakes in their third match last Sunday faced the Chicago Fire and picked up a shutout victory 2-0 and the Quakes are 2-0-1 who would have thought after the season was on hold for four months they would come back and playing in the bubble that they would have got this far.

#3 London just to review the Sunday game against Chicago regarding the two goals scored by the Quakes Midfielder Jackson Yueill got the ball to Christian Espinoza, who made a move past his defender and took a left-footed shot past Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm. You’ve seen Espinoza in the past he’s a real ball handler.

#4 On the second goal by the Quakes Carlos Fierro and Chris Wondolowski came in as substitutes in the 82nd minute Fierro kicked a left footed cross and Wondolowski head butted in past Kronholm for the 2-0 lead.

#5 So at 2-0-1 the Quakes are awaiting who will their next opponent Real Salt Lake on Mon Jul 27th a 5:30 pm start. A win here will further improve their perfect record and put them at a higher seed in the tournament.

Join London Marq for the MLS is Back Tournament podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Earthquakes second half surge buries Fire 2-0. Advance to round of 16 of MLS Is Back Tournament

San Jose Earthquakes gets sprayed with a can of beer as they celebrate their second win shutting out the Chicago Fire on Sunday 2-0 at the ESPN Wide World Sports Complex in Orlando (theathletic.com photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

ORLANDO, Fla—The San Jose Earthquakes are making a habit of putting teams away in the second half of matches.

They scored two goals to take control in the second 45 en-route to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Chicago Fire FC in their final match of Group B play on Sunday evening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

With the win, the Quakes clinched first place with seven points (2-0-1) in Group B of the MLS Is Back tournament and advance to the Round of 16 as they await their next opponent.

“These three games were important for this tournament, and it’s also important for the points in the regular season from the stoppage,” said Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda. “Today, the players are responding in an excellent manner. That makes us and our families happy, especially the people from San Jose that watch and follow us.”

The first half featured an exhibition on passing and not much shooting the ball at the goal. San Jose controlled possession with a 70%-30% advantage, but neither team generated many quality chances.

Magnus Eriksson’s shot attempt in the 25th minute sailed high over the net. Luka Stojanovic had the best chance to score by either team in the 39th minute when Chicago finally applied pressure in the offensive zone. However his right-footed shot also sailed over the net.

San Jose (2-1-2) broke the deadlock in the 56th minute when Andy Rios made a touch pass over to Jackson Yuiell. The Man of the Match then quickly found Cristian Espinoza ahead down the right wing. Espinoza beat Fire defender Francisco Calvo off the ball and lasered a shot into the back corner past goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm for his first goal of the season.

“We are just excited to be a team again, playing together. I think now these three games have given us a lot of confidence and a lot of momentum. We are just happy to be on the field. We didn’t want this to be our last game for a while, and we want to keep pushing and keep playing together. You can kind of see that everyone has a little bit of a chip on their shoulders to make it as far as we can and to enjoy ourselves. I think that’s why we are doing the best right now,” said Yueill.

It’s Espinoza third goal in 35 games since San Jose acquired him at the start of the 2019 season.

San Jose put the game away in the 83rd minute thanks to its super substitute Chris Wondolowski. Carlos Fierro sent in a perfect cross from the right sideline to an unmarked Wondolowski and the all-time MLS leading goal scorer headed in the ball past Kronholm for his second goal in as many games.

Wondo, who scored 30 seconds after coming in as a sub for Judson in the 82nd minute, increased his record to 161 goals.

“[The substitutions] depend on the game and on what we are experiencing on the bench. But I considered the game still open, and we could have ended it with the substitutions that we made. Fortunately, it ended up in a positive result,” Almeyda said.

Chicago (1-2-1) couldn’t find a way to get a ball past Quakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega. He has recorded two shutouts in three games of group play.

San Jose’s back line, led by Florian Jungwirth, did a good job frustrating Fire forwards Robert Beric and C.J. Sapong and keeping them off the scoresheet.

GAME NOTES: San Jose had 5 corner kicks. Chicago had 3. It was considerably less than the MLS record 22 they had against Vancouver last Wednesday.

Stojanovic was replaced by Fabian Herbers in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half due to an lower body injury he suffered in the first half.

Chicago’s Boris Sekulic (29th minute), Alvaro Medran (53rd minute), Herbers (61st minute) Mauricio Pineda (62nd minute) Gaston Gimenez (58th minute) and San Jose’s Florian Jungwirth (37th minute), Judson (50th minute) and Eriksson (86th minute) received yellow cards.

San Jose is now 12-16-11 all-time against Chicago.

UP NEXT: San Jose awaits their next opponent at the conclusion of group play. Chicago takes on Vancouver as both teams conclude Group B play on Thursday 7/23 at 6:00am at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Sports under Siege?

TNT’s Charles Barkley says that the whole conversation of “social injustices have become a circus” (NBC Sports file photo)

Sports under Siege?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

In this unusual year of 2020 for weeks, the news/tease was that the Washington Redskins were about to change their logo/name of Redskins. While that has not happened yet, the biggest news from the Washington franchise was not their logo, but 15 ex-women employees claiming sexual harassment.

The NFL never seems to run out of scandals, a lot of them with absolutely nothing to do with play on the field. All kinds of surveys have shown that the NFL fans are not looking forward to more political demonstrations, but that seems to be inevitable. It would be interesting to see fan reaction and television audiences (if they ever play this year), the jury still out, but the NFL, as I said before seems to be making more news outside the field than on the field; and that is obviously not good. There is one thing for sure for fans, Roger Goodell is the most hated Commissioner in Sports.

MLB: The season is on schedule to begin their shortened version next Thursday July 23, when the Yankees face the Nationals on a nationally televised game on FOX and the Giants at LA Dodgers. The Oakland A’s open the 24th at home against the Los Angeles Angels. Every day players show they are positive for corona virus and earlier this week eleven (11) umpires opted out of the season, for personal reasons. With one week left until the start of the season, MVP Mike Trout has not made a decision if he is going to play or opt out.

But there is nothing normal about this baseball season. Yasiel Puig was to sign with the Braves but it never happened because it was contingent with his testing negative on a Covid-19 test, he tested positive. Yasiel, still a Free Agent. For baseball 2020 is as weird as ever, and I will not be surprised if there is more to come, because surprises now are expected.

All teams will play in empty stadiums. Some teams will pipe crowd noise into the park, traveling is limited to inter-divisional in each league as well against the opposite league. The players and owners through their negotiators ‘struck out’ of a deal to begin the season as scheduled back in March. MLB recently released their schedule for the 2021 season, maybe in a ‘spin’ to make everything look normal. But there is nothing normal about this season.

NBA: Is to reopen on July 30th, after a hiatus on March 11 because of the pandemic. A total of 22 teams returning to play. The league will allow players to wear jerseys with social justice messages, in collaboration with Nike the league apparel sponsor. Not everybody agrees with this. Hall of Fame player Charles Barkley said (quote) “racial injustice issues are turning into a circus.” About the legitimacy of a shortened season, Barkley added” “if everybody is healthy that is fine, but if everybody is sick with the virus and the Sacramento Kings or the New York Knicks win the championship, you know damn right it is tainted”.

The teams will play in Orlando, Florida at Disney World. The Golden State Warriors did not make it this season.

NHL. They plan to return to the ice with 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup. Beginning with the best of five series, round robin games in two hub cities on August 1. The San José Sharks did not make this season. It seems that among all the four top pro-leagues in the country the NHL has been the most “quiet” during these turbulent times.

MLS: Already began their season.They are scoring goals. The San Jose Earthquakes have not lost a game yet they are 1-0-1 after their latest victory last Wednesday against the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3. They now face the Chicago Fire in the bubble at Disney World on Sunday.

Stay well and stay tuned.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio talent for the Oakland A’s on 1010 KIQI San Francisco and at http://www.sportsradioservice.com



Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Quakes having early success in first two games; Face Chicago Sunday

The San Jose Earthquakes Shea Salinas (left) celebrates after scoring in the eight minute of stoppage time in the second half on Wednesday night scoring the winning goal for a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Orlando (AP photo)

On Headlines with London:

#1 London you never would have predicted it but the San Jose Earthquakes came back from a two goal deficit on Wednesday night to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3. It’s something that you didn’t see much of last year.

#2 Eight minutes into stoppage with the scored tied 3-3 the Quakes Shea Salinas scored the tie breaking goal for the Quakes first win of the second match group B Wednesday night at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

#3 Salinas took the shot 40 yards out worked the ball past three Whitecap defenders then took a shot past the Whitecaps goalie Maxime Crepeau for his first goal of the season. Talk about Salinas and the fashion of is goal?

#4 The game started out typical to some of the games you saw from last year’s Quakes games including a goal that was scored off the Quakes foot of Judson Silva Taveras who pulled inside on a centering pass that went off his foot and went into the Quakes net for a score for Vancouver that put them up 2-0.

#5 The come back in of itself and it has to inspire the Quakes to fight for another victory they came off a 0-0 draw with Seattle previous to facing Vancouver and now face the Chicago Fire this Sunday in Orlando could playing on a neutral site be the difference for the Quakes?

London does Headline Sports each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Salinas’ late heroics complete improbable comeback in Earthquakes 4-3 win over Whitecaps

Chris Wondolowski Shea Salinas of the San Jose Earthquakes celebrate after beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3 in Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back tournament in Orlando, Florida (au.news.yahoo.com photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

ORLANDO, Fla- Sometimes a head coach has to take drastic measures and take a gamble to spark his team.

Shea Salinas has had a flare for the dramatics during his Earthquakes storied career. He scored the game winning goal eight minutes into stoppage time in the second half as the San Jose Earthquakes, down by two goals twice in the match, defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3 in their second match of Group B play on Wednesday evening at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex.

Salinas won a 50/50 ball near midfield. He dribbled all the way in from 40 yards out, outmanuevred the ball past three Whitecap defenders inside the box, then fired a shot past Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau for his first goal of the season, giving his team their first win of the 2020 season.

San Jose (1-1-2) were so flat-footed for the first 45 minutes of the game, no one thought the Quakes would have the tenacity for such a combeack. Vancouver controlled play as they came out with an attacking agressiveness against the lifeless Quakes.

Vancouver (1-2), playing in their first Group B match, caught San Jose sleeping in the 7th minute of the match. No one marked left back Ali Adnan as the Iraqi national team memeber dribbled in from the right into the middle and fired a right-footed shot to the back of the far corner for his first goal of the season.

Then at the 22nd minute, the Quakes allowed an embarrassing own goal from Judson. A turnover created a breakaway opportunity for forward Yordy Reyna. As he raced down the pitch , he pulled up inside the box and his centering pass went off the foot of a trailing Judson into his own net for a 2-0 lead for the Whitecaps.

San Jose finally woke up in the second minunte of extra time as they cut the lead in half off a set piece. A centering pass off a corner kick found Andy Rios who deflected the ball off the back of his right heel past Crepeau for his first goal of the season.

The Quakes started off the first 10 minutes of the second half strong with the majority of play in the Whitecaps defensive zone as they created nuerous corner kick opportunties. However they weren’t able to get a quick eqaulizer.

Just when San Jose had momentum on its side, a horrible mistake led to Vancouver’s second two-goal lead. Goalkeeper Daniel Vega made a lackadaisical pass out to the right side where David Milinkovic intercepted the ball and centered a pass over Cristian Dejome who buried the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda had seen enough of the lackluster play from his starters as he made four consecutive substituions in the 63rd minute when he instilled Chris Wondolowski, Danny Hoesen, Shea Salinas and Carlos Fierro.

The strategy paid off immediately as San Jose took control of the game. Nine minutes later Hoeson’s centering cross was deflected high in the air and Wondo, who was unmarked, jumped up and headed the ball past Crepeau for his first goal of the season.

Wondolowski increased his league record to 160 career goals.

San Jose scored the equalizer in the 81st minute. Once again the set piece was kind to the Quakes. Magnus Eriksson bent in a perfect cross off a corner kick into the middle where Oswaldo Alanis headed the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

Vancouver, who played the match without four of their forwards, were stunned beyound belief and could only look back at blowing their two goal lead in the last 18 minutes of the second half.

GAME NOTES: San Jose dominated the game in corner kicks (22-4) and shot attempts (30-7). They also won the possession battle 67.8% to Vancouver’s 32.2%.

Four yellow cards were issued by referee Marcos de Oliveira with three to San Jose (Cristian Espinoza, Jackson Yueill and Fierro) and one to Vancouver (Jasser Khmiri).

UP NEXT: The Quakes finish Group B play when they take on the Chicago Fire FC on Sunday 7/19 at 5:00pm at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex.

Headline Sports podcast with Michael Duca: Giants Posey drops out; Nashville FC second MLS team to drop out; plus more

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has stated before “what are we doing” regarding playing and working out while the virus is spreading like a wild fire throughout the country and with a pregnant wife is considering dropping out for the season (NBC Sports photo)

On Headline Sports with Michael:

#1 San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey had missed three days of workouts and announced he is dropping out as of Friday as the risks of contracting the virus has been off the charts as Posey and his wife adopted twins who born pre mature and Posey will stay at home to care for the twins. With Posey dropping out will this be an example for other players that it’s not safe?

#2 Nashville FC had ten players test positive and like FC Dallas they have elected to drop out could teams in MLB start doing the same things by dropping out.

#3 Things have been reportedly falling apart for testing in MLB with delays with their Utah lab but tests this week have come back and MLB teams continue to work out but managers and players are very nervous on how to proceed on a day to day basis on trying to keep it safe.

#4 Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin said after A’s left hand pitcher Jesus Luzardo tested positive for Corona Luzardo would not be on the field and that he couldn’t comment any further on Luzardo and anyone else.

#5 Michael with the minor leagues shut down and some of the teams we talked about in MLS testing positive and the NFL mulling over how to play or not will baseball eventually have to cancel the season?

Michael Duca does Headline Sports podcasts every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com