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.

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: What is going on with the Quakes?

Photo credit: @SJEarthquakes

On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes lost 1-0 to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah last Wednesday.

2. The Quakes dropped a 2-1 decision to NYC FC at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx last Saturday.

3. The Quakes have lost five of their last seven matches. What do they need to do in order to beat Atlanta United?

4. How did San Jose State do during their bye week?

5. Former San Jose State quarterback Jeff Garcia was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Ana does the San Jose Earthquakes podcast each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Quakes score first, but end with 2-1 loss; SJ has dropped 5 of their last 7 games  

photo from newsday.com: Alexandru Mitrita #28 of New York City FC celebrates after scoring the second goal during the first half of their game against San Jose at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2019.

By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Earthquakes remained winless versus New York City FC as they suffered their third straight 2-1 loss against them Saturday at Yankee Stadium. 

It was the top of the Eastern Conference’s seventh straight contest without a loss and they have held their opponents to one goal or less in that stretch.

Quakes coach Matías Almeyda was back on the sidelines with this team, but they continued on a five-game losing streak away from home. 

San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski broke the 0-0 tie as he struck with hits 158th goal in the 20th minute. It was his third shot out of five for the Quakes so far compared to one shot for NYCFC not on target up to that point. Magnus Eriksson received the ball on the touchline, passed to Vako and with narrow room and precision timing, Vako found Wondolowski in the goal box as Wondo extended his staggered stance past defender Alexander Callens

Off a corner, NYCFC’s Gary Mackay-Steven hit the crossbar in the 26th minute after his ball hit the Quakes’ Guram Kashia.  

New York City FC started building up their shots, none dangerous enough though until suddenly San Jose found themselves down in the 43rd minute

Keeper Daniel Vega saved a shot in the 39th minute and then another off his line in the 40th minute after Keaton Parks passed to Mackay-Steven. However, Vega caused a rebound which Tommy Thompson got a foot on before Parks blew the ball past Vega and Marcos López, who was helping in net. That deposit was Parks’ first in the MLS.

Three minutes later, with two defenders surrounding him and Vega off his line again, Alexandru Mitrita took the well-directed pass from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and made the 2-1 tally, as he slid on the grass like a turtle with a fist pump in celebration. It was Mitrita’s second goal in as many games and third in four games. 

NYCFC finished the first half with eight shots, five on target and the Quakes with only one more shot then when they scored their goal.

San Jose was not shy about going for the equalizer to start off the second half. 

Those included attempts in the 46th & 47th minutes (both saved by keeper Sean Johnson), 51st minute (did not have Wondo at the right spot to finish), 58th minute and two by Wondolowski in the 59th and 60th minutes. 

Wondo was also involved in some off-the-ball action as he raised his right elbow against Callens, but avoided serious trouble.  

In the 65th minute, the Quakes’ Judson saved a goal after the ball hit Vega and went past him. 

San Jose defender Florian Jungwirth tripped Mitrita at the top of the box in the 81st minute, but his kick went high.

There were eight minutes of stoppage time, but the Quakes were unable to level up the game.  

Up Next: Vako added three shots in the second half along with Wondo, who ended up with a game-high six. San Jose will look to pull out a win on this road trip when they conclude it Saturday at 12:30 pm versus Atlanta United FC.