Philadelphia Union goaltender Andre Blake got the stop on the San Jose Earthquakes with one save good enough for a shutout at Sabaru Stadium in Chester PA on Sat Mar 12, 2022 (file photo from mls.com)
by Marko Ukalovic
CHESTER PA— The San Jose Earthquakes offense was as cold as the chilly temperatures.
The Philadelphia Union used the chilly conditions to their advantage in a 2-0 shutout victory over the Quakes on a frigid Saturday evening at Sabaru Stadium.
The temperature at kick off was 20 degrees and only got worse throughout the game.
San Jose is still winless after their first three matches. Philadelphia have won two in a row and have started the season with seven points in three games.
The Union (2-0-1) drew first blood in the 23rd minute. Sergio Santos was able to get around Jackson Yueill on the left wing. Santos’ cross found a wide open Cory Burke who tapped home the ball into an empty net.
San Jose (0-2-1) weren’t able to generate much offense in the opening 45 minutes as they had their ball in their own end for the majority of through half.
“We were lacking the depth to beat Philadelphia today,” said Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda. “Philadelphia beat us out wide and we lost them in the box.”
Philadelphia doubled its lead in the second half after a miscue by San Jose inside the box.
A clearing attempt by the Quakes in the 56th minute went off the forearm of Yueill, who struggled throughout the match playing center back for the first time in his career, setting up a penalty kick.
Daniel Gazdag cashed in the penalty two minutes later with a chip to the right as he got Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski guessing to the left.
Things were chippy between both teams with a combined six yellow cards issued.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake only needed to make one save to earn the clean slate. Marcinkowski made four saves on six shots in the losing effort.
GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with five corner kicks. Philadelphia had three.
Three Quakes rookies made their MLS debut as subs in the second half included Ousseni Bouda, Wil Richmond and 16-year old Nick Tsakiris.
UP NEXT: San Jose continues its road trip against Minnesota United on Saturday 3/19 at 5:00pm at Allianz Field.