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.

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.

Sounders score three unanswered goals en route to 3-1 win over Earthquakes

Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz, right, celebrates with teammate Cristian Roldan, left after scoring a goal against the San Jose Earthquakes in the first half at Pay Pal Park in San Jose on Wed Sep 29, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE–Seattle is a force to be reckon with thanks to their dynamic duo of of Raul Ruidiaz and Cristian Roldan.

The two were involved in all three goals the Sounders scored as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday evening at Pay Pal Park.

San Jose had its two match winning streak snapped. The Western Conference leaders have won two matches in a row and now have 51 points on the season.

Seattle (15-5-6-51 points) drew first blood in the 25th minute. Roldan serviced a ball over to Ruidiaz at the top of the D box. Ruidiaz dribbled in without any interference from a Quakes defender and beat Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski with a left-footed shot for his team leading 15th goal of the season.

Things took a turn for the worse for San Jose (8-10-9-33 points) late in the first half when they conceded a penalty shot in the 41st minute. Roldan got in behind the Quakes defense inside the box and a diving attempt by Marcinkowski where Roldan was tripped up, resulted in a penalty by referee Allen Chapman.

Ruidiaz converted the penalty kick to the far left corner for a brace and 16th goal of the season in the 42 minute.

The Quakes didn’t generate any quality scoring chances in the first 45 minutes as they only attempted two total shots.

Seattle scored its third unanswered goal four minutes into the second half. A turnover by the Quakes in their defensive zone led to Jimmy Medranda servicing the ball into the middle from the left side as Roldan swooshed in and deflected the ball with his right foot past Marcinkowski for his fourth goal of the season in the 49th minute.

They’re a do a great job,” said Chris Wondolowski regarding Seattle’s tactical play. “Especially with their back three (defensive backs). Their best trait is they are able to push out and those three center backs do such a great job.”

The Quakes broke Sounders goalie Stefan Frei’s bid for a shutout two minutes later when Seattle conceded an own goal. Marcos Lopez serviced a ball into the middle where Benji Kinkanovic raced in with a sliding attempt but the ball was redirected in by Sounders defender Shane O’Neill.

That would be as close as San Jose would get in trying to earn any points during the match. Their offense was out of sync, misfiring on passes and moments of indecision led to Seattle laying back and playing a prevent defense throughout the second half.

“In the first half we weren’t able to find that path,” said Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda regarding the Sounders clogging up the middle of the pitch. “We made mistakes. And that means I think we didn’t have control of the game and couldn’t get to the final third of the field.”

Seattle countered whenever San Jose tried to press but weren’t able to add on as they were content with the three points.

Frei finished the match with three saves to earn the victory. Marcinkowski made two saves on five shots on target in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with 10 corner kicks. Seattle had just two.

The Quakes hold a 11-15-8 all-time record against Seattle Sounders FC, including a record of 5-5-5 at home. San Jose and Seattle had traded 1-0 road victories in their first two meetings this season.

Seattle has an 9-2-2 road record this season and are 6-1-0 in their last seven matches away from home.

UP NEXT: San Jose travel up to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps on Saturday 10/2 at 7:00pm at BC Place.

Earthquakes take down Sounders 1-0 snap winless streak

The San Jose Earthquakes celebrate their win over the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field in Seattle on Sat Jul 31, 2021 (@SJEarthquakes photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SEATTLE–It has been a long time coming, but the streak is finally over.

Cristian Espinoza scored in the first minute of extra time in the first half to propel the San Jose Earthquakes to an upset victory over the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Lumen Field.

That would be all that San Jose needed to snap an 11-game winless steak. They now have points in five straight games and moved into a tie for ninth place with Houston with 17 points. They also snapped a 14-game winless streak against their Western Conference rival. Seattle, atop of the Western Conference with 32 points, have lost two games in a row for the first time all season and back-to-back at home.

“It’s a big joy because we deserved the victory considering the quality of the opponent, Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda said after the victory. “Whenever we played this team, we were always routed. I think we played a really smart game and fortunately we got the win.”

San Jose (4-7-5) earned the game’s first scoring chance in the seventh minute. Shae Salinas serviced a ball over to a wide open Chofis. The Mexican striker’s shot sailed up and high over the net.

Seattle (9-3-5) controlled play in the opening 45 minutes from the 10th minute on. Kelyn Rowe made a nice pass into the middle where Raúl Ruidíaz one-timed a shot that was knocked up and over the net by Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski.

The Sounders had their best scoring chance in the first half in the 34th minute when Ruidíaz, the league’s leading goal scorer, found a streaking Reed Baker-Whiting inside the box but the 16-year old’s point blank was stopped by Marcinkowski to keep the game scoreless.

“I think I’m just trying to be more present. Just trying to be more in the moment and focus on doing everything well, having a really positive mindset and not letting big things get out of control”, said Marcinkowski.

The Quakes took advantage of a Sounders turnover when Florian Jungwirth, who made a start in the midfield, headed the ball over to Espinoza along the right side. Espinoza dribbled into the D and buried a low line shot through the legs of Xavier Arreaga (as three Sounder defenders converged on Espinoza) to the right corner that beat Sounders goalie Stefan Cleveland for his second goal of the season.

“When the team was losing so many games in a row, there were matches in which they played well. Obviously, the results weren’t what we expected. We believe in hard work, humility, and desire. When you believe in your work and virtue, sooner or later the sun will shine”, Almeyda said.

Despite winning the possession battle 63-37%, Seattle were left frustrated heading into the intermission.

In the second half both teams traded scoring chances in the first 20 minutes.

Sounders midfielder João Paulo’s right footed shot from outside the box was just wide left of the net in the 59th minute.

Chofis had a chance to give the Quakes some insurance but his attempt from 10 yards out was easily handed by Cleveland.

Chris Wondolowki thought he had scored his 167th career MLS goal in the 89th minute when his right footed shot beat Cleveland to the right corner of the net. However after a VAR review the goal was overturned as video showed the Andy Rios did not keep the ball in play when it crossed the sideline out of bounds.

Things got chippy in the final eight minutes of stoppage with each team being issued a yellow card. Joshua Atencio (90+3) and Nathan (90+4) both earned the infraction for hard fouls they committed.

Marcinkowski finished with three saves on the day to earn his second shutout and first victory shutout of the season. Cleveland made one save on two shot attempts in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose only had one corner kick. Seattle had seven.

This was the Quakes first win in Seattle since June 20, 2015. This was also Almeyda’s first win against the Sounders since becoming the head coach in 2018.

The Quakes are now 11-14-8 all-time vs. Seattle Sounders FC, including a 6-10-2 record on the road.

UP NEXT: The Earthquakes travel out to Portland to take on the Timbers on Saturday on Wednesday 8/4 at 7:30pm at Providence Park.

Sounders edge Earthquakes 1-0

The San Jose Earthquakes Tommy Thompson takes the ball down field against the Seattle Sounders Wed May 12, 2021 at Pay Pal Park in San Jose (@tomthom11 photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif-The San Jose Earthquakes are still looking for a recipe to beat the Seattle Sounders with. They suffered a tough 1-0 loss to its conference rival on Wednesday evening at Pay Pal Park.

San Jose had its three-game winning streak snapped. Seattle have won three games in a row and remain unbeaten to start the season . They are also unbeaten in 14 straight matches against San Jose (W8 D6) dating back to September 2015. It’s the longest active unbeaten run by any team against another in MLS.

San Jose (3-2-0) thought they had a penalty shot when an apparent hand ball by Yeimar Gomez was called by referee Baldomero Toledo just inside the box. After a video review, the call was overturned much to the dismay of Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda.

Seattle (4-0-1) drew first blood in the 18th minute. A shot from the right side by Nouhou Tolo was cleared away by Florian Jungwirth. Cristian Roldan collected the rebound and fired a shot top-shelf into the right corner past Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski.

The Quakes best scoring chance in the first half came at the 37th minute. Eric Remedi centered a ball from just outside the net to Cade Cowell. The 17-year old striker’s one-timer was stopped by with a diving save by Sounders goalie Sefan Frei.

The Earthquakes controlled the possession 56%-44% in the opennig 45 minutes.

San Jose came out of the gate with intent to score even the score in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Two shots attempts in the 54th minute by Remedi and Carlos Fierro had the Sounders on the heels.

Raul Rui Diaz had a three minute span from the 56th minute to the 59th minute where he had two scoring chances to double Seattle’s lead but he second attempt, a chip shot from 10 yard outs sailed over the net.

Almedya substituted captain Chris Wondolowski and Andy Rios in the 65th minute looking for a repeat of the late match magic that Wondo provided last week against Real Salt Lake.

Wondo almost scored the equalizer in the 87th minute when a cross into the middle of the box led to a collision between him and Frei where the veteran goalie came out with the ball secured in his hands.

San Jose had two attempts in the final two minutes of stoppage time after Frei went down with an injury but Seattle’s defense held down the fort to preserve the victory.

GAME NOTES: San Jose had nine corner kicks. Seattle had two.

Since returning from MLS is Back in August, Raúl Ruidíaz has scored 17 goals, six more than any other MLS player (including playoffs).

Sounders left back Jordy Delem was injured with a lower body in the 7th minute and was subbed in by Shane O’Neill.

UP NEXT: San Jose continues its three-game homestand on Saturday 5/15 as they host the Portland Timbers at 7:00pm at Pay Pal Park.

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Quakes headed for playoffs; End regular season Sunday in Seattle

On the Quakes podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, the Quakes are on high octane right now they have gone undefeated in four of their last five games and get another big win for the second time this season against Mighty LAFC in a one goal 3-2 win.

#2 The Quakes have now managed to string two wins in a row together, they have three undefeated shutouts in their last five games which included that first win over LAFC 4-0 back on Oct 14th in LA.

#3 Marko, the win was big the Quakes get a better grip on the last and final spot in the Western Conference and clinch for a playoff berth that has to be something special for a team who hasn’t been in the post season in a while.

#4 Marko, Talk about Chris Wondolowski on Wed Oct 28th’s match against Real Salt Lake Wondolowski did all the scoring in that game with two goals for a 2-0 win and his goal on Wednesday night kept the Quakes in for the crucial one goal win 3-2 over LAFC.

#5 Another critical game against the Seattle Sounders at Centurylink Field in Seattle on Sun Nov 8th. How much is this match going to be for the Quakes playing one of the best team’s in the MLS previous to post season play?

Join Marko for the Earthquakes podcasts each Friday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Antonio Brown will join Bucs next week ; Earthquakes battle Real Salt Lake FC tonight

Antonio Brown wide receiver of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will join the team on Sun Nov 8th. Here he is tuning up during his time with the New England Patriots. Some questions remain will there be a repeat of his problems when he returns with the Buccaneers?(file photo touchdownwire.com)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 The Buffalo Bills (5-2) who lead in the AFC East won and played a close game last Sunday against the New York Jets (0-7) 18-10. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 307 yards. Despite being winless the Jets did play some good defense against Allen and the Bills.

#2 Tom Brady quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) shows a lot of faith in newest Buc wide receiver Antonio Brown after his abrupt departure from the Raiders last season and his suspension from the NFL when he was briefly with the Patriots last season how do you see him working out with the Bucs this time around?

#3 The Los Angeles Dodgers had a lot to celebrate last night with their World Series win but third baseman Justin Turner who had a Covid positive test and was pulled in the eighth inning of the deciding game added to the strange ending to the season for the Dodgers and the baseball bubble called Arlington.

#4 The San Jose Earthquakes after getting a 0-0 draw from the Seattle Sounders on Sunday the 18th lost in a 2-1 neutral site game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps Ali Adnan got a free kick and a 57th minute to tie it and got the go ahead goal from Tosaint Ricketts for the one goal win.

#5 The Quakes host Real Salt Lake FC at 7:30 at Earthquakes Stadium, the Quakes have gone winless in the three of their last four games and beat Real Salt Lake FC 5-2 in their last meeting July 27th can the Quakes do it tonight?

Join London for Headline Sports each Wednesday morning at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: With Prescott out Cowboys moral is falling fast; Titans got Covid-19 from off site workout; plus more

Things have gotten worse for the Dallas Cowboys since quarterback Dak Prescott has left for the season. For example here Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) loses the football on a carry as the Arizona Cardinals safety Bubba Baker grabs hold it was Elliott’s second fumble in last Sun Oct 18th’s game in Arlington (AP News photo)

Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 London even without the Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in the line up he still holds up in week 6 as the NFL’s leading passing yards quarterback at 1,856 just ahead of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan at 1,843.

#2 Jane Slater from the NFL Network reported that moral is falling fast in the Cowboys locker room tweeting that discontent is leaking out, the coaching staff is unprepared, the can’t adjust on the fly, and their not good at their jobs. Since Prescott’s season ending injury are guys starting to mail it in in Dallas?

#3 A off site workout facility has been mentioned as the source for the Tennessee Titans outbreak and that the team faces fines but will not be penalized from getting draft picks forfeitures. No players reportedly will face punishments or fines.

#4 Turning to MLS Soccer: The San Jose Earthquakes who have won three of their last five games and have lost only one game in their last five played one of the best MLS teams the Seattle Sounders last Sunday to a 0-0 draw at Earthquakes Stadium. Sounds like the Earthquakes have their confidence back.

#5 The Quakes Carlos Fierro putting much summarized what the Quakes need to do to get to post season saying that the team is fighting day after day, game after game, that the Quakes know what they want and are getting closer to it.

Join London each Wednesday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Earthquakes drop 1-0 decision to Sounders

Photo credit: @SJEarthquakes

By London Marq

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes are on the verge of heartbreak and crushing end to their season. With another disastrous loss tonight to Seattle, the Quakes have lost all five of their games in the month of September.

Both San Jose and the Seattle Sounders started the match with something to play for, and it was a competitive match throughout with plenty of drama. It was an open contest. Both San Jose and Seattle had their chances to take the lead early, but failed to capitalize. In the 13-minute Quakes’ goalkeeper Daniel Vega saved a goal from Jordan Morris. A few short moments later, Magnus Eriksson was denied by Sounders keeper Stefan Frie, who made a magnificent dive.

For the Quakes, they seemed to lack luck as multiple shots that managed to beat the keeper Frie hit the woodwork and back into play. Matters were not helped in Tommy Thompson was shown a red card 10 minutes into the second half. The Sounders’ Xavier Arreaga would draw a double yellow in the 71st minute and both squads would finish the match 10 vs. 10.

Going into stoppage time the Quakes seemed content to take the draw and point. Nearing the end of the four added minutes a pass to the fullback Florian Jungwirth is mishandled and Seattle’s Jordan Morris did not miss the opportunity. Attacking the ball and finding an easy finish to steal the game late.

For the Quakes, their postseason chances hang in the balance with only one game left in Portland. If San Jose wins, they will make the playoffs by the skin of their teeth. If the skid continues, it will be one of the most disappointing seasons in the Quakes history.

Final: Seattle defeated San Jose 1-0.

Up Next: San Jose wraps up the regular season against the Portland Timbers in Providence Park on Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m.

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Harper, Phils call it a season, eliminated at Nats Park; Giants finish up their regular season; plus more

Photo credit: wtop.com

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 How ironic is it that last meeting between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington against the Nationals turned out to be a loss that mathematically eliminated the Phillies in Washington DC? The Nats fans found that to be poetic justice.

#2 The San Francisco Giants end their 2019 homestand and regular season this week as they opened a three-game series with Colorado. The Giants have some young prospects and veteran players who are looking to come back next season so everyone will play hard to the final game on Sunday.

#3 The Giants’ Bruce Bochy set to retire, Pablo Sandoval out with an injury for the rest of the season and Madison Bumgarner may not be back all have been a direct force in the Giants’ more successful days.

#4 The Oakland A’s are holding a 1/2 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild card race. The A’s are finishing up their regular season on the road against the Angels and Mariners. Can they pull it off?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes, who won two out of their last seven games, faceoff against Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and on Friday, they host the Seattle Sounders. This is their best chance to put together a couple wins at home.

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