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Earthquakes Weekly Update: August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Minnesota United FC 4-1 last Saturday in the Quarterfinals of the MLS is Back Tournament and have been eliminated from the competition. San Jose finished their participation in the tournament with a 3-1-1 record in five matches, including an undefeated 2-0-1 Group-Stage record that counts towards regular-season play, after being the first team to arrive in the bubble on June 24.

The Earthquakes surged into the Quarterfinals by way of three straight victories. Opening the tournament with a scoreless draw against the defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders FC, San Jose rounded out the Group Stage with wins over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-3) and Chicago Fire FC (2-0), before defeating Real Salt Lake (5-2) in the Round of 16.

EARTHQUAKES NOTES

LAST GAME VS. MINNESOTA UNITED FC

*Please note that stats and standings from the Knockout Stage do not count towards the MLS regular season

Penalty Perfection

Midfielder Magnus Eriksson scored a penalty kick, marking his third goal of the MLS is Back Tournament and fourth goal in all competitions this year. He has now successfully converted each of his eight penalty kicks in all competitions since joining the Quakes in 2018.

Quakes Debut

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

MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT NOTES

*Please note that stats and standings from the Knockout Stage do not count towards the MLS regular season

Game Control

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

Playing all Minutes

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

Finding the Net

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

Starting Young

Sixteen-year-old Cade Cowell made two appearances during the tournament, playing against Seattle Sounders FC on July 10 and Real Salt Lake on July 27.

RENO 1868 FC UPDATE

Reno 1868 FC dominated in a 4-1 away win over Portland Timbers 2 last Wednesday, marking the club's first win since the restart. Leading the way for Reno was Christiano François with two goals.

Three days later, Reno traveled to Las Vegas to shut down Lights FC 1-0. The win was powered by captain Brent Richards' early goal, and a clean sheet from rookie keeper Eric De La Cerda. The two victories propelled the team to the top of Group A with a 3-1-0 overall record.

Reno returns home for three straight games at Greater Nevada Field, starting next Saturday, August 8, against Tacoma Defiance. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. PT, and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN+.


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