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Earthquakes Weekly Update: May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

The San Jose Earthquakes picked up their third consecutive home win and extended their unbeaten streak to a Western Conference-best four matches with a 1-0 victory over FC Cincinnati on Saturday night.

Homegrown defender Nick Lima scored his first goal of the season and fifth of his MLS career to get the Quakes on the board early. Despite a red card issued to midfielder Cristian Espinoza just minutes into the second half, San Jose managed to maintain their lead throughout the remainder of the match and secure all three points. Saturday's nights win gave the Quakes back-to-back shutouts for the first time since April 29 and May 6, 2017.

The Earthquakes, who are unbeaten in five of their last six matches, look to continue their positive momentum when they face the New England Revolution on Saturday, May 11 at Gillette Stadium. Saturday's road match is set for 4:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.

EARTHQUAKES NOTES

TEAM SPECIFIC

With Saturday's 1-0 victory over FC Cincinnati, the Earthquakes have now won three consecutive home games. The Quakes have won three or more consecutive home games for the first time since 2017 (2-1 vs. RSL on 6/24; 2-1 vs. LA on 7/1; 1-0 vs. COL on 7/29; 2-1 vs. CLB on 8/5).

The Earthquakes won a match in which they finished with 10 players for the first time since June 24, 2017 against Real Salt Lake (2-1).

San Jose is currently in the midst of a four-match unbeaten streak (2-0-2). The last time the Quakes went unbeaten in 4+ straight MLS matches was July 16 - Aug. 12, 2016 (2-0-3).

San Jose's four-match unbeaten streak is currently the longest active unbeaten streak in the Western Conference and tied for the second longest active streak in Major League Soccer (NYC - 6; PHI - 3).

The Earthquakes have now earned at least one point in five of the last six matches. The last time Quakes accomplished this feat during a single season was from April 8 - May 6, 2017 (2-1-3).

The Quakes have earned 11 points from their last six games (3-1-2). The last time the club accomplished this feat in a single season was the first six matches of the 2016 season (3-1-2).

The Earthquakes now hold a 1-0-0 all-time record against FC Cincinnati.

PLAYER SPECIFIC

Quakes defender Nick Lima tallied his first goal of the season and fifth of his MLS career on Saturday. It also marked his first game-winning goal of the season, second of his career, and first since July 29, 2017.

Midfielder Cristian Espinoza was credited with the assist on Lima's goal on Saturday, marking his third of the season. It also marked his second game-winning assist of 2019 (vs. POR 4/6). Only Houston's Alberth Elis has tallied more game-winning assists so far this season (3).

Goalkeeper Daniel Vega has made 39 saves this season, most in Major League Soccer. He has made at least three saves in each of the last nine matches.

Vega has now recorded three shutouts during the 2019 season, tied for second most in the Western Conference.

Forward Chris Wondolowski has appeared in 299 MLS matches for the Earthquakes. His next appearance will see him become just the fifth player in league history to reach 300 with a single club (Nick Rimando - RSL; Jaime Moreno - DC; Kyle Beckerman - RSL; Cobi Jones - LA).

Midfielder Shea Salinas has appeared in 249 MLS matches for the Earthquakes. His next appearance will mark his 250th with the Quakes, putting him into a tie with Ramiro Corrales for second most in club history.


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