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Earthquakes Weekly Update: November 9, 2020

November 9, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release


The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Seattle Sounders FC 4-1 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon, after defeating LAFC 3-2 on Wednesday evening at Earthquakes Stadium. The Quakes finished the regular season in eighth place in the Western Conference and will now play the top seed Sporting Kansas City in Round One of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. PT (FS1).

EARTHQUAKES NOTES

REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS

Playoff Bound

The San Jose Earthquakes punched their ticket to the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, marking the 10th time in club history that the club has reached the postseason, and first since 2017.

Regular Season Results

The Earthquakes finished the season ranked third in corner kicks (140), fifth in shots on goal (116), seventh in shots (305), and 10th in goals scored (35).

Hot at the Right Time

The Quakes held a 6-3-1 record in their last 10 matches, tied for the best record in the Western Conference during that span.

Assists Leader

Midfielder Cristian Espinoza led the Quakes with nine assists, fourth most in MLS this season and only one assist away from the lead (Nicolas Lodeiro, Alejandro Pozuelo, Darwin Quintero - 10).

Security in Net

Homegrown goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski made 11 starts this season, finishing with a 6-2-3 record and four shutouts.

Club Assists Leader

Midfielder veteran Shea Salinas tallied two assists this season to surpass Ronald Cerritos and become the all-time assists leader in club history with 48.

MLS Legend

Forward Chris Wondolowski scored a team-high seven goals to extend his career goals record to 166. He has led the team in scoring in 10 of the past 11 seasons.

100th MLS Appearance

Defenders Florian Jungwirth and Nick Lima each played in their 100th MLS appearance this season.

Young Prospect

Homegrown forward Cade Cowell, who turned 17 in October, tallied one goal and one assist in 17 appearances this season.

LAST GAME VS. LAFC (11/4)

Defend our Home

San Jose defeated LAFC on Wednesday, sealing a 4-0-1 record in their last five home matches of the 2020 regular season at Earthquakes Stadium.

Beat LA...Again

The Quakes won a season series against Los Angeles Football Club for the first time ever (2-1-0). LAFC joined MLS as an expansion team in 2018. San Jose also recorded their first-ever home victory over LAFC, who had won both prior meetings at Earthquakes Stadium.

LAST GAME VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (11/8)

Otro Golazo!

Defender Marcos Lopez scored his second goal of the season and the second of his MLS career.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

RENO 1868 FC UPDATES

Reno 1868 FC, the USL Championship affiliate of the San Jose Earthquakes, last Friday announced it would cease operations following the 2020 season.

Reno was awarded a USL franchise in 2015 set to begin play in 2017. Through four seasons, Reno recorded a record of 62-26-28 and earned a playoff berth in all four campaigns under head coach Ian Russell, who was named the USL Championship Co-Coach of the Year.

The Earthquakes signed three players - Luis Felipe, Chris Wehan and Jimmy Ockford - directly from Reno following the 2017 season. San Jose also sent many young players on loan to Reno, including Homegrowns JT Marcinkowski, Cade Cowell, Gilbert Fuentes and Jacob Akanyirige, as well as U.S. National Team midfielder Jackson Yueill and Peru National Team defender Marcos Lopez.


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