Earthquakes Weekly Update: October 26, 2020
The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1 on Saturday night at Providence Park in Portland. Despite the loss, the Quakes remain above the playoff line in eighth place. Midfielder Carlos Fierro scored his second goal of the season, while midfielder Cristian Espinoza earned his team-high eighth assist of the year.
The Earthquakes will now host a pair of matches at Earthquakes Stadium this week, starting with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 28, presented by Sierra Nevada, and later against LAFC on Sunday, Nov. 1, presented by Honda. Both matches are set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. PT and be broadcast live on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
Push for the Playoffs
San Jose now holds a 6-8-6 record in the 2020 regular season and sit above the playoff line in eighth place, just one point out of fifth place.
Midfielder Cristian Espinoza has a team-high eight assists, tied for third most in MLS.
Wondolowski has scored 24 goals in his career during the month of October. No other player in MLS history has more than 14 career goals during the month.
LAST GAME VS. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (10/24)
Winning the Series
The Quakes are now 4-1-0 in their last five matches vs. Vancouver, winning this year's regular season series against the Canadian side 2-1-0.
Prior to Vancouver's first goal, San Jose had extended their shutout streak to 234 minutes (over 2.5 matches), plus stoppage time.
Midfielder Carlos Fierro scored his second goal of the season and second of his MLS career. He has now tallied one goal and two assists in his last five matches as a starter.
Midfielder Cristian Espinoza, making his 50th appearance for the Quakes, assisted Carlos Fierro's goal. It marked his eighth assist of the season and 21st of his MLS career. His 21 assists are third most in club history through a player's first 50 appearances (Wynalda - 29; Cerritos - 22).
NEXT GAME VS. REAL SALT LAKE (10/28)
The Quakes currently hold an even 11-11-11 overall record vs. Real Salt Lake in 33 MLS matches between the two sides.
The Quakes defeated Real Salt Lake 5-2 earlier this summer during the MLS is Back Tournament on July 27, clinching their spot in the Quarterfinals.
San Jose currently holds a 4-1-1 home record against Real Salt Lake since the opening of Earthquakes Stadium.
Four different players scored in San Jose's 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake on July 27 (Eriksson, Espinoza, Wondolowski, Vako).
NEXT GAME VS. LAFC (11/1)
Defying the Odds
The Quakes earned their first-ever win over LAFC at Banc of California Stadium on Sept. 27, and now hold a 1-5-0 record against the SoCal club in regular season play.
Finding the Net
Midfielders Jackson Yueill and Shea Salinas scored in San Jose's first-ever win against the LA side on Sept. 27, marking their first and second goals of the season, respectively.
Defend our Home
San Jose will host Los Angeles in their last home match of the regular season at Earthquakes Stadium.
Earthquakes Issue Statement on Reduced-Capacity Attendance
The San Jose Earthquakes issued the following statement regarding the State of California's recent decision to allow 20% fan capacity at stadiums within counties currently Tier 3 (orange) or better:
"We are incredibly appreciative of Governor Newsom carefully laying the groundwork for fans to return to Earthquakes Stadium. We will continue to work with Major League Soccer and local public health officials to build a plan to welcome fans back as soon as possible. Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our team, staff and local community."
Earthquakes, Hunger at Home Partner to Distribute Meals
The San Jose Earthquakes are partnering with Hunger at Home to help feed those in need here in Silicon Valley. The partnership was kicked off last week with ~120 families picking up semi-prepared meals in a COVID-compliant, drive-through format on Earthquakes Way, immediately adjacent to Earthquakes Stadium. In addition to serving as the host venue for the event, the Earthquakes also provided volunteers through their Pledge 74 campaign, which has contributed more than $100,000 and 500 hours of community service in the fight against food insecurity.
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