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Earthquakes Weekly Update: October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

The San Jose Earthquakes ended their 2019 season with a 3-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. The Quakes finished the season with a 13-16-5 record.

After 30 minutes of play, the Quakes trailed 1-0 but forward Chris Wondolowski netted an equalizing goal in the 39th minute. The Timbers then scored a pair of unanswered goals in the second half.

Wondolowski recorded 15 goals this season, finishing in a tie for fifth most in MLS and most by an American player.

Midfielders Cristian Espinoza and Jackson Yueill were each credited with an assist on Wondolowski's goal. Espinoza recorded 13 assists in his debut season, ranking sixth among all MLS players in 2019.

EARTHQUAKES NOTES

TEAM SPECIFIC - SEASON RECAP

Team Improvement

The Quakes finished the season with a 13-16-5 record, eighth place in the Western Conference. San Jose more than doubled their points (44 to 21) and more than tripled their wins total (13 to 4) from 2018.

Taking Chances

San Jose recorded a total of 595 shots in 2019, setting a new single-season club record. The total ranks second in MLS history behind only LAFC's 621 (2019). The club also set a club record with 227 corner kicks, most in MLS this season.

From the Spot

The Quakes were awarded just one penalty kick in 2019, fewest in MLS. No other team attempted fewer than three penalty kicks.

Play Makers

San Jose had two players with 10+ assists for the first time since 1997 (Cristian Espinoza - 13; Magnus Eriksson - 10).

PLAYER SPECIFIC - SEASON RECAP

Goal Scorer

Chris Wondolowski finished with 15 goals, tied for fifth most in MLS and most among Americans. Wondolowski's 15 goals are his fifth most in a single season and most since 2015 (16). He extended his own MLS record to 10 consecutive seasons with 10+ goals. He also broke Landon Donovan's career goals record (145) and currently has 159 to his credit.

Between the Posts

Daniel Vega was one of 10 players, and four goalkeepers, in MLS to start all 34 matches for their team. He was also one of just seven players to play all 3,060 minutes. Among all goalkeepers, Vega ranks eighth in saves (108) and tied for eighth in wins (13). His 108 saves are the most by a Quakes keeper since 2014 (Jon Busch - 137).

Creating Chances

Cristian Espinoza finished with 13 assists, sixth most in MLS, and five game-winning assists, tied for third most in MLS. His 13 assists are the most by a Quakes player since 2012 (Marvin Chavez - 13).

Testing the Keeper

Vako (110) and Cristian Espinoza (95) finished fourth and eighth league-wide in total shots taken, respectively. The duo each got 36 shots on target, tied for ninth across MLS.

Key Player

Magnus Eriksson became the first Earthquakes player with 6+ goals and 10+ assists in a single season since 2005 (Dwayne De Rosario). Eriksson also drew 68 fouls, eighth most in MLS and fourth most in the Western Conference.

RENO 1868 FC UPDATE

Reno 1868 FC registered their seventh shutout of the season in a scoreless draw against El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field.

Saturday's match marked 1868 FC's final regular-season match at Greater Nevada Field and Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski recorded nine saves to collect his fourth shutout in 2019, his second in Reno's last three home matches.

The Quakes' trio of Marcinkowski, Kevin Partida and Siad Haji were all featured in the Starting XI for 1868 FC. Midfielder Gilbert Fuentes also entered the match as a replacement for Partida in the 72nd minute.

Reno are third in the Western Conference standings, just two points behind second-place Fresno FC (56). 1868 FC will close their regular-season schedule with a two-match road trip, starting with a rivalry showdown against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday, Oct. 12. Reno defeated Las Vegas 4-0 in the first Silver State Cup match of 2019, which took place at Greater Nevada Field on June 1.

Saturday's match at Cashman Field is slated for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be live streamed on ESPN+.

ACADEMY UPDATE

The San Jose Earthquakes Boys' Academy faced Mustang Soccer Club, FC Golden State and De Anza Force over the weekend.

The U-13s and the U-14s defeated Mustang Soccer Club 2-1 and 3-1, respectively. The U-15s earned a 5-2 victory over FC Golden State. The U-19s recorded 4-0 shutout win over FC Golden State, but the U-17s were defeated 1-0.

The U-15s tied 2-2 against De Anza Force and the U-17s picked up a 1-0 win.

The next set of matches for the Boys' Academy will be on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they host Sacramento Republic FC at Evergreen Community College. Details on the Boys' Academy full season schedule can be accessed here.

The Girls' Academy hosted the rival LA Galaxy in a match presented by adidas' Three Stripe Live program. Over 1,000 fans were in attendance at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night to witness the U-16s beat LA (2-1) with a goal in stoppage time.

The Girls are back in regular-season action on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 when they face Reign Academy and Beach Futbol Club, respectively.


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