Earthquakes Weekly Update: September 9, 2019
The San Jose Earthquakes currently are in fourth place in the Western Conference and are just two points from second place. Six matches remain in San Jose's regular season schedule against opponents that all currently occupy positions above the MLS Cup Playoffs line in their respective conferences.
San Jose's push for MLS Cup Playoffs will resume with a three-match road trip, two of which will take place this week when the Earthquakes face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 11, and New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Wednesday's match against Real Salt Lake is set for 6:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports California Plus, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF. Saturday's match against New York City FC is set for 9:30 a.m. PT and can also be seen on NBC Sports California Plus, and heard on KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
With a record of 13-10-5, a two-point gap lies between the Earthquakes and second place. The Quakes are now 13-6-5 since the start of April with a +17 goal-differential and currently sit in fourth place.
Collecting Clean Sheets
Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega recorded his seventh shutout of the season in San Jose's 3-0 win over Orlando City SC. Vega is currently tied for fourth for most shutouts in the Western Conference.
Forward Chris Wondolowski's all-time MLS scoring record has been extended to 157 goals. His 13 goals this season lead MLS among all American-born players.
Midfielder Cristian Espinoza has recorded 12 assists and five game-winning assists since joining the Earthquakes in January. Espinoza is fourth in the Western Conference in assists, and tied for third in the league in game-winning assists
VS. NEXT OPPONENTS
Visiting the Beehive State
The Earthquakes are unbeaten in three consecutive matches against Real Salt Lake after defeating the Utah side 1-0 in July. San Jose now hold a winning record of 11-10-11 in all-time regular season matches against the Utah side. The Quakes are 3-5-7 when playing at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Inside the Concrete Jungle
The Earthquakes will be seeking their first ever win against New York City FC when they visit Yankee Stadium on Saturday. San Jose are currently 0-3-1 in all-time matchups against the New York side.
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