Instant Replay: Quakes complete comeback, beat Whitecaps to start 2-0

Instant Replay: Quakes complete comeback, beat Whitecaps to start 2-0


For the second season in a row, the San Jose Earthquakes are off to an undefeated start after a pair of games. 

The Quakes (2-0-0) overcame a very slow start but scored two second-half goals to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 Saturday night at Avaya Stadium. Anibal Godoy scored the game-winner in the 79th minute -- his second of the season.

The Earthquakes defense got off to a slow start and the Whitecaps' intention of pressing high from the onset worked to perfection when, in the second minute, a miscue from Florian Jungwirth led to an Erik Hurtado goal.

The lapse in communication between Jungwirth and fellow centerback Victor Bernardez reared it ugly head again just 15 minutes later -- once more costing San Jose on the score sheet. This time, Nicolas Mezquida capitalized on a low cross that sat between the two central defenders in the 18. Mezquida's quick reaction and ability to poke the ball netted him a goal and a 2-0 lead for the guests.

But the Quakes got their first big break in the 23rd minute when a breakaway opportunity for Chris Wondolowski forced Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted to play sweeper and clip the captain some 22 yards from goal. The referee was quick to reach for his pocket and sent Ousted to an early shower with a red card.

Up a man, San Jose pressed, and on one of its eight first-half corners, capitalized when Bernardez sent a ball across the box to Wondolowski, who half-volleyed a ball home in the 32nd minute for his first goal of the season and 118th of his career.

It took the Quakes nine minutes into the second half to equalize and it was San Jose's Homegrown player who leveled things up. His rocket of a shot was set up beautifully by Wondolowski, who laid a ball off for the defender inside the 18 and the Cal product made the most of the opportunity for his first MLS goal and first for a Homegrown player in franchise history.

The comeback would be complete in the 79th minute when Godoy fired from 25 yards out with his left foot for yet another Goal-of-the-Week-contending strike. The shot knuckled and gave the Vancouver keeper zero chance at a save. 

Man of the Match:

After being shutout in Week 1, Wondolowski made his presence felt on Saturday. And as it has been the case for some time now, as the captain goes, so do the Quakes. Against the Whitecaps, Wondolowski scored the 115th goal of his Quakes career. Then, he was the main contributor to Lima’s first goal as a professional footballer. It was quite a sight after that goal when, in a moment of pure euphoria, the defender sprinted over to his captain and embraced him in gratitude.

Turning Point:

Ousted’s red card changed the complexion of the game. Up until that moment, there is little argument that Vancouver was in control. Down a man and up two goals, the Whitecaps had no choice but to defend and that opened up chance after chance for the Quakes – of which San Jose converted the three they needed.

New Quakes watch:

Lima's goal for the highlight of the evening. His goal became the first from a Homegrown Player for San Jose in their franchise's history. He is the second such player for the Quakes, with Tommy Thompson still waiting for his time to shine in the goal column. 

Jahmir Hyka also merits praise. The new Quakes midfielder came in as a substitute at half time and picked up two assists. 


Vancouver: Russell Teibert (yellow, 15th), Ousted (red, 23rd), Christian Dean (yellow, 89th); San Jose: Fatai Alashe (yellow, 7th)

Up Next:

The Quakes hit the road for a tough showdown with Sporting KC. The March 18 contest is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.

Defensive lapses cost Quakes in first loss of new season


Defensive lapses cost Quakes in first loss of new season


Is Saturday's road effort a sign of things to come or a new team trying to gel?

After a 2017 campaign where the San Jose Earthquakes struggled on the road -- especially defensively -- the 2018 season did not start much better in a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City. 

"Of course, I am disappointed to be leaving here without points," said Quakes head coach Mikael Stahre, "but especially because in the first half and then in the first 15 minutes of the second we played really well."

The teams went into the half tied but Sporting Kansas scored twice in the second half, both times taking advantage of San Jose's gift of enough space for KC to take advantage of.

Chris Wondolowski scored for the Quakes -- putting him 10 goals away from Landon Donovan in the MLS all-time race and all alone in second place on that list. 

"I wish we could have won," Wondolowski said. "but credit to our team and Magnus [Eriksson] for putting that ball in there. To finish it was pretty cool, but hopefully we will get a couple more wins."

After conceeding a penalty halfway through the second half, Valeri Qazaishvili equalized in minute 34, following up his own header attempt and cashing in for his second goal of the seaon. 

But that would be all San Jose could muster for the majority of the second half.

Graham Zusi scored in the 56th minute on a beauty of a shot. 

Felipe Gutierrez will be awarded with the game-winner after a left-footed bullet beat Andrew Tarbell.  

San Jose (1-1-0) is winless in its last four against Sporting.

"We came here with ambition to win the game, or second best to leave with a point," Stahre said. "We fought until the end and it was really important for us to score the second goal, but I felt at halftime that we could have won the game. Then we conceded the second goal and we lost the momentum. They are a good team, but I think we can take some positive things with us."

Earthquakes media services contributed to this report.

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice. 

Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round. 

"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."

Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff. 

"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."

San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.

In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender. 

"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said. 

The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.