Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' Cali Clasico win over Galaxy

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' Cali Clasico win over Galaxy


The start to the Chris Leitch era in San Jose was darn near perfect. 

Chris Wondolowski scored in the 74th minute in a potential Goal of the Season moment to equalize the match at 1–1 and Shea Salinas, in true California Clasico fashion, scored the game-winning goal three minutes into extra time to give the Quakes the 2-1 win. The goal was assisted by Danny Hoesen. 

Here are five things you should know about the Earthquakes' win at Stanford Stadium.

— Wondolowski’s goal wasn’t just highlight reel worthy, it was also historic. It was the forward’s ninth in the Clasico series — surpassing Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane for the all-time lead. 

After a David Bingham save, the goalkeeper spotted open space and, ala John Elway going deep downfield over in Stanford back in the day, booted a volley in Wondolowski’s vicinity. Wondolowski fought off a defender, cut back inside the box, picked his spot and with his left foot, beat Clement Diop far post. It was a vintage Wondolowski and one of the finest in his career.  

If it wasn't Salinas' roof-raising goal in extra time, Wondolowski's goal would be the main headline of the match. 

— Both teams came into Saturday’s match at less than full strength — and it showed in the first half. There were plenty of holes in the midfield. That said, the Quakes arguably had the better of the play with the lone goal of the half coming off a dead ball cross that Jelle Van Damme volleyed beautifully into the net. 

San Jose produced zero shots on target in first half but were much more aggressive in the second half. 

— Call it risky, courageous or necessary, but one of the more interesting lineup choices by Leitch in his first MLS game as head coach was to start rookie Jackson Yueill. The start was the first of the UCLA product’s career. 

Yueill played 90 minutes and completed nearly 80 percent of his passes. 

— At this game last year, there was controversy around a derogatory term used throughout the match when the L.A. goal keeper put the ball back into play. In an effort not to have that incident repeated, the Quakes issued statements before the game urging fans to refrain and even had Wondolowski read a couple of lines denouncing that action before the start of the match over the stadium's PA system. 

It worked. The term was not used. And the only real cursing came from the supporter section that is always a little extra unneighborly when the Galaxy comes to town. 

— Those looking for another piece of the Galaxy won’t have to wait too long. The two teams will tango again on July 10 at Avaya Stadium in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. And while the game won’t mean a thing in the MLS standings, any San Jose fan will take a win against their bitter rivals at any time. Chances are, there will still be plenty of adrenaline from Saturday's win.

Cristian Espinoza scores first MLS goal in Quakes' loss to Red Bulls


Cristian Espinoza scores first MLS goal in Quakes' loss to Red Bulls


HARRISON, N.J. -- Alex Muyl scored a pair of second-half goals on Saturday and the New York Red Bulls rallied after an early deficit for a 4-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Muyl tied it for the Red Bulls (1-0-1) on a close-range shot in the 51st minute and made it 2-1 with a volley off a defensive deflection in the 71st minute.

Bradley Wright-Phillips added a third goal for New York in the 85th minute and Daniel Royer capped the scoring in the 89th.

Cristian Espinoza opened the scoring in the fifth minute for San Jose (0-3-0) with his first MLS goal.

Matias Almeyda, who joined San Jose in the offseason after leading C.D. Guadalajara to a CONCACAF Champions League title in 2018, is still looking for his first point as coach of the Earthquakes.

Earthquakes fall to Minnesota United, stay winless under Matias Almeyda


Earthquakes fall to Minnesota United, stay winless under Matias Almeyda


SAN JOSE -- Darwin Quintero had a goal and an assist on Saturday night and Minnesota United beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 to open the season with back-to-back wins.

Quintero opened the scoring for Minnesota United (2-0-0) with a penalty in the 49th minute. Marco Lopez was called for a hand ball in the penalty area after video review.

Miguel Ibarra made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Quintero started the counterattack from behind midfield and fed it to Ibarra who set up his left-footed finish with a cutback.

San Jose's Harold Cummings scored an own goal in the 75th minute as Jan Gregus' corner deflected off his shoulder into the net.

It was Minnesota United's first ever win against the Quakes (0-2-0). San Jose won all four of the previous matches in the series.