SANDY, Utah (Sunday, June 2, 2013) – The Earthquakes Reserves (2-3-0, 6 points) scored a pair of second half goals to defeat the Real Salt Lake Reserves 2-1 at America First Field on Sunday.
RSL MF Sebastian Velasquez put the Claret-and-Cobalt up 1-0 in the 55th minute before San Jose FW Cordell Cato and MF Rafael Baca scored in the 61st and 84th minutes to give the Quakes the win.
Neither side had much going in the first half. RSL’s best look came in the 29th minute, when MF Yordany Alvarez slipped FW Devon Sandoval into the left side of the box with a quick free kick. Sandoval ran onto the pass and fired a shot on frame that Earthquakes GK David Bingham parried away for a corner kick.
San Jose had a good look in the 42nd minute. Cato dribbled into the right side of the box and – after his defender slipped – hit a hard 10-yarder that RSL GK Lalo Fernandez saved nicely.
Velasquez put RSL up 1-0 in the 55th minute. Alvarez collected a ball from MF Luis Gil near the top of the box, deftly slipping Velasquez through in the right side of the area. The second-year midfielder took it from there, collecting the ball and opening his hips before coolly slotting his 10-yard effort past Bingham and inside the far post.
The Quakes equalized in the 61st. Cato collected a loose cross from MF Jorge Molino at the top of the 18, turning and firing home past Fernandez.
RSL made a pair of substitutions immediately after the goal, inserting MF Cole Grossman for MF David Viana and guest player MF Victor Garza for guest player FW Scott Sealy in the 61st.
Real Salt Lake had a shout for a penalty in the 80th minute. Substitute FW Olmes Garcia was fouled by San Jose MF Ramiro Corrales near the box, with referee Alejandro Mariscal initially pointing to the spot for a PK before changing his mind and giving RSL a free kick just outside the area. Velasquez put the ensuing free kick on goal, but Bingham came up with the save at the near post.
Rafa Baca was the one to put the Quakes on top in the 84th minute. A ball got chipped in from the left side and bounced around in the box and Baca took advantage, running onto it in the left side and looping a header over Fernandez and inside the far post from eight yards out.
The Earthquakes Reserves next play on Monday, July 15, when they host USL Pro side Antigua Barricuda FC at the Earthquakes Training Facility.
The San Jose Earthquakes will return to MLS action on Saturday, June 15, when they travel to Dick Sporting Goods Park to take on the Colorado Rapids.