ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Earthquakes II defeated St. Louis CITY2 2-0 in the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at CITYPARK in St. Louis, Mo. Will Richmond opened the scoring for Quakes II in the 63rd minute off an Ousseni Bouda cross. Twenty-four minutes later, Bouda fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net to double Earthquakes II’s lead. Goalkeeper Emi Ochoa earned a clean sheet after recording four saves throughout the match.
Earthquakes II have now advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs. Both Western Conference Semifinal matchups will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 3 with matches set to take place the weekend of Oct. 6. All playoff matches will be streamed globally on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.
2023 MLS NEXT Pro Season
St. Louis CITY2 0 – 2 Earthquakes II
Sunday, October 3, 2023 – CITYPARK in St. Louis, Mo.
QII (1-0) – Will Richmond (Ousseni Bouda) 63’
QII (2-0) – Ousseni Bouda (Keegan Tingey) 87’
SLC – Michael Wentzel (caution) 12’
SLC – Ezra Armstrong (caution) 28’
QII – Ousseni Bouda (caution) 34’
SLC – AJ Palazzolo (caution) 83’
QII – Eduardo Blancas (caution) 86’
ST. LOUIS CITY2: Christian Olivares; Ezra Armstrong, Michael Wentzel (C), Joshua Maher (Mykhi Joyner 78’), Nolan McGuire; Wan Kuzain (Aaron Heard 89’), Sergio Rivas (AJ Palazzolo 64’), Max Schneider, John Klein; Caden Glover, Faysal Bettache.
Substitutes not used: Eric Walker (GK), Dida Armstrong, Ryley Gibbs, Larsen Hackworth, Stanislav Koval.
SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 20; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 3
EARTHQUAKES II: Emi Ochoa; Keegan Tingey, Casey Walls, Daniel Munie, Oscar Verhoeven (Alejandro Cano 78’); Cam Cilley, Jerry Ayon (C) (Edwyn Mendoza 71’), Eduardo Blancas (Roberto Hategan 88’); Will Richmond, Jose David Serrano (Aaron Edwards 71’), Ousseni Bouda.
Substitutes not used: Eric De La Cerda (GK), Alex Chow, Jermaine Spivey.
SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 10; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4