SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes and Spain’s RC Celta de Vigo played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly on Wednesday night at PayPal Park. San Jose’s starting XI featured four Homegrown players (Cowell, Tsakiris, Richmond, Walls), three of which are teenagers, and both of the team’s first-round selections in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft (Ågren, Bouda). Fifteen-year-old midfielder Cruz Medina, 17-year-old goalkeeper Emi Ochoa, and 19-year-old defender Casey Walls all made their Earthquakes debut.
Celta took a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute when Iago Aspas converted a low penalty kick just beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Matt Bersano. San Jose responded just three minutes later when an in-swinging corner kick from Jan Gregus was headed inside the far post by Marcos Lopez.
The Earthquakes will now return to MLS action against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, July 23. The match will kick off from Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Bay Area, KNBR 1050 (English), and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
The Earthquakes now hold an 11-11-13 all-time record in international exhibitions, including an undefeated 1-0-4 record against Spanish clubs.
San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 1 RC Celta de Vigo
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif.
Man of the Match: Marcos Lopez
CEL (1-0) – Iago Aspas (penalty) 40’
SJ (1-1) – Marcos Lopez (Jan Gregus) 44’
CEL – Renato Tapia (caution) 23’
SJ – Jan Gregus (caution) 39’
CEL – Gabri Veiga (caution) 70’
SJ – Cruz Medina (caution) 88’
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Matt Bersano (Emi Ochoa 61); Casey Walls (Nathan 81), Tanner Beason (Tommy Thompson 46), Oskar Ågren; Marcos Lopez (Paul Marie 46), Jack Skahan (Cristian Espinoza 72), Jan Gregus (Eric Remedi 61), Niko Tsakiris (Jamiro Monteiro 81), Will Richmond (Benji Kikanović 61); Cade Cowell (Judson 46 [Siad Haji 81]), Ousseni Bouda (Cruz Medina 72).
Substitutes not used: JT Marcinkowski (GK), George Asomani, Jeremy Ebobisse, Jackson Yueill.
SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3
RC CELTA DE VIGO: Ivan Villar; Hugo Malo, Renato Tapia, Carlos Dominguez, Javi Galan; Fran Beltran, Oscar Rodriguez (Miguel Rodruigez 68), Gabri Veiga (Sergio Carreira 78), Augusto Solari (Luca de la Torre 74); Iago Aspas (Williot Swedberg 28), Miguel Baeza.
Substitutes not used: Raul Garcia (GK), Kevin Vazquez.
SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 2