TORONTO, Ont. – The San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 road draw on Saturday night at BMO Field. Forward Jeremy Ebobisse scored his tenth goal of the season while midfielder Jack Skahan scored his first MLS goal and the Quakes’ equalizer.
San Jose took the lead in the 26th minute with a close-range low shot by Jeremy Ebobisse. Toronto leveled the game in the 71st minute before doubling their scoring four minutes later. The Quakes later found the equalizer through Jack Skahan in the last moments of the match.
The Earthquakes will now return to San Jose to prepare for their second consecutive road match when they face the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, July 13. The match will kick off from Dignity Health Sports Park at 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1, and via radio on KNBR 1050 (English), and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
The Earthquakes currently hold a 4-7-7 record (19 pts.) during the 2022 MLS regular season.
San Jose is now 6-5-7 all-time vs. Toronto FC, including a 3-3-4 away record. Tonight’s win extends the Quakes’ unbeaten streak against Toronto to four.
The Quakes are now 4-3-4 in MLS play under interim head coach Alex Covelo.
Forward Jeremy Ebobisse scored his tenth goal of the season and his 37th goal of his MLS career. He now ranks tied for second in MLS with ten goals this season. Ebobisse is also now one goal away from tying his career-high (11) in 2019 and is the first American Quakes player to score double-digit goals since Chris Wondolowski (15) in 2019.
Midfielder Jack Skahan scored his first goal of the season and first of his MLS career.
Midfielder Jackson Yueill tallied an assist on Skahan’s goal, marking his first assist of the season and 11th assist of his MLS career.
Forward Benji Kikanović tallied an assist on Ebobisse’s goal, marking his first assist of the season and his second assist of his MLS career. He has now tallied two goals and one assist in the last two matches.
Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski made four saves and now ranks first in MLS with 68 saves this season.
2022 MLS Regular Season
Toronto FC 2 – 2 San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, July 9, 2022 – BMO Field in Toronto, Ont.
Man of the Match: Jack Skahan
SJ (1-0) – Jeremy Ebobisse (Benji Kikanović) 26’
TOR (1-1) – Deandre Kerr (Jonathan Osorio) 71’
TOR (2-1) – Jonathan Osorio (unassisted) 75’
SJ (2-2) – Jack Skahan (Jackson Yueill) 90+2’
TOR – Deandre Kerr (caution) 86’
SJ – Jackson Yueill (caution) 90+5
TORONTO FC: Quentin Westberg; Chris Mavinga, Shane O’Neill, Luca Petrasso (Ayo Akinola 61), Domenico Criscito (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty 80), Kosi Thompson; Michael Bradley (C), Jonathan Osorio, Deandre Kerr (Ifunanyachi Achara 87), Jesus Jimenez; Jayden Nelson (Jacob Shaffelburg 87).
Substitutes not used: Themi Antonoglou, Alex Bono, Kadin Chung, Lukas MacNaughton, Jordan Perruzza.
SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 15; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 1
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: JT Marcinkowski; Marcos Lopez, Tanner Beason, Nathan, Paul Marie (Ousseni Bouda 89); Benji Kikanović (Cade Cowell 64), Judson (Eric Remedi 83), Jan Gregus (Jack Skahan 83), Jackson Yueill (C), Cristian Espinoza (Shea Salinas 83); Jeremy Ebobisse.
Substitutes not used: Oskar Ågren, Matt Bersano, Tommy Thompson, Niko Tsakiris.
SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES INTERIM HEAD COACH ALEX COVELO
On his thoughts of tonight’s match:
“I think we started the game pretty good here in Toronto. We knew we needed to press their midfield well in order to have opportunities and have possession the ball which is why we were able to score. In the second half, we started very nervous, and we stopped playing with the ball and were stretched out which allowed them to play. When you do not apply the right pressure to [Jonathan] Osorio and [Michael] Bradley, the guys can then play.”
On the younger players getting playing opportunities:
“I said that in the locker room today at the end that the subs were sending a message. It’s what I always tell the guys. In order to improve and be better every day, you have to train hard every day. This is not just the starters, these guys are pushing and working hard with lots of respect. Every time you give them an opportunity, they will try their best. [Jack] Skahan has been training well for a very long time. There is a moment where you have an opportunity to seize, and then you have other opportunities that are more difficult like what was mentioned about Jamiro Monteiro before. [Ousseni] Bouda did very well, came in, did well and we need to manage those situations. They are young.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JACK SKAHAN
On the message he was told when entering the match in the second half:
“I think the message was to attack, to go after them, try to tie the game. I don’t think it was too complicated, it was just to get after them and try to score.”
On scoring his first MLS goal:
“I thought Jebo [Jeremy Ebobisse] was going to score [in a previous opportunity], he normally scores those. To be honest, I don’t exactly know what happened for the ball to bounce where it did, but it kind of just popped out to me. It popped out to me inside the box and if it landed in the box then I was going to shoot, and I shot and I’m happy it went in.”