FRISCO, Texas – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to FC Dallas 4-1 on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Forward Jeremy Ebobisse scored his 14th goal of the season, becoming the first player in MLS history to score on the road against all three Texas clubs (at Austin, at Dallas, at Houston) in a single season.
FC Dallas scored three goals in the first half and one more in the 57th minute. The Quakes found the back of the net three minutes later with a strike by Jeremy Ebobisse from just outside the 18-yard box.
San Jose made four substitutions in the second half but were unable to improve the score.
The Earthquakes will now return to San Jose to host Los Angeles Football Club on Saturday, Aug. 20, presented by CEFCU. The match will kick off from PayPal Park at 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 (English), and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
The Earthquakes currently hold a 5-11-9 record (24 pts.) during the 2022 MLS regular season.
San Jose is now 29-21-19 all-time vs. FC Dallas, including a 12-13-9 road record.
The Earthquakes are now 5-7-6 in MLS play under interim head coach Alex Covelo.
Forward Jeremy Ebobisse scored his 14th goal of the season and 41st goal of his MLS career. He is the first player in MLS history to score on the road against all three Texas clubs (at Austin, at Dallas, at Houston) in a single season.
Forward Benji Kikanović tallied an assist on Ebobisse’s goal, marking his third assist of the season and fourth of his MLS career. He has now tallied one goal and one assist in the last two matches.
2022 MLS Regular Season
FC Dallas 4 – 1 San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 – Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
* Scoring Summary:*
DAL (1-0) – Jesus Ferreira (Alan Velasco) 3’
DAL (2-0) – Marco Farfan (Sebastian Lletget) 20’
DAL (3-0) – Jesus Ferreira (unassisted) 41’
DAL (4-0) – Alan Velasco (Sebastian Lletget) 57’
SJ (4-1) – Jeremy Ebobisse (Benji Kikanović) 60’
DAL – Edwin Cerrillo (caution) 45’
DAL – Paxton Pomykal (caution) 67’
SJ – Nathan (caution) 90+1’
* FC DALLAS: *Maarten Paes; Jose Martinez (Nkosi Tafari 80), Marco Farfan, Ema Twumasi, Matt Hedges (C); Edwin Cerrillo, Sebastian Lletget (Kalil Elmedkhar 64), Katlego Ntsabeleng (Paxton Pomykal 63), Paul Arriola (Jader Obrian 75), Jesus Ferreira (Franco Jara 63), Alan Velasco.
Substitutes not used: Eulanio Gomes, Jimmy Maurer (GK), Eddie Munjoma, Beni Redzic.
SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 11; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 1
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: JT Marcinkowski; Paul Marie, Tanner Beason, Nathan, Tommy Thompson (Jack Skahan 55); Judson (Jan Gregus 63), Jamiro Monteiro (Niko Tsakiris 63), Jackson Yueill (C); Benji Kikanović (Cade Cowell 63), Jeremy Ebobisse, Cristian Espinoza.
Substitutes not used: Oskar Ågren, Matt Bersano (GK), Ousseni Bouda, Will Richmond, Shea Salinas.
SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 7; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 2
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES INTERIM HEAD COACH ALEX COVELO
On tonight’s challenges against FC Dallas:
“I believe that in the first or second minute we committed a mistake and Dallas then had an advantage. It’s a field where we knew that Dallas is a team that defends the boxes well and we needed to have patience. After that, we were dealing with that well even when they scored the goal off that early situation. The second goal comes from our right side. They moved Tommy [Thompson] while making a run and Jackson [Yueill] is very close to the player with the ball and the ball was then crossed. It’s difficult to play against Dallas. The second [goal] comes from being pressed where we don’t arrive at the right moment, and they find the combination. Our center back then jumps or steps when he doesn’t have to because it’s an open ball. At the end, they have that rebound to score. It is then very difficult, but I saw the substitutions and the players trying to go forward, trying to attack Dallas. Obviously, Dallas was closed and controlling the game defensively, they defended well on what we were trying to do. That’s the history. Difficult game.”
On the team’s accountability with leadership in the locker room:
“There are two things, one is the frustration. When you are trying to play the games to win, understanding that we have that hope until mathematically it’s not possible, we will fight for sure. What happened in the second minute is normal. It is difficult, but even like that, we were trying to play our game and we knew that Dallas was a team that’s very narrow. We had to circulate and find our fullbacks a little bit higher on the pitch because [FC Dallas] protect very well the central area. Then the second goal happened. It’s difficult. There has been a lot of mistakes during in the season that have penalized us. I think that, even if you don’t see it, we have tough leaders in here in this locker room. They talk when they have to talk, like the players are doing right now.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER JACK SKAHAN
On entering the match playing as a right back:
“At right back, [the directions were] to attack and obviously defend. A lot of defending is running, but to attack on the outside and on the inside, and to combine in the middle. We were losing when I went in, so the directions [I received] were to attack and try to help the team score as many goals as possible.”
On the younger players receiving more playing opportunities the rest of this season:
“That group is really young and has a lot of intensity and a lot of competitive fire every single day at practice. We get along really well, we’re a good group. Of course, we want to play every game, but realistically that’s just not what the solution has been. I don’t think you can throw a group of us out there. I think we need to do what the coach says. I think the coach makes those decisions for a reason. He sees our practices from a different view than we do. We’re on the field so of course we’re going to think that we should play, but that’s not always the reality. For sure this group will keep fighting and will fight until the last game, even if we’re out of the [MLS Playoffs]. That group will fight. They’re a bunch of competitive guys.”