INDIO, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes defeated Minnesota United FC 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. as part of the 2023 Coachella Valley Invitational.
The Earthquakes jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of goals in the first nine minutes by Cristian Espinoza. Minnesota halved the deficit with a penalty kick in the 14th minute.
San Jose replaced all 10 outfield players at halftime. Seventeen-year-old midfielder Niko Tsakiris and SuperDraft selection Daniel Munie each added a goal in the second half to give the Earthquakes a 4-1 lead before the final whistle.
The Quakes will now face the New York Red Bulls on Feb. 18 before returning to San Jose ahead of the regular season opener on Feb. 25 in Atlanta.
2023 Preseason – Coachella Valley Invitational
San Jose Earthquakes 4 – 1 Minnesota United FC
Feb. 15, 2023 – Empire Polo Grounds – Indio, Calif.
SJ (1-0) – Cristian Espinoza (Cade Cowell) 7’
SJ (2-0) – Cristian Espinoza (Jamiro Monteiro) 9’
MIN (2-1) – Mender Garcia (penalty) 14’
SJ (3-1) – Niko Tsakiris (Carlos Akapo) 61’
SJ (4-1) – Daniel Munie (Oskar Ågren, Tommy Thompson) 78’
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (first half): Daniel; Miguel Trauco, Tanner Beason, Rodrigues, Paul Marie; Carlos Gruezo, Jackson Yueill ©, Jamiro Monteiro; Cade Cowell, Jeremy Ebobisse, Cristian Espinoza.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (second half): Daniel; Tommy Thompson, Oskar Ågren, Daniel Munie, Carlos Akapo; Judson, Michael Baldisimo, Niko Tsakiris; Ousseni Bouda, Benji Kikanović, Will Richmond.
MINNESOTA UNITED FC: Eric Dick; Devin Padelford, Brent Kallman, Mikael Marques, Alan Benitez; Cameron Dunbar, Zaydan Bello, Carlos Leatherman, Patrick Weah; Mender Garcia, Tanitoluwa Oluwasey.