The San Jose Earthquakes earned a 1-1 road draw against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Wednesday, before defeating LAFC 2-1 at PayPal Park on Sunday. The victory sees the Earthquakes extend their unbeaten streak to seven (2-0-5), the longest active streak in Major League Soccer.
Midfielder Cristian Espinoza and defender Nathan were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 18. Espinoza assisted each of San Jose’s two goals on Sunday, while Nathan scored the opening goal in the same match.
Earlier in the week, the Earthquakes made a pair of roster moves. The club acquired forward Jeremy Ebobisse in a trade with the Portland Timbers on Thursday and acquired $200k of General Allocation Money (GAM) plus incentives from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for defender Florian Jungwirth on Friday.
The Quakes will now prepare to host Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Friday, August 13, presented by CEFCU. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area, KNBR 1050 and KZSF 1370.
Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 8-9-9
Home: 5-1-6 (19 GF, 11 GA)
Away: 2-8-3 (16 GF, 24 GA)
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 35, Vancouver – 35
Last Game vs. Vancouver
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – 1 San Jose Earthquakes; Oct. 24, 2020; Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
Match was played at Providence Park due to COVID-related international restrictions
Ending the Streak
LAST GAME VS. PORTLAND TIMBERS (8/4)
The Quakes earned their first point at Providence Park since Sept. 7, 2014, snapping an eight-game losing streak at the venue.
Finding the Net
Midfielder Chofis scored his fourth goal of the season and fourth of his MLS career.
Midfielder Jackson Yueill entered the match as a substitute, playing 44 minutes. It marked his first appearance with the Quakes since July 3 due to international duty with the United States Men's National Team.
LAST GAME VS. LOS ANGELES FC (8/8)
The Quakes extended their winning streak against LAFC to three. San Jose is now 3-5-0 all-time vs. LAFC, including a 2-2-0 record at home.
Extending the Streak
The Quakes extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches (2-0-5). It marks the club’s first unbeaten stretch of 7+ matches in a single season since the final seven matches of 2013 (5-0-2). The streak also becomes the longest active streak in MLS.
New goal leader
Midfielder Chofis scored his fifth goal of the season and the fifth of his MLS career, making him the team’s goal leader. He has now scored in each of the last two matches. Sunday’s goal also marked the first game-winning goal of his MLS career.
Pair of Assists
Midfielder Cristian Espinoza tallied assists on Nathan and Chofis’ goals, marking his fifth and sixth assists of the season and 27th and 28th of his MLS career. It marks the first time an Earthquakes player tallied two or more assists in a single match since May 1, 2021 (Cade Cowell; two vs. D.C. United). Espinoza has now tallied six assists, including two game-winning assists, in six regular season appearances vs. LAFC.
Defender Nathan scored his second goal of the season and the second of his MLS career. He has now scored two goals in his first seven appearances with the Quakes.
Midfielder Jackson Yueill made his 100th MLS appearance, starting and playing 90 minutes.
NEXT GAME VS. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (8/13)
Friday’s match will mark the 27th regular season matchup between both clubs, with San Jose holding an 8-9-9 overall record against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The Quakes have found success in their last five matches against Whitecaps FC, holding a 4-1-0 record against them.
Vancouver in 2021
Vancouver is winless in their last four matches (0-0-4) and are seeking their first victory since July 17 (2-1 win vs. the LA Galaxy).
Whitecaps on the Road
Vancouver is still in search of their first road win of the season, currently holding an 0-4-5 away record this year.
Hosting the Whitecaps
The Quakes have yielded a 5-1-6 record when hosting Vancouver at PayPal Park, outscoring them 19-11. San Jose has not fell to Vancouver at home since August 25, 2018.
The Quakes will face former player Florian Jungwirth after being traded to Vancouver last Friday.
Cristian Espinoza, Nathan named to MLS Team of the Week
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Cristian Espinoza and defender Nathan were named to the Major League Soccer Team of the Week for Week 18. It marked the second time this season that San Jose had two selections in a single week (Cowell & Yueill in Week 3). To read more, click here.
Earthquakes announce time change for road match vs. Austin FC
The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Monday that the club’s road match vs. Austin FC at Q2 Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT, has moved to 5:00 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus, KNBR 1050 and KZSF 1370.
Earthquakes acquire forward Jeremy Ebobisse in trade with Portland Timbers
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last Thursday that the club has acquired forward Jeremy Ebobisse (ee-BO-bis-see) from the Portland Timbers in exchange for $667k of General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2022 and $500k of GAM in 2023. Portland could receive an additional $50k of 2023 GAM for performance-based incentives. Portland will retain a portion of the player’s 2021 salary budget charge. The Earthquakes have also signed Ebobisse to a new contract through the 2024 MLS season. To read more about Ebobisse, click here.
Earthquakes Forward Cade Cowell Selected to MLS All-Star Team
San Jose Earthquakes forward Cade Cowell is among 28 players selected to the 2021 Major League Soccer All-Star Team. Cowell, 17, is the youngest player named an All-Star and is one of two players chosen directly by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, along with the New England Revolution’s Tajon Buchanan. Cowell was the first player in MLS to tally four goals and four assists this season, earning two Team of the Week selections and one Player of the Week honor in the process. To find out more, click here.
Earthquakes trade Florian Jungwirth to Vancouver Whitecaps FC
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last Friday that the club has acquired $200k of 2021 General Allocation Money (GAM) from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for defender Florian Jungwirth. The Quakes would receive an additional $100k of 2022 GAM should performance-based incentives be reached. Jungwirth, 32, tallied five goals and 10 assists in 124 appearances (118 starts) since joining the Quakes ahead of the 2017 season.
EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY
Santa Clara County Vaccination Event
Who: Goalkeeper Daniel Vega
What: Meet and greet during a vaccination event
When: Wednesday, August 11 from 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Where: Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose
QUAKES ON LOAN
Gilbert Fuentes, Casey Walls at Austin Bold FC
Casey Walls made his third and fourth appearance for Austin Bold FC as a substitute in both the 2-1 victory over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC last Wednesday and the 3-0 loss against El Paso Locomotive FC last Saturday. Gilbert Fuentes did not feature in the matches. Austin now sits in fifth (6-5-5, 23 pts.) in the USL Championship Mountain Division.
Thomas Williamson at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Thomas Williamson did not appear in the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s 3-2 victory over Charleston Battery SC last Friday. Pittsburgh maintains their hold on first place (10-4-3, 33 pts.) in the USL Championship Atlantic Division.
Eric Calvillo at Orange County SC
Eric Calvillo made his 10th start for Orange County SC in the 3-2 loss against the LA Galaxy II. Orange County SC remain in second (7-6-4, 25 pts.) in the USL Championship Pacific Division.