The San Jose Earthquakes accumulated two points after consecutive 1-1 draws against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday at Children’s Mercy Park and Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday at PayPal Park. The pair of draws extends San Jose’s unbeaten streak to four, with three of those matches being played on the road.
San Jose will now travel to Washington to face Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, July 31. Saturday’s match from Lumen Field kicks off at 2 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 10-14-8
Home: 5-4-5 (14 GF, 10 GA)
Away: 5-10-2 (17 GF, 35 GA)
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 31, Seattle – 45
Last Game vs. Seattle
San Jose Earthquakes 0 – 1 Seattle Sounders FC; May 12, 2021; PayPal Park in San Jose, Calif.
LAST GAME VS. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (7/21)
The Quakes are now 25-28-9 all-time vs. Sporting Kansas City.
Defender Nathan scored his first MLS goal in his third career appearance.
Making the Play
Cristian Espinoza tallied his fourth assist of the season and 26th of his MLS career. He is now tied with Cade Cowell for most assists on the team this season.
Between the Posts
Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski made seven saves, marking a new career high.
Wero de Regreso
Midfielder Carlos Fierro made his first match appearance since May 29.
LAST GAME VS. HOUSTON DYNAMO FC (7/24)
Unbeaten in Four Straight
San Jose extended their unbeaten streak to four matches. It marks the club’s first unbeaten stretch of 4+ matches since July 2019.
The Quakes are now 9-14-4 all-time vs. Houston Dynamo FC. The Quakes also now hold a 3-1-2 record in their last six home matches against Houston.
First MLS Start
Midfielder Jack Skahan made his first MLS start, playing 62 minutes.
NEXT GAME VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (7/31)
Top of the Standings
Seattle Sounders FC currently occupies first in the Western Conference standings with a 9-2-5 overall record (32 points).
Seattle had their regular-season unbeaten streak at Lumen Field come to an end at 14 matches following a 3-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. Seattle Sounders are 1-2-0 in their last three matches, in which they also defeated Austin FC (1-0) and fell to Minnesota United FC (1-0).
Sunday’s defeat marks Seattle’s only loss at home in 2021. Seattle currently holds a record 5-1-3 at Lumen Field, outscoring opponents 17-9.
Seattle leads MLS in goal differential (+13) and clean sheets (7) so far this season.
Saturday’s match will be the second meeting between San Jose and Seattle in 2021. Seattle defeated the Quakes 1-0 at PayPal Park on May 12.
Earthquakes Defender Nathan Named to MLS Team of the Week
San Jose Earthquakes defender Nathan has been selected to Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week for Week 14 after tallying a goal in last Wednesday’s 1-1 road draw against Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park. Nathan also anchored San Jose’s defense, holding the top-scoring team in MLS to a single goal at home. To read more, click here.
Schedule Announced for Next Edition of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2022
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will return for its 107th edition in 2022 after canceling the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 tournament will start on March 22, with the Final of U.S. Soccer’s National Championship slated for mid-September. For more information, click here.
EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY
Wondo Pilsner Unveiling
Who: Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski
What: Wondolowski namesake beer introduced
When: Tuesday, July 27 from 5-8pm
Where: Hapa’s Brewing Company in San Jose
*For more information, click here.
Arteaga’s Player Appearance Event
Who: Earthquakes midfielder Chofis
What: Player trading card signing
When: Wednesday, July 28 from 4-5pm
Where: Arteaga’s Food Center in Willow Glen
THIS WEEK IN EARTHQUAKES HISTORY
July 28, 2001 – Spartan Stadium Hosts MLS All-Star Game
This Wednesday will mark the 20-year anniversary of the 2001 MLS All-Star Game at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The West All-Stars tied the East All-Stars 6-6, with Quakes forward Landon Donovan scoring four goals and earning MVP honors.
QUAKES ON LOAN
Gilbert Fuentes, Casey Walls at Austin Bold FC
Austin Bold FC are now unbeaten in five straight matches with a 1-1 draw against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday. Quakes loanee Casey Walls made his first appearance for Austin, coming on as a substitute in the 78th minute of the match. Gilbert Fuentes did not feature in the match. Bold FC are currently fourth (5-3-5, 20 pts.) in the Mountain Division of the USL Championship.
Thomas Williamson at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Williamson made his 11th appearance for Pittsburgh in a 3-1 victory over New York Red Bulls II on Friday. Williamson entered the match as a substitute in the 82nd minute and has surpassed 350 minutes played since joining Pittsburgh. Saturday’s victory extends the Riverhounds’ unbeaten run to four (3-0-1). Pittsburgh are tied in points with Atlantic Division leaders Tampa Bay, but remain in second (8-4-3, 27 pts).
Eric Calvillo at Orange County SC
Calvillo made his seventh start for Orange County SC, playing all 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw at home against Sacramento Republic FC. Orange County remains in second in the Pacific Division (6-4-4, 22 pts.).