TUCSON, Ariz. – The San Jose Earthquakes ended their preseason training camp in Tucson, Arizona with a 1-0 victory over South Korean side Seongnam FC at the Kino Sports Complex on Tuesday afternoon. Second-half substitute Mark Sherrod tallied the late winner, volleying home Tommy Thompson’s cross with three minutes to play. Forward and Designated Player Innocent also made his 2016 debut, entering the match in the 81st minute.
San Jose appeared to have taken the lead in the 16th minute when forward Chris Wondolowski volleyed a cross from midfielder Shea Salinas into the bottom corner of the net, only for a linesman to flag offside.
Later in the first half, forward Quincy Amarikwa came close to breaking the deadlock when he chested defender Shaun Francis’ cross goalward, which was denied by a fine save from the Seongnam goalkeeper.
Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear made 10 changes at the break, with center back Victor Bernardez the lone starter to remain on the pitch at the beginning of the second half.
Three minutes after the restart, midfielder Matias Perez Garcia curled a free kick just wide after Thompson was brought down on the edge of the area.
In the 70th minute, Perez Garcia came close again when he seized a loose ball, raced forward and hit a shot from distance, which was tipped wide of the post.
In the waning moments of the match, Sherrod was able to break the deadlock off a feed by Thompson, giving San Jose a 1-0 advantage in the 87th minute.
The Quakes return to San Jose on Wednesday, before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday where they will take on California Clasico rivals LA Galaxy on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.
San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Seongnam FC
February 9, 2016 – Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ
Scoring Summary: SJ – Mark Sherrod (Tommy Thompson) 87.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (first half): David Bingham, Shaun Francis, Clarence Goodson, Victor Bernardez, Marvell Wynne, Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy, Cordell Cato, Quincy Amarikwa, Chris Wondolowski.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (second half): Bryan Meredith, Matheus Silva, Andres Imperiale, Victor Bernardez (Ty Thompson 60), Kip Colvey (Innocent 81), Tommy Thompson, JJ Koval, Matias Perez Garcia, Sanna Nyassi, Adam Jahn (Mark Sherrod 75), Chad Barrett.