The Earthquakes dramatically punched their ticket to the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. Late game heroics from Quakes forwards Chris Wondolowski and Marco Ureña helped the Quakes finish the regular season in sixth place in the Western Conference with a 13-14-7 record, earning the team's first berth in the postseason since 2012
The Quakes' single-elimination Knockout Round match of the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. PT and the match will be broadcast on UniMas, NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC All-Time Regular Season
MLS Regular Season: 4-6-8
Home: 3-0-6 (11 GF, 7 GA)
Away: 1-6-2 (9 GF, 17 GA)
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 20, Vancouver – 24
Last Game vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC; Oct. 15, 2017; BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia.
The San Jose Earthquakes drew against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-1 at BC Place. Quakes midfielder Vako scored a goal late in the second half to help the Quakes secure a crucial point.
History of the Quakes – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Rivalry
The Quakes and Vancouver Whitecaps FC drew in each of their first two all-time meetings in 2011 … The teams tied 1-1 at Empire Field in Vancouver on May 11 as Chris Wondolowski scored a 39th-minute goal on a back-heeled flick that earned MLS Goal of the Week consideration, with Ryan Johnson assisting … The ‘Caps equalized in second-half stoppage time when Davide Chiumiento scored for a share of the points … The return fixture inside Buck Shaw Stadium on July 20 ended in a 2-2 tie with dueling braces by Wondolowski and Vancouver’s Eric Hassli as San Jose was unable to hold on to a pair of one-goal leads … In the first of three meetings in 2012 back on April 7 at Buck Shaw, the ‘Caps took a 1-0 lead early in the second half through a Sebastien Le Toux strike, only to see the Quakes storm back for three goals within a 10-minute span from the 68th to the 78th … Wondolowski tallied two more around what proved to be a game-winning header from second-half substitute Alan Gordon in the 72nd from a Ramiro Corrales cross … In the second meeting of the 2012 season at BC Place in Vancouver on May 5, the Whitecaps came out victorious off a stoppage time goal from forward Eric Hassli. Wondolowski opened the scoring in the 15th minute off a Marvin Chavez cross, but Vancouver answered with a goal from Gershon Koffie shortly before halftime … Vancouver Whitecaps FC won 2-1 at B.C. Place in the final matchup of 2012 between the two teams thanks to a Barry Robson 61st minute penalty kick. Whitecaps FC Dane Richards opened the scoring just 20 minutes into the match. Earthquakes Alan Gordon knotted the score at 1-1 just seven minutes before halftime with a header into the back post … The two sides drew 1-1 in their first meeting of 2013 with Chris Wondolowski and Corey Hertzog scoring goals at Buck Shaw Stadium … Vancouver won their next match of the campaign 2-0 at BC Place … The two teams drew 0-0 in their final meeting of the season on Sept. 14, 2013 at Buck Shaw Stadium … Chris Wondolowski scored twice to rally the San Jose Earthquakes to within one goal of their hosts, but Vancouver Whitecaps FC ultimately took the win 3-2 at a sold-out BC Place on May 3, 2014 … The San Jose Earthquakes fell 2-0 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at BC Place … The Quakes tied Whitecaps FC 0-0 in San Jose’s final game at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 18, 2014 … San Jose defeated Vancouver 1-0 in the first-ever night match at Avaya Stadium on April 11, 2015 … Vancouver was able to take the second meeting of the 2015 season, defeating the Earthquakes 3-1 at BC Place in Vancouver on July 26 … San Jose drew 1-1 against Vancouver in their final matchup of 2015 thanks to a late goal by forward Chris Wondolowski … The Quakes defeated Whitecaps FC 2-1 on Aug. 12 to capture their first road win of 2016 and first win ever at BC Place … San Jose drew 0-0 with the Whitecaps on Oct. 16, 2016 in their final home game of the 2016 MLS regular season … In their first meeting of the 2017 MLS regular season, the Earthquakes defeated Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-2 on March 11, 2017 at Avaya Stadium. Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski, defender Nick Lima and midfielder Anibal Godoy scored a goal apiece to earn the Quakes three points … The Earthquakes earned a point against Vancouver at BC Place with a 1-1 draw. Quakes midfielder Vako scored a late equalizer in the second half.
Earthquakes – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Connections
Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas played for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 after being selected by the club during the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft … Salinas was traded from Vancouver to San Jose on Nov. 30, 2011, in exchange for allocation money … Salinas and Vancouver defender Jordan Harvey played together at the Philadelphia Union in 2010 … NBA All-Star Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC ownership group, played basketball at Santa Clara University … Whitecaps FC forward/midfielder Erik Hurtado attended Santa Clara University where he was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2012 … San Jose midfielder Simon Dawkins and Whitecaps FC defender Sam Adekugbe were both born in England … Quakes defender Victor Bernardez and Vancouver midfielder Deybi Flores both are from Honduras … San Jose defender Andres Imperiale, as well as Whitecaps midfielders Matias Laba and Mauro Rosales, were all born in Argentina … Whitecaps midfielder and Palo Alto native Andrew Jacobson, San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham and defender Nick lima, all played at UC Berkeley … Quakes forward Marco Ureña, as well as Whitecaps defender Kendall Watson and winger Christian Bolaños, were born in Costa Rica and have all featured for the Costa Rican National Team … Earthquakes defender Kofi Sarkodie and Whitecaps defender Sheanon Williams played together at the Houston Dynamo during the 2015 season … Earthquakes TV analyst Joe Cannon played for the Whitecaps from 2011-2013.