FEATURE: Quakes have momentum, confidence heading into Wednesday’s Knockout Round clash

There is still a buzz around Avaya Stadium stemming from Sunday’s 3-2 win where Marco Ureña’s stoppage-time stunner sent the Quakes to the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. While the smell of the postgame champagne is long gone, the confidence and momentum the team received at that moment will live into the near future.

The Earthquakes were in trouble just a couple weeks ago following a home defeat at the hands of the Chicago Fire. But since that day, the Quakes earned seven of a possible nine points over their final three games with two of them coming against playoff squads. A critical win over Portland and a clutch 1-1 draw in Vancouver set up fireworks against Minnesota on Decision Day.

Meanwhile their opponent tomorrow night, the aforementioned Vancouver Whitecaps, come into Wednesday’s contest having won just one of their last five games. To be fair, four of the five were away from home, but regardless the team hasn’t experienced the winning feeling much over the final weeks of the regular season.

The Quakes have certainly had their share of road woes, but Vancouver hasn’t been all that dominant at home either. Their nine wins are tied for the fewest by all teams to reach the postseason.

Tune in tomorrow night on UniMas or NBC Sports California at 7:30 p.m. to see how San Jose fares in their first postseason contest in five years.


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