VANCOUVER, B.C. – The San Jose Earthquakes earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The club will now return to San Jose after taking four of a possible six points on the two-game road trip.
After conceding in the 19th minute, the Earthquakes equalized moments before the halftime whistle when forward Danny Hoesen narrowly beat the offside trap and chipped keeper Brian Rowe. It marked Hoesen’s team-leading fifth goal of season, tying his 2017 total just 10 games into 2018. It also marked his third goal in the last four games. Defender Florian Jungwirth was credited with the lone assist, his second of the season. He has two goals and two assists in the last five games.
Homegrown defender Nick Lima gave San Jose the lead eight minutes into the second half. After a darting run by Vako, the ball was sprayed wide to Lima, who opted to cut back onto his left foot. Lima’s curling strike swung just inside the far post. It marked his first goal of the season and Vako’s third assist.
Whitecaps FC midfielder Yordy Reyna later equalized for Vancouver in the 64th minute.
Goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell made seven critical saves, matching his career-high. Defender Jimmy Ockford, signed in the offseason from San Jose’s USL affiliate Reno 1868 FC, made his first start for the Earthquakes and second-ever in MLS. His first MLS start came as a member of Seattle Sounders FC on June 24, 2015.
The Quakes return home to take on D.C. United at Avaya Stadium on Saturday, May 19, presented by gyft. The match will kick off at 7:15 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
MLS Regular Season
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes
May 16, 2018 – BC Place in Vancouver, B.C.
Scoring Summary: VAN – Cristian Techera (Yordy Reyna, Felipe) 19; SJ – Danny Hoesen (Florian Jungwirth) 45+1; SJ – Nick Lima (Vako) 53; VAN – Yordy Reyna (Marcel de Jong) 64.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Anibal Godoy (caution) 73; SJ – Florian Jungwirth (caution) 87.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC: Brian Rowe; Jose Aja, Sean Franklin, Marcel de Jong, Kendall Waston; Felipe, Efrain Juarez, Alphonso Davies, Cristian Techera (Brek Shea 81); Yordy Reyna (Nicolas Mezquida 84), Kei Kamara.
SHOTS: 22; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 8; CORNER KICKS: 10, OFFSIDES: 1.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Andrew Tarbell; Shea Salinas (Francois Affolter 81), Florian Jungwirth, Jimmy Ockford, Harold Cummings, Nick Lima; Vako (Chris Wondolowski 84), Anibal Godoy, Jackson Yueill (Fatai Alashe 88); Magnus Eriksson; Danny Hoesen.
SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; SAVES: 7; FOULS: 8; CORNER KICKS: 6, OFFSIDES: 1.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH MIKAEL STAHRE
On confidence this trip will kick-start the season:
“Of course. We’ve got four points out of six and on to D.C. now.”
On not starting Chris Wondolowski:
“It’s always hard to put the captain on the bench, but the most important thing is to organize the team the best now. It’s been two games in a row where we used him as a sub.”
On coming back from a 1-0 deficit, but giving up the 2-1 lead:
“I think we must be humble at this point. It was an okay result.”
On the adjustment to MLS:
“Every game is so even. The last 10 minutes of every game is like a battle. It’s really open to the last second.”
On the late save from goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell:
“I think Tarbell is a really solid goalkeeper. He’s been one of our best players so far in the season. I’m really pleased with him.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER NICK LIMA
On the team’s play:
“I think there were moments where we were really strong. We put them on their back foot. We did what we planned and broke their high-pressing lines and we were able to go on some good rushes and get forward. I think there were a few times where we lacked a little creativity in the final third, myself included. I think overall we put out a good performance. We’re not out of it by any means. It was a good effort and I’m proud of this group.”
On his goal:
“I saw there was a lot of space between the defender and me and he kind of backed off and I like that. I got an opportunity and I took it. Luckily it went it.”
On having space out wide:
“I like it when I get that space. It’s different to get that much space. Usually I’m pressed tightly, but when I have that space, I’m free to get after it. When I’m given that space, we have to take advantage of that, and we did at times.”
On four points from the two road games:
“It shows resilience from that squad, when we’re down we can pick ourselves up. We have to come together as a group and keep fighting. Now we go home and have an opportunity to get three points again. Guys are starting to pick their heads up. You can’t hang your head too low and you can’t hang your head too high. I think we’re learning that and it’s a long season. We’re in a real good spot.”