As San Jose heads to Portland for Wednesday’s Fourth Round contest, they will be seeking their first Open Cup win on the road since defeating the Timbers 2-0 in 2005.
In 2017, the Quakes reached the semifinals after defeating the San Francisco Deltas 2-0, Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 and LA Galaxy 3-2. The Quakes would end up losing in the semifinals to Sporting Kansas City, the eventual champions of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup.
Before the Portland Timbers became an MLS expansion team in 2011, they played in the United Soccer League where the Quakes defeated them twice in U.S. Open Cup play (July 14, 2004 3-0; Aug. 3, 2005 2-0).
U.S. Open Cup
San Jose has a 17-14 all-time record in U.S. Open Cup play, outscoring their opponents 51-31.
Racking Them Up
Danny Hoesen scored his seventh goal of the season on Saturday in Chicago. He has now scored a goal in four of the last five games, and five of the last seven. His seven goals rank tied for seventh in MLS and tied for second in the Western Conference, just one behind Houston’s Alberth Elis.
Moving Up in History
Chris Wondolowski tallied his third assist of the season on Saturday. It marked Wondolowski's 35th-career assist with San Jose, moving him into a tie with Eddie Lewis for fourth most in club history.
This Saturday, June 9, will mark the first-ever meeting between the San Jose Earthquakes and LAFC.
Saturday’s match will be the first time the Quakes have played a California-based MLS team besides the LA Galaxy since October 26, 2014 when they played Club Deportivo Chivas USA.
As the 2018 FIFA World Cup approaches, LAFC will be missing some key players in Saturday’s match including Carlos Vela (Mexico), Omar Gaber (Egypt) and former Quakes player Marco Ureña (Costa Rica).
Setting Up Set Pieces
Magnus Eriksson has drawn 38 fouls this season, most in Major League Soccer. Anibal Godoy’s 32 fouls suffered are tied for the second most in the West, behind Eriksson and level with LAFC’s Carlos Vela. Overall, the Earthquakes are the league’s most fouled team, drawing 189 free kicks this season.