SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell 3-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday night at Avaya Stadium.
Earthquakes midfielders Jahmir Hyka and Magnus Eriksson scored in the 7th and 18th minutes, respectively, to give the Quakes an early lead. Goals from Yordy Reyna, Cristian Techera and Kei Kamara in the second half earned Vancouver the comeback victory.
The Quakes will now take on FC Dallas, presented by CEFCU, on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Avaya Stadium, beginning at 7:15 p.m. PT. The match will air live on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 2-3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Aug. 25, 2018 – Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Scoring Summary: SJ – Jahmir Hyka (unassisted) 7; SJ – Magnus Eriksson (penalty) 18; VAN – Yordy Reyna (unassisted) 59; VAN – Cristian Techera (Kei Kamara) 61; VAN – Kei Kamara (Yordy Reyna, Aaron Maund) 68.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Anibal Godoy (caution) 30; VAN – Yordy Reyna (caution) 51; VAN – Felipe (caution) 52; VAN – Marcel de Jong (caution) 52.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Andrew Tarbell; Joel Qwiberg (Dominic Oduro 82), Florian Jungwirth, Guram Kashia, Nick Lima; Anibal Godoy, Luis Felipe; Jahmir Hyka (Chris Wehan 65), Vako, Magnus Eriksson (Chris Wondolowski 69); Danny Hoesen.
SHOTS: 16; SHOTS ON TARGET: 3; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 14; CORNER KICKS: 7; OFFSIDES: 0.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC: Stefan Marinovic; Jakob Nerwinski, Aaron Maund, Marcel de Jong (Nicolas Mezquida 56), Kendall Waston; Alphonso Davies, Russell Teibert, Cristian Techera, Felipe (Aly Ghazal 55), Yordy Reyna; Kei Kamara (Erik Hurtado 72).
SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON TARGET: 7; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 15; CORNER KICKS: 9; OFFSIDES: 2.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH MIKAEL STAHRE
Overall thoughts on the match:
“We played really well, especially in the first 30 minutes and we took control of the game. We talked in the locker room at halftime about continuing to score and get a third one. When we conceded the first goal, I think we lost everything, actually. We lost the shape, the power and the will to play. We lost everything in seven minutes or something like that. Crazy defeat.”
On the plan for the match:
“We dressed the same lineup as the previous one and the reason for that is we also played well in the first 45 minutes against Toronto. That is why we started with the same lineup. Obviously, it went well for the first 35 minutes. Then we had a plan to make some early changes, but we were forced to react when we conceded the goal. The plan was to be proactive, but it changed, and we had to be reactive.”
On the shift in the game:
“There is a mental thing when you concede a goal and you are facing a good opponent. That happens in a game. You have to handle that, but we lost everything. They reacted a bit after the third goal, but it was too late. For me, I think we played really well in the first half and we totally dictated the game. Really hard defeat that is for sure.”
On the energy in the team:
“In the past five weeks I think we are doing better; practicing better and have better energy in general. We prepared for this game like all other games and had a great feeling when we stepped out this evening. We came out perfect and scored two goals and played really well. The reaction when we conceded the first goal was like we lost everything.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On the result:
“Devastating. I don’t think words can quite describe it right now. Just a gut punch. I think we played so well for so long and then 15 minutes of just complete let downs. Again, we’re trying to fix it, trying to work on things that led to it, but all in all, from top to bottom, our mentality is just not strong enough right now.”
On not being on the field during Vancouver’s goals:
“It’s even worse I feel because you don’t have a say in it. I would try and help any way I can, but it’s a helpless feeling.”
On the team’s game plan:
“I felt we executed well. I thought we came out bright. The first 15 minutes, 17 minutes, two goals and dictating the game. And then we just had 15 minutes of – don’t know exactly what happened. Can’t pinpoint exactly what went wrong, but it went real wrong.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER MAGNUS ERIKSSON
On what went wrong in the second half:
“I don’t know, but it’s something that we need to discuss because it’s not good. I think we controlled the first half great, especially the first 30 minutes we played really well. It’s our fault, we can’t blame anyone. It’s our fault that we lost the game.”
On if the team got too defensive after going up 2-0:
“We have had a pretty rough season. The confidence is maybe not on top, but we’re up 2-0 and we need to play more organized. We need to play better than we did. We played pretty naïve today, made mistakes and eventually lost the game.”