SEATTLE, Wash. – The San Jose Earthquakes concluded the 2018 MLS regular season Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.
The Quakes took the lead in the 64th minute after forward Danny Hoesen’s shot was deflected into the back of the net by Seattle defender Chad Marshall. A brace from Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz secured three points for the home team.
The Quakes will return to league action in 2019.
MLS Regular Season
Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Oct. 28, 2018 – CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
Scoring Summary: SJ – Chad Marshall (own goal) 64; SEA – Raul Rudiaz (Cristian Roldan, Victor Rodriguez) 79; SEA – Raul Ruidiaz (Nicolas Lodeiro, Victor Rodriguez) 90+3.
Misconduct Summary: SJ – Eric Calvillo (caution) 53; SEA – Raul Ruidiaz (caution) 90+3.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC: Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Handwalla Bwana 75), Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshalll, Nouhou (Waylon Francis 84); Gustav Svensson (Will Bruin 88), Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan, Nicolas Lodeiro, Victor Rodriguez; Raul Ruidiaz.
SHOTS: 18; SHOTS ON TARGET: 7; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 12; OFFSIDES: 3.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: JT Marcinkowski; Shea Salinas, Harold Cummings, Francois Affolter, Nick Lima; Anibal Godoy, Jackson Yueill (Luis Felipe 87), Eric Calvillo (Magnus Eriksson 73), Tommy Thompson (Yeferson Quintana 90+1); Danny Hoesen, Chris Wondolowski.
SHOTS: 7: SHOTS ON TARGET: 3; SAVES: 5; FOULS: 15; CORNER KICKS: 2; OFFSIDES: 1.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES INTERIM HEAD COACH STEVE RALSTON
On the match:
“It would not have been an Earthquakes 2018 game if it didn’t end that way. It is just how the season has gone for us. I thought we actually played ok. I thought we played pretty well. We got a little bit of luck the way we scored the first goal. We maybe thought that finally luck was on our side, but at the end of the day, mentally we made a few mistakes and it cost us.”
On the 2018 season:
“Obviously, we had much higher expectations coming into the season, and we have a lot to improve on. For me, it was an interesting few weeks, but it was a great experience and I’m thankful that the guys gave me everything that they had. That was nice.”
On moving forward:
“I think we are still a few pieces away, but I do think we have some definite talent within the team. Especially some of the young guys that stepped up in the last month. They proved that they can definitely play at this level.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JT MARCINKOWSKI
On the match:
“I am just trying to help out the team when I’m called upon. Obviously, it was a kick in the stomach at the end, but overall, I thought it was a decent game, especially in the first half. In the second half, we held our own a little bit, they were pressing and attacking. For the most part, I think there are a lot of positives to take away. I think it’s time for the offseason.”
On the positives from the season:
“Definitely a lot of positives to take away. We will look at it in a recap in the next couple weeks and look back. There were a lot of great things that happened. Obviously, as with the first team, not good enough results, but I’m really happy with my time with Reno. It really helped me a lot. Unfortunate for them last night, but at the end to make a few starts and help out the team, I thought it was great.”