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MATCH RECAP: Quakes fall 4-0 against LAFC

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes fell to LAFC 4-0 on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium. It marked the last of three consecutive road matches for San Jose.

Forward Andres Rios made his first start for San Jose, while midfielder Anibal Godoy made his 100th appearance for the club.

The Earthquakes will return home to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Avaya Stadium, presented by CEFCU (6:45 p.m. PT; Telemundo 48/KNBR 1050/1370 KZSF).

 

MATCH NOTES:

San Jose now holds a 11-10-5 record this season and sits in sixth place in the Western Conference.

The Earthquakes are now 11-6-5 since the start of April.

San Jose is now 0-4-0 all-time against LAFC in regular season play, including a 0-2-0 record on the road.

Midfielder Anibal Godoy made his 100th appearance for the San Jose Earthquakes and his first since on June 1. Godoy underwent surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdomen that was impairing bilateral nerves in late June.

Midfielder Vako surpassed 5,000 minutes played for the Earthquakes.

Forward Andres Rios made his first start for the San Jose Earthquakes. He previously made his MLS debut as a substitute on Aug. 17 versus Sporting Kansas City.

 

MLS Regular Season

Los Angeles Football Club 4 – 0 San Jose Earthquakes

Aug. 21, 2019 – Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.

Attendance: 22,110

 

Scoring Summary: LAFC – Diego Rossi (unassisted) 6; LAFC – Carlos Vela (penalty) 18; LAFC – Carlos Vela (unassisted) 41; LAFC – Josh Perez (Mark-Anthony Kaye) 81.

Misconduct Summary: SJ – Florian Jungwirth (caution) 20; SJ – Anibal Godoy (caution) 35; LAFC – Latif Blessing (caution) 66; LAFC – Tristan Blackmon (caution) 74.

 

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Daniel Vega; Nick Lima (Shea Salinas 63), Guram Kashia, Florian Jungwirth, Marcos Lopez (Carlos Fierro 63); Anibal Godoy, Jackson Yueill; Vako, Andres Rios (Chris Wondolowski 71), Cristian Espinoza; Danny Hoesen.

SHOTS: 21, SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; SAVES: 6; FOULS: 13; CORNER KICKS: 9, OFFSIDES: 4.

 

LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB:  Tyler Miller; Steven Beithashour, Tristan Blackmon, Eddie Segura, Jordan Harvey (El-Munir 61); Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing (Mark-Anthony Kaye 73), Lee Nguyen; Diego Rossi (Adama Diomande 63), Carlos Vela, Josh Perez.

SHOTS: 18, SHOTS ON GOAL: 11; SAVES: 6; FOULS: 16; CORNER KICKS: 4, OFFSIDES: 0.

 

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH MATIAS ALMEYDA

On the game:

“We were speaking with the players about the match, where we were outplayed in some instances, we had our chances to score, there was critical moments during the game that could have changed the outcome. But we congratulate the rival {LAFC]. They have an excellent team and they make it very difficult to beat them. They are showing it this season and they are serious candidates for the championship.”
 

On the ejection:

“First and foremost, blood runs through my veins. I characterized myself for having blood and not water. The injustices give me issues and frustrate me, especially when there is no dialog, I simply complained about the penalty and why the other play was not a penalty in our favor. I questioned a yellow card on one of their players [LAFC’s] that committed four fouls and then Godoy [Anibal] received a yellow after one or two fouls. I simply want to receive fair treatment, no better no less, but with respect. I don’t know why I was ejected, I am not sure what the fourth official must have told the referee, but I did not disrespect anyone. After I was ejected, I lost my temper, and I am making a public apology for my reaction but those who know me knows that I have always reacted like this, especially when there are injustices.” 

 

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI

On the game:

“When you play a top-quality team like [LAFC] and make a couple mental mistakes and a couple physical mistakes, you get punished. It comes quick, you have to be ready, but he [head coach Matias Almeyda] also kept preaching to us, ‘play with confidence, if you make mistakes that’s fine’. If you make many, it’s just a game, keep playing the way we know how to. We saw glimpses of it but were a little unlucky in front of our net. We couldn’t get one.”

On LAFC:

“One thing that they are and why they have so many points, their goal differential, is because they’re ruthless. They have that killer instinct, they know how to keep their foot on top of you, and they did a great job of that. We’re creating chances, and played an alright game, but we had about seven or eight mental and physical lapses and they scored four.”

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