In a game that featured a pair of important firsts -- Chad Barrett's first goal as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes and Shea Salinas's first goal of the 2016 MLS regular season -- the Quakes earned an important road point at Orlando City SC in a 2-2 draw.
The match was overshadowed by the tragic mass shooting at a nightclub less than a week earlier that claimed the lives of 49 innocent victims, and the Orlando fans showed their support throughout the night at Camping World Stadium. A touching moment of silence in the 49th minute, which featured the entire crowd holding up rainbow colored cards, was the highlight of the ceremony.
On the field, the Earthquakes welcomed back the Panamanian duo of Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero from the Copa America Centenario. Head coach Dominic Kinnear's squad was also boosted by the return to health of midfielder Simon Dawkins. All three, along with Matias Perez Garcia, help San Jose play at its best, and they certainly needed it playing without leading scorer Chris Wondolowski, who is still fighting for the USA in the Copa America tournament.
Besides the pair of scoring firsts, what were some of the other facts that followed the Earthquakes 2-2 draw against the Lions? Here are Five Facts that stood out from San Jose's cross-country trip to Orlando.
1) The Earthquakes remain without a win on the road for 2016 (0-4-4), staying in contention for an MLS playoff spot by keeping an unblemished record at Avaya Stadium (5-0-2). No other MLS team above the red line in either conference has failed to earn a road victory so far this season.
2) It had been nearly 15 years since the Quakes played an MLS regular season match in the state of Florida, until Saturday night's visit to Orlando. Back on August 4, 2001, San Jose traveled to the Sunshine State to face the now defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny. losing 2-0. The Earthquakes returned to Florida twice in the MLS Cup playoffs, losing the first game 1-0 to the Miami Fusion, but winning the crucial game three when Troy "The Beast" Dayak scored for San Jose in the 94th minute to break a scoreless draw, sending the Quakes to the MLS Cup Final against the LA Galaxy.
3) Speaking of the Galaxy, the last time the Earthquakes tallied two goals in the 85th minute of later in a single game before doing so against Orlando City was against their Cali Clasico rivals back on June 29, 2013, when San Jose scored twice in stoppage time to beat LA 3-2 at a sold-out Stanford Stadium. "Alan Gordon! Alan Gordon! Gordon! Gordon! Gordon! Alan Gordon!"
4) Adding to the connections to that memorable moment, and bringing it back to man-of-the-match Shea Salinas -- who this week celebrated signing a new long-term contract with the Earthquakes -- the 2-2 draw with Orlando marked the first time since that Cali Clasico that Salinas has scored a goal and recorded an assist in the same game.
5) Lastly, and most importantly for this season, as the Quakes continue their endeavor to return to the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2012, San Jose kept its unbeaten streak against the Eastern Conference this season alive. In the first four of ten total games against the East, the Earthquakes have a 1-0-3 record. And while earning results against Western Conference opponents can do more to affect the table, points gained from interconference games can provide an edge over the over Western postseason hopefuls.