Fulltime: Quakes 2, TFC 2. Alanis’ goal on the final kick of the game completely flips the result. What a finish! Should we say the G-word here?
95th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL Quakes! Oswaldo Alanis with the free kick from near the corner that goes directly in! What a goal! Quakes tie it up!
53rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOL Quakes. Andy Rios with an acrobatic finish off Cristian Espinoza’s cross. Quakes down a goal but they’re in the game now, it’s 2-1.
51st minute: Goal, Toronto. Richie Laryea is Johnny on the Spot as Daniel Vega’s kick save goes straight to him, the sub doubling TFC’s lead.
Halftime: TFC down 1-0 at the break off Pozuelo’s PK. Can they regroup and get an equalizer in the second 45? We’ll find out soon enough.
40th minute: Goal Toronto. Alejandro Pozuelo scores a penalty to put TFC ahead. Tough break for the Quakes, now down 1-0.
San Jose will start with Andy Rios and Danny Hoesen, Judson and Chris Wondolowski will start on the bench.
Toronto will be rolling with their XI strongest, Michael Bradley and new DP Pablo Piatti both out injured for this one.
The Quakes are looking to prove the doubters wrong and show they have the tools to compete in MLS in 2020, and with TFC coming to town, they’ll face a stiff test, the Canadian outfit coming off their MLS Cup appearance last year. With Toronto effectively living in California for several weeks at this point, they’ll be acclimated to the area and time zone, while San Jose, who have been shrouded in mystery again this preseason, will give their first public view of what Matias Almeyda’s been cooking up behind closed doors.
San Jose have no injuries reported heading into the match, while TFC are missing Michael Bradley, who will be out for several months after undergoing ankle surgery, and new Designated Player Pablo Piatti is also out, with a hamstring injury. Nick DeLeon (back) is listed as questionable, per Toronto.
Will San Jose start the season with three points? Will they lay down a marker to Toronto and the rest of MLS after one week? We’ll find out in the late-winter San Jose sunshine Saturday afternoon.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday afternoon, San Jose are (+104) while TFC are (+230) on the road. The odds of a draw are (+265), so the bookmakers seem to be unsure how to gauge this one, not surprising considering it’s the opening game and the crapshoot that is MLS.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between the Quakes and TFC will be televised locally on NBC Sports Bay Area and ESPN+ in the rest of the United States outside the local broadcast zone. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow about 2:37.
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