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San Jose Earthquakes open preseason with loss to Columbus Crew SC

Draft pick scores Quakes goal in Cancun.

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SuperDraft pick Jack Skahan (middle) scored for San Jose.
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The San Jose Earthquakes opened their 2020 preseason slate on Monday, playing Columbus Crew SC in a friendly scrimmage in Cancun, Mexico, the Quakes falling 4-1 on the day.

The game, played as four 30-minute periods, featured a strong lineup for Columbus but a pretty mixed lineup for the Quakes:

  • GK — Matt Bersano; Jon Bell*, Tanner Beason, Florian Jungwirth, Paul Marie; Jack Skahan*, Eric Calvillo, Gilbert Fuentes, Siad Haji; Cade Cowell, Chris Wondolowski

* 2020 MLS Draft pick, currently unsigned.

Jack Skahan opened the scoring seven minutes in, the Quakes’ MLS Draft pick hitting a shot from distance. But new Crew forward Fanendo Adi tied up the game in the 20th minute, before Columbus took the lead in the 36th minute on a penalty scored by Pedro Santos.

  • In the 51st minute Jacob Akanyirige entered the game for Bell to play right back and Paul Marie slid over to left back.

In the 61st minute, there were wholesale changes for San Jose, this side on the whole much stronger than the starting group:

  • GK — JT Marcinkowski; Nick Lima, Oswaldo Alanís, Guram Kashia, Tommy Thompson; Vako, Luis Felipe, Magnus Eriksson, Cristian Espinoza; Danny Hoesen, Andy Rios

Two minutes later, Columbus extended their lead to 3-1. Espinoza had a chance to reduce the Earthquakes’ deficit in the 95th minute with a penalty attempt, but he was wide of the mark, keeping it to 3-1.

From there, San Jose apparently threatened several times but couldn’t get on the board again, while Columbus scored shortly before the end of the 120 minutes, to make it 4-1 for the day.

And that’s the immediate info from the match. Obviously a 120-minute game is not the norm, and preseason is just that, with the games offering an opportunity for players to find their legs and get in form for the real games to come.

The next scheduled preseason game is in one week, next Monday, for the Earthquakes. We’ll be sure to pass on any details we can find of this game or any other in preseason.

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