Full time: San Jose 5, RSL 2. Quakes had to work for it, but they escape with a win and are one step closer to glory. Thanks for following along, here’s the full recap from the game.
96th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOL Quakes! Eriksson scores again, a penalty once more, to make it 5-2.
86th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOL Quakes! Wondo has a tap-in on the doorstep, may have been a bit lucky, but it counts.
84th minute: Red card, Marcelo Silva tries to break Jackson Yueill’s leg with a flying lunge, and gets a red card. Fortunately Yueill is able to continue.
75th minute: Goal RSL. Damir Kreilach scores to narrow RSL’s deficit to 3-2. Getting spicy here, can the Quakes hold on?
61st minute: GOOOOOOOOOL Quakes! Vako with the tap-in after the deadly buildup, Andy Rios on the feed for the goal. Got a little daylight here.
48th minute: GOOOOOOOL Quakes! Magnus Eriksson scores the penalty drawn by Tommy Thompson. Can San Jose hold onto the lead this time?
22nd minute: Goal RSL. Douglas Martinez finds an immediate answer, so we’re back level, 1-1.
21st minute: GOOOOOOOOOOAL Quakes! Cristian Espinoza slots it home on a nice buildup. Quakes are up!
San Jose are going with the XI that started the first two games of the group stage:
RSL are predictably going with a strong lineup in this one.
The San Jose Earthquakes are aiming to burnish head coach Matias Almeyda’s reputation as a tournament specialist, but in order to do that they’ll need to overcome their next hurdle at the MLS is Back Tournament, a Round of 16 clash against Real Salt Lake Monday evening.
The Quakes enter the knockouts riding high, after winning their group with a 2-0-1 record, the last two games wins. Spirits may be soaring, but this is the business end of the competition and the stakes are much higher now.
RSL have somewhat limped into the knockouts themselves, with a 1-1-1 record that got progressively worse over the three games. Still, RSL and San Jose split the results last season, and they seem to be a tough match for each other. The styles of Almeyda and RSL coach Freddy Juarez diverge, but this is not likely to be a free-flowing game. As is fitting for an elimination match, expect this to be tight and very gritty.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Saturday evening, San Jose are (+100) while RSL are (+250). The odds of a draw are (+265), so the bookmakers making this one a pretty even call, with a slight edge to the Quakes.
How to Watch:
Monday’s match between the Quakes and RSL will be televised nationally on FS1 and Fox Deportes in the United States. You can watch those channels via Fubo TV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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