Full time: Quakes 1, Minnesota 4. Tough night, it’s a bummer but the Quakes had a good run. Here’s the full recap, thanks for following along.
86th minute: Goal Minnesota. Marlon Hairston comes off the bench and seals it up for the Loons.
56th minute: Goal Minnesota. Luis Amarilla scores on a breakaway and San Jose is back in a two-goal hole.
50th minute: GOOOOOOOOL Quakes! Tommy Thompson drew a handball penalty on Hayes, and Magnus Eriksson scored the spot kick to make it 2-1. The rally is on!
Halftime: Quakes down 2-0. A lot of work to do to continue on in the tournament, and not much time to do it. Here’s hoping they can rally.
21st minute: Goal Minnesota. Not a typo. Jacori Hayes scores from nearly the same exact spot, with the Quakes in an early 2-0 hole.
20th minute: Goal Minnesota. Robin Lod with a tap-in at the far post to put San Jose behind for the first time since the Whitecaps game.
Same as it ever was for San Jose to start this one.
Goonies vs. Loonies. pic.twitter.com/DVnDh8rz8T— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) August 1, 2020
Minnesota have Kevin Molino on the bench to start this one, which is something to watch as he’s been hurt but has also scored a key goal in this competition.
how the boys will line up this evening...— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) August 1, 2020
The San Jose Earthquakes are back in action Saturday, as they seek a spot in the MLS is Back Tournament semifinal, but first they will need to get past Minnesota United in the quarterfinal round.
Minnesota is a tricky opponent for the Quakes, who have yet to beat the Loons under Matias Almeyda. This is the first repeat opponent for San Jose this season, as Minnesota beat the Earthquakes in San Jose 5-2 back in March, the final game before the coronavirus shutdown.
San Jose have been getting better each game in this tournament, and are coming off a 5-2 romp over Real Salt Lake in the first knockout game. Minnesota, meanwhile, survived a penalty shootout to advance, but considering it came against Columbus Crew SC, considered to be one of the favorites for the whole tournament coming out of the group stage, the result was a good one.
One bonus for San Jose is that Ike Opara, who played a major role on both ends of the field in Minnesota’s win in March, is not at the MLS is Back Tournament and will therefore be unable to terrorize the Quakes this time around. Will that and momentum give the Quakes to advance, or will MNUFC have their number yet again? This is going to be a great game, we’ll see how it turns out.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, San Jose are (+114) while Minnesota are (+210). The odds of a draw are (+265), so the bookmakers making this one a pretty even call, with a slight edge to the Quakes once again, even with Minnesota’s whuppin’ earlier this season..
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between the Quakes and Minnesota will be televised nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes in the United States. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 5 pm PT with kickoff to follow.