The San Jose Earthquakes and Sacramento Republic squared off in a preseason match at Earthquakes Stadium on Friday.
What happened in the game? It was played behind closed doors, and the teams haven’t revealed the score so far.
Since this story originally went up, I’ve heard through the grapevine from someone who was present that San Jose won the game 6-1 in the end, and Quakes youngster Cade Cowell had a hat trick in the game. That sounds good!
That info comes after this was the first video highlight from the game:
Lots of good work at today’s closed door scrimmage in SJ ⚽️— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) April 2, 2021
Who’s ready to see the boys in red live @PapaMurphysPark? pic.twitter.com/7lFbeKYw8Y
Someone yells “Get that second goal!” or perhaps it’s “Win that second ball!” per Stephen Wondolowski. And another person yells, “Yes, Cameron.”
Otherwise, it’s a goal kick taken by Sac Republic’s goalkeeper that is flicked on well downfield by a Sacramento outfield player, with the ball appearing to roll towards the Earthquakes goalkeeper in the end. It’s just six seconds, the ball goes far but that’s pretty much all I can say about that.
After initial publishing of this story, the Earthquakes released an honest-to-the-soccer-gods goal highlight from the game, Cristian Espinoza scoring from way downtown:
Thanks to @SacRepublicFC for coming down for today's scrimmage.— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) April 3, 2021
Shoutout @CriisEspinoza7 for this golazo! pic.twitter.com/lJQcstgIQV
So, we’ve accounted for three goals by Cowell and one from Espinoza, based on what I’m hearing.
Cowell and Sacramento defender Hayden Sargis, both promising teenage pros, apparently trained together in the offseason and did a jersey exchange.
From training together in the offseason to playing against each other. Good to see you! #209 pic.twitter.com/ylj5hDz5FN— Hayden Sargis (@HaydenSargis) April 2, 2021
So there you have it, I suppose. The Earthquakes are supposed to face Oakland Roots next Friday, and there’s a rumor there will be a stream. We’ll see!
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