LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes Highlights
In their second matchup of the season, the game between LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Black and Gold. The loss ends the significant seven-game winning streak for LAFC but the club still retains the Western Conference and MLS standings lead with 57 points.
The Earthquakes were the first on the board after a score by forward Benjamin Kikanović in the 15th minute. Cristian Espinoza found Tommy Thompson on a cut back who passed it to Kikanović for the decent strike past LAFC’s Maxime Crépeau. The Black and Gold ended the first half with zero shots on target.
Coach Steve Cherundolo kept his starting eleven in the second half. In the 54th minute, Kellyn Acosta found Kwadwo Opoku who booked it towards the net and found an open look as Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski fell on all fours in an attempt to secure a save. Opoku’s equalizer gave him his career-high seventh goal this 2022 season.
Taking back the lead, Quakes forward Cade Cowell shot a bullet toward the back of the net in the 77’ following another possession led by the combination of Espinoza and Thompson. The two finished the LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes match with two assists each.
Cristian Arango had an opportunity to even the match in the fifth minute of the stoppage time but his shot went wide to the left. The Quakes held onto their lead to finish the night with a W, sitting in 12th place in the Western Conference.
With the 2-1 setback in San Jose, LAFC tied their own 2019 MLS record for the fewest games played prior to securing a spot in the 2022 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs with 25 games. LAFC became the first team this MLS season to qualify for playoffs. The club will travel to Q2 Stadium on Friday, August 26 to kick off against Austin FC.