SAN JOSE, California (Wednesday, October 28 2020) – Real Salt Lake (5-8-7, 22 points) suffered a 2-0 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday from Earthquakes Stadium.
RSL goalkeeper Andrew Putna made two saves on the night, but two goals from Chris Wondolowski proved to be the difference in the match.
San Jose opened scoring in the 16th minute when Chris Wondolowski scored a putback goal after Cristian Espinoza’s initial effort was tipped off the upright. The Earthquakes continued to control the match through much of the first half until a late surge from RSL put San Jose under pressure. While Salt Lake ended up outshooting San Jose 6-5 by the end of the half, it wasn’t able to find the equalizer and went into halftime trailing 1-0.
RSL pressed to equalize, but with San Jose dropped back defensively, gaps to shoot were unavailable. The Earthquakes blocked five of RSL’s nine shots in the match and added a second goal when Wondolowski netted his sixth of the season in the 74th minute and Salt Lake succumbed to the 2-0 defeat.
UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake returns to the road to face the LA Galaxy on Sunday, November 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. MT.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 16th minute - After a ball in from the left side, Cristian Espinoza fired a shot that Andrew Putna tipped into the far post. The rebound caromed to Chris Wondolowski alone for the putback goal, his fifth of the season, for a 1-0 lead.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Shea Salinas) 74th minute - Shea Salinas made a run up the right side and sent a cross into the box that clipped Justen Glad’s heel. The redirected ball fell right into the path of Chris Wondolowski at the far post for his second goal of the night and a 2-0 San Jose lead.
- Real Salt Lake forwards Giuseppe Rossi, Jeizon Ramirez and Chris Garcia were not medically cleared to play.
- Kyle Beckerman’s substitute appearance in the 86th minute marked his 350th regular season game played for Real Salt Lake. He now has 498 appearances in his MLS career, two away from becoming the first field player in MLS history to record 500 regular season games played.
- With his yellow card in the 59th minute, defender Aaron Herrera will be unavailable against the LA Galaxy due to yellow card accumulation.
Match: Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes
Date: October 28, 2020
Venue: Earthquakes Stadium; San Jose, California
Weather: Partly cloudy and 66 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
San Jose Earthquakes 1 1 2
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 16’
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Shea Salinas) 74’
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera, Marcelo Silva (Justen Glad 69’), Nedum Onuoha (Kyle Beckerman 86’), Donny Toia; Everton Luiz (Pablo Ruiz 61’), Nick Besler; Maikel Chang (Justin Meram 61’), Albert Rusnàk, Corey Baird (Douglas Martinez 87’); Damir Kreilach.
Subs not used: David Ochoa, Alvin Jones, Tate Schmitt, Justin Portillo.
San Jose Earthquakes (4-1-4-1): JT Marcinkowski; Nick Lima, Florian Jungwirth, Oswaldo Alanis, Marcos Lopez; Judson; Cristian Espinoza (Tommy Thompson 81’), Jackson Yuiell, Andres Rios (Vako 81’), Carlos Fierro (Shea Salinas 70’); Chris Wondolowski (Cade Cowell 90’).
Subs not used: Daniel Vega, Luis Felipe, Paul Marie, Guram Kashia, Siad Haji.
Stats Summary: RSL / SJ
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 0 / 5
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 1 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 12
Offside: 1 / 1
RSL: Marcelo Silva (caution) 10’
RSL: Nick Besler (caution) 22’
RSL: Donny Toia (caution) 39’
SJ: Judson (caution) 53’
RSL: Aaron Herrera (caution) 59’
RSL: Damir Kreilach (caution) 63’
SJ: Andres Rios (caution) 64’
Referee: Elton Garcia
Assistant Referees: Cory Richardson, Ian Anderson
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
VAR: Kevin Stott
AVAR: Michael Kampmeinert