Recap: Sporting sink San Jose in impressive 3-1 road win
Defenseman Jaylin Lindsey scored his first professional goal and forwards Alan Pulido and Daniel Salloi struck for the second game in a row as Sporting Kansas City (4-2-1, 13 points) battled from behind to secure a excellent 3-1 road win over the San Jose Earthquakes (3-4-0, 9 points) on Saturday night at PayPal Park.
After Eduardo Lopez gave San Jose a quick lead, Lindsey provided an equalizer in the first half and Pulido fired Sporting with an incredible effort in the 60th minute. Salloi sealed the triumph with a sublime finish with 15 minutes left as Sporting claimed their second consecutive victory and jumped to second place in the Western Conference.
Saturday’s thrilling game saw Sporting improve to 7-1-3 in their last 11 competitive games against San Jose and claim their third league-leading victory after a losing position this season.
Injuries along Sporting Kansas City’s backline prompted manager Peter Vermes to make two changes to the starting XI after last weekend’s 3-0 home win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Lindsey stepped in for right-back Graham Zusi, who was sidelined with quad disease, while center-back Andreu Fontas missed an adductor strain and was replaced by 19-year-old Kaveh Rad .
San Jose drew their first blood in four minutes on a brilliant strike from Lopez. The 26-year-old Mexican settled Cristian Espinoza’s corner kick from the top of the box and completed a 20-yard effort in the upper left corner for his second tally of the season and the first goal Sporting conceded. in 2021.
An unlikely goalscorer shot the sporting level in the 15th minute. Pulido drew a pair of San Jose defenders and sent a delicious diagonal ball to Lindsey, who took a touch down the right side of the box and sliced low on Earthquakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and in the corner the farther away to open their MLS score account. Pulido notched his sixth career MLS assist on the game and continues to lead the league with 0.99 goals and primary assists per 90 minutes since the start of 2020 (regular season and playoffs, minimum 750 minutes).
The rest of the half went breathlessly as both sides exchanged offensive punches. In the 23rd minute, 18-year-old Gianluca Busio embarked on a galloping foray into the final third before spreading it straight to Pulido, who hit his shot away from the nearest post. Sporty goalkeeper Tim Melia made an impressive save less than a minute later, diving to the left to ward off 17-year-old Cade Cowell’s bending attempt.
Shortly thereafter, a complex passing combination from Sporting culminated with Pulido slicing the ball to an unmarked Gadi Kinda, which forced Marcinkowski to make his own save. Melia remained busy at the opposite end, attempting to thwart Lopez in the 31st minute, before Marcinkowski refused Pulido to come close in the 39th minute after Salloi won possession of a gift from San Jose.
The second stanza belonged to Sporting, although earthquakes threatened twice within 15 minutes of the restart. Espinoza’s long-range trimmer was pushed back by Melia and although Cowell was well placed for the rebound, his shot was blocked by the slippery Lindsey in the 52nd minute. Moments later, Andy Rios puffed up an open head after running on a lob pass to the face of San Jose captain Jackson Yueill’s goal.
Pulido hit categorically on time, breaking the tie with a goal that was ultimately the game winner. The 30-year-old Mexico international received a diagonal pass from Salloi and uncorked a hammer that took a slight deflection and slammed into the net under the crossbar. Pulido has scored three goals in his last two games and his four strikes of the season are tied for third in MLS.
The in-form forward believed he scored his second goal of the night in the 63rd minute, but Pulido’s explosion in the roof of the net at a tight angle was canceled for Kinda’s offside offense in accumulation. Kinda himself had a chance in the 71st minute, and although he couldn’t make clear contact on the breakaway, Sporting retained possession and Luis Martins’ cross was headed slightly wide by Salloi.
In the 75th minute, Salloi was right in completing a breathtaking shot inside the post far from the edge of the penalty area. The 24-year-old Sporting KC Academy has registered three goals and two assists this year after recording one goal and one assist in the previous two seasons combined.
The game stretched into the dying embers, with Yueill seeing his shot muffled by Melia at close range and Marcinkowski tipping Kinda’s daring 35-yard runner over the crossbar. Sporting would maintain their 3-1 advantage until the full-time whistle, giving San Jose their third straight home loss at PayPal Park.
With momentum firmly on their side, Sporting will return home next Saturday to welcome rivals Houston Dynamo FC (3-2-2, 11 points) in the first full-capacity game at Children’s Mercy Park since March 7, 2020. the early showdown is available now on SeatGeek.com.
2021 MLS Regular Season | Match 7
PayPal Park | San jose, california
Weather: 66 degrees and sunny
|Sporting Kansas City (4-2-1, 13 points)||1||2||3|
|San Jose earthquakes (3-4-0, 9 points)||1||0||0|
Sporting Kansas city: Tim Melia; Jaylin Lindsey, Ilie Sanchez, Kaveh Rad, Luis Martins; Gianluca Busio, Roger Espinoza (C) (Remi Walter 63 ‘), Gadi Kinda; Khiry Shelton, Alan Pulido (Johnny Russell 90 + 2 ‘), Daniel Salloi
Subs Not used: John Pulskamp, Amadou Dia, Roberto Puncec, Graham Smith, Cam Duke, Felipe Hernandez, Wilson Harris
San Jose earthquakes: JT Marcinkowski; Florian Jungwirth, Tommy Thompson (Shea Salinas 66 ‘), Oswaldo Alanis, Paul Marie (Luciano Abecasis 74’); Jackson Yueill (C), Eric Remedi; Cristian Espinoza, Eduardo Lopez (Carlos Fierro 65 ‘), Cade Cowell (Benjamin Kikanovic 82’); Andy Rios (Chris Wondolowski 65 ‘)
No submarines Used: Daniel Vega, Tanner Beason, Judson, Jack Skahan
SJ – Eduardo Lopez 2 (Cristian Espinoza 2) 4 ‘
SKC – Jaylin Lindsey 1 (Alan Pulido 1) 15 ‘
SKC – Alan Pulido 4 (Daniel Salloi 2) 60 ‘
SKC – Daniel Salloi 3 (unassisted) 75 ‘
Summary of Misconduct:
SJ – Cristian Espinoza (yellow card; unsportsmanlike behavior) 9 ‘
SJ – Andy Rios (yellow card; unsportsmanlike behavior) 49 ‘
SKC – Jaylin Lindsey (yellow card; waste of time) 90 ‘
|Shoot to the net||7||5|
Arbitrator: Allen Chapman
Assistant referee: Ian anderson
Assistant referee: Jeff hosking
Fourth official: Mark Allatin
VAR: Ricardo salazar
AVAR: Mike Kampmeinert