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San Jose Earthquakes 3, Colorado Rapids 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap

The San Jose Earthquakes extended their rip-roaring summer exploits on Saturday, sweeping aside the Colorado Rapids 3-1 at Avaya Stadium for their eighth win in their last 11 MLS matches. 

Brimming with the confidence of a team that's lost only once in their last 10 league games, the Quakes raced out of the gates, taking the lead less than two minutes in via a Lalas Abubakar own goal. Facing his own net with Chris Wondolowski lurking behind him at the back post, the Rapids center back could not deal with a low, driven cross by Cristian Espinoza as it caromed off the outside of his right foot past Clint Irwin.

Half an hour later Vako doubled the lead with a twinkled-toed solo effort after some hard work in the corner by Nick Lima, who found the Georgian international in the penalty box and watched as he turned Keegan Rosenberry inside-out before curling a fine finish inside the far post for his third goal in as many games.

Shea Salinas rose from the bench to grace the match with a lovely run and finish, cutting in from the left flank and swerving past a few defenders, then rolling a simple tap-in past Irwin. Diego Rubio answered with a deflected late strike for the Rapids after a strong endline run from Jonathan Lewis, but it was too little, too late to be anything more than a consolation. 

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  • 2' – SJ – Lalas Abubakar (OG) | WATCH
  • 34' – SJ – Vako | WATCH
  • 83' – SJ – Shea Salinas | WATCH
  • 88' – COL – Diego Rubio | WATCH

Three Things 

  • THE BIG PICTURE: The Quakes are brimming with energy, pride and purpose as they rack up wins, and they're making Avaya a daunting place to visit, going undefeated at home since March. Meanwhile, Colorado are drifting back to earth after that seven-game unbeaten streak in May and June with a four-game winless skid. 
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Salinas gave the home crowd a moment to remember, though we'll point to Vako's sterling footwork and finish as the must-see play from this affair...
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: San Jose's collectivist tactics and mindset make it difficult to single out individuals; that said, Magnus Eriksson notched another impressive outing as he quietly builds an All-Star-caliber campaign. 

Next Up

  • SJ: Saturday, Aug. 3 vs. Columbus (10 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US; DAZN in Canada)
  • COL: Saturday, Aug. 3 vs. Montreal (10 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US; TVAS in Canada)
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