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San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City Pick & Prediction NOV 22TH 2020

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Tim Melia stopped all three penalty-kick attempts he faced No. 1 seed Sporting Kansas City advanced with a shootout victory over eighth-seeded San Jose Earthquakes in the opening round of the MLS Playoffs.

Sporting converted all three of their penalty-kick attempts after regular time and 30 minutes of extra time ended in a 3-3 tie.

Gianluca Busio scored a goal in the first minute of stoppage time to put Sporting ahead 3-2 in what was scheduled to be an extra four minutes. But Chris Wondolowski, MLS's all-time leading scorer, delivered on a header to tie the game 3-3 in the 97th minute in the final action of the second half.

Sporting's Johnny Russell fed Gerso Fernandez, who drove toward the goal and then fed Khiry Shelton. Shelton deflected the ball to Busio, who was wide open in front of the net for the late lead.

Wondolowski tied it off a perfect pass to the front of the goal from Cristian Espinoza. Wondolowski also had a chance to put San Jose ahead in the 89th minute, but SKC Melia made a diving save.

After going to halftime down a goal, Sporting drew even in the 47th minute. Gerso took a corner kick that found a cluster of players in front of the San Jose net. Ilie Sanchez was credited with the goal that tied the game 2-2.

Roger Espinoza's goal in the fourth minute gave Sporting the early lead. Russell lofted a perfect pass from the corner to Espinoza, who headed in his third of the season.

The lead lasted just 18 minutes. Carlos Fierro collected a pass from Espinoza in the middle of the box and fired it toward the goal. It deflected off the head of defender Roberto Puncec and into the net.

Espinoza then fed Shea Salinas in the middle the box and Salinas scored his first postseason goal for a 2-1 San Jose lead in the 34th minute. That goal also deflected off Puncec.

Sporting had three shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of the first half but didn't manage another shot until the 45th minute.

--Field Level Media

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San Jose Earthquakes

Sporting Kansas City

Player Position Lineup
Nick Lima Starter
James Marcinkowski Starter
Jackson Yueill Starter
Shea Salinas Starter
Cristian Espinoza Starter
Judson Starter
Oswaldo Alanis Starter
Marcos López Starter
Florian Jungwirth Starter
Carlos Fierro Starter
Chris Wondolowski Starter
Cade Cowell Substitution
Andres Rios Substitution
Tommy Thompson Substitution
Luis Felipe Substitution
Siad Haji Substitution
Tanner Beason Substitution
Eric Calvillo Substitution
Mario Vega Substitution
Paul Marie Substitution
Player Position Lineup
Khiry Shelton Starter
Roger Espinoza Starter
Johnny Russell Starter
Gerso Fernandes Starter
Gianluca Busio Starter
Roberto Puncec Starter
Winston Reid Starter
Amadou Dia Starter
Ilie Sanchez Starter
Tim Melia Starter
Jaylin Lindsey Starter
John Pulskamp Substitution
Luís Martins Substitution
Andreu Fontas Substitution
Daniel Salloi Substitution
Erik Hurtado Substitution
Gadi Kinda Substitution
Graham Smith Substitution
Felipe Hernandez Substitution
Cameron Duke Substitution

San Jose Earthquakes

Sporting Kansas City

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 4
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Roger Espinoza
  • MIN 22
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Carlos Fierro
  • MIN 28
    Nick Lima
    card
  • MIN 34
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Shea Salinas
  • MIN 39
    Winston Reid
    card
  • Period 2
  • MIN 47
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Ilie Sanchez
  • MIN 56
    Marcos López
    card
  • MIN 78
    Amadou Dia
    card
  • MIN 79
    Roger Espinoza
    card
  • MIN 85
    Cristian Espinoza
    card
  • MIN 86
    Johnny Russell
    card
  • MIN 87
    IN: Cade Cowell
    OUT: Shea Salinas
    substitution
  • MIN 87
    IN: Andres Rios
    OUT: Carlos Fierro
    substitution
  • MIN 90
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Gianluca Busio
  • MIN 90
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Chris Wondolowski
  • MIN 90
    IN: Erik Hurtado
    OUT: Gerso Fernandes
    substitution
  • MIN 90
    IN: Felipe Hernandez
    OUT: Roger Espinoza
    substitution
  • Period 3
  • MIN 102
    IN: Tommy Thompson
    OUT: Marcos López
    substitution
  • MIN 97
    IN: Gadi Kinda
    OUT: Gianluca Busio
    substitution
  • Period 4
  • MIN 115
    IN: Eric Calvillo
    OUT: Judson
    substitution
  • Match End

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  • Los Angeles FC W 2 - 3
  • Real Salt Lake W 0 - 2
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  • Seattle Sounders FC D 0 - 0
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  • @Portland Timbers L 0 - 3
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  • @FC Dallas L 0 - 1
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  • San Jose Earthquakes @ Sporting Kansas City 2-3
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  • Sporting Kansas City @ San Jose Earthquakes 2-1
  • Sporting Kansas City @ San Jose Earthquakes 0-1

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