The San Jose Earthquakes tied game late at BMO Field

The San Jose Earthquakes tied game late in Toronto FC's Domenico Criscito first-ever MLS game on July 9, 2022

TORONTO, ON – The San Jose Earthquakes tied the game late despite having fewer chances to score than Toronto FC. However, San Jose was more clinical in front of the net, which resulted in a 2-2 draw at BMO Field.

The San Jose Earthquakes tied the game late thanks to Jack Skahan

Full Game Summary

First Half

TFC started the game strong, but was unable to generate many scoring opportunities. Jimenez was offside in the 15-minute. Jonathan Osorio’s shot was blocked in the 18-minute. TFC did have the advantage though early in the game.

It was San Jose though that broke the deadlock. A bad giveaway by Chris Mavinga resulted in Jeremy Ebobisse scoring his 10th goal of the season. Jonathan Osorio, Deandre Kerr and Jayden Nelson passed the ball brilliantly to each other, which almost led to a goal.

Deandre Kerr made a fantastic run, but his shot was stopped, Osorio’s shot was blocked by Marcos López. Kerr’s header hit the post in the 45-minute. Osorio’s shot was saved by JT Marcinkowski.

Second Half

San Jose almost doubled the lead in the 65-minute. Osorio did a good job of not giving him a clear chance to score. Chris Mavinga blocked the shot in the 67-minute.

This was a brilliant goal scored by Deandre Kerr. From just outside the box, his shot beat the San Jose goalkeeper, and went into the back of the net. Then a few moments later, Jonathan Osorio scored, with Kerr again playing a pivotal role in the goal.

Jeremy Ebobossi tried to get a header into the back of the net. Jayden Nelson committed the bad giveaway in the 84-minute.

Ayo Akinola’s shot was saved by the San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper. The chance came from a giveaway, and it played a pivotal role in the result. It looked like Toronto was going to win the game as goalkeeper Quentin Westberg made a big save late in the game.

However, a bad giveaway from Ifunanyachi Achara led to Jack Skahan scoring his first-ever MLS goal. TFC did have a corner late in the game, but could not make it count as TFC”s winless streak was extended to three games. Quentin Westberg made a big save in the 90+2-minute of play.

What this result means for both teams

TFC was not able to gain much ground in Domenico Criscito’s first-ever game in MLS. This is especially true with the New England Revolution losing on the same day. They are six points behind the New England Revolution, Columbus Crew SC, and Orlando City SC. Both Orlando and Columbus have a game-in-hand and TFC are only two points ahead of the Chicago Fire FC and DC United (played two games less) for the Wooden Spoon.

The San Jose Earthquakes are not in good shape either. Despite earning the road draw, they have only 19 points in 18 games in a tougher Western Conference. They are also nine points behind Nashville SC for the final Western Conference playoffs spot.

Games coming up for both teams

Toronto FC will now travel for the next two games. The first one against the Chicago Fire FC will take place at 8:00 p.m. ET on July 13. They will then travel to face Canadian Classique rivals, CF Montreal. That game on July 16 will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET at Saputo Stadium.

This is while the San Jose Earthquakes will continue their road trip on July 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET. They will face the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center. They then host the Houston Dynamos on July 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Three takeaways as the San Jose Earthquakes tied the game late

Both teams made bad turnovers. TFC and San Jose made some costly mistakes. Three of them resulted in goals. One for Toronto with Jonathan Osorio’s goal, and San Jose taking advantage of turnovers from Chris Mavinga and Ifunanyachi Achara, which resulted in San Jose’s goals.

Two moments that helped the San Jose Earthquakes earn the win. Just before the first half ended, Toronto had a few chances to score. This included Deandre Kerr’s shot being stopped, however, it was Jonathan Osorio’s shot that was blocked by Marcos López that kept the game tied. Then in the second half, the San Jose goalkeeper, made a big save on Ayo Akinola’s shot. A shot that if went into the back of the net, would have been a 3-1 game.

Toronto FC is running out of time. With five of the next six games in all competitions now on the road, TFC really needs to start winning soon. This includes a Canadian Championship Final against Canadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 26, thanks to a dominant win against CF Montreal. They missed an opportunity at home with only one win against Atlanta United FC, two losses, and a draw to show for within the last four games.

Photo Credit: Toronto FC on July 9, 2022, as seen on Twitter above.