Sporting Kansas City 3, San Jose Earthquakes 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
Sporting Kansas City got on the front foot early against the San Jose Earthquakes and dominated for stretches, but lapsed in defense just enough to keep things close en route to a 3-2 win.
Although SKC were the better side, their breakthrough came on a penalty. San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell came lunging out of goal to stop a promising attack in the box, in the process, he sent Johnny Russell somersaulting through the air and conceded a penalty kick. Ilie Sanchez stepped up to the spot and finished coolly. The Quakes equalized quickly as Kansas City's defense lapsed to allow a Valeri Qazaishvili goal before halftime.
After the break, however, SKC surged. Graham Zusi fired a stunner from outside of the box and Felipe Gutierrez later added a crucial goal that would end up being the game-winner. The Quakes kept it close with an extra time goal from Chris Wondolowski, but it just wasn't enough.