San Jose Earthquakes need "200% focus" for LAFC after Cupset in Sacramento
The San Jose Earthquakes' form has improved significantly since interim manager Alex Covelo took the reins. And while Covelo acknowledged the reality of his squad decisions following the defeat, it didn’t remove the sting from the first cup defeat to their lower division Northern California rivals in four meetings. “First of all, after (the) amount of games that we’ve had these last (few) days, we thought that it would be good to rotate some players,” Covelo said.
“At the end, we had the urgency in the last 20 to 35 minutes where we made some adjustments, but that urgency and desire had to have happened earlier. Former Quakes midfielder Luis Felipe headed home one-time Chivas USA midfielder Rodrigo Lopez’s corner kick in the 28th minute to give Republic the advantage; his effort contained just enough power to creep over the line despite a deflection from diving goalkeeper Matt Bersano. From there, the visitors led in shots overall and efforts on target, but the hosts generated the more truly dangerous chances.
And they were rewarded for their endeavor in the 83rd minute when Lopez’s thunderbolt from distance sailed into the top left corner.
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