San Jose Earthquakes suffer tough loss to Atlanta United, go winless on trip

ATLANTA — The San Jose Earthquakes gave up two late goals and played a man down for most of the second half in a 3-1 to loss to the host Atlanta United on Saturday.

San Jose (13-13-5, 44 points) had tied it in the first half on an attack involving Cristian Espinoza. But Espinoza was then sent off in the 34th minute for receiving his second yellow card. Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega made nine saves, yet ultimately couldn’t prevent his side from closing a three-game road swing without earning a point. The Quakes have lost five of seven overall. They return home Wednesday to face Philadelphia Union.

Emerson Hyndman scored in the 90th-minute, and Pity Martinez added an insurance goal in stoppage time as host Atlanta United, whose leading scorer Josef Martinez was stretchered off with a leg injury.

The two late goals helped Atlanta (17-11-3, 54 points) move into second place in the Eastern Conference above Philadelphia, which plays Sunday. And it helps soften the potential blow of losing Martinez, who leads United with 26 goals and had his MLS record streak of games with a goal halted at 15 when he exited in the 79th minute.

Justin Meram also scored early for the defending MLS Cup champions, who have won eight of their past 11 matches in league play while also capturing the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup.

Hyndman scored his first goal in league play since arriving during the secondary transfer window on a transition attack set up by Darlington Nagbe. After San Jose’s defense finally closed on the midfielder, Nagbe spotted Hyndman to the right, whose finish left Vega little chance.

Short-handed San Jose tried to press forward after the restart and were caught on the counter to seal the game, with Brandon Vazquez and Hector Villalba combining to find Pity …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Raiders’ Maxx Crosby fined for hit on Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes

MINNEAPOLIS — Maxx Crosby arrived in the Twin Cities a little lighter in the wallet.

The Raiders rookie was fined $21,056 for a blow against quarterback Patrick Mahomes in last week’s 28-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, an NFL spokesman confirmed Saturday.

Crosby played 29 snaps against the Chiefs as a situational edge rusher, plus eight on special teams. He had one tackle, one assist and wasn’t credited with a hit on the quarterback.

The fine represents a substantial chunk of change for Crosby, whose salary is $495,000, which amounts to $29,118 per week over 17 weeks.

A fourth-round draft pick out of Eastern Michigan, Crosby broke his hand during the Raidrers’ first exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams and missed the last three games following surgery to have a plate put in for stability.

The Raiders are looking to Crosby and second-year edge player Arden Key to provide a push from the outside. The Raiders visit the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium at 10 a.m. (Pacific time).

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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