The reigning La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid edged past the San jose Earthquakes 4-3 on penalties in the final game at Candlestick Park.
The teams played to a scoreless draw in the opening 90 minutes, as part of the Copa EuroAmericana on Sunday evening. The Champions League runners-up dominated the possession in the opening half. Atletico had an opportunity to open up a 1-0 advantage in the 39th minute when San Jose right-back Brandon Barklage committed a foul inside the box.
Raul Garcia stepped up to take the penalty, but the attacking midfielder clattered his shot off the post and then San Jose goal keeper Bryan Meredith managed to push the rebound wide of the goal.
Garcia misses the penalty for Atletico. https://t.co/OfXSt1aKuY
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San Jose’s Tommy Thompson entered the game at the start of the second half and almost immediately found the back of the net, but instead chipped his shots right into the hands of Atletico’s goal keeper Miguel Angel Moya. As Watson explained during his postgame press conference, he was impressed with the Thompson’s performance.
“I thought he did really well. That’s his first time really playing for us this year after sitting out the first five months recovering from an injury.”
When asked if the 18-year-old will get the chance to play during the remainder of the MLS season, though, Watson didn’t provide a definitive answer.
“You know what, possibly.”
“He’s on a really good path right now. So, once he’s ready, we’ll look to bring him in.”
Ultimately, neither team was able to find a breakthrough in the second half, leading to penalty kicks to decide the draw. The Quakes ended up losing 4-3 on penalties as both Khari Stephenson and Billy Schuler missed their shots.