St. Louis CITY SC returns to CITYPARK to host San Jose Earthquakes as the club set sights on becoming the first MLS expansion team to win four straight games at the start of the season. CITY SC heads into the match at the peak of the standings, earning a perfect nine points out of nine so far. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 18. The match will be televised on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app and broadcasted by our radio partners on KYKY Y98.1 FM (English) and KXOK 102.9 FM (Spanish).
After conceding in the third minute of the match, St. Louis CITY SC rallied behind goals from midfielder Jared Stroud and defender Kyle Hiebert, to secure a historic comeback win against Portland Timbers at Providence Park. Stroud equaled forward’s João Klauss’ team-high two goals while midfielder Eduard Löwen recorded his league-best third assist after providing the cross for Hiebert’s game-winner. Designated Players Klauss and Löwen each have at least one goal contribution in all three games for St. Louis so far. They join Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi (LAFC) as the only pair of teammates this century to each have a goal contribution in the exact same first three MLS games.
The pair are also among five players in MLS to have a goal or an assist in each of their club’s first three games this season. The others are Atlanta United’s Thiago Almada, San Jose's Cristian Espinoza and Austin’s Jon Gallagher. St. Louis continued its presence in the MLS matchday team with Hiebert, Stroud and Head Coach Bradley Carnell earning honors following the result against Portland.
CITY SC Homegrown player Miguel Perez made history after earning his and the club’s first MLS Homegrown start. Perez has now featured in all of CITY SC’s three MLS games.
With the win against Portland Timbers, CITY SC joined the 2009 Seattle Sounders as the only other expansion club to win each of their first three MLS games. St. Louis is also the first club in MLS since the LA Galaxy in 2015 to record three straight come-from-behind wins and the first team to do it in their first three games.
CITY SC’s opponent San Jose Earthquakes are on a two-game win streak after defeating Vancouver and Colorado following a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United on opening day. Since the beginning of last season, San Jose has just one win in 20 away games (six draws and 13 losses), which is tied with the Colorado Rapids for the fewest road wins during that period.
CITYPARK will be buzzing on Saturday evening as the match promises to be a spirited encounter with St. Louis chasing history for best MLS expansion start ever against a San Jose team that is unbeaten against expansion teams since 2019 (three wins and a draw).