SAN JOSE – Saturday’s kick-off became a showcase for 17-year-old striker Cade Cowell.
The 17-year-old had a goal and a spectacular assist in the second half when San Jose beat FC Dallas 3-1 in the first professional sporting event with fans in Santa Clara County since March 2020.
Oswaldo Alanis and Cristian Espinoza also scored when the earthquakes (1-1-0) bounced back after a 2-1 defeat in Houston at the start of the season.
SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 24: Cade Cowell of San Jose Earthquakes jumps into the arms of Chris Wondolowski after scoring a goal for a 3-0 lead over FC Dallas at PayPal Park on Saturday, April 24, 2021, in San Jose, California (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)
Growing up outside Modesto, Cowell became the youngest player in the club’s history to start and score a goal on his debut last August. He had one goal and one assist in 17 games last season and reached that total on Saturday.
Cowell sent a spectacular pass to Espinoza in the 49th minute and scored his own goal through traffic to make it 3-0 in the 59th minute.
Alanis opened the goal with a penalty kick in the 34th minute after Espinoza had been absent 16 minutes earlier.
Ricardo Pepi scored a rebound for FC Dallas (0-1-1) in the 79th minute to end the scoring.
Chris Wondolowski appeared in the middle of the second half and received a red card for a late challenge in the 89th minute. He will be forced to miss next Saturday’s home game against DC United.
The earthquake did not reveal any attendance figures, but 3,600 tickets were sold to the newly renamed PayPal Park, which is roughly 20 percent of the stadium’s capacity.