Thanks to Marco Ureña’s stoppage-time winner for a 3-2 victory against Minnesota United, the Quakes mustered just enough to stay ahead of a resurgent FC Dallas side that had positioned itself for a berth until San Jose gained the lead. Now the two-time MLS Cup champions (2001, 2003) prepare to visit the third-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday. Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski put together one of his finest regular seasons with a career-high eight assists – setting up Ureña’s winner – to go along with 13 goals.
In the other West Knockout Round match, the No. 4 Houston Dynamo will put their attack on display when they host No. 5 Sporting Kansas City on Thursday. Houston is an impressive 12-1-4 at BBVA Compass Stadium during the regular season, and the club ranked second in the West with 57 goals. For the first time in Dynamo history, the club produced three double-digit goal scorers in Erick Torres (14 goals), Alberth Elis (10) and Mauro Manotas (10), the latter scoring in the second half of Sunday’s 3-0 win against the Chicago Fire.
Sporting prepare for their seventh consecutive postseason and have their sights on adding another piece of hardware following their 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crown. This will be the fifth year in which Houston and Sporting will square off in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The last time was in 2013, when SKC defeated the Dynamo 2-1 on aggregate in the conference semifinals, en route to eventually winning MLS Cup over Real Salt Lake.