Match recap: San Jose Earthquakes 1, Republic FC 0

Goal of the match: Unmarked San Jose midfielder Matias Perez Garcia scored from the top of box on an assist by Chris Wondolowski in the 51st minute.

Home-field assist: The raucous, drum-beating Tower Bridge Battalion, Republic FC’s growing rooting section, filled more than a quarter of the new north-end bleachers and continued its passionate cheers throughout the chilly evening.

Local appeal: Former Granite Bay High School star Tommy Thompson and ex-Jesuit standout Adam Jahn entered in the second half for San Jose. Both played on loan to Republic FC last season. They combined for two goals and three assists in San Jose’s 4-0 win over the Fresno Fuego on Wednesday.

By the numbers: San Jose had 15 shots on goal, Republic FC 11. Republic FC goalie Patrick McLain had three saves in his debut.

Next up: New York Cosmos vs. Republic FC, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Hughes Stadium.

Bill Paterson