Whitecaps earn point on road in draw with Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes forward Cristian Espinoza, left, tries to shoot past Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Leonard Owusu (17) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. (Josie Lepe/AP Photo)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Benjamin Kikanovic scored for the second consecutive game and the San Jose Earthquakes tied 1-1 with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

Cristian Espinoza played a long arcing clearance that, after a couple tie-ups left a player from each team on the ground, the 21-year-old Kikanovic ran upon about 30-yards out and then beat goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau with a low shot from near the penalty spot to tie the score in the 60th minute.

The Whitecaps have managed just one win in 14 all-time away matches against San Jose (9-12-10), a 3-2 victory in August 2018. Vancouver (11-9-11) has managed a point in each of its last two visits following a scoreless draw on Aug. 13.

Bruno Miguel Gaspar, a 28-year old in his first MLS season, scored his first career goal to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute.

Kikanovic, a rookie, scored his third career goal in a 4-0 win over Austin last Wednesday.

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