SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With a couple of quick touches and one slick kick, Yannick Djalo and the San Jose Earthquakes put the exclamation point on a crowd-pleasing opener at the San Francisco 49ers' new home.
Djalo scored from the edge of the box on a crisp pass from Chris Wondolowski in the 42nd minute, and the Earthquakes held off the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday night in the first sporting event at Levi's Stadium.
"I've had some other great moments in my career that I've really enjoyed, and tonight's going to take a special place among those memories," said Djalo, who left in the second half with a strained right quadriceps. "It's a fantastic stadium and a beautiful place to play."
The red jersey-wearing Quakes (6-8-5) christened the new $1.2 billion high-tech venue with a swift and stunning goal before withstanding a flurry of shots from the Western Conference-leading Sounders (12-6-2) in the closing moments.
Wondolowski floated a pass from midfield over a defender and right onto Djalo's feet. Djalo controlled the ball and flicked it past a charging Stefan Frei for his third goal this season, sending most of the announced crowd of 48,765 roaring out of their seats.
"It was an incredible night," Quakes coach Mark Watson said. "Our guys were excited and they wanted to put on a good show."
San Jose played the final sporting event at Candlestick Park last weekend — a 0-0 tie against Spanish League champion Atletico Madrid — before opening the 49ers' plush new digs in style.
A mix of Earthquakes, 49ers and Sounders fans blended together at the Silicon Valley stadium under a setting sun that gave way to a picturesque twilight sky and an energetic crowd under the lights.
Four flag-bearing parachuters glided onto the lush green field with the ceremonial ball before the game. Fans filled most of the red seats in the two lower bowls of the stadium, where the close quarters brought them mere feet from the action — though there wasn't much of it early, but plenty late.
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