Jack Skahan, the 27th overall selection in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, gave the Quakes an early in the scheduled 120-minute affair. The latter scorers for Columbus in the closed-door affair weren't immediately known.
Of note, MLS all-time leading goal scorer Chris Wondolowski was one of only a few familiar faces in Matias Almeyda's starting XI, with most of last year's regulars entering at the 61st minute. By contrast, Crew SC boss Caleb Porter started many of his presumed opening day XI.
- 7' — SJ — Jack Skahan
- 20 — CLB — Fanendo Adi
- 36' — CLB — Pedro Santos (PK)
- 63' — CLB — Jordan Hamilton
- 117' — CLB — Derrick Etienne Jr.
San Jose Earthquakes starting XI(4-4-2): Matt Bersano - Jon Bell (Jacob Akanyirige 51'), Tanner Beason, Florian Jungwirth, Paul Marie - Jack Skahan, Eric Calvillo, Gilbert Fuentes, Siad Haji - Cade Cowell, Chris Wondolowski
San Jose Earthquakes 61' (4-4-2): JT Marcinkowski - Nick Lima, Oswaldo Alanis, Guram Kashia, Tommy Thompson - Vako, Luis Felipe, Magnus Eriksson, Cristian Espinoza - Danny Hoesen, Andy Rios
Columbus Crew SC starting XI (4-2-3-1): Eloy Room - Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Vito Wormgoor, Milton Valenzuela - Darlington Nagbe, Artur - Pedro Santos, Lucas Zelarayan, Youness Mokhtar - Fanendo Adi
NOTE: Lineup information is taken from club social media channels and may therefore be incomplete.