Speaking with NBC Sports Bay Area's Danielle Slaton on the sideline moments before the match, the Quakes Homegrown Player looked directly at the camera and made a guarantee to the fans watching at home:
Today we're going to be different. And if it's not this week, it'll be next week. I believe in this team, I believe in this coach, I believe in this organization. We're going to fix this.
The Quakes entered Saturday winless over their last 13 matches dating back to last season. But a starting XI shuffled by first-year coach Matias Almeyda embodied Thompson's words in the first half, storming to a 3-0 lead.
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Cristian Espinoza added his second in MLS since the 24-year-old Argentine arrived in Northern California prior to the season. The Quakes held on for a 3-0 win, their first of the season, and Thompson may be burnishing a reputation as a pregame prophet.