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Earthquakes vs. Crew, MLS Preview: Quakes Host Crew Still Looking For an Elusive Win

When you take a look at how the San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew have fared so far in 2011, it is most definitely a tale of two seasons. The Quakes are at the bottom of the Western Conference, winless in their last four MLS matches while the Crew is third in the Eastern Conference, and haven’t lost since their first match of the season. But these two teams will clash tonight at Buck Shaw Stadium as the Quakes will hopefully turn the tides on their subpar season.

Head coach Frank Yallop knows that the Quakes need to start racking up points and getting some wins under their belt if they want to start competing in thier Conference this year, especially when they play at home. From Elliot Almond of the San Jose Mercury News:

“We can’t just keep giving fans ties and losses at home,” Yallop said. “We’re going to find a way to win, whatever combination of players we use.”

The Quakes and Crew had two draws in their two meetings last season, a 2-2 tie in San Jose and a 0-0 draw at Columbus. In 33 meetings in their existence the Earthquakes have 12 wins and 49 goals while the Crew has 18 wins and 60 goals. They’ve had three ties as well.

From SJEarthquakes.com:

INJURY REPORT:

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKESOUT: MF Simon Dawkins (R/L bilateral fasciotomy); MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); DF Tim Ward (R hamstring strain) …

COLUMBUS CREWOUT: MF Danny O’Rourke (L knee surgery); DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); FW Santiago Prim (R ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain)

Kick off is set for 7:30 PT tonight and can be found on CSN California, or MLS Match Day for paid subscribers.

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Earthquakes vs. Whitecaps: MLS Scores: Chris Wondolowski Scores, Quakes Battle Whitecaps to 1-1 Draw

The San Jose Earthquakes were North of the border to take on the newly added expansion team the Vancouver Whitecaps, both of whom were looking to end their recent winless streaks in MLS play. And despite a terrific back-heel touch that netted Chris Wondolowski’s fourth goal of the season, the Quakes couldn’t get themselves a win, ending the match in a 1-1 draw at Empire Field.

There was a driving rain for the majority of the match, keeping the pitch slippery and difficult to maneuver at times for both squads. Vancouver’s Davide Chiumiento blasted a long range strike the to the bottom left corner in stoppage time, right past San Jose’s keeper Jon Busch to even the match at 1 apiece. It was a heartbreaking outcome as the Quakes seemed to be the hungrier team throughout the match, but a momentary lapse of concentration by the defense lead them to a draw instead of a win.

With the draw the Quakes are now winless in their last 6 MLS matches with 3 ties and 3 losses over that span. They currently are 1-4-3 on the season with -4 goal differential, last place in the Western Conference and 11 points behind the leading L.A. Galaxy.

Scoring Summary:
SJ — Chris Wondolowski 4 (Ryan Johnson 1) 39
VAN — Davide Chiumiento 1 (Terry Dunfield 3) 90

Misconduct Summary:
VAN — Terry Dunfield (caution; Reckless Tackle) 34
VAN — Mouloud Akloul (caution; Handball) 77
VAN — Jeb Brovsky (caution; Tactical Foul) 86
VAN — Jay Nolly (caution; Dissent) 86

San Jose will have to regroup and in a hurry as they host the Columbus Crew on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be found on CSN California or MLS Match Day for paid subscribers.

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Earthquakes vs. Whitecaps, MLS Preview: Quakes Looking to End Losing Streak in MLS Play

As the Vancouver Whitecaps FC return home to Empire Field to take on the San Jose Earthquakes, both teams are in the midst of unfortunate losing streaks they are both looking to snap. This Western Conference clash will hopefully have an eventual victor as someone has got to end their skid as of late, though the Quakes haven’t fared too well on the road.

Vancouver haven’t won in MLS play since their first match of the season, but are coming off a draw, their first road draw of 2011, with a scoreless match against Chicago. The Earthquakes had last weekend off after a third consecutive loss, falling 1-0 to Philadelphia Union in their last league action, but beat the Portland Timbers in a U.S. Cup match early last week.

2010 MLS Golden Boot Award winner Chris Wondolowski has been scoreless in his last few matches after starting the season with 3 goals in his first 3 matches. A Wondo strike would go far towards a San Jose win this evening, hopefully he can get himself some shots on goal.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 this evening and coverage can be found on CSN California or MLS Match Day Live for paid subscribers.

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Quakes vs. Timbers, MLS Scores: Ike Opara Extra Time Header Vaults Quakes to 1-0 Victory

The San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers met for their second-round qualifying match for the U.S. Open Cup, and it took extra time to eventually decide a winner.

San Jose’s Ike Opara headed in a goal in the 120th minute of play to give the Quakes a 1-0 victory, effectively ending their 3 match winless streak. It was a hard fought match throughout that saw many yellow cards and chippy play, but eventually Opara landed the winning streak for the Quakes. Here is Opara after the match:

“On set pieces all night we were dangerous and we just couldn’t put one in the back of the net. I had a couple good chances, and actually I said to Wondo (Chris Wondolowski) that if I get one more chance, and just make contact with the ball, it’s going in. I finally got free again and got the opportunity and was able to get it into the back of the net – slowly, but it got there.”

Opara was assisted by Sam Cronin on the cross.

It was the first loss suffered by Portland at their newly renovated JELD-WEN field, even though many of their regular starters sat as they played two matches that week already.

Next for the Quakes is a showdown with the Vancouver Whitecap on Wednesday May 11th at 7:00 p.m. PT, and will be televised on CSN California.

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Earthquakes vs. Timbers, MLS Schedule Preview: Timbers Host Quakes in U.S. Cup Qualifier

The San Jose Earthquakes are in Portland, Oregon to try and end a three-game losing streak as they face the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday. This matchup is a play-in game for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and doesn’t count towards regular season MLS standings or point totals .

The Earthquakes have won the previous two matches with the Timbers in U.S. Open Cup play, both of them coming in the fourth round of the tourney. The Quakes beat the Timbers in their first-ever meeting in July of 2004 with a 3-0 victory at PGE Park. Their second match-up between the two teams in August of 2005 was also a San Jose victory, coming out on top with a 2-0 win.

The Quakes offense will need to shake itself awake for this match after falling to a 10 man Philadelphia Union squad last week 1-0. Team goals leader Chris Wondolowski will hopefully break out of his two game scoring funk and place one on the back of the net for San Jose.

Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT this evening and will be broadcast live online at SJEarthquakes.com (video stream) and at www.955thegame.com (radio).

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Earthquakes vs. Union, MLS Scores: Quakes Fall 1-0 Behind Questionable Calls

Despite playing the entire second half down a player, the Philadelphia Union managed to draw an advantageous penalty kick, leading to the lone goal of the match, handing the San Jose Earthquakes a disappointing 1-0 loss at PPL Park in Philly.

Union Defender Jordan Harvey got a red card in the 41st minute with a controversial slide into the Quake’s Chris Leitch that appeared to be less that worthy of the call. But The Quakes lucky break quickly became irrelevant.
Sebastien Le Toux scored a 76th minute PK after a terrible hand ball call on the Quakes Jason Hernandez inside the box. It was Le Toux’s first goal of the season, leading to an important 3 points for Philadelphia.

There were 4 yellow cards drawn in this match as well, two for each team as the sloppy play and frustration was evident throughout the game.

The Quakes drop to 1-4-2 with the loss, and now will have to regroup quickly as they face the Portland Timbers on Tuesday in a U.S. Cup match.

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Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA, MLS Scores: Chivas Score Late to Keep Quakes Winless at Home

The San Jose Earthquakes looked like they were in the drivers seat after an early Chris Wondolowski goal this afternoon, but Chivas USA had a different plan. They racked up a goal before the half and another before the final whistle to take down the Quakes by a score of 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Wondolowski scored his third goal of the season in the 16th minute, a strike from right in front of the goal. San Jose seemed to take control of the game from there, but a rip from Heath Pierce in the 45th minute gave Chivas new life heading into the half. Both teams played evenly through the second half until substitute Mariano Trujillo, assisted by Justin Braun, blasted one past Jon Busch in the 85th minute to score the final and defining goal for Chivas USA. The only booking for the match was a Sam Cronin yellow card for San Jose in the 21st minute. The Quakes took 5 less shots than Chivas USA, as well as 4 more fouls and 4 less corners.

With the crushing loss the Quakes remain winless at home for the 2011 season thus far, and remain in seventh place in the Western Conference.

Full match stats can be found here.

The Quakes will head to Philadelphia next Saturday to take on the Union at PPL Park, with kickoff set for 1:00 PT.

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Earthquakes vs. Red Bulls, MLS Scores: Early Goals Bury Quakes, Fall 3-0

It was a soggy night at Red Bull Arena this evening as a steady downpour fell through most of the match. The San Jose Earthquakes are no strangers to wet slippery conditions, but the New York Red Bulls proved to be too much, getting the win by a score of 3-0.

New York dominated this match from the opening whistle, running all over the Quakes and attacking early. Luke Rodgers had never had an MLS goal until tonight, but broke out for two early scores against a struggling San Jose squad. His first came in the first minute of the game off of a corner kick, burying a header into the middle of the net past a diving Jon Busch. His second came in the 14th minute after Thiery Henry stole the ball, and found a wide open Rodgers in front of the goal, knocking it into the bottom left corner. As for Thiery Henry his goal drought of 600+ minutes of game time ended tonight, heading in a  Luke Rodgers cross in the 86th minute. The Red Bulls had 2 goals in their first four games, but matched it tonight in 15 minutes, and then some.

San Jose couldn't get anything going tonight, taking only 5 shots on goal, and only one on target. New York dominated the possession as well, keeping the Quakes on their heels all night, never allowing them to build momentum.  

Brandon McDonald received a yellow card in the 55th minute for the Quakes, while Dwayne de Rosario and Luke Rodgers were carded for the Red Bulls in the 33rd and 55th minutes respectively. 

With the loss it moves San Jose to 1-2-2 for the season with 5 points, 7 behind the leading Real Salt Lake in the West. Next up for the Quakes is Chivas USA next saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. 

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Earthquakes vs. Red Bulls, MLS Schedule Preview: Quakes Hit the Road to Face Red Bulls in New York

The San Jose Earthquakes are out on the road for only the second time this season as the square off with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The Quakes have had back-to-back draws against the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC, and are looking for that second elusive victory of the season.

This is a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Semifinals where San Jose used a 3-1 victory at Red Bull Arena to advance. The Quakes and Red Bulls spilt their regular season meetings last year one a piece. More recently, the Red Bulls are coming off a 1-0 loss by the Philadelphia Union, and will also be ready to pounce on a victory, even though their star striker, Thierry Henry, is likely out for the match with bilateral Achilles tendonosis. As for San Jose, midfielder David Luiz is out with a left knee injury, and Omar Jessah will be in international play with The Gambia.

These teams have faced each other 30 times over the years, with New Tork winning 9 of those matches with 41 goals while the Quakes have won 15 (2 via shootout) and 47 goals. At Red Bull Arena though, New York has the edge with 7 wins and 27 goals compared to San Jose’s 4 and and 15 goals. The return match will be on July 2nd at Stanford University.

Kickoff is set for 4:30 PT this evening, and can be seen on the Direct Kick Channel or through MLS MatchDay Live. For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Earthquakes, head over to SB Nation’s Quake, Rattle, and Goal to get in on the action.

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San Jose Earthquakes News: New Training Facility Opens April 30th, New Stadium Project Begins

The San Jose Earthquakes have announced that their new training grounds, the Nutrilite Training Facility, will be officially open for business on April 30th. Earthquakes staff, city council members and local luminaries will be in attendance for the grand opening for the $ 1 million project, effectively moving the team's practices from West Valley College to their own brand new location.

The team is still in the process of moving their games from Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University to their new stadium being built right next to the practice facility. The fields currently sit amongst a number of industrial buildings and warehouses, but yesterday demolition crews all but removed the structures that inhabited the Quakes new stadium location, and will hopefully look to get started at breaking ground on it ASAP. 

The Quakes celebrated their official 'demolition day' on March 3rd, with the goal of having all of the structures removed by the middle of April. A bit of some old brick buildings still remain for now, but will likely be gone sooner than later. Here is a link to some of the before and after photos of the proposed site, and can almost picture the stadium sitting there if you squint a little and use your imagination. Looks like a perfect spot for the Quakes to call a home.

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San Jose Earthquakes News: Head Coach, General Manager Sign Contract Extensions

The San Jose Earthquakes recently announced that they have signed Head Coach Frank Yallop and General Manager John Doyle to multi-year contract extensions. Both been with the Earthquakes since 2008, working together to build the team that came within one game of reaching the MLS Cup Final last season.

Both Yallop and Doyle are in their fourth straight year with the current Earthquakes. In their first year working together in 2008 nearly earning a playoff spot for San jose, and after an up and down year in 2009, the foundation built by Doyle and Yallop that included the acquisitions of Bobby Convey and Chris Wondolowski began to have success during the 2010 campaign.

Here’s what team President David Kaval had to say about the resigning:

“Frank and John have been vital to the success of the franchise over the last three years and we look forward to a continuation of those winning ways, from our blossoming Youth Academy to the development of our First Team, the leadership of our technical staff has been exceptional. We feel very good about where we are now and the direction we are headed.”

Hopefully the new contracts will produce an even more successful team here in 2011.

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Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC: Quakes, Toronto Battle it out to a 1-1- Draw

It was quite the chippy match at Buck Shaw Stadium last night as the San Jose Earthquakes hosted Toronto FC looking for their first home victory of the season. But in a match that saw 8 yellow cards, Toronto FC’s Alan Gordon and the San Jose Earthquakes’ Simon Dawkins both scored, as the teams scrapped it out to a 1-1 draw Saturday night.

Gordon took advantage of a defensive mistake by the Quakes in the 27th minute to give Toronto (1-1-2) the lead. San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch rushed from the net to grab a deflection, but midfielder Sam Cronin was unaware of Busch’s move and tried to clear the ball with a header. It landed 4 yards from the goal, where Gordon pounced for his for second score of the season.

Dawkins responded in the 38th minute for San Jose (1-1-2) as he took a pass from Chris Wondolowski and sent a shot past Stefan Frei.Wondolowski, the MLS’ leading scorer in 2010, almost put the Quakes up in the 51st minute, but Frei stopped his shot from 13 yards, and Wondolowski’s attempt on the rebound was blocked.

Gordon had a chance in the 56th when Ramiro Corrales’ back pass fell well short of goal, but Gordon couldn’t get much on the shot, easily controlled by San Jose’s back Brandon McDonald. McDonald created a chance at the other end 4 minutes later when he dribbled through Toronto’s midfield and sent a through pass for Ryan Johnson, who tried unsuccessfully to dribble around but lost possession without getting off a shot.

Next up for the Earthquakes is a trip to New York next Saturday, April 16 to take on the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Kick off is set for 4:30 p.m.

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San Jose Earthquakes Schedule Preview: Quakes Host Tortonto FC Searching for First Home Win of 2011

Is that time again Quakes fans, it’s match day.

After coming back to force a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders last Saturday, the San Jose Earthquakes are set to host Toronto FC tonight at Buck Haw Stadium. And after Khari Stephenson broke the Quakes cycle of having only one scorer, Chris Wondolowski, San Jose will be looking to score tonight and in bunches.

San Jose got the win in their previous meeting late last September which the Quakes took 3-2, Wondolowski had both of the goals. Toronto is coming off a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA last week, and is also looking to move themselves up the table as well.

Earthquake’s Midfielder Andre Luiz will be out with a left knee injury, as well as forward Scott Sealy with a sprained shoulder.

Kick off is set for 7:30 this evening and can be found on the Direct Kick channel, or MLS MatchDay Live (for paid subscribers). Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for a complete wrapup after the match, or head over to our Eathquakes blog, Quake, Rattle, and Goal for more in depth discussion and analysis.

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San Jose Earthquakes News Update: Latest Power Rankings, Khari Stephenson's Goal of the Week

As the San Jose Earthquakes get ready to host Toronto FC this weekend at Buck Shaw Stadium there is a smorgasbord of news to pass along for the Quakes.

First off a new batch of MLS power rankings came out this week, with the Earthquakes currently sitting in 7th place in the league. The only teams ahead of them from the Western Conference are the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Colorado Rapids, and Real Salt Lake, the current top team in the MLS.

There was also some scheduling news announced this week as the Quakes match against the New York Red Bulls has been moved to Stanford Stadium at Stanford University with a special fireworks show following the game. Firework four packs of tickets are on sale at sjeathquakes.com

Here’s a link to Khari Stephenson’s goal this past Saturday against the Seattle Sounders, which was a finalist for MLS goal of the week. It was quite a hit from far outside the box, and was one of the better goals scored all season so far in you ask me.

The Earthquakes weekly update is full of useful information for all Quakes fans and definitely is worth checking out.

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Earthquakes vs. Sounders, MLS Scores: Quakes, Sounders End in 2-2 Draw

It was a beautiful night for some soccer action at Buck Shaw stadium this evening as the San Jose Earthquakes finished in a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders. With the draw both teams gain a point in the Western Conference table, although the Sounders are still looking for their first win of the season.

It was a back and forth match all night as Seattle’s Brad Evans started off with an early goal, scoring from right in from of the goal in the 17th minute. The Earthquakes returned the favor as the 2010 Budweiser MLS Golden Boot Award winner Chris Wondolowski scored his third goal of the season in the 32nd minute from about 5 yards outside the penalty box and was assisted by Bobby Convey. The Sounders struck again right before the half as O’Brian White scored off of Seattle corner kick in the 43rd minute, assisted by Steve Zakuni.

Khari Stephenson brought the Quakes back in the 52nd minute as he blasted one form about 10 yards outside the box to tie it up at 2 apiece. Stephenson’s goal was the first by a player not names Chris Wondolowski in the last 13 scored by San Jose; good to know that they can get goals from players other than Wondo.

Chris Leitch drew a yellow card in the 7th minute of the game for the Earthquakes while Nate Jaqua and Leonardo Gonzales were also booked in the 71st and 80th minute respectively. San Jose led 11-6 in corner kicks for the game, although Seattle had one more shot on goal 9-8.

The Quakes will now get ready to host Toronto FC at Buck Shaw Stadium next Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with coverage on the Direct Kick channel as well as MLS MatchDay (for paid subscribers). Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for complete Earthquakes coverage.

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Earthquakes vs. Sounders, MLS Schedule Preview: Quakes Host Sounders at Buck Shaw Stadium

The San Jose Earthquakes picked up their first win of their young 2011 campaign last week against FC Dallas, and will be looking to make it two in a row this evening as they host the Seattle Sounders at Buck Shaw Stadium. Although the Sounders are yet to win a match, the Earthquakes will need to bring their A game tonight if they want to earn some points in the standings.

Currently sitting with 3 points, the Quakes are tied for third in the Western Conference and will look to the 2010 Budweiser MLS Golden Boot Award winner Chris Wondolowski to lead the charge against Seattle this evening. Wondolowski led all of the MLS last season with 18 goals, and his two he scored last week against FC Dallas already have him on track to continue his dominance in 2011. He has scored the last 12 regular season goals for the Quakes dating back to last year.

As for the Sounders they have gotten out of the gate rather slowly as they are still in search of their first win of the season. Last week’s draw against the Houston Dynamo 1-1 was their first goal of the season, and will more than likely be without their star forward Fredy Montero who is still recovering from a recent wrist surgery.

In other Injury news, the Quakes will be without midfielders Andre Luiz due to a knee injury, and Omar Jasseh with a right hamstring strain. As for the Sounders defensemen James Riley will likely return after suffering a mild concussion last week, and forward Mike Fucito is probable after his strained his right abductor muscle last week as well.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on CSN California Plus as well as the Direct Kick channel for paid subscirbers. Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for complete coverage of the Earthquakes as it happens.

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