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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Toronto FC’s latest rebuilding project is still a work in progress, and Saturday’s setback might have ended the club’s playoff hopes in Major League Soccer.
Chris Wondolowski scored in the 87th minute as San Jose escaped BMO Field with a 1-1 tie against Toronto, which would have moved to within nine points of one the guaranteed playoffs berths in the Eastern Conference with a win.
Instead of a second straight victory, Toronto failed to make Eric Avila’s goal stand up, and the club settled for its third draw in its last five and sits 11 points off of a postseason berth.
San Jose saw its winless run reach 13 matches, but it has two more points than TFC and have played two fewer matches. Unlike Toronto, which is still alive in the East, San Jose is 17 points shy of a guaranteed spot in the West.
Even with recent signing Torsten Frings, a designated player, in the lineup at BMO, TFC (4-12-12) settled for its 12th draw of the season against a San Jose (5-10-11) side that has not won in MLS since early June.
Avila, acquired from FC Dallas this season when boss Aron Winter made a number of changes, scored just after the half-hour mark when he ran onto a fortunate bounce just outside the area and slotted inside the left post.
His goal was his first with Toronto and second of the season, and had TFC in a good position to earn three points for the second time in its last three games following a win over Real Salt Lake earlier this month.
Although Toronto has just one loss in its five, the late goal from Wondolowski left the Canadian club frustrated.
Joao Plata appeared to stake Toronto to a two-goal lead in the 75th, but after he slipped behind the defense on a Ryan Johnson through ball and slotted into the net, the goal was called back for a questionable offside.
Then with just a few minutes left in the match, Wondolowski met a headed pass from Bobby Burling to slot home his ninth goal of the season and earn San Jose a share of the points.
The Earthquakes had been shutout eight times in their previous 12 matches, and had just six goals during that stretch. But the tie at Toronto could help snap the slump.
San Jose hosts the Chicago Fire on Sept. 10 in its next match, one of three at home over its final eight matches. Toronto will try to rebound Sept. 10 at the Columbus Crew, who lead the East.
Carson, CA (Sports Network) – The San Jose Earthquakes continue to struggle as the club fell to the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 at The Home Depot Center on Saturday.
With the loss, San Jose has now gone 12 games without a win and is looking like a lock to miss out on the playoffs.
Robbie Keane marked his debut with a goal, as he put the Galaxy in front in the 21st minute. Mike Magee secured the win with his injury time goal.
Keane joined the Galaxy earlier in the week from Tottenham Hotspur, signing as a Designated Player. He made an immediate impact, opening his account after 20 minutes.
Getting on the end of a David Beckham long ball, the Irish international controlled the pass from his British teammate before slipping past Jon Busch and slotting home the first goal of the match.
The Earthquakes dug themselves a massive hole in 81st minute when Steven Beitashour was sent off for reckless play, bringing his team down to ten men.
Los Angeles capitalized on the one-man advantage in stoppage time when Magee eclipsed his mark and redirected a low cross from Sean Franklin to seal all three points.
The Galaxy continue to set the pace in Major League Soccer, earning its league-leading 14th win of the season to remain unbeaten at home. They sit in first place in the Western Conference with 51 points, the most in MLS.
San Jose is heading in the opposite direction, losing four of its last five games. The ’Quakes have managed just 25 points from 25 games this season.
The ’Quakes (5-10-10) will aim to end their winless streak when they travel to BMO Field to face Toronto FC on Aug. 27. The Galaxy (14-3-9) will also be on the road, as they will head to Red Bull Arena to face the struggling New York Red Bulls in a star-studded match on Aug. 28.
To say the San Jose Earthquakes have been struggling lately would be a gross understatement. They hadn’t won a match in 10 straight games heading into their meeting with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, and unfortunately was pushed to 11 as Colorado earned the three points with a 2-1 win at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Rapids continued their excellent play, stretching their unbeaten streak to five consecutive matches. Colorado took advantage for the final 40 minutes of the match when San Jose’s Sam Cronin was ejected at the beginning of the second half.
Caleb Folan and Jeff Larentowicz played the hero today for the Rapids, with Folan scoring his second penalty kick of the year after the referees awarded them a hand ball. Larentowicz had a beautful set piece later on in the match to give Colorado the winning goal.
Joey Gjertsen’s 22nd minute goal gave San Jose life early in the match, but slowly dwindled down after Cronin’s ejection, extending their winless streak to a devastating 11 straight games. Their 5-9-10 record leaves them 23 poitns out of first place in the Western Conference, and all but eliminates any playoff hopes they might have had.
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For the first time in their last seven matches at Buck Shaw Stadium the San Jose Earthquakes were beaten in front of their home crowd, this time by the hands of former Quake Dwayne De Rosario and D.C. United by a score of 2-0.
In front of a sold out crowd the Quakes offense couldn’t get anything going as they remained stagnent throughout the match, and ultimately kept off the sheet. De Rosario made his presence felt in the 57th and 66th minute of the match, breaking through for both goals of the match along with three points for United.
Quakes coach Frank Yallop had this to say after the match:
"Losing at home is never good, especially when you have to win. We didn’t play well. It took us 30 minutes to get going. We had a spell [of good play] at the end of the first half. For the last 15 minutes we had a go. And then at the end, they had 10 men, and we started to have a few chances. But I think the quality was off tonight with us. They had two terrific goals, but I would’ve liked to score at home for sure. We had enough chances to get it done on the score sheet."
Yallop understands that time is running out on the season, and San Jose will need to kick it up a notch if they want to make it:
"There are still enough games [to make it] but we’ve got to start winning. As soon as you have not enough games to get points in then you’re out. We can win away if we get ourselves sorted out. We had a better record on the road last year, so I’m hoping we can get ourselves together and make sure we do get our wins that we need to get. We can’t give up."
San Jose is 5-8-9 on the season and is 21 points behind the first place Galaxy in the Western Conference.
The Quakes’ next match is against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Buck Shaw Stadium, which will be Chris Wondolowski Bobblehead Night, presented by Wells Fargo. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on Comcast SportsNet California, 1220 KDOW and 1370 KZSF.
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The San Jose Earthquakes were in Columbus to take on the Crew, looking for their first win in their last six MLS matches. But it was a night for the keepers to remember not the strikers as the Crew and the Quakes battled to a 0-0 draw at the Crew Stadium Saturday evening.
Quakes keeper Jon Busch made six saves on his way to another clean sheet the Earthquakes (5-6-8, 23) despite San Jose’s winless streak has now extended to six games. going 0-2-4 in that span. Crew keeper William Hesmer made five saves of his own for the Crew, who are now 4-2-1 in their last seven matches.
It marks the fifth time in six games San Jose has been shutout while Hesmer recorded his second straight shutout and seventh of the year.
The Quakes will now move on to face the Vancouver Whitecaps back in the Bay on Wednesday, with kick off scheduled for 7:30 pm. Coverage can be found on CSN California, KZSF 1370, KDOW 1220.
Coming off of their confidence boosting victory over the English Premier League’s West Bromwich Albion earlier this week, the San Jose Earthquakes are back to their MLS schedule as they take on the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium Saturday evening.
The Crew finally are returning to action after a midseason break, winners of three of their last four matches including their dramatic 1-0 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 6. The Earthquakes are winless in their last five games in MLS play as they look to build off of their scoreless draw at Buck Shaw Stadium with Philadelphia Union last weekend.
In their last meeting with the Crew San Jose dominated from the first whistle, eventually taking a 3-0 victory and three points in the standings. Hopefully they can have a repeat performance out in Columbus this evening.
Kick off is set for 4:30 pm PT with coverage on CSN SportsNet plus and MLS match day.
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It had been a few years since the San Jose Earthquakes had played a friendly with an English Premier League team, and this time around they were more than ready. Thanks to a quick and almost unbelievable goal from Quakes keeper David Bingham and some spot on defense San Jose topped West Bromwich Albion by a score of 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
It was only the third minute of the match when rookie keeper David Bingham collected a ball within the box, and sent it flying to the opposite field. Bingham got all of it and then some as the ball took a huge bounce over the head of West Brom's Boaz Myhill, parting due to the blinding setting sun, that found it's way in the net for a 90 yard end-to-end goal. Not bad for your first professional start. Bingham, a 21 year old All-American from Cal would also make some impressive stops to keep West Brom at bay in the first half.
Midfielder Khari Stephenson would add another goal in the 45th minute, which would prove to be the deciding goal of the match as West Brom's Jerome Thomas broke through for a goal in the 53rd minute, but never could come back from their early hole.
The Quakes will resume MLS play on Saturday when they take on the Columbus Crew on the road.
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It's been an up and down season thus far for the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS play, but will get a small break from it with some new competition. Tuesday will mark the third time in Quakes history that the team will take on an English Premier League squad as West Bromwich Albion has travelled all the way to San Jose to play a friendly match at Buck Shaw Stadium.
It was last summer on July 17, 2010 that San Jose hosted the EPL's Tottenham Hotspur at Buck Shaw Stadium and drew a Buck Shaw Stadium record crowd of 10,712. Aston Villa has also visited to play the Quakes in 1997 back when they played at Spartan Stadium, a match that eventually ended 1-1 as Shawn Medved scored the one and only goal for San Jose.
Established in 1878, West Brom was a founding member of The Football League, the top division in England at the time. The club has five FA Cups under it's belt and winners of a Division One title only once, back in 1919-20. West Brom's travel roster includes a number of international standouts, namely Peter Odemwingie, a member of the Nigerian National Team a top five goal scorer in the EPL. West Brom will also have their team captain and member of the Northern Ireland National Team Chris Brunt. The Baggies, as they're affectionately called, will be managed by Roy Hodgson.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm PT this evening with coverage via a live webcast set up by the Quakes.
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Throughout Saturday's match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Philadelphia Union there were a number of close calls and exciting runs, but when all was said and done neither team could capitalize, leading to a 0-0 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Stephen Lenhart was suspended for the match due to yellow card accumulation and was replaced in the lineup by Simon Dawkins. Dawkins tried to make the most of his start and to put the Quakes up early when he cut a shot between two defenders in the 12th minute, but went just a bit wide of the goal.Three minutes later San Jose struck again as Ryan Johnson blasted one that Union keeper Faryd Mondragón stopped easily.
The Quakes, missed another opportunity early in the second half when Ryan Johnson's blast ricocheted off the crossbar. Even as San Jose kept pressing Philadelphia handled their energy by taking away the middle of the field, keeping the ball away from the Quakes beautifully. The Union nearly stole a victory when midfielder Kyle Nakazawa's free kick blasted off the far post with just a few minutes remaining in the match.
Next up for the Quakes is an international friendly match as they host the English Premier League's West Bromwich Albion on July 13. Their next MLS match is the 16th when they hit the road to take on the Columbus Crew.
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The San Jose Earthquakes headed south to Carson, CA Wednesday night to take on Chivas USA, looking to extend their current unbeaten streak to ten straight games. But the Chivas weren't having any of it, surging ahead with two second half goals to bury the Quakes by a score of 2-0 at the Home Depot Center.
Both teams played to a first half tie with neither team getting to many shots on goal at all, but Chivas' Ben Zemanski blasted a laser from about 30 yards in the 64th minute past Jon Busch to give Chivas the lead. And as much as the Quakes tried the Chivas defense was stout, keeping them scoreless throughout the match. Nick LaBrocca netted the insurance goal for Chivas in the 84th minute after a beautiful pass from Francisco Mendoza found LaBrocca in space who easily scored to make it 2-0.
More bad new for San Jose, Steven Lenhart's second half yellow card will ensure him sitting out the Quakes next match due to yellow card accumulation.
With the loss the Quakes move to 5-6-6 on the season, seventh place in the Western Conference and 15 points shy of the leaders LA Galaxy.
The Quakes will take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium with kick off set for 7:30 pm PT. Coverage can be found on CSN Bay Area, KZSF 1370 and KDOW 1220.
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The San Jose Earthquakes haven't been getting many wins as of late, but they haven't been taking many losses either. Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart and the rest of the Quakes squad are undefeated in eight of their last nine matches in MLs play, and hope to extend that streak further Wednesday night against Chivas USA down in the City of Angels.
This California rivalry will spark back up at the Home Depot Center Wednesday evening with both teams looking to make moves up the standings in the Western Conference. Chivas was riding a three-game losing streak unti this past weekend, earning a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The Quakes have had back-to-back draws in their last two matches, playing to a 2-2 tie at Stanford Stadium with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday in front of 40,000 plus fans.
Chivas USA took their last meeting in April by a score of 2-1, thanks to a Mariano Truilljo goal in the 85th minute to break up the tie, and eventually lead to a Chivas win at Buck Shaw Stadium. Hopefully San Jose can return the favor on Chivas' home turf this evening.
Kick off is set for 7:30 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN California, MLS Match Day Plus, 1370 KZSF AM, and 1220 KDOW AM.
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With the return of Chris Wondolowski for the San Jose Earthquakes and Rafa Márquez, Luke Rodgers, and leading scorer Thierry Henry out for the New York Red Bulls, the 41,028 MLS fans that packed Stanford Stadium Saturday night thought they were in for three points. But New York's Joel Lindpere had something to say about that, scoring an 85th minute equalizer and his second goal of the match, silencing the record breaking crowd for a 2-2 draw.
The Red Bulls (5-3-10) recorded their seventh tie in their last nine matches, despite being on the attack for most of the match. Lindpere broke through early with goal in the 7th minute, the team's eighth goal inside of 15 minutes on the year. Khari Stephenson responded in the 37th when Red Bull keeper Bouna Coundoul mishandled the ball, leaving Khari open for a volley strike.
Steven Lenhart broke the tie for the Quakes in the 68th minute, but it would not hold up after Lindpere struck again in the 85th minute. Lindpere was the recipient of a ricochet off a San Jose defender for a left-footed far posted blast that silenced the crowd and finished off the match in a draw. Chris Wondolowski had an opportunity in the 67th minute, firing a strike off the right post, but to no avail.
Saturday marked the Quakes' first match at Stanford Stadium since being revived as an expansion team in 2008. They last played there during as a doubleheader with the Women's World Cup on July 4, 1999, edging D.C. United 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
With the draw the Quakes move to 5-5-6 on the year, sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Quakes will head down to Los Angeles Wednesday to face Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with coverage on CSN California, KZSF 1370 AM, and KDOW 1220 AM.
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After being gone for over a month to play for the U.S. National team, the 2010 MLS Golden Boot Award Winner and lead scorer for the San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski is back with the team; just in time for one of the Quakes biggest matches of the year. Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls are in Palo Alto to take on the Quakes at Stanford Stadium, with the Quakes looking to avenge a brutal loss to the Bulls earlier in April.
he Earthquakes are coming off a well-fought scoreless draw with the LA Galaxy last weekend, a match that boasted the largest MLS crowd ever at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Red Bulls continued their elongated road trip with a third game without a win, fighting to a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire last Saturday.
Wondolowski's return to the Quakes marks a big upswing in potential offensive production, especilly with back-to-back shoutouts of San Jose's offense in their last two matches. They will have to play without some key players though as defender Ike Opara and midfielder Khari Stephenson are both out with injuries. New York forward Luke Rodgers, the hero of the match against San Jose in April, will be out with plantar fascitis, someone I'm sure the Quakes won't mind not seeing.
The Quakes have kept clean sheets in three of the last seven games, after recording just one shutout in their opening eight matches. Credit the defense, but also the tenacity of keeper Jon Busch. Hopefully he can have the same success this evening.
Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on ESPN2.
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The Los Angeles Galaxy came into Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday looking to extend their league leading unbeaten streak against their rival San Jose Earthquakes. What they got was a wild ride full of injuries and red cards that eventually lead to a 0-0 tie and a point for the home team.
What was even more impressive was that they kept a clean sheet with a forward playing goalie for much of the match.
Mike Magee, a ninth-year forward, was tending goal for the final 47 minutes of the match after starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts left the match with a forearm injury in the 24th minute, and backup Josh Saunders receiving a red card in the 43rd minute.
San Jose (5-5-5) couldn’t get much going against Magee in the second half despite the 11-on-10 advantage. The Quakes found themselves pushing during the final ten minutes, but were unable to get good shots, rarely having Magee make a stop. Magee finished with four saves on the afternoon, with three occuring after the 80th minute, and a clean sheet for the day as well.
In front of the home fans the Quakes fell short despite the franchise-record crowd of 10,872 at Buck Shaw Stadium, who honestly thought the Quakes would get the three points after Magee’s insertion.
The Quakes will take on the New York Red Bulls at Standford Stadium next Saturday, July 2nd, and will be televised on ESPN2. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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It’s that time again Quakes fans. It’s time for the California Clasico, with the San Jose Earthquakes back home at Buck Shaw Stadium to host the rival LA Galaxy Saturday afternoon.
The Earthquakes finally had their six game unbeaten streak halted in their last match, an unfortunate 1-0 loss against Sporting Kansas City. But San Jose has been hot at home as of late, winners of their last three at Buck Shaw, but are hosting one of the hottest teams in the league in the Galaxy. L.A. currently holds a MLS season-high nine game unbeaten streak of their own after a 3-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids last Saturday.
Despite the fact that these teams are on opposite sides of the Western Conference standings, they always prove to be great match ups between them. San Jose currently has a four game unbeaten streak at home against the Galaxy dating back to August 3, 2008.
Both sides will be without key pieces as Chris Wondolowski and Landon Donovan are with the U.S. National team in Gold Cup play, and David Beckham is questionable for LA with back spasms. In 46 total meetings the Quakes own 15 wins with 60 goals while the Galaxy have 24 wins with 71 goals and seven ties between them.
Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. with coverage on Fox Soccer Channel.
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The San Jose Earthquakes came in to the Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City Friday night looking to extend their unbeaten streak to seven straight matches. Unfortunately the Quakes couldn’t get anything going against Sporting Kansas City, falling by a score of 1-0.
In only their second match ever at their new park, Sporting scored the lone goal of the match during the 31st minute of play as C.J. Sapong netted a free kick from Graham Zusi. Sporting has now extended their unbeaten streak to five games while at the same time ending the Quakes’ unbeaten streak at six.
San Jose was once again without their leading goal score Chris Wondolowski, who is with the U.S. National team for Gold Cup play. Last week’s hero Steven Lenhart was kept relatively quiet throughout the match as K.C. brought some solid pressure to keep him from getting any good looks at goal.
With the loss San Jose’s record drops to 5-5-4. They’ll host the LA Galaxy on June 25. Sporting moves to 3-6-4 on the season, with their next match in Philadelphia on June 22.
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After San Jose Earthquake striker Steven Lenhart went off for a hat trick last week against D.C. United, the club will be hoping for a similar effort from him Friday night in Kansas City against Sporting K.C. And with the Quakes recent success on the road, Sporting may be catching a team who is starting to fire on all cylinders.
Lenhart’s performance in the Nation’s capital garnered him MLS player of the week honors, and has been a huge factor San Jose’s recent success. Since his return from arthroscopic knee surgery in April the Quakes are 4-1-2, and unbeaten in their last six with 13 goals netted. They also moved up to sixth in the Western Conference with 19 points in 13 games.
Sporting hadn’t won since way back in March before their 4-1 drubbing of FC Dallas last weekend. But their long winless drought has cost them in the standings, currently owning only 10 points in 12 matches this season, sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. At least they have their brand new stadium to come back to in Livestrong Sporting Park.
Kick off is set for 5:30 PT this evening with coverage on FOX Soccer.
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With both teams currently owning elongated unbeaten streaks, the San Jose Earthquakes and D.C. United are set to clash at RFK Stadium Saturday night.
San Jose is back on the East Coast after an exciting 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo at Buck Shaw Stadium last weekend. As for United, they just finished up a two-game unbeaten trip out West, including a scoreless draw against the Western Conference leading LA Galaxy.
2010 MLS Golden Boot Award winner Chris Wondolowski will be back with the team after being away last week with the U.S. National team in CONCAF Cup play. You’d have to go all the way back to April 10, 2010 to find a game without Wondo in San Jose’s game day lineup; since then Wondolowski had scored 18 goals in MLS play.
San Jose hasn’t been beaten by United in their last five meetings, including wins during both of their last two visits to RFK Stadium over the last few seasons. D.C. hasn’t beaten the Quakes since June 22, 2008 at RFK, but interestingly haven’t won in San Jose since 1998.
Kick off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday with coverage on CSN Bay Area and MLS Match Day for paid subscribers.
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The San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo have grown to have a bit of a rivalry between them, a rivalry that will be renewed when the teams meet Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Earthquakes are trying to turn their season around as they are currently owners of a four-game unbeaten streak, after coming away from Chicago with a 2-2 draw with the Fire last weekend, and wins over the Crew and Revolution the few weeks prior. San Jose has 13 points from 11 games on the season, sitting in a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference to start the week.
The Dynamo are in the midst of a six-game winless run, though twice coming back before settling for a 2-2 home draw with FC Dallas in their last match.
Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on CSN California and MLS Match Day Live for paid subscribers.
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Just five days after the Chicago Fire beat the San Jose Earthquakes in penalties in US Open Cup play at Buck Shaw Stadium, the two teams were back for part two Saturday night in MLS play, finishing with a 2-2 draw in front of nearly 12,000 fans at Toyota Park in Chicago.
All four of the game’s goals came in the second half where San Jose midfielder Ramiro Carrales put the Quakes ahead in the 50th minute when he headed home an Anthony Ampaipitakwong corner kick. Dominic Oduro tied the game up just six minutes later for the Fire when Cristian Nazarit’s low shot from the top of the box deflected off of an Earthquake defender then hit off the left and right posts before rolling into the middle. From there Oduro was simply left with a tap in to make in 1-1.
Both teams continued their attacks, with Chris Wondolowski breaking through in the 74th with another beautfully executed header, his sixth goal of the season. Then the Fire’s Cory Gibbs received Baggio Husidic’s cross, putting a diving header inside the near post for his second career MLS goal and first in as part of the Fire.
The Quakes now have a record of 3-4-4 with 13 points and a goal differential of zero. They remain second to last in the Western Conference.
SJ — Ramiro Corrales 1 (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 1) 49
CHI — Dominic Oduro 3 (Cristian Nazarit 1) 57
SJ — Chris Wondolowski 6 (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 2, Ramiro Corrales 2) 74
CHI — Cory Gibbs 1 (Baggio Husidic 1, Marco Pappa 2) 80
Only four days after their match at Buck Shaw Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire will play their second match of the week Saturday evening back in the Windy City. As part of an interesting home-and-home series, these two clubs will face off at Toyota Park with the Earthquakes looking to avenge their loss in penalty kicks to the Fire on Tuesday.
The Fire and Quakes match on Tuesday was actually a U.S. Open Cup match, not an MLS match, which the Fire haven’t won in eight straight league games. The Quakes on the other hand are coming off back-to-back league wins at home, and are looking to make it three in a row this evening.
Kick off is set for 5:30 PT on on CSN Bay Area as well as MLS Match Day Live for paid subscribers.
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The San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire squared off at Buck Shaw Stadium last night in a U.S. Open Cup qualifying match, a tournament that the Fire have been in for years on end. The Quakes took an early 2-0 lead, but couldn’t maintain their lead as the Fire stormed back to force extra time, eventually winning on Penalty Kicks to advance to the round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup.
Usual bench players Ellis McLoughlin and Justin Morrow netted first-half goals to give San Jose a 2-0 lead at the half, but the Fire’s Orr Barouch and Yamith Cuesta tied things up in the second half to force the extra time.
Chris Wondolowski, Ramiro Corrales, Khari Stephenson, and Brandon McDonald hit their PKs for the Quakes, but Scott Sealy could not net his sixth-round attempt, as it ricocheted off the crossbar and bounced harmlessly away.This match was extra chippy as well with nine cards handed out by the referees, while Chicago’s Gonzalo Segares was ejected in the 98th minute.
With the loss the Quakes are eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup, but will not affect their MLS standings or points.
SJ – Ellis McLoughlin (unassissted) 14
SJ – Justin Morrow (unassisted) 43
CHI – Orr Barouch (Gonzalo Segares) 61
CHI – Yamith Cuesta (unassisted) 76
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (caution) 37
CHI – Yamith Cuesta (caution) 39
CHI – Daniel Paladini (caution) 63
SJ – Brad Ring (caution) 69
CHI – Orr Barouch (caution) 69
CHI – Bratislav Ristic (caution) 74
CHI – Cristian Nazarit (caution) 89
SJ – Khari Stephenson (caution) 97
CHI – Gonzalo Segares (ejection) 98
After the San Jose Earthquakes began their 2011 campaign in rather sluggish form, the team has completely regrouped in their last few matches, taking down the New England Revolution by a score of 2-1 on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Two second-half goals for the Quakes were enough to take care of business yesterday. Ellis McLoughlin netted his first of the season in the 71st minute while Bobby Convey’s 83rd minute free-kick strike was the eventual clincher. New England’s Chris Tierney cut the lead in half for New England in the 86th, but could not come up with another to tie the game.
With the win the Quakes moved up to eighth in the Western Conference in MLS with a record of 3-4-3 with 12 total points, 11 behind current leader the L.A. Galaxy, and a goal differential of zero.
SJ — Ellis McLoughlin 1 (Chris Wondolowski 2) 71
SJ — Bobby Convey 1 (unassisted) 83
NE — Chris Tierney 1 (unassisted) 86
SJ — Bobby Convey (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 53
SJ — Steven Lenhart (caution; Reckless Foul) 57
Next up for the Quakes will be another U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire on Tuesday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kick off is set for 7:30 PT that evening.
The San Jose Earthquakes were headed in the wrong direction in the MLS standings for about the last month or so before they came up with a gutsy 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew last week. Now they must refocus themselves to take on the ever dangerous New England Revolution at Buck Shaw Stadium this evening.
This intra-conference matchup should prove to be a good one as both teams are coming off of important victories. The Quakes win last week was their first at home all season, while the Revolution notched back-to-back shutouts in their two previous matches, including a 1-0 home win against Vancouver.
If the Quakes wan’t to come out victorious they will have to look to the 2010 Golden Boot Award winner Chris Wondolowski. Wondo scored his fifth goal of the season against Columbus last match, his third in his last three matches. San Jose needs Wondo to score if they want to have a chance as they don’t have many options on offense when it comes to a consistent scorer. When Wondolowski plays great, the Quakes more often than not have a chance to take home the W.
Kick of is set for 7:30 PT this evening with coverage on CSN California and MLS Match Day Plus for paid subscribers.
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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.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES – OUT: MF Simon Dawkins (R/L bilateral fasciotomy); MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); DF Tim Ward (R hamstring strain) …
COLUMBUS CREW – OUT: 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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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.
SJ — Chris Wondolowski 4 (Ryan Johnson 1) 39
VAN — Davide Chiumiento 1 (Terry Dunfield 3) 90
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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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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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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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.
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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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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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The San Jose Earthquakes haven’t had the impressive start to their 2011 campaign that they would have liked, but will be looking for their first home win of the year against Chivas USA this afternoon. The Quakes are coming off of a lopsided 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls last week as the Rojiblancos finished in a 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Both teams desperately need a win, and should prove to be an outstanding match at Buck Shaw Stadium this afternoon.
The 2010 Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski will be looking to get back to his goal scoring frenzy he had to begin the season after ending the streak in New York last weekend. He has 2 goals this season thus far, but had a hat trick against Chivas USA in their last meeting October 20 of last year, and will hopefully do something similar this afternoon.
Midfielders Andre Luiz and Joey Gjertsen are out with a knee and groin injury respectfully for San Jose, while Chivas forward Tristen Bowen will sit with an ankle sprain and midfielder Blair Gavin will sit with a pulled hamstring. The Quakes have gotten 5 points from their 5 games so far this season and currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference, while Chivas USA has 3 points and is in ninth place in the West.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 PT and can be seen on CSN California, Telefutura and MLS Match Day (for paid subscribers). You can also catch the action on KZSF 1370.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
Did you feel that? It's Earthquakes season everybody.
Here at SB Nation Bay Area, we want to give the you, the fans, a comprehensive look at all sports in and around the Bay, so today we begin our coverage of the San Jose Earthquakes and their 2011 MLS campaign. The Earthquakes are already a few games into their season, but better late than never right?
You can follow our Earthquakes StoryStream all season long for the team's schedule, scores, injury updates, pertinent team news and news around the MLS as it pertains to the Quakes. San Jose will be looking to improve on their 2010 campaign where they finished in 8th place in the MLS, losing to the Colorado Rapids in the conference finals of last year's playoffs. The Quakes currently sit 3 points back in the Western Conference standings as they started the season with back-to-back 1-0 losses to the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake, but bounced back for a 2-0 win against FC Dallas last Saturday as Chris Wondolowski buried both goals for San Jose. Wondolowski was the 2010 Budweiser MLS golden Boot Award winner, and will look to continue his dominance in 2011.
Keep up with your San Jose Earthquakes on their season longer journey in search of MLS glory, starting with their match this evening against the Seattle Sounders at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 pm. Coverage can be found on CSN California Plus, as well as the Direct Kick channel for those who have it. Sitck with SB Nation Bay Area for all the latest on the Earthquakes as it happens.