Chavez leads Quakes to 2-1 win over FC Dallas


Chavez leads Quakes to 2-1 win over FC Dallas


The San Jose Earthquakes, normally playing the role ofcomeback kids, survived a late rally from FC Dallas to escape Buck Shaw Stadiumwith a 2-1 victory. First half goals from Marvin Chavez and Alan Gordon staked the Quakes to a two-goal lead, but that was halved by a late Hernan Pertuz goal. They then hung onto earn all three points when a late Dallaspenalty kick from Jair Benitez was unsuccessful.The victory extended the Earthquakes' unbeaten streak at BuckShaw to 11 games and pushed their season points total to 43. The Earthquakes' first goal of the match came courtesy offormer FC Dallas man Chavez in the 12th minute, when he connected ona long cross from Shea Salinas at the edge of the area and beat keeper KevinHartman to the far post. For Chavez, the one-timed low shot was taken from thesame spot where he had been leveled on a non-call just two minutes earlier. Throughout the first half, the Earthquakes defense remainedresolute in fending off eight FC Dallas corner kicks and numerous other scoringopportunities. While goalkeeper Jon Busch was credited with making three saves inthe half, it was the back four defenders that made clearance after clearancethat protected the Earthquakes one goal lead. The Earthquakes doubled their leadin the 45th minute following a giveaway by the Dallas defense that was collected by Gordon25 yards from goal. A square ball to Chris Wondolowski was passed back toRafael Baca then out wide to Sam Cronin. Gordon continued to make his run intothe area, and Cronin delivered a perfect cross for the tall forward to headhome for a 2-0 San Jose lead. The Earthquakes thought they had made it a three goal leadin the 61st minute, when Wondolowski buried a penalty kick followinga hand ball in the area by Brek Shea. However, referee Kevin Stott adjudgedthat the Earthquakes had encroached on the area before the kick, and the goalwas waved off. On the retake, Hartman guessed correctly and made the save onWondolowskis low shot to the right post to deny the MLS goal scoring leaderhis 18th of the season. San Jose made pair of substitutions midway through thesecond half with both goal scorers Chavez in the 68th minute andGordon in the 71st minute being replaced by Simon Dawkins and KhariStephenson respectively. A rash challenge from Fabian Castillo in the 81stminute on Justin Morrow earned the FC Dallas frontman a yellow card. StevenBeitashour entered the fray to support his fallen teammate and took a yellowcard for dissent against Castillo.FC Dallas climbed back into the game in the 89thminute after a free kick delivered into the area was stabbed home by defenderPertuz. The visitors had a chance to complete their comeback in stoppage timewhen they earned a penalty kick after Dawkins had bundled over Zach Loyd in thearea. However, Jair Benitez sent his kick from the spot well over the crossbarand the Earthquakes escaped with the win.Up next for the Earthquakes is a road trip to Vancouver to face theWhitecaps at BC Place this Sunday afternoon.

Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021


Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021

MADRID — Neymar will sign a three-year contract extension with Barcelona on Friday, a deal that will keep the Brazil forward with the Spanish club until 2021.

Barcelona and Neymar had made the announcement of the agreement in July.

The previous contract was to end in 2018. The new deal will run through June 2021, Barcelona said Monday.

The club's announcement in July ended speculation that Neymar was unhappy in Spain and was looking to move to another club. Paris Saint-Germain was among the clubs reportedly trying to sign him.

At the time, the club said the contract's buyout clause would be fixed at 200 million euros ($219 million) for the first year of the new contract, 222 million euros ($243 million) for the second, and 250 million euros ($274 million) for the final three years.

Neymar has been with Barcelona since moving from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. He has scored 90 goals in 149 matches, including five goals in eight matches this season.

A key player in Barcelona's potent attack along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar helped the team win nine titles: two Spanish league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Spanish Super Cups, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.

The trio of attacking players scored 122 goals in the 2014-15 season and 131 goals last season, both record figures.

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, are likely to face trial for fraud in Spain in a case into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona. A Brazilian investment group which was entitled to 40 percent of the transfer claims it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the fee was concealed.

Barcelona also confirmed that defender Javier Mascherano will be staying with the club until 2019. That deal also had been announced in July.

Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


SAN JOSE -- Paolo Tornaghi had a clean sheet in his first MLS start and the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Sunday in a game with no playoff implications.

Both teams had already seen their postseason hopes vanish. Vancouver (9-15-9) had its winless streak extended to four games and San Jose (8-11-14) has only won once in its last 10 games.

Tornaghi came out of his area to block Simon Dawkins' shot from the corner of the 6-yard box in the seventh minute. Cordell Cato tried to curl a shot inside the far post in the ninth minute but Tornaghi dove to deflect it wide.

Vancouver forward Masato Kudo won a loose ball in the penalty area in the 54th minute but David Bingham deflected the open shot. Bingham blocked Kudo's shot in the 56th and Kudo's rebound attempt hit the crossbar.

It was the sixth straight draw in the series at San Jose - with the last win coming on April 6, 2012.