A pair of free kick goals from Ramiro Corrales paced the SanJose Earthquakes to a convincing 4-0 win over visiting Chivas USA at a soldout Buck Shaw Stadium. Victor Bernardez and Simon Dawkins also scored for theEarthquakes in the victory that extended their home unbeaten streak to 15games.It was a good night for defenders, said head coach FrankYallop after the match. The goal scoring was a bonus, but the clean sheet iswhat I am more happy about.Even without a goal from Chris Wondolowski, who almostnetted in the first half when his header glanced off the crossbar, theEarthquakes romped over their Southern Californiaopponent in fine fashion. The three goals directly from free kicks, all fromEarthquakes defenders, were the teams first in 2012. The club also set a newfranchise record for goals in a season as they pushed their total to 56. Theprevious season best was 55 goals in the 1997 season.The stats say it all, said Yallop. We are scoring a tonof goals from everywhere. If you had asked me that before the start of theseason, I would have said I am not sure we could do that.Corrales, the Earthquakes team captain and MLS original, hadan especially memorable night. Twice in the second half he lined up over freekicks in Chivas USAterritory and twice he sent the ball into the back of the net.It was the great team performance and I am happy I scoredtwo goals to contribute, said Corrales. I cant remember the last time Iscored two goals in a match. I couldnt be more proud to captain this team.Goalkeeper Jon Busch made a series of spectacular saves inthe first half to preserve an early 1-0 Earthquakes lead, and he remainedstrong through the second half to earn his sixth shutout of the season.Thats my job, said Busch. Some days you are called onmore than others and tonight I was glad I could help the team. It was nice toget the clean sheet.The Earthquakes extended their lead atop the MLS WesternConference over Real Salt Lakeand they separated themselves from Sporting Kansas City in the race for theSupporters Shield. However, with seven games remaining on the regular seasonschedule Busch knows the team still has work left to do.Especially at this time of year, other teams are startingto come on, said Busch, and we have to keep picking up three points everytime we play. Thats our focus right now, winning games. We know we are playingwell, but we have a long way to go.San Jose has a week off beforereturning to action on Saturday, September 15, away to the same opponent ChivasUSA.Sunday night at Buck Shaw Stadium, the Earthquakes made onechange in a line-up that beat the Colorado Rapids 4-1 a week earlier, with ironman Justin Morrow getting the night off in favor of center back Bernardez. Themove paid dividends almost immediately, as the Honduran opened the scoring onthe nght.Following a hard foul on Sam Cronin in the 11thminute by Chivas USAdesignated player Oswaldo Minda, Bernardez lined up a free kick from 30 yardsout. His shot stayed low and curled around the defensive wall and into net forthe opening score. For Bernardez, who will join up with the Honduran nationalteam ahead of a pair of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers on Monday, the goal washis second of the season for San Jose.Earthquakes goalkeeper Busch was soon called into action ona couple of Chivas breakaways. In the 14th minute following a poorback pass from Ramiro Corrales, forward Juan Agudelo pounced on the loose balland carried it toward the San Josegoal. Making himself big at the top of the area, Busch sacrificed his body tosave Agudelos blast and keep his team up a goal.Twenty minutes later, it was Busch again stopping Agudelo,as a turnover in midfield led to another Chivas counterattack. BeatingBernardez to a through ball, Agudelo got a shot off before Busch could convergeon the play, but the keeper deftly deflected the 19-year old strikers shotattempt away.The Earthquakes doubled their lead in the 39thminute after a good hustle play from Alan Gordon forced a turnover in theChivas half. After tracking down a weak goalkick, Gordon passed the ball off toMarvin Chavez. The speedy winger dribbled the ball toward the area beforecutting the ball back to Wondolowski. The MLS leading scoring elected to threada pass to Dawkins inside the 18, and the English midfielder slotted home thegoal, his seventh of the season.A confrontation between Gordon and Minda in the waningminutes of the first half led to both being awarded yellow cards. Rafael Bacahad earlier been shown yellow for a delay of game infraction.San Josekept their foot on the gas in the second half and scored their third goal ofthe evening in the 72nd minute. After having had a goal called offminutes earlier, the Earthquakes continued their high pressure on Chivas andearned a free kick 25 yards from goal. Team captain Corrales sent a shotbetween two members of the defensive wall and just inside the near post toextend San Joseslead to 3-0.In the 81st minute, on another free kickopportunity deep in the Chivas USA half, Corrales again found the back of thenet for San Jose.With the defense still setting up a wall, Corrales took a quick restart andcaught goalkeeper Dan Kennedy sleeping. The shot bounced just beyond his reachand into the net for the 4-0 Earthquakes lead. The two free kick goals byCorrales were his first two goals of the 2012 season.With the game safely in hand, all that was left for theEarthquakes was to run out the clock on the 4-0 victory. The win restored San Jose to the top ofthe Supporters Shield standings and extended their lead in the MLS WesternConference to 7 points over second place RSL.
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has exercised 2017 contract options on six players: goalkeeper David Bingham, defenders Victor Bernardez, Kip Colvey and Andres Imperiale, and midfielders Fatai Alashe and Matheus Silva.
The Earthquakes will not exercise options on nine players, including goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, and forwards Chad Barrett, Henok Goitom, Innocent, Steven Lenhart and Mark Sherrod.
In addition, the following players are under contract for the 2017 season: goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, defender Shaun Francis, midfielders Cordell Cato, Darwin Ceren, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy and Shea Salinas, and forwards Quincy Amarikwa and Chris Wondolowski.
Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Friday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. PT and Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. PT. The two drafts will take place via teleconference with all 22 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following each of the calls. Both of the Re-Entry Drafts will be conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft.
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LA UNION, Colombia -- A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 75 people and leaving six survivors, Colombian officials said Tuesday.
The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline with roots in Venezuela, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.
The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was carrying the up and coming Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil for Wednesday's first leg of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin - the continent's second-most-important championship.
"What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy," Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said from the search and rescue command center.
The club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page, "May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation."
Expressions of grief poured in from all over the soccer world. South America's federation canceled all scheduled matches in a show of solidarity, Real Madrid's squad interrupted its training for a minute of silence and Argentina legend Diego Maradona sent his condolences to the victims' families over Facebook.
Rescuers working through the night were initially heartened after pulling three passengers alive from the wreckage. But as the hours passed, heavy rainfall and low visibility grounded helicopters and slowed efforts to reach the crash site.
At daybreak, dozens of bodies were quickly collected into white bags while rescuers scavenged through pieces of the plane's fuselage strewn across the muddy mountainside.
Images broadcast on local television showed three passengers arriving to a local hospital in ambulances on stretchers and covered in blankets connected to an IV. Among the survivors was Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, who doctors said suffered spinal injuries.
Two goalkeepers, Danilo and Jackson Follmann, as well as a journalist traveling with the team and a Bolivian flight attendant, were found alive in the wreckage. But Danilo was later reported as dead, and authorities said another defender, Helio Zampier, had survived amid a confusion of sometimes conflicting early reports.
The aircraft is owned by LaMia, a company with roots in Venezuela and that has a close relationship with several premier South American squads.
Argentina's state-run news agency said the plane involved in the crash had transported Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and the national team this month from Brazil to Colombia between World Cup qualifier matches. The airliner also reportedly transported Venezuela's national squad and several top teams from Bolivia in the past.
LaMia's website, which is no longer online, said it operated three 146 Avro short-haul jets made by British Aerospace and with a maximum range of around 2,965 kilometers (1,600 nautical miles) - about the same as the distance between Santa Cruz and Medellin, the route it was flying when it went down.
Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia's aviation authority, said initial reports suggest the aircraft was suffering electrical problems although investigators were also looking into an account from one of the survivors that the plane had run out of fuel about five minutes from its expected landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin.
Bolivia's civil aviation agency said the aircraft picked up the Brazilian team in Santa Cruz, where players had arrived earlier in the day on a commercial flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Spokesman Cesar Torrico said that the plane underwent an inspection before departing for Colombia and reported no problems.
British Aerospace, which is now known as BAE Systems, says that the first 146-model plane took off in 1981 and that just under 400 were built in total in the U.K. through 2003. It says around 220 of are still in service in a variety of roles, including aerial firefighting and overnight freight services.
A video published on the team's Facebook page showed the team readying for a flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport. Photos of team members in the cockpit and posing in front of the plane ahead of departure quickly spread across social media.
The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating two of Argentina's fiercest squads, San Lorenzo and Independiente, as well as Colombia's Junior.
"This morning I said goodbye to them and they told me they were going after the dream, turning that dream into reality," Chapecoense board member told TV Globo. "The dream was over early this morning."
The team is so modest that tournament organizers ruled that its 22,000-seat arena was too small to host the final match, which was moved to a stadium 300 miles (480 kilometers) to the north in the city of Curitiba.
"This is unbelievable, I am walking on the grass of the stadium and I feel like I am floating," Andrei Copetti told the AP. "No one understands how a story that was so amazing could suffer such a devastating reversal. For many people here reality has still not struck."