Earthquakes Capture Sacramento Cup in PKs

Earthquakes Capture Sacramento Cup in PKs

June 12, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes earned a 6-5 penalty-kick shootout win after battling Chivas USA to a scoreless draw for 90 minutes in the inaugural Sacramento Cup hosted at Raley Field.Jon Busch kept a clean sheet and made a kick save on Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy during the shootout to spark San Jose in the win. The back four of Steven Beitashour, Ike Opara, Bobby Burling and Justin Morrow kept Busch's net tidy, allowing just one shot on goal.Both sides converted the their first five attempts. Chris Wondolowski, Ramiro Corrales, Javier Robles, Ryan Johnson and Ramon Sanchez lined up for San Jose's five while Gerson Mayen, Carlos Borja, Maicon Santos, Michael Umana and Jose Macotelo made good for Chivas USA. Jason Hernandez scored the decisive tally after Busch's save to win the Sacramento Cup.In a largely defensive stalemate, both teams kept a close eye on the area, allowing only Chukwudi Chijindu's slow-rolling dribbler that was easily scooped up by Busch. Other than that, Busch was unchallenged for most of the night.Beitashour and Johnson picked up cautions for San Jose. Cuesta also drew yellow for Chivas USA after tussling with Johnson in the 82nd minute.San Jose will return to MLS regular season action on June 25 at Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium.San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA
June 12, 2010 Raley Field
Attendance: 7,134Scoring Summary: NonePenalty Kicks: CHV Gerson Mayen (goal), Carlos Borja (goal), Maicon Santos (goal), Michael Umana (goal), Jose Macotelo (goal), Dan Kennedy (save); SJ Chris Wondolowski (goal), Ramiro Corrales (goal), Javier Robles (goal), Ryan Johnson (goal), Ramon Sanchez (goal), Jason Hernandez (goal).Misconduct Summary: CHV Mariano Trujillo (caution) 37; SJ Steven Beitashour (caution) 35; CHV Gerson Mayen (caution) 82; SJ Ryan Johnson (caution) 82.San Jose Earthquakes Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Bobby Burling, Ike Opara (Jason Hernandez 72), Justin Morrow, Omar Jasseh (Ramiro Corrales 72), Ramon Sanchez, Brad Ring, Javier Robles, Arturo Alvarez (Chris Wondolowski 72), Ryan Johnson.Statistics: Shots 4; Shots on Goal 0; Saves 1; Fouls 7; Offsides 2; Corner Kicks 4. Chivas USA Zach Thornton (Dan Kennedy 46), Mariano Trujillo (Jorge Flores 46), Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Carlos Borja, Michael Lahoud (Marcelo Saragosa 46), Osael Romero (Jose Macotelo 46), Blair Gaven (Ben Zemanski 46), Jesus Padilla (Gerson Mayen 46), Justin Braun (Maicon Santos 46), Maykel Galindo (Chukwudi Chijindu 46). Statistics: Shots 9; Shots on Goal 1; Saves 0; Fouls 16; Offsides 3; Corner Kicks 3. Quotes SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn the win:
It was a good, competitive game, and I think that anytime you can have that in our break its a good thing. I thought we did well, especially defensively with a clean sheet. To come out on top in a shootout and win the Cup was great. I was pleased with our demeanor tonight; I thought it was very positive.Looking forward:
We will have a couple more days off, and then we will get back to work on Wednesday and really look to come out of the gates strong in Salt Lake, which is a tough place to play. We will try to get a good start again, and try to win the game. They are coming off of the break as well, and we hope to catch them and get a good result. I feel that we are poised to be a good team and hopefully that will be proven on that Friday night.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JON BUSCHOn the result:
Its important that we won the game. We want to build a winning mentality here in the locker room and it doesnt matter if it is a friendly, a regular season game, or a US Open Cup game, it doesnt matter. We just want to have that consistency, and thats what Frank (Yallop) and the coaching staff have been looking for, and thats what we did tonight. It wasnt easy, but we dug in, and credit the guys in front of me, they did a great job.On the penalty shootout:
Dan (Kennedy) put one right down the middle for me. Penalty kicks are tricky, and sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you dont. You have to credit both teams, I thought that every penalty kick up until that one was taken very well. I dont know if I would have gone the right way on any of them if I would have come up with the save, they were that well taken. I knew Dan was probably going to hit it hard, because thats what goalkeepers do, and luckily it was close enough for me to get a touch to it.

Road woes continue, Quakes fall to Dynamo


Road woes continue, Quakes fall to Dynamo


HOUSTON  — Alberth Elis and Vicente Sanchez each had a goal and an assist, and the Houston Dynamo blanked the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 on Saturday night.

Houston (10-7-7) joined Seattle and Sporting Kansas City at the top of the Western Conference standings by improving to 9-0-3 at home.

Elis got his head on a corner kick by Boniek García to open the scoring with his seventh goal in the 21st minute. It was the Dynamos' league-leading 17th goal off a set piece.

Elis helped ice the game in the 86th minute with a nifty touch to get around a defender before Sanchez beat his defender and the goalkeeper to the centering pass for his first goal.

Sanchez gathered a loose ball just before it crossed the end line and centered it to Mauro Manotas for his eighth goal in stoppage time.

Tyler Deric had three saves for his fourth shutout.

San Jose (9-10-5) has lost five straight on the road and remains one point up on Vancouver for the final playoff spot.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 2-1 win over Columbus


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 2-1 win over Columbus


It appears that stretches at Avaya Stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes are showing up on the schedule at just the right times. 

Not too long ago, the Quakes were reeling after a miserable stretch of soccer on the road. But now, after two straight wins at Avaya -- the latest a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC on Saturday -- San Jose is once again knocking on MLS' playoff door. 

Marco Ureña scored in the 42nd minute and Chris Wondolowski added the eventual game-winner in the 56th. 

It's going to make for a nail-biting latter part of the season for sure in the super tight Western Conference. But for now celebrate with these five takeaways from the Earthquakes' ninth win of the season. 

-- Don't look now, but the win on Saturday means the Quakes have already surpassed their total from last year. The victory jumps their point total to 32, good for fifth in the Western Conference as of this article's publication. Dallas' loss and more importantly Vancouver's draw were huge results for San Jose as the season turns to the scoreboard-watching phase with eight teams jockeying for six playoff spots. 

-- Have a game, Tommy Thompson. Columbus controlled the first 20-25 minutes but it was around that time that the midfielder began to put his stamp on the match -- much to the appreciation of his San Jose teammates. He gave Columbus fits purely with his work rate and along with his assist, he came within inches of his second goal of the season. It was undoubtedly one of Thompson's most complete matches. Not only did he facilitate Wondolowski's goal, but defensively, Thompson was a visible and noticeable force. One has to wonder if he's turned the corner with that aspect of the game -- it was his defense that many speculated was keeping him out of the lineup during Dominic Kinnear's time as the head coach. 

-- Marco Ureña scored his third goal of the season and his first since a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on June 24. Ureña was a mainstay in Kinnear's lineup and hasn't really gotten the opportunity to earn the trust of new head coach Chris Leitch -- with a lot of his time spent on international duty since the Leitch was hired. Keep an eye out on that relationship. 

And, it's also time to acknowledge another round number for Wondolowski. With his goal in the 56th minute, the forward has hit the 130 career goals mark -- 123 of those have come since 2010. 

Wondolowski is still fourth on the all-time list but now he's only three behind Jaime Moreno and four behind Jeff Cunningham. 

-- That's now back-to-back impressive performances for David Bingham. And that has to feel super good for the former Cal keeper considering the defensive disaster that was San Jose's most recent road trip. 

-- After years of research and MLS flirting with the idea, Video Replay is here. And like most new things that are introduced into a sport rich in tradition, there is plenty of chatter -- for and against the change -- floating around. 

There will be four main areas of focus for MLS' new VAR: goals, penalty calls, direct red-card incidents and cases of mistaken identity (when it relates to yellow and red cards). 

On Saturday, the system was not truly tested except for the couple of minutes it took to analyze Adam Jahn's goal for Columbus.