Earthquakes draft -- breaking it down


Earthquakes draft -- breaking it down

First round -- pick No. 6 -- Sam GarzaAge: 22
Ht: 5-11
Wt: 160
Projected position: Midfield
School: UCSB, University of Denver
Honors: 2008 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year (DU), 2010 Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year. 2010 First Team All-Big West, 2010 NSCAA DI Far West All-Region Team (UCSB)
Intangible: Versatility

An electric attacking talent, Garza often played as a forward in college, but has been projected by most analysts to play out wide in MLS. With Marvin Chavez and Shea Salinas already penciled in at right wing, though, he could see time on the left wing, where there is still some uncertainty, or he could stay up top, where there is no player on the roster in that position with comparable speed. Garza, who led UCSB in scoring in the 2010 season with nine goals and six assists for a total of 24 points, boasts a powerful right foot, good technique and could contribute immediately off the bench for the Earthquakes.

In addition to his college experience, Garza has played with the U.S. U-20 national team, where he was part of a group that finished second in CONCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifying. He was then called to the U.S. squad for the 2009 U-20 World Cup, but had to pull out due to injury. Garza is also a Generation adidas player, meaning he has already signed a contract and will be immediately added to the Earthquakes roster, where he will not count against the salary cap until he graduates from his Generation adidas contract.Earthquakes GM John Doyle: We added another exciting, explosive player in Sam Garza, who we think will be a great addition to the team. We saw him a lot at UC Santa Barbara and were very impressed.
Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop: Sam has a very good pedigree having played with the U.S. U-20 team and for a very good college program. He is fast and skillful and every time we saw him with (UC) Santa Barbara, he was outstanding.
Second round -- pick No. 6 (No. 25 overall) -- Jacob Hustedt
Age: 21
Ht: 5-9
Wt: 170
Projected position: Midfield
School: Washington, Cal Poly-SLO
Honors: 2009 All-Big West Conference second team (Cal Poly), 2011 First-Team All-Pac-12 (Washington)
Intangible: Determination, work rateHustedt did not feature at the MLS Combine, but instead came to the attention of the Earthquakes staff at a private combine in San Jose. The Utah native had a breakout year in 2011 after transferring to Washington from Cal Poly, where he was ranked 97th in Soccer Americas Top 100 Pro Prospects in the preseason. During the 2011 season, he started 16 of 18 games for the Huskies and registered six goals and five assists. Though he is nominally a defensive midfielder, Hustedt could find himself in a more advanced position as he transitions to MLS. He is not afraid to get forward and take shots, while the Earthquakes have said that the coaching staff was impressed by his ability to take on defenders one-on-one. While he probably wont start right away, he could add depth to the roster and put some pressure on the Earthquakes midfield corps, which was not at its best in 2011. Doyle: Jacob (Hustedt) is a hard-working player that we saw at our local combine.
Yallop: "Jacob is a hard working, versatile player with great determination. He fits in well for what we're trying to do here in San Jose.
Second round -- pick No. 14 (No. 33 overall) -- Chris Blais
Age: 21
Ht: 6-4
Wt: 195
Projected position: Goalkeeper
School: University of South Florida, Michigan
Honors: 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Tournament, 3x Big Ten All-Academic Team (Michigan)
Intangible: ConsistencyBlais was projected by most to be picked in next weeks Supplemental Draft, but a good showing at the Combine and a sterling college career were enough to convince the Earthquakes staff to take him in the SuperDraft. He has found success at both his colleges, and he led Michigan to the Final Four of the 2010 NCAA Division I mens soccer tournament, where the Wolverines fell 2-1 to eventual champions Akron. After transferring to the University of South Florida in 2011 he played every minute of every game as the Bulls made it to the final eight of the NCAA tournament. He boasts a big frame and has posted 12 shutouts in his last two college seasons, and finished the 2011 season with an impressive 0.81 goals-against average and allowing more than two goals on just one occasion, compiling a 13-4-4 record. If he is signed, he will likely become the third-string goalkeeper on the Earthquakes roster behind Jon Busch and David Bingham, but could put pressure on the latter.However, Bingham is expected to spend the end of March with the U.S. Olympic team, and the end of July and beginning of August competing in the London games should the U.S. qualify, meaning the Earthquakes will need a backup to Busch.Doyle: It was great to add a big goalkeeper like Chris (Blais).For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer chatter, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano.

Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


SAN JOSE -- Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Shea Salinas drew a foul on Joshua Yaro in the penalty area to set up the penalty kick in the 95th minute. With his 10th goal, Wondolowski became the first player in MLS history with eight straight double-digit seasons.

Roland Alberg scored in the 55th to put Philadelphia (8-11-6) up 2-1.

Valeri Qazaishvili scored three minutes for San Joe (9-10-6). He eluded two defenders before punching it between two more defenders.

Jack Elliott tied it in the 35th with his first goal of the season, knocking the ball in on the left side of the net.

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.