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.

Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings


Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

The San Jose Earthquakes completed their participation in the 2017 MLS Superdraft with a nod to local soccer talent.

A couple of days after selecting a pair of midfielders in rounds one and two, the Quakes chose winger Christian Thierjung from the University of California with their third-round selection.

Thierjung joins Nick Lima, San Jose’s second-ever homegrown signing, as offseason moves that involve Golden Bears.

Thierjung, 22, goes to the Quakes after four seasons at Cal, where he appeared in 73 games, tallying 27 goals and seven assists.

As a senior, Thierjung was named First-Team All-Pac-12, Third Team All-Far West Region and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-12. He was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team All-Far West Region in 2015.

Thierjung also played for the Quakes' PDL affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC during the 2016 season, tallying two goals in five total appearances.

With their fourth-round selection, the Quakes took Auden Schilder, the 22-year-old goalkeeper from the University of Washington.

Schilder was selected Second Team All-Pac-12 Conference and Second Team All-Far West Region in 2016 after surrendering just 18 goals in 20 appearances and posting five shutouts.

During rounds one and two, the Quakes selected Generation Adidas midfielder Jackson Yueill with the No. 6 overall selection and University of South Florida midfielder Lindo Mfeka.

Also making local soccer news, Thierjung’s teammate on Burlingame Dragons FC, three-year captain Joshua Smith, was selected in the fourth round by the New England Revolution. Smith also captained the University of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, San Jose announced the signings of Marvell Wynne and Tommy Thompson. Per league rules, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Thompson, 21, became the Earthquakes' first-ever homegrown player signing in 2014, following one season at Indiana University where he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. He’s yet to score a point in an MLS match.

Wynne has appeared in 301 games during his 11-year MLS career, recording two goals and 21 assists. He was an invaluable member of a Quakes team that was hit hard by injuries in 2016.

Wynne helped the Colorado Rapids win MLS Cup in 2010. He has also represented the United States National Team and was a starter during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

The San Jose Earthquakes began their 2017 draft by taking a UCLA Bruin. And if he pans out to play anything like the player he emulates his game around, the Quakes might have themselves a true superstar. 

Jackson Yueill, a midfielder, was selected by the Quakes with the sixth pick in the 2017 Superdraft. Yueill, who models his game around FC Barcelona and Spanish National Team legend Andres Iniesta, is a Generation Adidas Signing for the Earthquakes.

"I'm super excited," Yueill said. "I love the west coast. I'm excited to move to San Jose. It's a really good environment with the team and the fans. I've heard great things. I'm excited to try and bring another cup to San Jose." 

The UCLA product played in 40 games during his college career, scoring nine goals and notching 17 assists during those contests. His 11 assists in 2016 led the Pac-12. 

Considered a high-upside player, Yueill joins the Quakes in what already is a pretyt stacked midfield. "I see myself as an 8," Yueill said of his fit in the MLS game. "A box-to-box midfielder who can get into the attacking zone and create goal scoring opportunities." 

Yueill was named to back-to-back NSCAA First Team All-Far West Region and First Team All-Pacific 12 Conference teams. He has represented the United States on the U-20 team.

As a member of Generation Adidas, Yueill's salary will not count against salary cap. 

"I'm a player that loves to learn," Yueill said. "It's always great to come to a team where the coach believes in you."

With the 28th pick of the draft, the Earthquakes selected another midfielder -- Lindo Mfeka of the University of South Florida. 

A four-year player with the Bulls, Mfeka scored 16 goals and notched 18 assists in his college career. 

Mfeka is a two-time First Team member of the All-American Athletic Conference. He was born in Durban, South Africa.

Day 2 of the MLS Superdraft will happen via conference call next Tuesday. The Quakes have two picks remaining -- the 50th and 72nd overall selections. 

Rounding out local Superdraft News: Two members of the Quakes' Premier Development League affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, were selected in Day 1. Brian Nana-Sinkam (Stanford) was selected by the MLS-champion Seattle Sounders and Brian Wright (Vermont) went to the New England Revolution.