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.

Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season


Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season

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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Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead


Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

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."