Earthquakes Earn Draw Against Tottenham Hotspur

Earthquakes Earn Draw Against Tottenham Hotspur


SANTA CLARA, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes battled club partner and English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium in front of a record crowd of 10,712. Both sides created good opportunities, but were unable to find the back of the net. Tottenham Hotspur will remain in the Bay Area training at the Earthquakes facilities until Tuesday when they travel to the East Coast to continue their 2010 US Tour in New York. The Earthquakes now prepare for a league fixture against Western Conference leading Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center.San Jose Earthquakes vs. Tottenham HotspurJuly 17, 2010 Buck Shaw StadiumAttendance: 10,712Scoring Summary: None.Misconduct Summary: SJ Omar Jasseh (caution) 83.San Jose Earthquakes Jon Busch (Joe Cannon 46), Ramiro Corrales (Justin Morrow 77), Bobby Burling, Jason Hernandez, Chris Leitch (Omar Jasseh 46), Bobby Convey (Arturo Alvarez 46), Brandon McDonald (Brad Ring 46), Sam Cronin (Javier Robles 46), Joey Gjertsen, Cornell Glen (Scott Sealy 46), Chris Wondolowski (Ryan Johnson 46).Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 6; Fouls: 7; Offsides: 2; Corners: 6.Tottenham Hotspur Carlo Cudicini, Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker (Adam Smith 71), Younes, Kaboul, Alan Hutton (Luka Modric 46), Andros Townsend, Jermaine Jenas, Tom Huddlestone (Calum Butcher 85), Kyle Naughton (Niko Kranjcar 46), Jonathan Obika (Roman Pavlyuchenko 46), Robbie Keane (Ryan Mason 78).Statistics: Shots: 16; Shots on Goal: 4; Fouls: 7; Offsides: 6; Corners: 7.QUOTESSAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn the quality of the MLS:I think we showed today that the quality of the MLS is up there with these guys. I think we played quite well and had a lot of chances. Obviously this is preseason for them and we know that, but I think a few years ago you see teams get beat in these types of matches. Were not easy to beat now, not just San Jose but other teams in the league as well. Theres a good standard.On the result:I thought on a hot day, and for it being exhibition, that both teams played well. Both had some great chances to score goals, and it was funny that it was nil nil at the end with 16 shots, but I thought from our end that was good. I thought it was a good exercise and well played game. I wasnt unhappy with how many chances they had, I wanted the back line to go and play, and they did. I allowed our players to be a little less strict with their movements. I wanted to find out if in a game like this, could they do it, and they did. It makes me feel good.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER BOBBY CONVEYOn the result:I think its disappointing to have a scoreless draw for all the players and really the fans as well. In those types of games its about entertaining and showing how good (of) a game soccer is and hopefully (to) get more fans out. I think the game was a good game, there were a bunch of chances and obviously you want to score more goals. Hopefully the fans go home with a happy attitude and theyll be back for the game in 10 days.On playing all over the field:Thats what Ive done just recently in the last five, six games just because standing out wide sometimes you dont get the ball as much. I am kind of reading the game and seeing where the space is and just trying to get on the ball as much as I can and create as much as I can.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD ARTURO ALVAREZOn battling Tottenham Hotspur to a scoreless draw:Obviously I think both teams had chances. I think you want to see goals in these types of games, but at the end of the day it was a pretty entertaining game. They obviously had chances and we did as well, but we are satisfied with the result.On the overall experience:It was great. Obviously you know Tottenham is a good side, theyre a Champions League team now. It was a fun experience. I think we got something out of it. Overall it was a good day for the Earthquakes fans.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR HEAD COACH HARRY REDKNAPPOn the level of competition:I thought it was very good, very good. I like the way they (San Jose) play. They pass the ball very well, have good movement, I thought they were a very good team and I was very impressed with them.On the game:It was hot and different than what were used to, but it was good. Its only our second game and the opposition made us work. They moved the ball well around the box, passed the ball well, and made it difficult for us. Our fitness is improving, its the start of a new season, and weve got two games back to back in New York before we go back home. Its all about getting wins in the preseason. The atmosphere out here is great, and I used to come play here with the Seattle Sounders, its always been great. It was a real family day and it was fun.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR DEFENDER GARETH BALEOn the club partnership:I dont see any reason as to why this relationship wont continue to be successful. It was great to see the Quakes come over to us in the preseason and see them in training camp. And I think its the same for us. It was hot outside and I would say today was a hard workout. Overall, I see this (partnership) working out and it is great for the fans.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FORWARD ROBBIE KEANEOn Spurs US Tour:Its a fantastic place, America. Its a tremendous place. Football seems to be growing well. Its excellent preseason training. Were concentrating and preparing for the new season. Were getting ourselves fit and these games are important to getting ourselves into match fitness. These are obviously good games, and even though we didnt win, this experience will be good for us coming back to England. The Earthquakes are a good side; they pass the ball very well and they played a really good game. The two teams played some good football at times, but I think the heat got the best of both teams today.

Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win


Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win


SAN JOSE — Bruce Arena's return as U.S. coach reignited American confidence, and his players responded with an emphatic rebound in World Cup qualifying.

Clint Dempsey returned from an irregular heartbeat to score his second international hat trick, 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and set up three others, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 Friday night to get right back in contention for an eighth straight World Cup berth.

Surprise starter Sebastian Lletget got his first international goal in the fifth minute after Pulisic's shot deflected off the goalkeeper, Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th and Dempsey scored off Pulisic's perfectly weighted chip in the 32nd.

Finding room to maneuver in a central midfield role, Pulisic made it 4-0 just 12 seconds into the second half with his fourth international goal, Dempsey rounded the keeper to score following a Pulisic feed in the 49th, and Dempsey got another on a 23-yard free kick in the 54th. With 55 international goals, Dempsey moved within two of Landon Donovan's American record.

In its first competitive match since Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. moved from last to fourth in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, tied at three points with Honduras but ahead on goal difference, Mexico leads with seven points, followed by Costa Rica with six and Panama with four.

The top three nations qualify for next year's tournament in Russia, and the fourth-place nation advances to a playoff. With a victory at Panama on Tuesday, the Americans could move into the top three.

The U.S. had never before won a hexagonal game by more than three goals.

And oh how the American Outlaws and others among the lively home crowd loved every second of this long-awaited showing, chanting "Michael Bradley!" and "Demp-sey! Demp-sey!" through the Bay Area rain and cool March air.

Then, it was "Bruce Arena! Bruce Arena!"

Gloom descended upon the Americans in November when they opened the hexagonal with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 wipeout at Costa Rica. The defeats caused the U.S. Soccer Federation to fire Klinsmann, who had coached the Americans since 2011, and bring back Arena, who lead the team from 1998-2006.

Dempsey, 34 and hoping to reach a fourth World Cup, was sidelined from August until this month by an irregular heartbeat and likely was starting only because of injuries to Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris. Tim Howard, the Americans' 38-year-old goalkeeper, got the shutout after returning only two weeks ago from a leg injury sustained in the loss to Mexico.

Geoff Cameron, back from a knee strain that had sidelined him for fourth months, was shifted to right back from central defense because of injuries to others, and Jorge Villafana was inserted on the left.

But there were yet more injuries. Lletget hurt his left ankle on Ever Alvarado's tackle and was replaced in the 18th minute, and defender John Brooks was stretchered off the field, hand over his face, in the 69th due to dehydration.

From the opening whistle, the U.S. played more aggressively than in the latter years of Klinsmann's reign. Arena revamped the midfield, giving a prominent role to Pulisic, who last week became the youngest American to score in the Champions League. He inserted Lletget and Nagbe, who were largely overlooked by Klinsmann last year, on the flanks.

The U.S. went ahead when Jozy Altidore picked up a loose ball and on his second try poked the ball ahead to Pulisic. His left-footed shot that went off goalkeeper Donis Escobar, and Lletget tapped in the ball with his right foot from 2 yards.

Bradley, given his debut by Arena in 2006, doubled the lead when he took a pass from Alejando Bedoya, cut to his left, took four touches and cut the ball back to beat Escobar with one-hopper from about 25 yards.

Showing poise beyond his years, Pulisic created the third goal when he lofted a pass to Dempsey, who allowed the ball of bounce off his right shoulder. Dempsey held off Henry Figueroa and while falling scored with his right foot from 8 yards.

What they’re saying: Let’s go USMNT against Honduras


What they’re saying: Let’s go USMNT against Honduras

The United States Men's National Team faces a critical match against Honduras. 

With an 0-2 record, and currently in last place, the USMNT is on the brink of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Motivation across the sports world is pouring in for the Red, White and Blue.