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.

Gold Cup roundup: Five takeaways from USMNT's championship win


Gold Cup roundup: Five takeaways from USMNT's championship win

For the sixth time in Gold Cup tournament history, the United States hoisted the championship trophy – this time in front of 63,000 fans Wednesday night at Levi’s Stadium.
Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 45th minute with a beautiful free kick. However, Jamaica equalized only five minutes into the second half.
Stanford product Jordan Morris later scored the game-winner in the 88th minute to secure a U.S. title. 
Here are five things you should know about the U.S.’ latest tournament championship.
-- Aside from a little extra gold in the trophy case, the biggest thing the United States takes from winning the cup is confidence. They’ll have about a month worth of rest before the Hexagon resumes – and right out of the gate, it’s a date with Costa Rica, who the U.S. beat on their road to the tournament title.
Currently, Costa Rica sits three points clear of the U.S. in the CONCACAF’s 2018 World Cup qualifying table. A victory against Los Ticos on Sept. 1 would be the biggest win of this latest Bruce Arena era.
-- Speaking of Bruce Arena, it can’t be understated just how big of tournament win this is for the U.S. Soccer manager. Hired to jumpstart a team that to many pundits looked flat and lacked fire under Jurgen Klismann, Arena has now won a trophy, helped the USMNT get back into Hex contention and has not lost a match. In 15 matches, Arena has a 9-0-6 record. He now has 84 career wins as the USMNT front man.
-- We’re still on record breaker watch since Clint Dempsey did not start or play in Wednesday’s final. The Seattle Sounders, who recently took down the San Jose Earthquakes to move ahead of them in the standings and are Dempsey’s club of employment, play their next MLS fixture on Saturday. The risk of shot rest could explain Bruce Arena’s apprehension to not start Dempsey. He came in during the 57th minute. Captain America came really close to scoring twice. 
So, the record, shared by Dempsey and Landon Donovan at 57 international goals, will sit there for at least another match.
-- Quick look at the numbers and there isn’t a clear contender for the U.S. Player of the Gold Cup. So after stumbles against Panama and Martinique to start the tournament, what was most impressive is how the U.S. defense came together to close out the Gold Cup. In five games, they surrendered just one goal. So, hats off to Omar Gonzalez, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Jorge Villafaña who were instrumental during that stretch – but let us not forget Matt Hedges, Eric Lichaj and Justin Morrow who really got that impressive defensive stretch rolling.
-- Morris had been struggling to score all season but he may have now forced Arena’s hand with his Gold Cup performance. While he did get beat on defense on Jamaica’s goal, the search for a scoring defender by the USMNT as qualifiers creeps up is ongoing. Morris, who burst onto the MLS scene last season, is making a strong case for himself.

Former Stanford star scores winning goal for USA in Gold Cup victory


Former Stanford star scores winning goal for USA in Gold Cup victory

SANTA CLARA -- As the victorious American players bounced so hard the podium shook, medals round their necks, a beaming Bruce Arena in the back raised his arms to the air right along with them as gold confetti began to fall.

The U.S. resurgence is off to an impressive start since Arena returned late last year. Another CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, and now on to more important business: qualifying for next year's World Cup.

Former Stanford star Jordan Morris scored a tiebreaking goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 2-1 on Wednesday night for its sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013.

Jozy Altidore's goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute beat backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller after Jamaica captain Andre Blake left early with a hand injury.

Je-Vaughn Watson tied the score when he got away from Morris for a 4-yard volley off Kemar Lawrence's 50th-minute corner kick.

Morris, who left nearby Stanford in his junior year, has won the 2015 NCAA title, the 2016 MLS championship with Seattle and now the 2017 Gold Cup. He got the breakthrough goal with a 14-yard right-footed shot after Gyasi Zardes crossed.

"I was nervous. It was my guy that scored on the goal, so I was trying to make up for it any way that I could," Morris said. "Obviously. I take responsibility for that. But luckily I could put one in the back of the net."

Jermaine Taylor tried to clear with a header and the ball was knocked by Clint Dempsey with a leg back to Morris. It was the fifth international goal for the 22-year-old Morris, who tied 16-year-old Canadian Alphonso Davies for the tournament lead with three goals.

"That was like a dagger in the heart," Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said.

The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5) under Arena, who became the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles.

"Bruce brought in a new energy," goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "He just gave us a tremendous lift."

U.S. captain Michael Bradley earned the Golden Ball at the tournament's top player.

The Americans had a chance in the 19th minute when Altidore's swerving 30-yard shot was parried by Blake, who dived left and then beat Kellyn Acosta to the rebound at the 6-yard box. Acosta collided with Blake and appeared to kick the keeper's right hand before Jamaica's Damion Lowe cleared. Blake's hand was wrapped but he couldn't continue and was replaced by Miller four minutes later. As Blake left the field, he acknowledged the cheering fans with a wave of his left hand, then later emerged for the medal ceremony with his hand bandaged after receiving seven stitches. Nothing was broken.

"It was a very unfortunate situation. What to say? Very sad situation," Whitmore said.

Altidore put the U.S. ahead with a curling shot past Miller's outstretched right hand into the upper corner of the net just beneath the crossbar, his 39th goal in 108 appearances.

Lawrence, who scored in a 1-0 semifinal win Sunday against Mexico, took another corner kick in the 75th minute moments after Alvas Powell's shot from close range deflected off Graham Zusi - a sequence that had Howard yelling at the defense.

Using a lineup with about half its regular starters - the rest are in preseason with European clubs - the U.S. reached its record 10th final. The Reggae Boyz were a surprising final opponent after they stunned Mexico in a semifinal Sunday to reach the title match for a second straight time.

With 18 of 22 starters from Major League Soccer, this was a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup semifinal won 2-1 by Jamaica at Atlanta. For the first time since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann in November, Arena kept his lineup unchanged. He inserted the 34-year-old Dempsey in the 55th minute.

Chunks of turf came loose yet again at Levi's Stadium, the $1.2 billion, 3-year-old home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers. The field has been an ongoing issue.

The Americans hope for momentum built during this run as they prepare to resume World Cup qualifying. The U.S faces Costa Rica in a rematch of the Gold Cup semifinal on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey, and play four days later at Honduras. The hex concludes against Panama on Oct. 6 in Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad and Tobago four days after.

"We're not worried one bit about World Cup qualifying today. I can promise you that," Bradley said. "This was about a group of guys winning a trophy and that's been the only goal."

Arena already was looking ahead.

"We're a long way from qualifying for a World Cup, and that's the objective, for sure," he said.