Earthquakes face daunting task against L.A. Galaxy

Earthquakes face daunting task against L.A. Galaxy

Aug. 19, 2011EARTHQUAKES PAGE MLS SCOREBOARD Nicholas Rosano
CSNBayArea.com SAN JOSE Its not going to get any easier for the Earthquakes this weekend. Alreadysuffering through a franchise-record 11 game winless streak, the team faces thedaunting task of taking on the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy on the roadthis Saturday, complete with new star signing Robbie Keane.
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Saturdays game kicks off the final 10 games of the seasonfor San Jose,with seven of those games on the road. With the Earthquakes six points off aplayoff spot and winless since June 11, the circumstances promise a dauntingroad ahead should the team be looking to repeat its 2010 playoff experience.The first task on hand will be to get something out of a trip to the GalaxysHome Depot Center, a venue where the team hasnt won since its 2008 return toSan Jose, against either the Galaxy or the venues other tenants, Chivas USA. Its a tough game. Theyre a top team in the league, themost points, so obviously with its about regrouping and trying to get aresult, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said. We can get a result out ofmost games that weve played this year weve been close but obviously notwon enough games.
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Indeed, the Earthquakes have endeavoured to play well intheir last few games, especially during the two most recent home games, buthave come out with little to show, thanks to a combination of bad breaks, smallmistakes and sloppy finishing. Its a tough stretch for us, weve had some injuries, wevehad some unfortunate unlucky falls, unlucky bounces, whatever you want to callit, Earthquakes defender Bobby Burling said. The bottom line is, we need towin. Not making things any easier for the Earthquakes will be thefact that Keane, whose signing was announced earlier in the week, adding toLAs list of marquee players including Landon Donovan and David Beckham. The Republic of Ireland captain brings a longgoalscoring pedigree with him, and is not only his countrys leading scorer butis also tied for 10th place on the list of all-time goal scorers inthe English Premier League. Hes a quality player, hes got a fantastic pedigree, sonothing changes, Yallop said of Keane. Weve just got to be aware of hisstrengths and weaknesses, tell the players as much as we can and what heslike, hes just very sharp around the goal, very quick player, hes dangerous.The Earthquakes can take one small advantage with them downto Los Angeles,though: theyve seen Keane before. Last summer, Keane was part of the TottenhamHotspur team that toured the U.S.in the summer, kicking off its tour at Buck Shaw Stadium, where Keane startedand the two teams played to a 0-0 draw. Still, the Earthquakes werent readingtoo much into their encounter with him a year ago. At least its a player we have stood on the field against,so our defenders in Bobby and Jason, our center backs will at least know whathe looks like, Yallop said. Goalkeeper Jon Busch argued the importance of the upcominggame far outweighed what was simply an exhibition last summer, responding whenasked if the team had any sort of advantage, Nah. I dont even remember if hedid anything in that game. That was a friendly, a fun Saturday afternoonkickabout, and this is a league game, so big difference. For their part, the Earthquakes will hope their own newsigning Ecuadorian forward Edmundo Zura could be available to featureagainst the Galaxy. While not quite the same caliber of signing as Keane, Zurawill nonetheless be counted on to help revitalize the Earthquakes by providinga consistent partner up top for Chris Wondolowski. Zura was scheduled to get his visa in Quitoon Wednesday, and the most likely scenario for the Earthquakes will be that hejoins the team in Los Angeles,where he would be available to play. With or without Zura, though, the onus is on San Jose to conjure up aresult in one of the venues in which it has struggled the most in MLS. Any other game of the year, I think a draw down there ispretty good, but obviously with the streak weve been on lately I think a winwould be huge, Burling said. The Earthquakes can take hope from the fact they actuallycame close to finding that elusive win in last years game at the Galaxy. Theystaked themselves to a 2-1 lead in the late stages of the game, only to bepegged back in the 90th minute by a tying goal Landon Donovan, astoryline with tinges of this years struggles. With a different team in a different season, though, theEarthquakes are not even trying to look back at their recent struggles, muchless a game from a year ago. It seems that were getting punished for any tiny mistakewe make, but thats football, Yallop said. Weve got to get ourselves out ofit and its 11 on 11, were ready to go.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings,you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season

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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

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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."