Earthquakes Fall 2-0 to FC Dallas

Earthquakes Fall 2-0 to FC Dallas

June 5, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif. TheSan Jose Earthquakes were defeated 2-0 by FC Dallas on Saturday night in Frisco,Texas in their last regular season match before they break for the World Cup.FC Dallas midfielderforward Brek Shea scored a pair in a wild two minutes inthe second half.Shea was the recipient of a DavidFerreira pass across the face of goal in the 58th minute, that he tapped past ahelpless Joe Cannon. Shea struck again in the 60th minute when a ball wasplayed over the top by Ferriera and Shea took advantage of somemiscommunication in the back, scoring off of a rebound, when Cannon saved his initialeffort. San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-2) vs. FC Dallas (3-2-6)
June 5, 2010 Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 14,431
Scoring Summary: FCD Brek Shea (David Ferreira, Heath Pearce) 58; FCD Brek Shea (unassisted) 60.Misconduct Summary: FCD George John (caution) 66; Jason Hernandez (caution)70.San Jose Earthquakes Joe Cannon, Ramiro Corrales, JasonHernandez, Ike Opara, Chris Leitch, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Andre Luiz(Justin Morrow 23) (Cornell Glen 64), Chris Wondolowski, Arturo Alvarez, ScottSealy (Ryan Johnson 63).Statistics: Shots: 5; Shots on Goal: 2; Fouls: 6; Offsides:2; Corners: 3.FC Dallas Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, UgoIhemelu, George John, Heath Pearce, Brek Shea, Daniel Hernandez, Bruno Guarda(Eric Avila 46), Atiba Harris (Eric Alexander 87), Jeff Cunningham (MarvinChavez 70), David Ferreira. Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 8;Offsides: 6; Corners: 8. QUOTESSAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn the game:
We were flat most of thegame, and not to make excuses, but we werent on top of our game tonight.I thought Dallasplayed well and deserved to win. At halftime, we came out, and I said the positivething is, is that its nil, nil. I dont know how it was, but itwas. We had a little go at them for 10-15 minutes, and then they scored theirgoal and it was tough for us after that. Then the second one went in quickly,so it made things difficult.On surrendering two goals in less than twominutes:
However you want to look atit, its two goals that we should be doing better on, but thatsfootball. We have to do better individually and collectively as a team. We haveshown this year that at times we are very difficult to break down, but tonightwasnt one of those nights. We looked fragile and a little nervous, whichis not like us.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JOE CANNONOn the result:
It was very disheartening, Ithink anyone watching that game will tell you that the better probably wontonight. In football you cant make excuses, but it was tough. Athalftime it was still 0-0, and I thought we were going to be able to get aresult. Looking forward:
Despite the result tonight,give these guys a lot of credit, its been a tough week for us and allthe guys left it all out on the field. Like I said though, there are noexcuses, and it is what it is. This game is over, and we didnt take anypoints. When the season is over, it doesnt matter what the weather wasin Dallas inWeek 13, or wherever we are at. We will regroup, go back and I think it will bea great time to move forward. I think we have had a good first 11 games, but wedefinitely need to make some improvements and we will.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER ARTURO ALVAREZOn playing up top:
Before my injury,thats where I played against Chicago andthats where I came in against Salt Lake. I was doing reallywell, was able to come in for the team, be that guy that got the ball, that wasable to turn and maybe find people, maybe I was able to set myself up for ashot. Unfortunately in this game, that didnt happen. As a team, wedidnt keep the ball well in this game, and that hurt us a lot. I think Dallas did a very good jobon that and obviously it ended up hurting us in the end. On being 5-4-2going into break:
Obviously,our goal was not to go into the break with two losses and a tie. But if youlook at the bigger picture, I think were a total different team thisyear than we were the last two years, and were sitting in a pretty goodspot in the Western Conference. Theres still a lot of games left. Ithink we showed that were the kind of team that doesnt quitanymore. We play from minute one to minute 90. Obviously we didnt finishthe way we wanted to going into this break, but the only thing we can do isjust learn from our mistakes, work on them and then come up three weeks fromnow against Salt Lake.

Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win

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Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win

BOX SCORE

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

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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.