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.

Quakes look to regroup after disappointing 2016 season


Quakes look to regroup after disappointing 2016 season

This time last year, there was a totally different kind of disappointment over at San Jose Earthquakes headquarters. Yes, they had missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but they battled to the very end and came within a couple of points of earning an invitation to the dance.

That sort of late-season run filled the franchise and fans with optimism heading into 2016.

But after an 8-12-14 mark, a ninth place finish in the Western Conference that tied for the worst since their return to MLS and the firing of a general manager midseason, the Quakes are a team faced with the idea of having to stop backwards momentum and restore faith with a fan base that is antsy for a winner on the field.

MVP: Chris Wondolowski fits the truest definition of valuable for the Earthquakes. Off the field, the forward continued and expanded his role of face and ambassador for the franchise. You’d be hard pressed to find another MLS player who exemplifies their club more than Wondolowski.

On the field, it’s almost cringe-worthy to think of where the Quakes would be without Wondolowski. As expected, for yet another season, he led the team in goals with 12 and was fourth in assists -- but his numbers are amplified by a San Jose offense that finished last in MLS with just 32 goals scored this season.

And most importantly, an offense that already struggled to find the back of the net would take an even greater (and incredibly visible) hit when Wondolowski was not in the lineup playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team, or just flat out struggling – consider that in the months when Wondolowski did not score, whether on international duty or not, the Quakes only managed 12 of the possible 36 points and scored two or more goals in a single match just three times.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: A few names come to mind, but with a back line that was ravaged by injuries peppered throughout the season, Marvell Wynne demonstrated the versatility and consistency the Quakes desperately needed. Wynne played all along Dominic Kinnear’s back line, logging the fourth-most minutes on the team behind two other DPOY candidates in David Bingham and Victor Bernardez, plus the aforementioned Wondolowski.

San Jose will have a tough choice to make with Wynne in the offseason with his contract up and a well-deserved raise in the cards -- but his age and its value proposition comes into question. Yet in 2016, Wynne was a lifeline for the Quakes.

BEST OF TIMES: With just eight wins this season, there weren’t a ton of bright spots for the Quakes. But they earned a huge moral victory for northern California soccer when they hosted the MLS All-Star Game.

For a week, San Jose, Silicon Valley and Avaya Stadium was the center of the MLS universe as the stars convened on Coleman Avenue to celebrate the sport.

WORST OF TIMES: It seems pretty crazy to remember that the Quakes actually got off to the best start in franchise history when they won back-to-back games for their first 2-0-0 start ever and a strong 3-1-2 record through their first six matches.

But injuries to the back line and up front (see: Quincy Amarikwa), made thing very difficult for Kinnear to put his best 11 on the field consistency.

Those injuries, coupled with San Jose’s inability to find any sort of traction or winning consistency away from Avaya Stadium really put the season on the down slope. The Quakes only won one road match in 2016.

THE GREAT UNKNOWN: Currently, the Quakes are a team without a general manager. And for a team that obviously needs a couple of pieces, the sooner they hand the reins to someone, the better.

The Earthquakes hired Nolan Partners, the world's largest sports executive search firm, to help identify the club's next GM while technical director Chris Leitch currently fills that void.

According to the Quakes, Nolan Partners will conduct the search both domestically and internationally, using a strict set of criteria to find the best candidates in line with the organization's long-term aspirations.

The clock is ticking though.


Not to sound overly dramatic with the one-word paragraphs, but with just 32 goals this season, and a formula dependent so much on just one player, the Quakes have to hit the drawing board hard and look to add a couple of pieces to make them more competitive up front.

A full offseason with Simon Dawkins could be beneficial – so should the resigning of Alberto Quintero.

But finding a true No. 9 to play in front of Wondolowski and allow the master to roam free underneath where he can do major damage would go a long way in making a much-needed ascent up the offensive categories.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: For those who have resigned themselves to the idea of San Jose being a big-market, high-budget team, the focus has naturally shifted to the youth movement that should follow. The Quakes have taken steps towards that with affiliation deals in the Premier Development League (Burlingame Dragons FC) and the United Soccer League (Sacramento Republic and Reno 1868) to look and develop the next wave of Earthquakes.

The big picture revolves around when the Quakes decide to flip the switch and fully commit to young talent coming through that pipeline. In 2016, San Jose was one of the oldest teams in MLS – could 2017 be the start of the long-awaited Quakes youth movement?

After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


A San Jose Earthquakes season that began with the best start in franchise history ended on Sunday with an all-too-familiar result and feeling.

A Sporting Kansas City first half penalty shot and 89th minute-goal was more than enough offense to finish the Quakes' season on a low note in what was a 2-0 loss at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City.

The Earthquakes finished the 2016 campaign with an 8-14-12 record -- their 12 losses are tied for second most since returning to San Jose after a two-year hiatus in 2008.

The shutout is also the 12th the Quakes suffered this season and San Jose has now missed the playoffs four straight years.

San Jose pressed Sporting Kansas City in the first half and was almost rewarded with a goal on both occasions.

But it was Kansas City who made the most of their opportunities and those don’t come much better than a penalty shot. 

Benny Feilhaber stepped up to the spot in the 27th minute after an awkward bounce hit Cordell Cato in the arm, forcing the referee to call for the penalty. Feilhaber beat David Bingham to the keeper's left for his seventh goal of the season.

The second half was noteworthy for its chippiness more than any real threat by San Jose to try and equalize. Referee Drew Fischer handed out five yellow cards in the half -- three to the Quakes. 

Sporting KC left the game way beyond reach for San Jose when Feilhaber found a streaking Dominic Dwyer on the right side who emphatically finished past Bingham for the 2-0 result. 

Man of the Match: Feilhaber gave San Jose fits the entire match and the Quakes had no answers for the midfielder. Feilhaber and Dwyer almost connected on a couple of other occasions that might have made the result worse for the Quakes. 

Attendance: 20,371 watched Sporting KC advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. 

Up Next: It's back to the drawing board for the Quakes who will reconvene in Tucson next season for preseason camp.