Earthquakes Hand Union First Home Loss in History

Earthquakes Hand Union First Home Loss in History

July 10, 2010

CHESTER, Penn. TheSan Jose Earthquakes picked up three big points on Saturday night, as they dispatchedthe expansion Philadelphia Union 2-1, handing them their first home loss infranchise history. The visitors fell behind 1-0 in the 14th minute on a goal byFred, who was flicked on by first overall pick of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft DannyMwanga. Fred finished just underneath San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch. San Jose leveled just before halftime, asChris Wondolowski, the Quakes leading goalscorer, picked out Cornell Glen atthe edge of the six yard box, and he finished coolly into the far post for hisfirst goal of 2010. San Jose was able tocatch Philadelphiaon the counterattack in stoppage time. Substitute Arturo Alvarez received athrough ball from Philadelphianative Bobby Convey and took defender Jordan Harvey one-on-one. He slotted theball to Chris Seitzs right for the game-winner and his third goal of hisseason. Convey tallied his career high eighth assist of 2010 in front of alarge group of family and friends. Jon Busch posted six saves in goal andpicked up his first win with the Quakes. San Jose hosts club partner Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday,July 17 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 1 p.m. PT. San Jose Earthquakes (6-4-4) vs. PhiladelphiaUnion (3-8-2)July 10, 2010 PPL ParkAttendance: 17,183Scoring Summary: PHI Fred (Danny Mwanga) 14; SJ -- Cornell Glen (ChrisWondolowski) 45; SJ Arturo Alvarez (Bobby Convey) 90.Misconduct Summary: PHI Fred (caution) 52; SJ Chris Wondolowski (caution)70.San Jose Earthquakes Jon Busch, Ramiro Corrales, BobbyBurling, Ike Opara, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald (Brad Ring88), Sam Cronin, Joey Gjertsen, Cornell Glen (Ryan Johnson 68), ChrisWondolowski (Arturo Alvarez 74).Statistics: Shots: 8; Shots on Goal: 3; Fouls: 8; Offsides:4; Corners: 3.Philadelphia Union Chris Seitz, Cristian Arrieta, JordanHarvey, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Fred (Jack McInerny 81), AndrewJacobsen (Shea Salinas 65), Stefani Miglioranzi, Sebastien Le Toux, DannyMwanga, Alejandro Moreno (Roger Torres 55).Statistics: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 10; Fouls: 9;Offsides: 1; Corners: 8.QUOTESSAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn the result:
I was very happy with thedemeanor and with the fight of our guys. Philadelphiaplayed well tonight, but we are feeling well coming out with the three points.We knew they were going to throw a lot of people forward and we felt therewould be some chances to have one-on-ones and two-on-twos. But you have to makesure you put those chances in and although we didnt have many, wecapitalized on those, so well take it.On Jon Buschs performance:
Jon had an outstanding gamefor us this evening and he is a quality goalkeeper who has been in this leaguefor a number of years. When we had the opportunity to acquire him, it was aneasy choice. We have two very good goalkeepers, Jon is playing well now and wehave Joe Cannon who is a very good goalkeeper, so we are a little blessed atthat position. Tonight was Jons crowning moment, and hopefully hecontinues to do well.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JON BUSCHOn the result:
In the second half, wedefended well as a team, sometimes you get a little lucky and the ball justhits you, but I did my job tonight. This is what you get paid for, to makesaves and catch crosses. Some games are busy and some arent andIm glad I helped the team to get three points and that is all thatmatters.On his view ofArturo Alvarezs goal:
We have been in the situationbefore where we have been countered at when we pushed a lot of numbers forward,and Ive been that other goalkeeper thinking, oh boy, here theycome. At that point you know that one little miscue takes you fromearning one point to no points. It was nice to see it happen the other way, andI thanked Arty (Alvarez) as soon as I could, because to get that goal againstthe run of play was huge. It shows what this team is about. Its a mentality.We are going to fight, scratch, scrap and I cant say enough about Ike(Opara), Bobby (Burling), Jason (Hernandez) and Rams (Ramiro Corrales), theywere doing the dirty work, blocking shots all over the place. And itwasnt just them. The midfielders did a hell of a job tonight and it wasgreat to get the goal and take the three points.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD ARTURO ALVAREZOn the win:
If it wasnt for (Jon)Busch, we wouldnt have been in it. Yes Im happy to score thewinning goal, but without him, it would have been a different story. This is ahuge win for us on the road. It definitely feels good to come in here and comeup with three points and hopefully we can turn things around after this win. Wehave a tough game coming up at LA in a couple of weeks and we are just going tokeep working and keep believing in ourselves and really, anything canhappen.On scoring thegame-winner:
When I received the ball fromBobby (Convey) and saw that it was a one-on-one, I decided to take my chanceand go at him. I created some space and got a shot on goal, Im just gladit went in. When I let go of the shot, I knew it was going in the goal, I hadSeitz beat and its a huge win for us. This is exactly what we neededright now.

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. 

Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021


Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021

MADRID — Neymar will sign a three-year contract extension with Barcelona on Friday, a deal that will keep the Brazil forward with the Spanish club until 2021.

Barcelona and Neymar had made the announcement of the agreement in July.

The previous contract was to end in 2018. The new deal will run through June 2021, Barcelona said Monday.

The club's announcement in July ended speculation that Neymar was unhappy in Spain and was looking to move to another club. Paris Saint-Germain was among the clubs reportedly trying to sign him.

At the time, the club said the contract's buyout clause would be fixed at 200 million euros ($219 million) for the first year of the new contract, 222 million euros ($243 million) for the second, and 250 million euros ($274 million) for the final three years.

Neymar has been with Barcelona since moving from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. He has scored 90 goals in 149 matches, including five goals in eight matches this season.

A key player in Barcelona's potent attack along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar helped the team win nine titles: two Spanish league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Spanish Super Cups, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.

The trio of attacking players scored 122 goals in the 2014-15 season and 131 goals last season, both record figures.

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, are likely to face trial for fraud in Spain in a case into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona. A Brazilian investment group which was entitled to 40 percent of the transfer claims it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the fee was concealed.

Barcelona also confirmed that defender Javier Mascherano will be staying with the club until 2019. That deal also had been announced in July.