Earthquakes Hand Union First Home Loss in History

Earthquakes Hand Union First Home Loss in History

July 10, 2010
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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.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls

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The San Jose Earthquakes had one big thing going for them when they took on the New York Red Bulls Wednesday evening — they were on 10 days rest having last played a truly competitive match on July 10 in U.S. Open Cup action.

Unfortunately for the Quakes, they failed to take advantage of that in losing to the Red Bulls 5-1 — definitely not the return to the pitch they were hoping for.  

Here are five takeaways from a Wednesday evening, lopsided loss to NYR. 

— The Quakes had no answer for Sacha Kljestan. The Red Bulls midfielder, who frequented the U.S. Men’s National Team roster at one point, was not called to international duty for the ongoing FIFA Gold Cup and San Jose paid the price for that — the man finessed the Quakes to death on Wednesday evening, factoring in three New York goals with his use of spacing in the Red Bulls midfield. 

— There were a couple of big debuts for San Jose. First, newly signed designated player Valeri Qazaishvili — who the MLS world is calling Vako — made his league debut when in he came as a substitute for Danny Hoesen at halftime. The Georgian native showed flashes with his early touch, but never really factored in the game until the 88th minute when he scored the Quakes’ lone goal on a volley tap courtesy of a nifty Jahmir Hyka cross. It’s a nice debut on the scoresheet, but San Jose is expecting DP-esque things from the Georgian. 

— And second, welcome back, Quincy Amarikwa. The forward has been sidelined since September of 2016 when he suffered ACL and LCL damage that required surgery. Amarikwa has been documenting his recovery on social media and surprised Quakes fans when he make his on-pitch return last week in a friendly against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. On Wednesday, he made his official return in the 76th minute. Amarikwa has nine goals and seven assists in 41 career appearances with the Quakes. 

— It definitely wasn’t the homecoming head coach Chris Leitch was hoping for. Leitch played for five seasons over with the New York club. He made 101 appearances for the Metrostars/Red Bulls, assisting on five goals during his career. 

He’s now 0-1-0 as an opposing head coach. 

— It’s unfair to nitpick on a single defensive effort, given that soccer is a team sport, but the Red Bulls attacked center back Andres Imperiale often Wednesday afternoon — and more often than not, they were rewarded with a scoring opportunity. It’s the second straight poor showing on the road for the Quakes defense as a whole after surrendering a four-spot to Atlanta United FC on Independence Day.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' historic US Open Cup win over Galaxy

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' historic US Open Cup win over Galaxy

It was a historic night over at Avaya Stadium. 

For the first time in U.S. Open Cup history, the San Jose Earthquakes have beaten their bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy -- 3-2. 

The win also propels the Quakes to just their second appearance in the tournament's semifinals. 

Chris Wondolowski scored a brace to lead the way while Danny Hoesen added the insurance. 

Here are a handful of things to know about Monday's win over the Galaxy. 

-- The sixth time was the charm as the Quakes had lost five previous meetings against their rivals. But the night began with some doubts when Jelle Van Damme scored in just the third minute. His header was goal No. 2 in the last two games against the Quakes.

But Wondolowski equalized courtesy of Tommy Thompson in the 16th minute and then put the San Jose up for good six minutes in the second half -- once again, thanks to Thompson. 

Hoesen scored a breakaway goal about ten minutes later.  

-- If you tried to find Wondolowski on the pitch using his regular number, you were unsuccessful. 

Wondolowski was sporting No. 38 Monday night in honor of Matheus Silva, the Quakes midfielder playing for Reno 1868 on loan who suffered swimming accident July 4 in Lake Tahoe. 

Silva was in a coma until July 6. 

Fittingly, the forward scored twice. Wondolowski's goal is the sixth of his U.S. Open Cup career. He's now tied for the all-time lead in Earthquakes history.  

-- Pregame, the Quakes introduced their latest acquisition, Designated Player Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili, to the press. 

Qazaishvili began his career in his native Georgia with FC Saburtalo in 2010, spending time on loan with Metalurgi Rustavi and Sioni Bulnisi. 

He then moved on to Vitesse in August of 2011 at just 18 years old, tallying one goal in four appearances for the first team in his debut season.

-- Speaking of Georgia, the Bay Area now boasts two of the nation's very best athletes. Zaza Pachulia, the starting center of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, was in attendance MOnday night. 

The center kicked the ceremonial first goal. 

He also swapped jerseys with Vako -- as per usual in soccer circles. No word on Pachulia's footy game. 

-- The Quakes have already equaled their best ever finish in Cup history. They'll now try to surpass that when they face either Sporting Kansas City of FC Dallas -- who play Tuesday night.