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.

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

(Editor's Note: The above video is from January 2017)

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Georgia National Team attacking midfielder Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as a Designated Player, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. Qazaishvili scored for Georgia in their most recent World Cup qualifying match on June 11.

“We were looking for a player, a younger, offensive player, that really excites the fans and has the possibility to stay with us for a long period of time. That’s what we found with Vako,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “We wanted a player that knows how to take on a defender one-on-one, that sees the goal and that also wants to bring a spark to our game.”

Qazaishvili, 24, becomes San Jose’s youngest ever Designated Player after six years with SBV Vitesse of the Dutch Eredivisie. He tallied 25 goals and 10 assists in 104 league games for the Dutch side, adding another three goals and three assists in other top-flight competition.

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.

From 2012-13 to 2013-14, Qazaishvili spent significant time with the U-21 squad, scoring 14 goals in 30 league appearances for the youth side and establishing himself as a first-team player.

Qazaishvili then scored nine goals during the 2014-15 Eredivisie season and a team-best 10 in 2015-16. He later spent the majority of the 2016-17 season on loan with Poland’s Legia Warsaw, helping them win the league championship with a 21-6-10 overall record.

In addition to his experience in league play, Qazaishvili has made eight appearances in international cup competition, including Europa League qualifiers, Europa League and UEFA Champions League. He appeared against clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Champions League play.

He also has extensive experience playing with the Georgia National Team, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances at various youth levels and five goals in 23 appearances for the senior team.

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' draw with Sporting KC

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' draw with Sporting KC

SAN JOSE -- People say that the when you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging. 

So if you’re someone who believes in that, Saturday’s 0-0 draw is a good thing for the San Jose Earthquakes. After dropping two straight MLS matches, the Quakes needed to stop the bleeding and were faced with doing so against the Western Conference’s top team, Sporting Kansas City — no small task. 

Here are five things you need to know about a scoreless, albeit positive, affair Saturday afternoon at Avaya Stadium. 

— Quakes head coach Dominic Kinnear’s troubles began even before San Jose took to the pitch on Saturday. We knew of three key cogs — Florian Jungwirth, Marco Urena, Darwin Ceren — already out with injury or suspension. But things got worse when Fatai Alashe and Simon Dawkins became unavailable. The result: Kinnear’s lineup card listed just 16 players — three of which have spent the vast majority of their season playing for San Jose’s United Soccer League affiliate, Reno 1868. Of those three, one saw playing time — Jackson Yueill, who made his MLS debut.

— The draw is positive for two reasons. One, San Jose was without several key players and it would have been very easy to use that as an excuse for a less than stellar effort. And two, the draws snaps a two-game MLS slide. The race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference is congested. San Jose may be in seventh place, but the draw keeps them just eight points behind first place Sporting KC. 

— The first half unfolded as expected — the shorthanded Quakes had no choice but to play a defensive game and hope Sporting KC made a mistake on a counterattack. That didn’t happen. In fact, three times, SKC had an open net and couldn’t capitalize. San Jose, on the other hand, did not record a single shot on Tim Melia’s goal. Things opened up a little more in the second half for the Quakes. But as its been the case for some time now, the Quakes simply could not break through. KC's Graham Zusi had arguably the match's best chance with mere seconds left to play. The clean sheet for Kansas City means the visitors have now allowed just eight road goals in nine matches all season long. 

— Saturday’s match against Sporting KC was the second in a very busy stretch for the Quakes. Last Wednesday, the Quakes took down the San Francisco Deltas (NASL) 2-0 in U.S. Open Cup play. However, the win means another game on the schedule the following Wednesday — against the reigning MLS champion Seattle Sounders. 

In all, by the time San Jose faces Los Angeles in Stanford Stadium for the Cali Clasico, the Quakes will have played five matches in 18 days before packing up for a cross country trip to Atlanta for another game on Independence Day. 

Tired legs, indeed. 

— A couple of logistic particulars: Saturday’s reported attendance was 18,000 — another sell-out for Avaya Stadium where the Quakes remain very stout. As a side note, the Quakes announced earlier in the week they have sold over 30,000 tickets for the aforementioned Cali Clasico at Stanford Stadium. 

Chris Wondolowski and Anibal Godoy went into the book with yellow cards on Saturday. 

Next up, the Quakes will take on Real Salt Lake next Saturday at Avaya Stadium with kick scheduled for 7:30 p.m.