Earthquakes Musings: Back from the World Cup Break


Earthquakes Musings: Back from the World Cup Break

Joe WashingtonComcast SportsNet California
Im watching the match in my office as I write this. We are approaching half time so I thought Id put down some thoughts from the match thus far.- I love the stadium in Utah. Its a beautiful backdrop and SO much better than that crappy Astroturf field they have at the University of Utah they used to play on. It makes me long for a title sponsor for the Earthquakes soccer specific stadium on the horizon.- The caliber of play is going to take some getting used to after watching so much of the World Cup. That being said, its great to see the boys on the field again. Im trying to figure out if I like the all white uniforms or not. I guess they arent too bad.- Not content with the way the last two games went before the break, there were some major changes in the lineup tonight. Newly acquired midfielder Sam Cronin got the start and Stephen Beitashour moved up to the right midfielder spot from the back line. Jason Hernandez moved to outside right defender and probably the biggest sign of Frank Yallops discontent may be the decision to start John Busch in goal over Joe Cannon. Like hockey, replacing your goalie is a wake up call for the entire team. So far, scoreless through 51 minutes, the results are encouraging. They have not surrendered many chances at all tonight.- Wow, got lucky there in the 54th minute! Fortunately Espindola couldnt direct the cross.- The Quakes cant get any attack going (77th minute). Kozimor and Shrader are attributing it to altitude.
- Ryan Johnson is struggling this year. I am glad to see Cornell Glenn in the game.
- 7 goals in the previous 3 games after the shutout streak, so far, 83 minutes no goals.- Seeing Campos on the field for RSL reminds me how thankful I am he is not on the Quakes. He could be brilliant at times, but I basically found him to be the most frustrating player in this new Quakes era (3 years worth), with the possible exception of Kai Kamara.- Glenn had the games best opportunity and crushed a shot. The lack of support from the two other people on the rush is confounding. I say this as I am sitting at my desk at sea level, and they have been playing 84 minutes at elevation.- Bobby Convey is clearly the most skilled player the Earthquakes have on the healthy roster.- Wow! Great shot Jaime Robles!!!! Now hes taking the corner. Come on big back line snap in a header! Almost! 90th minute.- If Robles wasnt already looking like he was going to go down before he gets tackled, he would have gotten the call. This ref wont tolerate anything close to a dive. I cant say I blame him. I also like the yellow cards for delay. The players cheat the game with the B.S.- Free kick touchy call at this point in the game but not uncommon in the Quakes history since their return. Fortunately Morales was not as accurate as he was on opening night.- Scoreless draw. A new shutout streak has begun. Not the worst thing in the world, especially against RSL, who were playing better than anyone before the break. Solid effort to come away with a point.- Go Quakes!Joe Washington is the Live Events Producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and a wannabe "Earthquakes Ultra."

Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings


Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

The San Jose Earthquakes completed their participation in the 2017 MLS Superdraft with a nod to local soccer talent.

A couple of days after selecting a pair of midfielders in rounds one and two, the Quakes chose winger Christian Thierjung from the University of California with their third-round selection.

Thierjung joins Nick Lima, San Jose’s second-ever homegrown signing, as offseason moves that involve Golden Bears.

Thierjung, 22, goes to the Quakes after four seasons at Cal, where he appeared in 73 games, tallying 27 goals and seven assists.

As a senior, Thierjung was named First-Team All-Pac-12, Third Team All-Far West Region and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-12. He was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team All-Far West Region in 2015.

Thierjung also played for the Quakes' PDL affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC during the 2016 season, tallying two goals in five total appearances.

With their fourth-round selection, the Quakes took Auden Schilder, the 22-year-old goalkeeper from the University of Washington.

Schilder was selected Second Team All-Pac-12 Conference and Second Team All-Far West Region in 2016 after surrendering just 18 goals in 20 appearances and posting five shutouts.

During rounds one and two, the Quakes selected Generation Adidas midfielder Jackson Yueill with the No. 6 overall selection and University of South Florida midfielder Lindo Mfeka.

Also making local soccer news, Thierjung’s teammate on Burlingame Dragons FC, three-year captain Joshua Smith, was selected in the fourth round by the New England Revolution. Smith also captained the University of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, San Jose announced the signings of Marvell Wynne and Tommy Thompson. Per league rules, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Thompson, 21, became the Earthquakes' first-ever homegrown player signing in 2014, following one season at Indiana University where he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. He’s yet to score a point in an MLS match.

Wynne has appeared in 301 games during his 11-year MLS career, recording two goals and 21 assists. He was an invaluable member of a Quakes team that was hit hard by injuries in 2016.

Wynne helped the Colorado Rapids win MLS Cup in 2010. He has also represented the United States National Team and was a starter during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

The San Jose Earthquakes began their 2017 draft by taking a UCLA Bruin. And if he pans out to play anything like the player he emulates his game around, the Quakes might have themselves a true superstar. 

Jackson Yueill, a midfielder, was selected by the Quakes with the sixth pick in the 2017 Superdraft. Yueill, who models his game around FC Barcelona and Spanish National Team legend Andres Iniesta, is a Generation Adidas Signing for the Earthquakes.

"I'm super excited," Yueill said. "I love the west coast. I'm excited to move to San Jose. It's a really good environment with the team and the fans. I've heard great things. I'm excited to try and bring another cup to San Jose." 

The UCLA product played in 40 games during his college career, scoring nine goals and notching 17 assists during those contests. His 11 assists in 2016 led the Pac-12. 

Considered a high-upside player, Yueill joins the Quakes in what already is a pretyt stacked midfield. "I see myself as an 8," Yueill said of his fit in the MLS game. "A box-to-box midfielder who can get into the attacking zone and create goal scoring opportunities." 

Yueill was named to back-to-back NSCAA First Team All-Far West Region and First Team All-Pacific 12 Conference teams. He has represented the United States on the U-20 team.

As a member of Generation Adidas, Yueill's salary will not count against salary cap. 

"I'm a player that loves to learn," Yueill said. "It's always great to come to a team where the coach believes in you."

With the 28th pick of the draft, the Earthquakes selected another midfielder -- Lindo Mfeka of the University of South Florida. 

A four-year player with the Bulls, Mfeka scored 16 goals and notched 18 assists in his college career. 

Mfeka is a two-time First Team member of the All-American Athletic Conference. He was born in Durban, South Africa.

Day 2 of the MLS Superdraft will happen via conference call next Tuesday. The Quakes have two picks remaining -- the 50th and 72nd overall selections. 

Rounding out local Superdraft News: Two members of the Quakes' Premier Development League affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, were selected in Day 1. Brian Nana-Sinkam (Stanford) was selected by the MLS-champion Seattle Sounders and Brian Wright (Vermont) went to the New England Revolution.