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."

Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


FRISCO, Texas -- Jahmir Hyka scored on a spectacular move in the 81st minute and the San Jose Earthquakes handed FC Dallas its first loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hyka took a pass from Marco Urena and touched the ball straight up over defender Matt Hedges as he raced by before putting the ball in off the post for his third goal.

David Bingham made three difficult saves for his fifth shutout, the 25th in his seven seasons with San Jose (5-4-4). The Earthquakes, who played Wednesday night, had just one win in their previous 12 road games and had been shutout six times and outscored by 13.

Hyka's goal also ended a string in which Chris Wondolowski had scored or assisted on the last seven Quakes goals.

Dallas (5-1-4) was unbeaten in its previous eight games with San Jose, outscoring the Quakes 12-4 with five clean sheets.

Dallas dominated most of the game with 62.3 percent possession and Jesse Gonzalez only made one save.



Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home


Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

It’s been a season of inconsistencies for the San Jose Earthquakes. But one thing that has been certain is that in San Jose, at Avaya Stadium, the Quakes are pretty close to unbeatable. 

And they continued that trend Wednesday night thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski, who combined for a goal in the game’s 83rd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

In six home matches, the Earthquakes are 3-0-3. 

The equalizer came less than three minutes after Carlos Rivas had put Orlando on top with a goal from inside the 18-yard box. 

But it was then that head coach Dominic Kinnear reached to his bench for Thompson. 

The late substitution paid off not too long after when a Jahmir Hyka corner found its way over to Thompson just outside the penalty area. The midfielder put the ball on frame and as it was going wide, Wondolowski was there to poke the ball home. 

The goal was the fifth of the season for Wondolowski. It was also Thompson’s first point for the big club since signing San Jose’s first ever Homegrown Player contract. 

David Bingham made a huge save on Brazilian international Kaka in stoppage time to keep the game drawn. 

Turning point: You have to look to Kinnear’s substitution in the 82nd minute that brought on Thompson. The midfielder is known for his creativity on the ball, but had yet to turn that into production for the Quakes since signing his contract. On Wednesday, his first point could not have come at a bigger time. Thompson’s first point came in his 57th game with the club.  

Man of the match: Bingham has played lights out at Avaya in 2017. And when the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, it was his save that kept on Kaka that preserved the unbeaten record at home and a much deserved point for the home squad.  

Injury update: Quakes fans got some bad news before the start of Wednesday’s game when the team announced Harold Cummings, a big offseason acquisition at center back, is out of the season. The Costa Rican international suffered a foot injury while in his San Jose home. The blow is huge for the Quakes, who are already thin defensively.

Booked: Orlando: Leo Pereira (yellow, 25’); San Jose: Anibal Godoy (yellow, 44’), Marco Ureña (yellow, 62’), Nick Lima (yellow, 68’), Darwin Ceren (yellow, 70’). 

Up next: The Earthquakes head to Texas to face FC Dallas on Saturday. While the Quakes are unbeaten at home, their fortunes change significantly on the road. They’ll try to turn that around against a tough Dallas team.