Earthquakes Oust Red Bulls, Reach East Final


Earthquakes Oust Red Bulls, Reach East Final

Nov. 4, 2010

HARRISON,N.J. (AP) Chris Wondolowski scored in the 81st minute, giving the SanJose Earthquakes a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls and ThierryHenry on Thursday night and a 3-2 aggregate win in the MLS EasternConference semifinal series.Bobby Convey scored twice, connectingin the sixth and 77th minutes, to help San Jose rebound from a 1-0first-leg loss in California on Saturday night. Juan Pablo Angel, inlikely his last game for the Red Bulls, scored in the 78th minute.New York, with Henry, Rafael Marquez and Angel, became perhaps the most expensive failure in MLS history."I can't be disappointed with thenumber of chances we had," Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said. "We couldnever forgive ourselves if we just played back (after Angel's goal) andjust defended. We had to just give it a go. Our mindset was to win."The Earthquakes will face the Columbus-Colorado winner in the conference final."Obviously, we need a couple of balls to bounce our way," Wondolowski said. "But I'm liking our chances."On the series winner, Convey floatedin a long pass toward the goal corner, Wondolowki broke in and headedthe ball into the short side past goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul."Bobby and I read each other realwell," Wondolowski said. "I started shifting inside and Bobby liftedhis head and saw me. I saw Bouna was coming out, so I just put it onthe frame."The match ended the first season at200 million Red Bull Arena. While New York improved from a last-place5-19-6 record last year to an Eastern Conference-best 15-9-6 thisseason under new coach Hans Backe, the Red Bulls were hoping for morethan a mere playoff appearance after the midsummer additions of Henry,the former French national team star, and Marquez, the Mexican nationalteam captain.Henry is second only to DavidBeckham on the MLS salary list at 5.6 million this year and Marquez isnext at 5.54 million. The 35-year-old Angel, who says he doesn'texpect to be back with the Red Bulls after four seasons in New York, isat 1.92 million."Everyone wanted New York to win this," Convey said. "We came in under the radar. But we're hard to beat."

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.

Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


SAN JOSE -- Paolo Tornaghi had a clean sheet in his first MLS start and the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Sunday in a game with no playoff implications.

Both teams had already seen their postseason hopes vanish. Vancouver (9-15-9) had its winless streak extended to four games and San Jose (8-11-14) has only won once in its last 10 games.

Tornaghi came out of his area to block Simon Dawkins' shot from the corner of the 6-yard box in the seventh minute. Cordell Cato tried to curl a shot inside the far post in the ninth minute but Tornaghi dove to deflect it wide.

Vancouver forward Masato Kudo won a loose ball in the penalty area in the 54th minute but David Bingham deflected the open shot. Bingham blocked Kudo's shot in the 56th and Kudo's rebound attempt hit the crossbar.

It was the sixth straight draw in the series at San Jose - with the last win coming on April 6, 2012.