Earthquakes Take Down First Place Red Bulls

Earthquakes Take Down First Place Red Bulls

May 8, 2010EARTHQUAKES PAGE

SANTA CLARA, Calif. TheSan Jose Earthquakes won their third consecutive home game 4-0 on Saturdaynight at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Quakes got a first-half goal from Ryan Johnsonand second-half goals from Joey Gjertsen, his first with the Earthquakes, ChrisWondolowski and Bobby Burling. Wondolowski has now scored in four straightgames. The win marked the Quakes third consecutive shutout at home.San Jose Earthquakes (4-2-0) vs. New York Red Bulls (5-2-0)May 8, 2010 Buck Shaw StadiumAttendance: 9,711Scoring Summary: SJ Ryan Johnson (Bobby Convey, Chris Wondolowski) 44;Joey Gjertsen (Ryan Johnson, Bobby Convey) 54; SJ Chris Wondolowski (RamiroCorrales, Ryan Johnson) 77; SJ Bobby Burling (Bobby Convey 85); BobbyBurling (Bobby Convey) 85.Misconduct Summary: NY Tony Tchani (caution) 4; NY Luke Sassano(ejection) 13; SJ Bobby Convey (caution) 43.San Jose Earthquakes -- Joe Cannon, Ramiro Corrales, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling,Chris Leitch, Bobby Convey, Andre Luiz, Brandon McDonald, Joey Gjertsen, RyanJohnson (Scott Sealy 85), Chris Wondolowski. (Cornell Glen 85).Statistics: Shots15; Shots on Goal 8; Saves 2; Fouls 8; Offsides 5; Corner Kicks 5. New York Red Bulls -- Bouna Coundoul, Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman67), Mike Petke, Tim Ream, Luke Sassano, Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani (SinisaUbiparipovic 75), Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel, Salou Ibrahim(Jeremy Hall 58).Statistics: Shots8; Shots on Goal 2; Saves 4; Fouls 5; Offsides 2; Corner Kicks 3.

Quotes SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn game:Obviously a great home winfor us and scoring four goals at home is important. The red card to themobviously makes a difference in the match, and sometimes you dont tendto play well when that happens, but I think this was our best game. Our ballmovement and desire to win the ball back was terrific. The way we playedtonight is exactly how I want us to play. On goals:Four goals on the scoreboardalways looks like a hammering, but its just a game of football where wemanaged to finish up our chances. Scoring is important, but winning iswhats really important. A fournil win is just the same as aonenil win, but it gives us confidence. Ryan (Johnson) and Wondo (ChrisWondolowski) have a great partnership going, both got one, and they deservedit.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD RYAN JOHNSONOn first goal of2010: It was one of the best goalswe scored all year as a team, great buildup, thats the stuff you work onin practice. It was nice to actually have those things translate to the gameand work out.On the result:This is a statement. We havenothing but playoffs on our mind, and it all starts right here at thebeginning. You cant put yourself in a hole. We are doing what we can toget the points when we need to get them, and not take our foot off thepedal.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD CHRIS WONDOLOWSKIOn his fourthstraight game with a goal:That was a great buildup. Iowe that one to my teammates. I believe the ball went from Bobby (Convey) toRyan Johnson, who played a perfect ball to Ramiro (Corrales), and then he putit on a platter for me. All I had to do was just tap it in.On the teamsmomentum:It was so huge to get a wintonight. I thought our team played really well. We were able to move the balland finish our opportunities. I feel we have the confidence and belief that wecan get three points against just about anyone. I think we are really playingwell right now, and it all starts with our defense. We have three shutouts inour last four matches and we cant really complain about that.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER BOBBY CONVEYOn his three assists:I wasjust doing my job, we had a lot of guys in the right places and they finishedtheir opportunities. It was good to get those goals, and important to get thiswin.On the first goal at the end of the first half:Obviously with the red card, we had much of thepossession in the first half, but we were getting a little frustrated with thembecause they were just sitting back. It is the perfect time to score at the endof a half because its a positive for us and a negative for them. Itworked out well, and the second goal early in the second half killed the gameoff.

Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season

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Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has exercised 2017 contract options on six players: goalkeeper David Bingham, defenders Victor Bernardez, Kip Colvey and Andres Imperiale, and midfielders Fatai Alashe and Matheus Silva.

The Earthquakes will not exercise options on nine players, including goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, and forwards Chad Barrett, Henok Goitom, Innocent, Steven Lenhart and Mark Sherrod.

In addition, the following players are under contract for the 2017 season: goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, defender Shaun Francis, midfielders Cordell Cato, Darwin Ceren, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy and Shea Salinas, and forwards Quincy Amarikwa and Chris Wondolowski.

Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Friday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. PT and Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. PT. The two drafts will take place via teleconference with all 22 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following each of the calls. Both of the Re-Entry Drafts will be conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft.

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Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

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Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

LA UNION, Colombia -- A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 75 people and leaving six survivors, Colombian officials said Tuesday.

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline with roots in Venezuela, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was carrying the up and coming Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil for Wednesday's first leg of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin - the continent's second-most-important championship.

"What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy," Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said from the search and rescue command center.

The club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page, "May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation."

Expressions of grief poured in from all over the soccer world. South America's federation canceled all scheduled matches in a show of solidarity, Real Madrid's squad interrupted its training for a minute of silence and Argentina legend Diego Maradona sent his condolences to the victims' families over Facebook.

Rescuers working through the night were initially heartened after pulling three passengers alive from the wreckage. But as the hours passed, heavy rainfall and low visibility grounded helicopters and slowed efforts to reach the crash site.

At daybreak, dozens of bodies were quickly collected into white bags while rescuers scavenged through pieces of the plane's fuselage strewn across the muddy mountainside.

Images broadcast on local television showed three passengers arriving to a local hospital in ambulances on stretchers and covered in blankets connected to an IV. Among the survivors was Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, who doctors said suffered spinal injuries.

Two goalkeepers, Danilo and Jackson Follmann, as well as a journalist traveling with the team and a Bolivian flight attendant, were found alive in the wreckage. But Danilo was later reported as dead, and authorities said another defender, Helio Zampier, had survived amid a confusion of sometimes conflicting early reports.

The aircraft is owned by LaMia, a company with roots in Venezuela and that has a close relationship with several premier South American squads.

Argentina's state-run news agency said the plane involved in the crash had transported Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and the national team this month from Brazil to Colombia between World Cup qualifier matches. The airliner also reportedly transported Venezuela's national squad and several top teams from Bolivia in the past.

LaMia's website, which is no longer online, said it operated three 146 Avro short-haul jets made by British Aerospace and with a maximum range of around 2,965 kilometers (1,600 nautical miles) - about the same as the distance between Santa Cruz and Medellin, the route it was flying when it went down.

Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia's aviation authority, said initial reports suggest the aircraft was suffering electrical problems although investigators were also looking into an account from one of the survivors that the plane had run out of fuel about five minutes from its expected landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin.

Bolivia's civil aviation agency said the aircraft picked up the Brazilian team in Santa Cruz, where players had arrived earlier in the day on a commercial flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Spokesman Cesar Torrico said that the plane underwent an inspection before departing for Colombia and reported no problems.

British Aerospace, which is now known as BAE Systems, says that the first 146-model plane took off in 1981 and that just under 400 were built in total in the U.K. through 2003. It says around 220 of are still in service in a variety of roles, including aerial firefighting and overnight freight services.

A video published on the team's Facebook page showed the team readying for a flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport. Photos of team members in the cockpit and posing in front of the plane ahead of departure quickly spread across social media.

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating two of Argentina's fiercest squads, San Lorenzo and Independiente, as well as Colombia's Junior.

"This morning I said goodbye to them and they told me they were going after the dream, turning that dream into reality," Chapecoense board member told TV Globo. "The dream was over early this morning."

The team is so modest that tournament organizers ruled that its 22,000-seat arena was too small to host the final match, which was moved to a stadium 300 miles (480 kilometers) to the north in the city of Curitiba.

"This is unbelievable, I am walking on the grass of the stadium and I feel like I am floating," Andrei Copetti told the AP. "No one understands how a story that was so amazing could suffer such a devastating reversal. For many people here reality has still not struck."