Earthquakes Take Down First Place Red Bulls

Earthquakes Take Down First Place Red Bulls


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.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders


What a difference a week makes.

The San Jose Earthquakes entered their two-game, coast-to-coast swing of road games in playoff position. 

But now, after a 5-1 loss to the Red Bulls in the middle of last week and on Sunday, a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders, the Quakes are in seventh place in the Western Conference -- on the outside looking in. 

Here are five takeaways from defeat number nine on the season:

-- For the first 53 minutes there, it looked like San Jose had corrected what ailed them against the Red Bulls. They bent but did not break. 

But Christian Roldan opened the flood gates in the 54th minute, capitalizing on a defensive miscue and then it didn't take Seattle too much longer to put the game out of reach -- and make the Quakes look completely out of place. 

Roldan scored again in the 56th minute and Kelvin Leerdam, starting in his first game for the Sounders, scored nine minutes later. 

Roldan came inches away from his hat trick -- hitting the post in the 79th minute. 

-- Again, it's tough to criticize the play of one player, but in both Roldan goals -- that came within a minute of one another -- Andres Imperiale looked like the target of Seattle's attack -- he got caught flat footed on the first goal and on the second, the Argentinean was beat in the air. 

His defensive partner Victor Bernardez was victimized on that second goal too. 

It's probably not a coincidence then, that the Quakes signed Swiss defender Francois Affolter during the week. 

-- Speaking of Affolter, we've yet to see him at Avaya Stadium. And just like Jesse Fioranelli's other signing, little is known of the international player. Yet, at this point, with injuries and a deep run in the U.S. Open Cup tournament, the Quakes are in need of able bodies. 

Affolter, a center back, does have five international caps and over 200 caps in the Swiss Super League and German Bundesliga. 

-- After losing to New York last week, the Quakes moved below the magic red line in the Western Conference. Sunday's loss to the Sounders is critical -- with 21 games played, the Sounders not only creeped ahead of the Quakes, but are now four points clear of their Western Conference rival for that sixth (and last) playoff spot.  

Over a two-match stretch, the Quakes went from fifth and in the playoffs to seventh and knowing the latter part of the season (13 games) will be an uphill climb. 

-- San Jose got another look at Vako. The midfielder scored against the Red Bulls but, after checking in during minute 62, Vako did not figure into the attack. 

And, in the interest of the aforementioned able bodies, it was positive to see Quincy Amarikwa put in another shift ... and almost score in the 83rd minute.

Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's


Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's


ARLINGTON, Texas — Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan’s American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 Saturday night and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game.

Playing in his home state of Texas, the 34-year-old Dempsey entered in the 66th minute and made a perfectly timed through pass six minutes later that allowed Altidore to break in alone and beat Patrick Pemberton with a left-footed shot from 10 yards.

Dempsey doubled the lead in the 82nd minute with a 27-yard shot that went around a four-man defensive wall and got past Pemberton on two bounces.

“I saw the keeper cheating a little bit, and it went in,” Dempsey said.

Dempsey has 136 international appearances, trailing only Cobi Jones (164) and Donovan (157) among American players. The assist was his 20th for the national team.

“Coming back from two heart procedures, being able to still play at this level,” Dempsey said in his Texas twang, “living a dream. So I’m happy.”

Trying for their sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013, the Americans play Mexico or Jamaica in the final on Wednesday at Santa Clara, California.

The U.S. improved to 8-0-5 since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November and returned for a second stint as national team coach. Arena can become the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles following championships in 2002 and 2005.

Tim Howard got his second straight shutout, making key saves on Marco Urena in the 37th and 71st minutes.

After the second save, Dempsey took a pass from Darlington Nagbe in the center circle, made a cut, and took three touches as he sprinted toward goal. Altidore one-timed a shot for his first national team goal since September and ripped off his No. 27 jersey in a wild celebration, earning a yellow card.

Dempsey’s goal sealed the win, putting the U.S. back in the championship after a shocking semifinal loss to Jamaica two years ago. He was playing for the first time in AT&T Stadium, the $1.2 billion home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys that is about 180 miles from his hometown of Nacogdoches.

“Congratulations, Clint,” Donovan said while working on the Fox telecast of the game. “Feel free to stop now, we’ll share it together.”

After starting in Wednesday’s quarterfinal win over El Salvador, Dempsey moved to a reserve role against the Ticos. While the U.S. inserted five new starters in a roster rotation, Costa Rica went with the same 11 players who started in Wednesday’s win against Panama.

Costa Rica routed the U.S. 4-0 at home in a World Cup qualifier in November, the final game before Klinsmann was fired and Arena was brought back. And up ahead is another matchup, a qualifier on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey.

Morris, one of the new starters, hit a post just 11 seconds in.

Just before kickoff, El Salvador defender Henry Romero was suspended for his nation’s next six competitive matches and midfielder Darwin Ceren for the next three, those penalties coming three days after Romero bit Altidore and Ceren bit Omar Gonzalez during the quarterfinal. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football said the discipline was issued by the Gold Cup disciplinary committee for “anti-sporting behavior.”