Kaval Named New Earthquakes President

Kaval Named New Earthquakes President

Oct. 4, 2010


SAN JOSE, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that Golden Baseball League (GBL) founder David Kaval has been named the president of the club. Current president Michael Crowley has been elevated to managing director of the Earthquakes. Kaval will oversee both the business and technical sides of the club and report directly to Crowley, who has served as the Earthquakes president since the team returned to MLS in 2006.David brings a wealth of experience and leadership from a very diverse background to this position, said Crowley. He has a proven track record of success and we think that he is a great fit for our organization. I needed to take a step back from the day-to-day operations and I felt like now was the perfect time for that move.Kaval comes to the Earthquakes after six successful seasons with the independent GBL, a league that he founded with a fellow Stanford Business School graduate in 2003. The league currently includes 10 teams in three different countries. Kaval was responsible for raising the initial capital to get the league launched and attracting a number of investors from around the country for the venture. He also negotiated a number of major corporate partnerships, including the league naming rights agreement.I am very excited to join the San Jose Earthquakes and I would like to thank (Earthquakes owner) Lew Wolff and Michael Crowley for the opportunity, said Kaval. Soccer is experiencing a great deal of growth right now in this country and in the Bay Area in particular. The Earthquakes have built a great organization both on the field and on the business side and I am looking forward to joining this team.With the GBL, Kaval proved his skill in international negotiations, creating partnerships with the Samurai Bears (Japan) and the Chinese National Team, while working with teams in Canada and Mexico as well. Over 100 players from the GBL have been signed to Major League Baseball contracts and Kaval was also able sign such big names as Ricky Henderson, Jose Canseco, Jose Lima and Hideki Irabu to GBL contracts. Current San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo and Boston Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava are GBL alumni.Prior to founding the GBL, he spent time working on the budget for national security for the Office of the President of the United States. He also worked as the Director of Business Development for Sparks.com and as a Business Analyst for Accenture.Kaval authored the book, The Summer That Saved Baseball, which was originally published in 2000. The book highlighted a tour of all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in the summer of 1998 and is now in its second printing. He currently serves as a Director of the Workforce Investment Board in San Mateo County and frequently guest lectures at the Stanford Business School.Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes Media Services

Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy


Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy


SAN JOSE -- Cali Clasico fans have come to expect fireworks on the pitch every time the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy face off in one of Major League Soccer’s best rivalries.

And the first affair of 2017 was no exception. Five goals in the first half got the match off to a roaring start but, much to the chagrin of San Jose fans, L.A. handed the Earthquakes their first Avaya Stadium loss of the season with a 4-2 final.

Giovani Dos Santos notched a pair of goals including the backbreaking tally 20 minutes into the second half.

Chris Wondolowski got the first half flurry going with an easy-money strike on a volley after a perfect backpost cross from Danny Hoesen in the 10th minute.

Saturday’s match was Hoesen’s best performance of the season, by far.

Los Angeles equalized nine minutes later when Joao Pedro took advantage of a sneaky ball between two defenders from Dos Santos. The Brazilian turned and struck the ball true to beat David Bingham.

It was the first sign of the San Jose nightmare that is the Mexican national.

The Galaxy took their first lead of the match in the 35th minute when Dos Santos finished a penalty kick earned after Kofi Sarkodie clothelined Bradley Diallo in the box.

But two minutes later, it was Hoesen getting off the proverbial schneid by notching his first goal as an Earthquake. It was a classy finish off a low cross inside the box from Tommy Thompson, who picked up his second assist of the season on the play.  

Disaster struck one minute before halftime though, when a diving Victor Bernardez deflected a Diallo cross after the defender found himself back in the San Jose 18. The ball beat a shocked Bingham.

San Jose came out aggressive in the second half and Los Angeles made them pay on the counterattack to put the game away. Romain Alessandrini raced down the left flank, took a look up and struck gold on a left-footed cross to Dos Santos on the back post that could not have been hand-placed any better. Dos Santos arrived perfectly to head the ball past Bingham.

The loss moved San Jose’s home record to 3-1-3.

Turning point: The final marker gave L.A. a two-goal win, but any momentum San Jose had after Hoesen equalized evaporated on the Bernardez own goal. Not only did the goal somewhat deflate the home team, but put San Jose in the position of aggressor – and it’s a position the Galaxy exploited to score the fourth goal.

San Jose’s Man of the Match: The pressure has been on Hoesen since the forward arrived on loan from the Netherlands. In 12 previous games, the man from Heerlen only had one assist to show for his efforts. On Saturday, Hoesen assisted on the first goal with a world-class cross and picked up his first goal of the season on an equally exquisite finish.

History watch: Wondolowski’s first half strike was his eighth goal against the Los Angeles side and 127th all-time in MLS. He is now just six behind Jaime Moreno, who sits third on the MLS’ all-time list.

Attendance: As expected, the San Jose Earthquakes announced a sell out for the marquee match on their schedule.

Up next: The Earthquakes head north to take on the Portland Timbers. The June 2nd matchup is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. 

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.