Keane gets Galaxy 2-0 win over Quakes in debut


Keane gets Galaxy 2-0 win over Quakes in debut

Many times this season, the Earthquakes have shot themselves in the foot. On Saturday night against the Los Angeles Galaxy, though, they were undone not by any particular mistakes of their own, but by the fact that the Galaxys star-studded lineup simply had too much quality. It was an unfortunate result. We did a lot of right things tonight, Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez said. I think the story of the game is you see the quality of players they have. The Galaxy featured a strong lineup, featuring not only known quantities in the shape of David Beckham and Landon Donovan, but also new addition Robbie Keane, all three on Designated Player contracts. The Republic of Ireland international threatened from the start, and it didnt take long for him to get onto the scoresheet. After seeing two breakaway chances stopped short for offside, the 31-year-old Keane burst through the Earthquakes defense in 21st minute after collecting a looping pass from Beckham and taking the ball past Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch, leaving him with an easy finish. They are three quality players, said Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop, on facing the Galaxys trio of stars. Any time you have three players of that caliber on the field at the same time you are going to be a pretty dynamic team. The Earthquakes did have their own chances to get something out of the game, especially with the score at 1-0 until the 90th minute, when Mike Magee finished off a well-worked Galaxy move to put the game beyond doubt. Due to various injuries and suspensions, Yallop was forced to field a lineup with Rafael Baca, naturally a winger, and Ramiro Corrales, naturally a left back, in the center of midfield. Khari Stephenson, normally a midfielder, partnered Chris Wondolowski up front and had the first good chance of the game early on saved by LA goalkeeper Josh Saunders. From then on, though, the Earthquakes lacked consistency and chemistry in the midfield for most of the first half, allowing Beckham and Donovan to pull the strings with relative ease, the period during which Keane netted the opener. After the goal, though, the Galaxy took their foot off the gas, allowing Baca and Corrales some room to work. In fact, the Earthquakes ended up edging the game statistically, putting six shots on target compared to the Galaxys two. However, none of the shots provided Saunders with a serious challenge, highlighting the Earthquakes continued toothlessness in front of goal throughout the summer months. Its a tale of finishing chances. They finished theirs and we had some good chances, but unfortunately we didnt finish ours, Busch said. I thought we played well again tonight, but in the end we didnt get anything out of it. That aspect is frustrating because it has been that way a lot this season where we have done the right things and havent gotten a just result. The loss sent the Earthquakes to their 12th straight winless game, prolonging a franchise record.. During the streak, though, the team has scored in just four of its games, with eight teams posting shutouts against them. Bearing that in mind, with just nine games remaining in the season, the Earthquakes will be looking for some improvement from their offense. New signing Edmundo Zura could be the help the team is looking for, and he made his debut in the 71st minute after joining the team in Los Angeles and passing his medical after a whirlwind week. While Zura wasnt able to make an immediate impact, it could be his presence in the lineup that the Quakes will look for to avoid a repeat of Saturdays defeat.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season


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


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."