Late free kick lifts Earthquakes over Galaxy


Late free kick lifts Earthquakes over Galaxy


As they have all season, the San Jose Earthquakes left itlate to find a game winner, but a winner they found, as a Victor Bernardez 35yard free kick gave the visitors a 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.With aggregate goals over the two legs of the semifinalseries determining which team will advance to the Western Conference finals,the Earthquakes will need only a draw when the two teams return to Buck ShawStadium Wednesday night to move in their march to the MLS Cup.The Galaxy were the aggressors for much of the affair, withDesignated Players Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane both having golden scoringopportunities go wanting. Meanwhile, the Earthquakes defense stayed resolutethroughout the 90 minutes, cutting down most Galaxy efforts in the attackingthird, and earned their first shutout since a 2-0 win against Chivas USA inSeptember.The Bernardez goal was the Earthquakes' ninth stoppage timegoal of the season and their sixth game winning goal scored after regulationtime had elapsed.Chris Wondolowski came close to stunning the capacity crowdat the Home Depot Center in the 2nd minute when he stabbed at a ballin the Galaxy penalty area after goalkeeper Josh Saunders and defender TommyMeyer failed to communicate on a clearance attempt, but the shot attempt wasdeflected wide of the post.A free kick opportunity for LA in the 8th minutenearly propelled the home side to the lead, as David Beckham curled anin-swinging cross into the area that split the Quakes defense, but Keane wasnot able to direct his snap header on target.The Galaxy had another pair of scoring chances go wantingduring a first half that saw them slowly assert their control over the match. A32nd minute shot from Donovan was comfortably saved by goalkeeperJon Busch and a 38th minute cross from the Galaxy captain justmissed Keane at the back post.The Earthquakes, having weathered the Galaxy storm in thefirst half, began to see their fortunes improve in the second stanza.Substitutes Simon Dawkins and Alan Gordon provided a lift to the San Jose offense, whileShea Salinas provided relief for speedster Marvin Chavez.The changes helped push the game more into the midfield, buta turnover near the center line almost proved costly for the Quakes, as Keanelatched onto a loose ball and drove toward goal. From 25 yards, the Irelandinternational fired a low, hard shot, but it was right into the grasp of Busch.Keane nearly scored in the 86th minute aftercollecting a back-pass from Donovan at the top of the area, but his shotrocketed off the crossbar after soaring over Busch.Bernardez captured the improbable win for the Earthquakes inthe 94th minute when his free kick from 35 yards eluded the defensewall and squirted out of the grasp of Saunders. The Earthquakes will carry a 1-0 aggregate lead back to BuckShaw Stadium where they will face the Galaxy Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

Earthquakes acquire Danny Hoesen and Florian Jungwirth

Earthquakes acquire Danny Hoesen and Florian Jungwirth

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Dutch forward Danny Hoesen on a season-long loan, with an option to buy, using Targeted Allocation Money and signed German defender/midfielder Florian Jungwirth using Targeted Allocation Money, pending receipt of P-1 Visas and ITC.

Hoesen, 26, most recently played for FC Groningen of the Dutch Eredivisie. Since joining FC Groningen ahead of the 2014-15 season, Hoesen has tallied 15 goals and five assists in 72 appearances, including four goals in 12 matches so far this season. He helped the club win the 2014-15 KNVB Cup, the Dutch version of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

"Danny Hoesen gives us a player with a strong frame that is tall, but also has a fast pace," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. "He can attack the space in counter-attack situations. He can also work in tandem with whichever striker will be supporting him. He's a player that comes from very attack-minded football in Holland and will be the perfect striker to give us an additional element in the box that we may have been missing."

Hoesen began his professional career with Fortuna Sittard of the Dutch second division, before joining English side Fulham FC in 2008 at the age of 17. Playing with Fulham's U-23 side, Hoesen spent time on loan with HJK Helsinki of the Finnish first division in 2010, helping the club win the league title, and later his former club Fortuna Sittard (2011-12) before returning to England in June of 2012. He scored four goals in 10 total appearances for Fulham's youth side.

In August of 2012, Hoesen was transferred to Dutch powerhouse Ajax. Over the next season and a half, Hoesen scored 13 goals and added six assists in 44 appearances across all competitions for the first team, while also scoring eight goals in 22 appearances for the club's U-21 squad. He helped Ajax win the 2012-13 league title and the 2013 Johan Cruyff Shield. Hoesen also appeared in five UEFA Champions League matches against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona and AC Milan, scoring goals against Dortmund and Barcelona.

He then joined Greek first division side PAOK Thessaloniki on loan in January of 2014 and finished the season with one goal and two assists. Hoesen was then transferred from Ajax to FC Groningen in July of 2014 where he remained until signing with San Jose.

Internationally, Hoesen has made 13 total appearances for the Netherlands at various youth levels, scoring three goals.

Jungwirth, 28, joins the Earthquakes after two and a half seasons with SV Darmstadt 98 of the German Bundesliga. He made 63 appearances for Darmstadt, recording three assists, and helped the club earn promotion from the 2. Bundesliga to the top flight with a second place finish in 2014-15.

"Florian is capable of playing all defensive positions. He came up through the German National Team system and won the European Cup with them," said Fioranelli. "He grew up as a central defender, on both the right and the left. He was later moved to defensive midfield because he is a player that has a strong presence and is very logical and careful when it comes to possession and build-up situations. He is a player that has a lot of heart and has been very much liked on every team that he's played for because he will fight for his teammates and is a natural leader."

Jungwirth began his career at the youth ranks of TSV 1860 Munich. After making 33 appearances for the club's U-19 side, he earned his way onto the club's reserve squad, TSV 1860 Munich II, where he tallied three assists in 48 games played.

In January of 2010, he was transferred to Dynamo Dresden of the 2. Bundesliga, where he remained for three and a half seasons. During his time with Dresden, Jungwirth made 97 appearances and recorded two assists.

Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Jungwirth moved to VfL Bochum, also of the 2. Bundesliga. During his one season with the club, he scored one goal in 30 appearances with the first team and two goals in four appearances with the club's reserve side. Jungwirth then signed with Darmstadt in September of 2014.

Internationally, Jungwirth has made 44 appearances for Germany at various youth levels from U-16 to U-20, scoring two goals.

"I think both guys have a strong background coming from top leagues overseas and will help on both sides of the ball," said Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. "Our expectation is that Danny will score goals and Florian will provide a solid presence on the backline."

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Levi's Stadium to host 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final


Levi's Stadium to host 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — This year's CONCACAF Gold Cup final will be played on July 26 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced first-round sites in December and the site of the final on Wednesday. The 12-nation tournament opens July 7 at Harrison, New Jersey.

The United States and defending champion Mexico head a field that includes Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, French Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique and Panama. The final spot will be determined by a playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua in March.