Mexico to face Paraguay March 26 at Coliseum

Mexico to face Paraguay March 26 at Coliseum

Jan. 13, 2011
SAN JOSE TheSan Jose Earthquakes, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and the FederacinMexicana de Ftbol (FMF) announced today that the Mexican National Teamwill face Paraguay on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. PT at theOakland-Alameda County Coliseum. This Bay Area stopis part of Mexicos 2011 U.S. Tour.Anexclusive pre-sale for San Jose Earthquakes season ticket holders andother special groups will begin this Friday, January 14 at 10 a.m. PTby calling the Earthquakes at 408-556-7700. For group tickets orsuites, please contact the Earthquakes Front Office.Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. PT by visiting,by calling 800-225-2277 or visiting the usual tienda locations. Aspecial two-pack that includes a ticket to the Mexico-Paraguay game anda voucher for a ticket to an Earthquakes game can be purchased for aslow as 30. To purchase the two-pack, fans should call 408-556-7700.Scheduledon a FIFA fixture date, this match will mark Mexicos return to Oaklandafter almost two years, when they defeated Nicaragua 2-0 at theColiseum during the group phase of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexicoand Paraguay last face off at Copa America 2007, where El Tri securedthe quarterfinal win.Forthe first time in its history, Paraguay reached the quarterfinals stageof the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this past summer. Led by theircaptain and goalkeeper Justo Villar (Real ValladolidSpain) and theirhead coach Gerardo Martino, Paraguay is preparing for this summersCopa America in Argentina, where they will face Brazil, Ecuador andVenezuela. Paraguayan national team standouts include defender DarioVeron (Pumas UNAMMexico), Paulo da Silva and Cristian Riveros, both ofthe English club Sunderland.The Mexican National Team, under the direction of new head coach Jose Manuel Chepo de la Torre will kick off its 2011 U.S. Tour in Atlantas Georgia Dome on February 9 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.ElTri has made a number of appearances in the Bay Area over the pastfive years, playing in both Oakland and San Francisco. Mexico lastplayed in the Bay Area on Feb. 24, 2010 at Candlestick Park in SanFrancisco, routing Bolivia 5-0. Prior to that match, Mexican NationalTeams made four appearances in Oakland from 2007-09. Mexico facedSweden in front of 46,550 fans on Jan. 28, 2009 before taking onNicaragua in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 5, 2009. The two previoustrips by Mexico to the Coliseum resulted in sellout crowds of 47,416.Mexico defeated Ecuador 4-2 on March 28, 2007 and on March 2, 2008, theUnder-23 teams of Mexico and Australia tied 1-1.The 2011 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour sponsors are adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Bud Light, Cacique, Coca-Cola, Castrol, Degree Men, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts and The Home Depot. Together, they will hostFtbol Fiesta, a huge celebration taking place beforeevery game, including an interactive zone of 120,000 square feet withlive music, games, celebrities and promotional memorabilia.About Soccer United Marketing
Foundedin 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent marketingsoccer company in North America. SUM has the exclusive commercialrights to everything related to Major League Soccer (MLS) and U.S.Soccer Federation. SUM is also the official and exclusive marketingpromoter of the Mexican National Team when on tour in the U.S., plusthe marketing and promotion of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Since 2008, SUMhas a long-term agreement with historic and giant soccer club FCBarcelona, consisting on U.S. tours of the Spanish team. SUM also hasthe marketing rights in the U.S. to the most popular Mexican team, ClubDeportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).Additionally,SUM created SuperLiga and the Pan-Pacific Championship, twointernational level soccer tournaments including teams from the MLS,Mexico and Asia. Beginning 2009, SUM established MLS DigitalProperties, previously known as SUM Digital Network, the onlyadvertising network of its kind. It covers every single aspect of thesport in the United States, allowing sponsors to reach million ofsoccer fans through many advertising and sponsorship campaigns. All ofthese properties are represented by SUMs motto: One Sport. OneCompany. For more info, visit:www.SUMworld.comCourtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services

Quakes look to regroup after disappointing 2016 season


Quakes look to regroup after disappointing 2016 season

This time last year, there was a totally different kind of disappointment over at San Jose Earthquakes headquarters. Yes, they had missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but they battled to the very end and came within a couple of points of earning an invitation to the dance.

That sort of late-season run filled the franchise and fans with optimism heading into 2016.

But after an 8-12-14 mark, a ninth place finish in the Western Conference that tied for the worst since their return to MLS and the firing of a general manager midseason, the Quakes are a team faced with the idea of having to stop backwards momentum and restore faith with a fan base that is antsy for a winner on the field.

MVP: Chris Wondolowski fits the truest definition of valuable for the Earthquakes. Off the field, the forward continued and expanded his role of face and ambassador for the franchise. You’d be hard pressed to find another MLS player who exemplifies their club more than Wondolowski.

On the field, it’s almost cringe-worthy to think of where the Quakes would be without Wondolowski. As expected, for yet another season, he led the team in goals with 12 and was fourth in assists -- but his numbers are amplified by a San Jose offense that finished last in MLS with just 32 goals scored this season.

And most importantly, an offense that already struggled to find the back of the net would take an even greater (and incredibly visible) hit when Wondolowski was not in the lineup playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team, or just flat out struggling – consider that in the months when Wondolowski did not score, whether on international duty or not, the Quakes only managed 12 of the possible 36 points and scored two or more goals in a single match just three times.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: A few names come to mind, but with a back line that was ravaged by injuries peppered throughout the season, Marvell Wynne demonstrated the versatility and consistency the Quakes desperately needed. Wynne played all along Dominic Kinnear’s back line, logging the fourth-most minutes on the team behind two other DPOY candidates in David Bingham and Victor Bernardez, plus the aforementioned Wondolowski.

San Jose will have a tough choice to make with Wynne in the offseason with his contract up and a well-deserved raise in the cards -- but his age and its value proposition comes into question. Yet in 2016, Wynne was a lifeline for the Quakes.

BEST OF TIMES: With just eight wins this season, there weren’t a ton of bright spots for the Quakes. But they earned a huge moral victory for northern California soccer when they hosted the MLS All-Star Game.

For a week, San Jose, Silicon Valley and Avaya Stadium was the center of the MLS universe as the stars convened on Coleman Avenue to celebrate the sport.

WORST OF TIMES: It seems pretty crazy to remember that the Quakes actually got off to the best start in franchise history when they won back-to-back games for their first 2-0-0 start ever and a strong 3-1-2 record through their first six matches.

But injuries to the back line and up front (see: Quincy Amarikwa), made thing very difficult for Kinnear to put his best 11 on the field consistency.

Those injuries, coupled with San Jose’s inability to find any sort of traction or winning consistency away from Avaya Stadium really put the season on the down slope. The Quakes only won one road match in 2016.

THE GREAT UNKNOWN: Currently, the Quakes are a team without a general manager. And for a team that obviously needs a couple of pieces, the sooner they hand the reins to someone, the better.

The Earthquakes hired Nolan Partners, the world's largest sports executive search firm, to help identify the club's next GM while technical director Chris Leitch currently fills that void.

According to the Quakes, Nolan Partners will conduct the search both domestically and internationally, using a strict set of criteria to find the best candidates in line with the organization's long-term aspirations.

The clock is ticking though.


Not to sound overly dramatic with the one-word paragraphs, but with just 32 goals this season, and a formula dependent so much on just one player, the Quakes have to hit the drawing board hard and look to add a couple of pieces to make them more competitive up front.

A full offseason with Simon Dawkins could be beneficial – so should the resigning of Alberto Quintero.

But finding a true No. 9 to play in front of Wondolowski and allow the master to roam free underneath where he can do major damage would go a long way in making a much-needed ascent up the offensive categories.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: For those who have resigned themselves to the idea of San Jose being a big-market, high-budget team, the focus has naturally shifted to the youth movement that should follow. The Quakes have taken steps towards that with affiliation deals in the Premier Development League (Burlingame Dragons FC) and the United Soccer League (Sacramento Republic and Reno 1868) to look and develop the next wave of Earthquakes.

The big picture revolves around when the Quakes decide to flip the switch and fully commit to young talent coming through that pipeline. In 2016, San Jose was one of the oldest teams in MLS – could 2017 be the start of the long-awaited Quakes youth movement?

After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


A San Jose Earthquakes season that began with the best start in franchise history ended on Sunday with an all-too-familiar result and feeling.

A Sporting Kansas City first half penalty shot and 89th minute-goal was more than enough offense to finish the Quakes' season on a low note in what was a 2-0 loss at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City.

The Earthquakes finished the 2016 campaign with an 8-14-12 record -- their 12 losses are tied for second most since returning to San Jose after a two-year hiatus in 2008.

The shutout is also the 12th the Quakes suffered this season and San Jose has now missed the playoffs four straight years.

San Jose pressed Sporting Kansas City in the first half and was almost rewarded with a goal on both occasions.

But it was Kansas City who made the most of their opportunities and those don’t come much better than a penalty shot. 

Benny Feilhaber stepped up to the spot in the 27th minute after an awkward bounce hit Cordell Cato in the arm, forcing the referee to call for the penalty. Feilhaber beat David Bingham to the keeper's left for his seventh goal of the season.

The second half was noteworthy for its chippiness more than any real threat by San Jose to try and equalize. Referee Drew Fischer handed out five yellow cards in the half -- three to the Quakes. 

Sporting KC left the game way beyond reach for San Jose when Feilhaber found a streaking Dominic Dwyer on the right side who emphatically finished past Bingham for the 2-0 result. 

Man of the Match: Feilhaber gave San Jose fits the entire match and the Quakes had no answers for the midfielder. Feilhaber and Dwyer almost connected on a couple of other occasions that might have made the result worse for the Quakes. 

Attendance: 20,371 watched Sporting KC advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. 

Up Next: It's back to the drawing board for the Quakes who will reconvene in Tucson next season for preseason camp.