MLS Playoff Preview: Earthquakes vs. New York

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MLS Playoff Preview: Earthquakes vs. New York

Nov. 4, 2010EARTHQUAKES PAGE EARTHQUAKES ROSTERMLS PAGE MLS STATISTICS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The depth of the New York Red Bulls made it easier for them to withstand the absence of three players to open the MLS playoffs.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Earthquakes are looking for another option to keep the pressure off Chris Wondolowski, the league's leading scorer.

The Red Bulls need either a win or tie to advance to the conference finals when they host the Earthquakes in the second leg of an aggregate-goal series Thursday night.

New York opened this series with a 1-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday. Joel Lindpere scored in the 55th minute and Bouna Coundoul made three saves in the team's fifth shutout in six matches.

The Red Bulls were without Thierry Henry (right knee strain) for a third straight game as well as Salou Ibrahim and Tony Tchani, who were nursing hamstring injuries. Tchani and Ibrahim are expected to be available Thursday while Henry will likely be a game-time decision.

"His turning was excellent, looked really sharp," coach Hans Backe, who said Henry may be used as a sub if he's ready to go, told the Red Bulls' official website. "But just to hit the ball, to kick the ball, he feels some pain."

While winning short-handed was impressive enough, the Red Bulls also accomplished something few teams have managed to do - hold Wondolowski without a goal. Wondolowski led the league with 18 goals, notching four in the final two regular-season games, but he was held to two shots Saturday.

"The statistics don't lie: If Chris isn't scoring, we're having trouble finding goals," defender Jason Hernandez told the Earthquakes' official website. "It's a challenge for our other guys to step up and make some plays."

San Jose fell to 2-8-6 when Wondolowski fails to score. He's accounted for the team's last 10 goals, and the last player other than him to score was midfielder Geovanni on Sept. 5.

"You can't go through a number of games without somebody else coming up and scoring to help Chris out," coach Frank Yallop said. "Somebody's going to pop up and hopefully make the difference for us."

Yallop's team, which last advanced to the conference finals in 2003 when it won the MLS Cup, wants to make sure it plays good defense Thursday. But having a 1-0 deficit in goals means it's going to have to attack more than it did last weekend.

"We're definitely going to get forward," Wondolowski said. "But ... the longer that we're down by only one goal, we have a chance. If we got down by 2-0, that makes things 10 times more different."

Playing on the road might actually help San Jose. The Earthquakes were 6-5-4 away from home, going 3-1-1 in their last five. However, they lost 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on Aug. 28.

The Red Bulls, who advanced to the conference finals in 2008, haven't lost in their last five home games, posting three consecutive shutouts. While a tie would advance them, they are looking for more.

"We must go out and win," midfielder Rafa Marquez said. "I don't think we can spare any efforts. We're at home and I think the team is playing very well."

Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

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Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

The San Jose Earthquakes completed their participation in the 2017 MLS Superdraft with a nod to local soccer talent.

A couple of days after selecting a pair of midfielders in rounds one and two, the Quakes chose winger Christian Thierjung from the University of California with their third-round selection.

Thierjung joins Nick Lima, San Jose’s second-ever homegrown signing, as offseason moves that involve Golden Bears.

Thierjung, 22, goes to the Quakes after four seasons at Cal, where he appeared in 73 games, tallying 27 goals and seven assists.

As a senior, Thierjung was named First-Team All-Pac-12, Third Team All-Far West Region and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-12. He was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team All-Far West Region in 2015.

Thierjung also played for the Quakes' PDL affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC during the 2016 season, tallying two goals in five total appearances.

With their fourth-round selection, the Quakes took Auden Schilder, the 22-year-old goalkeeper from the University of Washington.

Schilder was selected Second Team All-Pac-12 Conference and Second Team All-Far West Region in 2016 after surrendering just 18 goals in 20 appearances and posting five shutouts.

During rounds one and two, the Quakes selected Generation Adidas midfielder Jackson Yueill with the No. 6 overall selection and University of South Florida midfielder Lindo Mfeka.

Also making local soccer news, Thierjung’s teammate on Burlingame Dragons FC, three-year captain Joshua Smith, was selected in the fourth round by the New England Revolution. Smith also captained the University of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, San Jose announced the signings of Marvell Wynne and Tommy Thompson. Per league rules, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Thompson, 21, became the Earthquakes' first-ever homegrown player signing in 2014, following one season at Indiana University where he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. He’s yet to score a point in an MLS match.

Wynne has appeared in 301 games during his 11-year MLS career, recording two goals and 21 assists. He was an invaluable member of a Quakes team that was hit hard by injuries in 2016.

Wynne helped the Colorado Rapids win MLS Cup in 2010. He has also represented the United States National Team and was a starter during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

The San Jose Earthquakes began their 2017 draft by taking a UCLA Bruin. And if he pans out to play anything like the player he emulates his game around, the Quakes might have themselves a true superstar. 

Jackson Yueill, a midfielder, was selected by the Quakes with the sixth pick in the 2017 Superdraft. Yueill, who models his game around FC Barcelona and Spanish National Team legend Andres Iniesta, is a Generation Adidas Signing for the Earthquakes.

"I'm super excited," Yueill said. "I love the west coast. I'm excited to move to San Jose. It's a really good environment with the team and the fans. I've heard great things. I'm excited to try and bring another cup to San Jose." 

The UCLA product played in 40 games during his college career, scoring nine goals and notching 17 assists during those contests. His 11 assists in 2016 led the Pac-12. 

Considered a high-upside player, Yueill joins the Quakes in what already is a pretyt stacked midfield. "I see myself as an 8," Yueill said of his fit in the MLS game. "A box-to-box midfielder who can get into the attacking zone and create goal scoring opportunities." 

Yueill was named to back-to-back NSCAA First Team All-Far West Region and First Team All-Pacific 12 Conference teams. He has represented the United States on the U-20 team.

As a member of Generation Adidas, Yueill's salary will not count against salary cap. 

"I'm a player that loves to learn," Yueill said. "It's always great to come to a team where the coach believes in you."

With the 28th pick of the draft, the Earthquakes selected another midfielder -- Lindo Mfeka of the University of South Florida. 

A four-year player with the Bulls, Mfeka scored 16 goals and notched 18 assists in his college career. 

Mfeka is a two-time First Team member of the All-American Athletic Conference. He was born in Durban, South Africa.

Day 2 of the MLS Superdraft will happen via conference call next Tuesday. The Quakes have two picks remaining -- the 50th and 72nd overall selections. 

Rounding out local Superdraft News: Two members of the Quakes' Premier Development League affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, were selected in Day 1. Brian Nana-Sinkam (Stanford) was selected by the MLS-champion Seattle Sounders and Brian Wright (Vermont) went to the New England Revolution.