Quakes acquire midfielder Chavez from FC Dallas

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Quakes acquire midfielder Chavez from FC Dallas

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Friday that they have acquired midfielder Marvin Chavez from FC Dallas in exchange for allocation money. Per league and team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chavez, 28, is expected to fill a void on the right wing, where the Earthquakes struggled to find a consistent starter during the 2011 season. He joined Dallas from Marathon in his native Honduras in 2009 and has totaled 54 MLS games, eight goals and six assists.

In 2011 Chavez had a breakout year, starting a career-high 30 games, scoring six goals and tallying four assists along the way. He was also a contributor in Dallas run to the MLS Cup final in 2010, with the Texas outfit falling 2-1 in overtime to Colorado. Most recently he scored the winning goal in Dallas 1-0 win over Mexican outfit Pumas UNAM in the CONCACAF Champions League, the first victory by an MLS club team in Mexico in a competitive match.

Marvin is one of the most exciting players in MLS," San Jose GM John Doyle said in a statement. "I cant wait to see him in an Earthquakes uniform."

In addition to filling the teams need on the right side of midfield, Chavez, nicknamed El Hijo del Viento (Son of the Wind), will bring a good deal of speed to the Earthquakes and can use that pace to get behind opposition defenses.

Chavez has appeared 23 times for Honduras in international competition, with two goals to his name. He made his debut for his country in 2006 and was part of the Honduras team that made the semifinals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, North Americas top international competition. He declined a call to the 2011 Gold Cup, citing his club duties, but recently appeared for Honduras in a 1-0 exhibition loss to the United States in October.

The acquisition is the Earthquakes third of the offseason. Earlier in December, the Earthquakes added midfielders Shea Salinas and Jean Alexandre as they look to return to the playoffs following their run to the Eastern Conference final in 2010.

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Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win

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Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE — Bruce Arena's return as U.S. coach reignited American confidence, and his players responded with an emphatic rebound in World Cup qualifying.

Clint Dempsey returned from an irregular heartbeat to score his second international hat trick, 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and set up three others, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 Friday night to get right back in contention for an eighth straight World Cup berth.

Surprise starter Sebastian Lletget got his first international goal in the fifth minute after Pulisic's shot deflected off the goalkeeper, Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th and Dempsey scored off Pulisic's perfectly weighted chip in the 32nd.

Finding room to maneuver in a central midfield role, Pulisic made it 4-0 just 12 seconds into the second half with his fourth international goal, Dempsey rounded the keeper to score following a Pulisic feed in the 49th, and Dempsey got another on a 23-yard free kick in the 54th. With 55 international goals, Dempsey moved within two of Landon Donovan's American record.

In its first competitive match since Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. moved from last to fourth in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, tied at three points with Honduras but ahead on goal difference, Mexico leads with seven points, followed by Costa Rica with six and Panama with four.

The top three nations qualify for next year's tournament in Russia, and the fourth-place nation advances to a playoff. With a victory at Panama on Tuesday, the Americans could move into the top three.

The U.S. had never before won a hexagonal game by more than three goals.

And oh how the American Outlaws and others among the lively home crowd loved every second of this long-awaited showing, chanting "Michael Bradley!" and "Demp-sey! Demp-sey!" through the Bay Area rain and cool March air.

Then, it was "Bruce Arena! Bruce Arena!"

Gloom descended upon the Americans in November when they opened the hexagonal with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 wipeout at Costa Rica. The defeats caused the U.S. Soccer Federation to fire Klinsmann, who had coached the Americans since 2011, and bring back Arena, who lead the team from 1998-2006.

Dempsey, 34 and hoping to reach a fourth World Cup, was sidelined from August until this month by an irregular heartbeat and likely was starting only because of injuries to Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris. Tim Howard, the Americans' 38-year-old goalkeeper, got the shutout after returning only two weeks ago from a leg injury sustained in the loss to Mexico.

Geoff Cameron, back from a knee strain that had sidelined him for fourth months, was shifted to right back from central defense because of injuries to others, and Jorge Villafana was inserted on the left.

But there were yet more injuries. Lletget hurt his left ankle on Ever Alvarado's tackle and was replaced in the 18th minute, and defender John Brooks was stretchered off the field, hand over his face, in the 69th due to dehydration.

From the opening whistle, the U.S. played more aggressively than in the latter years of Klinsmann's reign. Arena revamped the midfield, giving a prominent role to Pulisic, who last week became the youngest American to score in the Champions League. He inserted Lletget and Nagbe, who were largely overlooked by Klinsmann last year, on the flanks.

The U.S. went ahead when Jozy Altidore picked up a loose ball and on his second try poked the ball ahead to Pulisic. His left-footed shot that went off goalkeeper Donis Escobar, and Lletget tapped in the ball with his right foot from 2 yards.

Bradley, given his debut by Arena in 2006, doubled the lead when he took a pass from Alejando Bedoya, cut to his left, took four touches and cut the ball back to beat Escobar with one-hopper from about 25 yards.

Showing poise beyond his years, Pulisic created the third goal when he lofted a pass to Dempsey, who allowed the ball of bounce off his right shoulder. Dempsey held off Henry Figueroa and while falling scored with his right foot from 8 yards.

What they’re saying: Let’s go USMNT against Honduras

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What they’re saying: Let’s go USMNT against Honduras

The United States Men's National Team faces a critical match against Honduras. 

With an 0-2 record, and currently in last place, the USMNT is on the brink of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Motivation across the sports world is pouring in for the Red, White and Blue.