Quakes allow goal in 85th minute, lose to Chivas


Quakes allow goal in 85th minute, lose to Chivas


SANTA CLARA (AP) Mariano Trujillo knocked home a rebound in the 85th minute to seal Chivas USA's first victory of the season, a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.Trujillo slammed home a loose ball from 3 yards out after Jon Busch had made a right-handed save on the initial shot by Justin Braun, who beat two San Jose defenders down the right wing to set up the play.Both men were second-half substitutes for Chivas coach Robin Fraser, who won for the first time with the club.The victory ended a Chivas drought that stretched eight matches, including three games last season. Chivas (1-2-3), the last MLS team to post a win this season, is unbeaten in its last four matches.Alejandro Moreno delivered a tying goal for Chivas in first-half injury time off a 35-yard free kick from Heath Pearce. Moreno rose from a crowd at 11 yards and got just enough of a header to put the ball neatly inside the far post.Chris Wondolowski scored in the 16th minute, popping a short header over Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from a few feet off the endline for his third goal of the season. The league's leading scorer in 2010 was set up by Khari Stephenson, who headed forward a cross from Ramiro Corrales.The goal gave San Jose (1-3-2) its first lead at home this season and brought an end to Kennedy's 250-minute scoreless streak. The Earthquakes, conference finalists a year ago, are 0-2-2 at Buck Shaw Stadium and winless in their last four matches overall.But San Jose couldn't hang on, despite a spate of spectacular saves from goalkeeper Busch, who was often left exposed by the Earthquakes' defense.

Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


SAN JOSE — Danny Hoesen scored his second goal of the season and assisted on Marco Urena's second goal, lifting the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 13th minute, off a long cross from Nick Lima. After touching the ball down, Hoesen gathered it off a defender's foot, stepped inside and unleashed a left footer into the top corner from just off the penalty spot.

Hoesen's long through ball down the right side sent Urena free and from a tight angle he rolled the ball past Nick Rimando in the 68th minute.

San Jose (6-6-5), which has battled injuries and call-ups to score just 16 goals in 16 games, won for just the second time in its last seven games.

Lima picked up two yellow cards in the second half and the Quakes played a man down from the 71st minute.

David Bingham made only one save in each half but was denied his seventh shutout when Jose Hernandez scored his second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for Salt Lake (5-11-2).

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

(Editor's Note: The above video is from January 2017)

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Georgia National Team attacking midfielder Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as a Designated Player, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. Qazaishvili scored for Georgia in their most recent World Cup qualifying match on June 11.

“We were looking for a player, a younger, offensive player, that really excites the fans and has the possibility to stay with us for a long period of time. That’s what we found with Vako,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “We wanted a player that knows how to take on a defender one-on-one, that sees the goal and that also wants to bring a spark to our game.”

Qazaishvili, 24, becomes San Jose’s youngest ever Designated Player after six years with SBV Vitesse of the Dutch Eredivisie. He tallied 25 goals and 10 assists in 104 league games for the Dutch side, adding another three goals and three assists in other top-flight competition.

Qazaishvili began his career in his native Georgia with FC Saburtalo in 2010, spending time on loan with Metalurgi Rustavi and Sioni Bulnisi. He then moved on to Vitesse in August of 2011 at just 18 years old, tallying one goal in four appearances for the first team in his debut season.

From 2012-13 to 2013-14, Qazaishvili spent significant time with the U-21 squad, scoring 14 goals in 30 league appearances for the youth side and establishing himself as a first-team player.

Qazaishvili then scored nine goals during the 2014-15 Eredivisie season and a team-best 10 in 2015-16. He later spent the majority of the 2016-17 season on loan with Poland’s Legia Warsaw, helping them win the league championship with a 21-6-10 overall record.

In addition to his experience in league play, Qazaishvili has made eight appearances in international cup competition, including Europa League qualifiers, Europa League and UEFA Champions League. He appeared against clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Champions League play.

He also has extensive experience playing with the Georgia National Team, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances at various youth levels and five goals in 23 appearances for the senior team.

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