Quakes can't capitalize, draw Portland 1-1

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Quakes can't capitalize, draw Portland 1-1

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As has been the case all too often in 2011, the Earthquakes put in a positive performance but couldnt finish enough chances in Wednesday evenings 1-1 draw at the Portland Timbers. The Earthquakes fell behind to an early goal from Kenny Cooper, but Khari Stephenson fired home his second goal in two games in the 70th minute to give the Earthquakes a share of the points, doing little to advance the teams faltering playoff hopes. Obviously we played well tonight, sometimes you can't put your finger on why, but I thought our players looked very sharp offensively and defensively, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said. I thought we were great from whistle to whistle. The Earthquakes and Timbers played a very open game for the most part, with both teams recording 19 shots, seven on goal. The Earthquakes, however, were far superior in terms of the amount of possession they controlled, with 64.7 of the ball as opposed to Portlands 35.3. Despite seeing plenty of the ball, though, the Earthquakes could not find the goal they needed to give their playoff hopes a shot in the arm. Sometimes it takes awhile to build the momentum and the players start to really believe in the way we want to play, said Yallop, of the teams ability to maintain possession. There's been a lot of changes and a lot of stuff that's gone on this year that's out of our hands, obviously, but I think that was a true performance that we're capable of and we will play like that in the future. While the Earthquakes advantage in possession started almost from the opening whistle, they were caught on the break in just the ninth minute after Cooper turned home a cross from Darlington Nagbe after Nagbe had gotten behind Bobby Burling. After another scare a few minutes later that saw Nagbes effort well-saved by Jon Busch, the Earthquakes remained unfazed and started to press the Portland backline. We showed great character to come back from that, nine minutes into the game against a team that's very dominant at home and come back into it and play some good stuff and get the reward that we deserve," Yallop added. Despite all the possession and passes San Jose was able to string together, the team wasnt able to make any serious inroads against a strong Portland defense marshaled by goalkeeper Troy Perkins, who made six saves on the night, including one on Simon Dawkins in the 18th minute after the Englishman had done well to create some space to aim at the near post. The Earthquakes started the second half in similar fashion, seeing much of the ball, but unable to break through against Portland, which would take its MLS-record streak of not conceding to 240 minutes before Stephenson equalized. Rafael Baca set up the Jamaican, who managed to connect on an off-balance shot from outside the area, sending it just past the outstretched Perkins. I was having good possession and good ball movement and Rafa (Baca) got the ball wide and played me inside, Stephenson said of his goal. I was a little off balanced, but I tried to turn and get a good shot off. I didn't connect as well as I wanted but it went in. Chris Wondolowski, the Earthquakes leading scorer this season, had a few good chances shut down by Portland, most notably a glancing head in the 86th minute that Perkins got down low to save at his near post. Wondolowski and Stephenson also had point-blank chances stripped away on either side of halftime after saving tackles from Portland midfielder Diego Chara. While the Earthquakes were able to mange to secure a point on the road against Portland, which possessed a 9-4-2 record at home before the game, it wasnt enough to gain any significant ground in the playoff race. With five games left, the Earthquakes now sit seven points outside the playoffs, meaning they would need to make up significant ground to make the cut. Despite this, Stephenson maintained the teams performances over the past few games indicated that there was still a chance for the Earthquakes to make their second consecutive postseason appearance. We've been playing well for the last 10 games and it's just unfortunate that we haven't won most of them, he said. We are pushing for the playoffs and we are more than capable of winning the next few games.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer chatter, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

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

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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.