Quakes control game, fall 1-0 to Dynamo


Quakes control game, fall 1-0 to Dynamo


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Earthquakes fell 1-0 to the Houston Dynamo at AT&T Park thanks to an early penalty kick from Brad Davis. Despite seeing the majority of possession, the team was unable to seriously test Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.

The Dynamo were handed a golden chance to open the scoring in the 13th minute referee Chris Penso whistled for a penalty after a coming together between Victor Bernardez, Jon Busch and Houstons Brian Ching in the penalty area.

Both teams struggled to find their rhythms through most of the first half, though the Earthquakes had the better of the chances despite rarely being able to penetrate into the Houston area.

Ramiro Corrales was particularly active on the left flank, and in the 38th minute his cross from deep found Steven Lenhart, but the burly striker headed over. Three minutes later, Corrales nearly had a goal of his own when he saw Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall cheating off his line and lofted a ball towards goal, only for Hall to get back in time to turn it over.

The Earthquakes had a pair of good chacnes in first half stoppage time, with Chris Wondolowski denied by Hall one-on-one, only to be whistled offside. Seconds later, Rafael Baca broke free down the left, but Wondolowski couldnt connect properly with his cross.

San Jose started the second half with a spell of pressure which saw close-range shots from both Lenhart and halftime substitute Marvin Chavez blocked.

The Earthquakes continued to have the have the best chances, though they continued to struggle to connect on set pieces. Wondolowski had another chance to equalize in the 61st minute, but he saw his shot blocked by Hall despite a clever touch to get through on goal.

Much-discussed offseason signing Tressor Moreno made his Earthquakes debut in the 63rd minute, replacing Khari Stephenson. The 33-year-old Colombian was not able to bring his playmaking skills to bear, though, as he and the team struggled to get any more clean looks at goal.

As the clock ticked down, the Earthquakes continued to throw men forward, as another offseason signing, Sercan Guvenisik made his debut as well. Moreno played Salinas through in a well-worked Quakes move, but the winger could only fire into the side netting.

Salinas continued to feature prominently in the waning minutes, earning a free kick just outside the area after being brought down by Bobby Boswell. However, Chavez could not take advantage of the opportunity as he blasted his shot high.

The team was lining up in a frantic effort to find an equalize, and Lenhart was the next to have a crack, but he fired wide after controlling well with his chest. Wondolowski was clipped from behind by Jermaine Taylor in stoppage to set up another great free kick opportunity, though his effort took a deflection off the wall to roll out for a corner, ending the Earthquakes chances to tie the game.

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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. 

Earthquakes release 2017 schedule; includes seven nationally televised games

Earthquakes release 2017 schedule; includes seven nationally televised games

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Earthquakes unveiled their 2017 MLS regular season schedule Thursday morning, which includes 16 matches at Avaya Stadium and a return to Stanford Stadium for the seventh consecutive season. Thirteen of the team's 17 home games will be played on Saturday nights.

A total of seven Quakes matches will be televised nationally in 2017, with select contests carried on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision.

Following 2016's record-breaking viewership of the California Clasico broadcast on Univision, two Earthquakes matches, both against the LA Galaxy, will air nationally on the network during the 2017 season (May 27, 7 p.m.; July 1, 7 p.m.). One million people tuned into last year's Clasico, including 548,000 between the ages of 18-49, making it one of the most watched MLS games last season and the first-ever MLS match to draw such ratings on Spanish language television.

The Earthquakes will continue the tradition of playing the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium when they host the LA Galaxy on Saturday, July 1 (7 p.m./Univision). The last five have drawn sold-out crowds of more than 50,000, including a record 50,816 in 2016. The summer classic will represent the Quakes' Military Appreciation Night and features the largest fireworks display in the Bay Area postgame.

Among the keynote home games is the season opener against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 4 (7 p.m.), the battle against defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, April 8 (7:30 p.m.), the rivalry matchup with the LA Galaxy on Saturday, May 27 (7 p.m./Univision) and the faceoff against the 2015 MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers on Saturday, Sept. 30 (7:30 p.m.).

After starting off the season with consecutive home games against Montreal and then Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, March 11 (7 p.m.), the Quakes will hit the road for a pair of away matches against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, March 18 (5:30 p.m.) and New York City FC on Saturday, April 1 (TBD). The Quakes will open and close the regular season with a heavy home schedule, with four of the first six games at Avaya Stadium, and three of the last four also in San Jose. The Quakes will hit the road for six of the nine games between Weeks 7-15.

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