Quakes' Convey Named Comeback Player of Year

Quakes' Convey Named Comeback Player of Year


SAN JOSE - Major League Soccer announced today that San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey has been named the Comeback Player of the Year. Convey battled back from the effects of microfracture surgery on his right knee in 2007 and hamstring injuries that hampered him in 2009 to have a breakout season in 2010.

Convey recorded a career-high 10 assists (fifth in MLS) in 2010 to go along with one goal and helped lead the Earthquakes to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since their return to MLS in 2008. Convey set a career-high with three assists in one game on May 8 against the New York Red Bulls. His excellent two-way play on the left wing also helped the Quakes achieve their third-highest point total in franchise history with 46.

Additionally, Convey finished the regular season tied for the league lead in game-winning assists with five, along with FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira and LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan. The five game-winning assists are tied for the most in a single season in club history with Eddie Lewis (1999) and Dwayne De Rosario (2005).

Convey played 26 games last season, totaling only one goal and two assists, but was slowed by a hamstring injury and lingering pain in his right knee. This season, Convey appeared in 28 games, missing none due to injury. He missed one game due to yellow card accumulation and he was rested for a game after San Jose had clinched a playoff spot.

He becomes the third Earthquakes player to win the award. Troy Dayak captured the award in 2001, while Brian Ching won in 2004.

Convey scored twice and added an assist in San Joses 3-1 win over the top seeded New York Red Bulls on Nov. 4 at Red Bull Arena. His two goals in a playoff game tied the franchise record, as Landon Donovan had achieved the feat on Sept. 22, 2001 at Columbus and again in the MLS Cup Final on Nov. 23, 2003 against the Chicago Fire.

The Earthquakes travel to Denver this weekend to take on the Colorado Rapids in the Eastern Conference Championship. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. PT and will air live on Fox Soccer Channel and 1220 KDOW.
Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services.

After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


A San Jose Earthquakes season that began with the best start in franchise history ended on Sunday with an all-too-familiar result and feeling.

A Sporting Kansas City first half penalty shot and 89th minute-goal was more than enough offense to finish the Quakes' season on a low note in what was a 2-0 loss at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City.

The Earthquakes finished the 2016 campaign with an 8-14-12 record -- their 12 losses are tied for second most since returning to San Jose after a two-year hiatus in 2008.

The shutout is also the 12th the Quakes suffered this season and San Jose has now missed the playoffs four straight years.

San Jose pressed Sporting Kansas City in the first half and was almost rewarded with a goal on both occasions.

But it was Kansas City who made the most of their opportunities and those don’t come much better than a penalty shot. 

Benny Feilhaber stepped up to the spot in the 27th minute after an awkward bounce hit Cordell Cato in the arm, forcing the referee to call for the penalty. Feilhaber beat David Bingham to the keeper's left for his seventh goal of the season.

The second half was noteworthy for its chippiness more than any real threat by San Jose to try and equalize. Referee Drew Fischer handed out five yellow cards in the half -- three to the Quakes. 

Sporting KC left the game way beyond reach for San Jose when Feilhaber found a streaking Dominic Dwyer on the right side who emphatically finished past Bingham for the 2-0 result. 

Man of the Match: Feilhaber gave San Jose fits the entire match and the Quakes had no answers for the midfielder. Feilhaber and Dwyer almost connected on a couple of other occasions that might have made the result worse for the Quakes. 

Attendance: 20,371 watched Sporting KC advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. 

Up Next: It's back to the drawing board for the Quakes who will reconvene in Tucson next season for preseason camp. 

Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021


Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021

MADRID — Neymar will sign a three-year contract extension with Barcelona on Friday, a deal that will keep the Brazil forward with the Spanish club until 2021.

Barcelona and Neymar had made the announcement of the agreement in July.

The previous contract was to end in 2018. The new deal will run through June 2021, Barcelona said Monday.

The club's announcement in July ended speculation that Neymar was unhappy in Spain and was looking to move to another club. Paris Saint-Germain was among the clubs reportedly trying to sign him.

At the time, the club said the contract's buyout clause would be fixed at 200 million euros ($219 million) for the first year of the new contract, 222 million euros ($243 million) for the second, and 250 million euros ($274 million) for the final three years.

Neymar has been with Barcelona since moving from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. He has scored 90 goals in 149 matches, including five goals in eight matches this season.

A key player in Barcelona's potent attack along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar helped the team win nine titles: two Spanish league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Spanish Super Cups, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.

The trio of attacking players scored 122 goals in the 2014-15 season and 131 goals last season, both record figures.

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, are likely to face trial for fraud in Spain in a case into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona. A Brazilian investment group which was entitled to 40 percent of the transfer claims it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the fee was concealed.

Barcelona also confirmed that defender Javier Mascherano will be staying with the club until 2019. That deal also had been announced in July.