Quakes F Gordon named to U.S. Mens National Team roster

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Quakes F Gordon named to U.S. Mens National Team roster

San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon was among 24 players selected for U.S. Mens National Team duty by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Monday ahead of 2014 World Cup Qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.Gordon has been a key piece for a resurgent Earthquakes squad in 2012, notching career-bests with 13 goals and eight assists in 23 games played. He was previously called to camp on Aug. 12 ahead of a USMNT friendly with Mexico at Estadio Azteca and will be looking for his first cap when the Americans take the field against Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 12. Klinsmann:
The mentality we are bringing into these two games is to get six points. It's important that the players arriving into Miami prepare themselves for two 'finals.' We must have an urgency within the group and a clear understanding that we need to deliver, which means each player has to bring a 100 percent effort. Our all focus and energy for the next few days will be on getting the right preparation for the team so we can win the next two games." The U.S. is currently even with Guatemala at the top of Group A with seven points and matching totals in both goal differential and goals scored. Jamaica also has seven points but sits in third place due to a lower goal differential.With the three nations tied on points and jockeying for the top two spots, no team will be able to secure a place in the Final Round until the last group matches are played on Oct. 16.U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION GOALKEEPERS (3)
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Tim Howard (Everton)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (8)
Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover)
Maurice Edu (Stoke City)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby)
Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland) MIDFIELDERS (8)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Michael Bradley (Roma)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04)
Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) FORWARDS (5):
Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur)
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Herculez Gomez (Santos)
Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)
Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)San Jose Earthquakes media services

Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0

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Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0

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FRISCO, Texas -- Jahmir Hyka scored on a spectacular move in the 81st minute and the San Jose Earthquakes handed FC Dallas its first loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hyka took a pass from Marco Urena and touched the ball straight up over defender Matt Hedges as he raced by before putting the ball in off the post for his third goal.

David Bingham made three difficult saves for his fifth shutout, the 25th in his seven seasons with San Jose (5-4-4). The Earthquakes, who played Wednesday night, had just one win in their previous 12 road games and had been shutout six times and outscored by 13.

Hyka's goal also ended a string in which Chris Wondolowski had scored or assisted on the last seven Quakes goals.

Dallas (5-1-4) was unbeaten in its previous eight games with San Jose, outscoring the Quakes 12-4 with five clean sheets.

Dallas dominated most of the game with 62.3 percent possession and Jesse Gonzalez only made one save.

 

 

Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

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Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

It’s been a season of inconsistencies for the San Jose Earthquakes. But one thing that has been certain is that in San Jose, at Avaya Stadium, the Quakes are pretty close to unbeatable. 

And they continued that trend Wednesday night thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski, who combined for a goal in the game’s 83rd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

In six home matches, the Earthquakes are 3-0-3. 

The equalizer came less than three minutes after Carlos Rivas had put Orlando on top with a goal from inside the 18-yard box. 

But it was then that head coach Dominic Kinnear reached to his bench for Thompson. 

The late substitution paid off not too long after when a Jahmir Hyka corner found its way over to Thompson just outside the penalty area. The midfielder put the ball on frame and as it was going wide, Wondolowski was there to poke the ball home. 

The goal was the fifth of the season for Wondolowski. It was also Thompson’s first point for the big club since signing San Jose’s first ever Homegrown Player contract. 

David Bingham made a huge save on Brazilian international Kaka in stoppage time to keep the game drawn. 

Turning point: You have to look to Kinnear’s substitution in the 82nd minute that brought on Thompson. The midfielder is known for his creativity on the ball, but had yet to turn that into production for the Quakes since signing his contract. On Wednesday, his first point could not have come at a bigger time. Thompson’s first point came in his 57th game with the club.  

Man of the match: Bingham has played lights out at Avaya in 2017. And when the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, it was his save that kept on Kaka that preserved the unbeaten record at home and a much deserved point for the home squad.  

Injury update: Quakes fans got some bad news before the start of Wednesday’s game when the team announced Harold Cummings, a big offseason acquisition at center back, is out of the season. The Costa Rican international suffered a foot injury while in his San Jose home. The blow is huge for the Quakes, who are already thin defensively.

Booked: Orlando: Leo Pereira (yellow, 25’); San Jose: Anibal Godoy (yellow, 44’), Marco Ureña (yellow, 62’), Nick Lima (yellow, 68’), Darwin Ceren (yellow, 70’). 

Up next: The Earthquakes head to Texas to face FC Dallas on Saturday. While the Quakes are unbeaten at home, their fortunes change significantly on the road. They’ll try to turn that around against a tough Dallas team.