'Quakes fail to spoil Keller's party in 2-1 loss to Seattle


'Quakes fail to spoil Keller's party in 2-1 loss to Seattle

For 82 minutes, it looked as though the Earthquakes wouldspoil the party for the 64,135 Seattle Sounders FC fans gathered to honorretiring Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller. However, as has often been the caseover the 2011 season, the Earthquakes threw away a late lead to fall 2-1. Chris Wondolowski put his team ahead in the 24thminute with his 15th tally of the year, but late goals from SammyOchoa and Fredy Montero condemned the Quakes to defeat in their visit to the Pacific Northwest. The result dropped the Earthquakes toa 6-4-5 record when taking the lead, meaning they have given up 22 points insuch circumstances. Im not sure we could play any better and not be two up,Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said. We didnt get the second goal andthat changed everything. It is the story of our season; we had good ballmovement and created some chances to score the second one. Even in the final regular season home game of his career,Keller who has spent 22 years as a professional and represented the United States102 times put in a sterling performance to keep Wondolowski from adding tohis total and keep his own team in the game. Yeah, he did come up with some very big saves, Yallopsaid. I think he had a couple of moments where we hit it straight at him andshould have picked a corner. Im on the sidelines and cant see the angles, butI cant fault our boys for their effort. After Rafael Baca put Wondolowski behind the Seattle defense to score San Joses opener, Keller proved unbeatabledespite the teams best effort. The veteran goalkeeper made a stunning reflexsave on Wondolowskis header just prior to halftime and showed incrediblestamina to deny the Quakes four times within the space of a minute late in thesecond half. He made some really good saves and that is something he hasdone for a number of years now. He is a great goalkeeper, Wondolowski said ofKellers performance. Wondolowski had a second goal a header from a freekick called back in the second half after it was adjuged that Sam Cronin hadtaken the free kick too early. While that call ended up being fairlystraightforward, the Earthquakes took issue with another call, one that saw theOchoa ruled onside as he went on to score Seattles equalizer. I havent seen the play Seattles first goal but the boys said hewas offsides, Yallop said of the late equalizer. But we have to play asmentally strong as we can in those late stages. There was to be no gripe with the officials when at leasttwo Earthquakes players played Montero onside, allowing him to seal the winnerwith a toe poke finish past Jon Busch and cement a storybook sendoff forKeller. Despite the loss, Wondolowskis goal a composed, lowfinish across Kellers body let him keep pace with D.C. Uniteds Dwayne DeRosario in the race for the MLS Golden Boot, awarded to the leagues topscorer. The former Earthquake scored his 15th goal of the seasonfrom the penalty spot in D.C.s dramatic 2-1 loss to Colorado. We did a good job pressuring and they turned it over toRafael Baca and he plays a good ball to me, Wondolowski said. It was Wondlowskis sixth goal in five games, nearlyreplicating his torrid form last October, when he scored 10 goals in the lasteight regular season games. He started the season out well and had a little bit of adry patch in the middle of the year, Yallop said of Wondolowskis form. He isa goal scorer; he has 15 goals this season, no penalty kicks. That is a goodtally for anyone in any league, not just this one. Wondolowski will have one more chance to pull away from DeRosario who currently holds the Golden Book tiebreaker by having tallied 12assists to Wondolowskis three when the Earthquakes play host to FC Dallas onOct. 22, the teams final game of 2011.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccerchatter, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season


Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has exercised 2017 contract options on six players: goalkeeper David Bingham, defenders Victor Bernardez, Kip Colvey and Andres Imperiale, and midfielders Fatai Alashe and Matheus Silva.

The Earthquakes will not exercise options on nine players, including goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, and forwards Chad Barrett, Henok Goitom, Innocent, Steven Lenhart and Mark Sherrod.

In addition, the following players are under contract for the 2017 season: goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, defender Shaun Francis, midfielders Cordell Cato, Darwin Ceren, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy and Shea Salinas, and forwards Quincy Amarikwa and Chris Wondolowski.

Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Friday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. PT and Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. PT. The two drafts will take place via teleconference with all 22 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following each of the calls. Both of the Re-Entry Drafts will be conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft.

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Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead


Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

LA UNION, Colombia -- A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 75 people and leaving six survivors, Colombian officials said Tuesday.

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline with roots in Venezuela, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was carrying the up and coming Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil for Wednesday's first leg of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin - the continent's second-most-important championship.

"What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy," Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said from the search and rescue command center.

The club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page, "May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation."

Expressions of grief poured in from all over the soccer world. South America's federation canceled all scheduled matches in a show of solidarity, Real Madrid's squad interrupted its training for a minute of silence and Argentina legend Diego Maradona sent his condolences to the victims' families over Facebook.

Rescuers working through the night were initially heartened after pulling three passengers alive from the wreckage. But as the hours passed, heavy rainfall and low visibility grounded helicopters and slowed efforts to reach the crash site.

At daybreak, dozens of bodies were quickly collected into white bags while rescuers scavenged through pieces of the plane's fuselage strewn across the muddy mountainside.

Images broadcast on local television showed three passengers arriving to a local hospital in ambulances on stretchers and covered in blankets connected to an IV. Among the survivors was Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, who doctors said suffered spinal injuries.

Two goalkeepers, Danilo and Jackson Follmann, as well as a journalist traveling with the team and a Bolivian flight attendant, were found alive in the wreckage. But Danilo was later reported as dead, and authorities said another defender, Helio Zampier, had survived amid a confusion of sometimes conflicting early reports.

The aircraft is owned by LaMia, a company with roots in Venezuela and that has a close relationship with several premier South American squads.

Argentina's state-run news agency said the plane involved in the crash had transported Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and the national team this month from Brazil to Colombia between World Cup qualifier matches. The airliner also reportedly transported Venezuela's national squad and several top teams from Bolivia in the past.

LaMia's website, which is no longer online, said it operated three 146 Avro short-haul jets made by British Aerospace and with a maximum range of around 2,965 kilometers (1,600 nautical miles) - about the same as the distance between Santa Cruz and Medellin, the route it was flying when it went down.

Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia's aviation authority, said initial reports suggest the aircraft was suffering electrical problems although investigators were also looking into an account from one of the survivors that the plane had run out of fuel about five minutes from its expected landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin.

Bolivia's civil aviation agency said the aircraft picked up the Brazilian team in Santa Cruz, where players had arrived earlier in the day on a commercial flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Spokesman Cesar Torrico said that the plane underwent an inspection before departing for Colombia and reported no problems.

British Aerospace, which is now known as BAE Systems, says that the first 146-model plane took off in 1981 and that just under 400 were built in total in the U.K. through 2003. It says around 220 of are still in service in a variety of roles, including aerial firefighting and overnight freight services.

A video published on the team's Facebook page showed the team readying for a flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport. Photos of team members in the cockpit and posing in front of the plane ahead of departure quickly spread across social media.

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating two of Argentina's fiercest squads, San Lorenzo and Independiente, as well as Colombia's Junior.

"This morning I said goodbye to them and they told me they were going after the dream, turning that dream into reality," Chapecoense board member told TV Globo. "The dream was over early this morning."

The team is so modest that tournament organizers ruled that its 22,000-seat arena was too small to host the final match, which was moved to a stadium 300 miles (480 kilometers) to the north in the city of Curitiba.

"This is unbelievable, I am walking on the grass of the stadium and I feel like I am floating," Andrei Copetti told the AP. "No one understands how a story that was so amazing could suffer such a devastating reversal. For many people here reality has still not struck."