'Quakes haunted by wastefulness in 1-1 draw


'Quakes haunted by wastefulness in 1-1 draw

Nick Rosano

For some reason, maybe we stepped on a black cat orwhatever the saying goes, but we dont seem to get any kind of fortune ingames, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said, after his teams 1-1 draw atToronto FC. We played well the last few games and we keep tying. While the bounces might not be breaking the Earthquakes wayin 2011, there was an entirely tangible factor at play on a warm Saturdayevening in Toronto.Simply put, the Earthquakes were too wasteful despite enjoying a significantadvantage in ball possession and the number of shots they took. I thought for long spells of the game we had longpossession, we had great chances, Yallop continued. Although Toronto had a couple of good breaks, but Ithink the general possession, the general play was good by us. I thought wedeserved more out of the match. The numbers certainly support Yallops assertion San Jose enjoyed 64.7 of possession on Saturday eveningand boasted a 78 passing accuracy, significantly higher than Torontos 60 accuracy. However, there is another telling statistic despite allthe possession, the Earthquakes struggled to create quality chances, anddespite their 18 shots, only three of them were on target, all of them in thesecond half. Furthermore, the Earthquakes passing, while good in general, waslacking in the final third of the field, down from 78 to slightly over 50 asthe team moved the ball closer to Torontos goal. Indeed, it took until the 87th minute for theteam to overcome the 1-0 deficit imposed by Torontos Eric Avila after a defensive miscuein the 33rd minute. Chris Wondolowski was on hand to finish off awell-worked set piece that saw Bobby Burling flick on a throw-in from JacobPeterson towards the back post and a lurking Wondolowski, who netted histeam-high ninth goal of the season. It is a great feeling. It shows how resilient weve been,Wondolowski said of his late equalizer. That being said, I still think we wereleft a little bit disappointed, we wanted to get three points whenever possibleand I thought we played fairly well. While Wondolowski eventually came through with theequalizing goal, for large parts of the game, it looked like it might beanother frustrating night for the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, who found thenet for the first time in six games. The Danvillenative had a couple misses on good chances in the first half, but dideventually come good when the team needed it most. I thought in the first half he had a couple of goodopportunities, I thought one that was a good one but he couldnt get his toe tothe ball, or his foot to the ball, said Yallop, of the play of his starforward. He had a free header as well which is unlike him in the first half.However, the coach went on to admit that he hoped the goalwould bring Wondolowski the confidence he needed to go on a goalscoring tearsimilar to the one he enjoyed at the end of 2010, where he scored the Earthquakesfinal 10 regular season goals. Im very happy that he scored the goal to hopefully get himthat confidence that he probably needs a little bit, especially goal scorers,they need to score, Yallop added. He was the one that got the goal and Ithink that is great for him and I hope that it is the start of a good run byChris. In fact, those final 10 goals in 2010 all came in Septemberand October, leaving a glimmer of hope that Wondolowski might be able tofulfill Yallops hopes and replicate that sort of scoring run, even if theplayoffs are a distant dream at the moment. Working against the possibility of turning the momentum fromthe late equalizer into a scoring run is that the Earthquakes dont play againuntil a Sept. 10 home game against the Chicago Fire. Still, with new signingEdmundo Zura likely to be in the mix he missed Saturdays game partly becauseof visa issues and partly because of a lack of match fitness and Wondolowskiback on the score sheet, the game in two weeks time could be just what theteam needs to cut out the wastefulness and snap a winless run that nowstretches to 13 games.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccermusings, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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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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