'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

Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings


Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

The San Jose Earthquakes completed their participation in the 2017 MLS Superdraft with a nod to local soccer talent.

A couple of days after selecting a pair of midfielders in rounds one and two, the Quakes chose winger Christian Thierjung from the University of California with their third-round selection.

Thierjung joins Nick Lima, San Jose’s second-ever homegrown signing, as offseason moves that involve Golden Bears.

Thierjung, 22, goes to the Quakes after four seasons at Cal, where he appeared in 73 games, tallying 27 goals and seven assists.

As a senior, Thierjung was named First-Team All-Pac-12, Third Team All-Far West Region and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-12. He was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team All-Far West Region in 2015.

Thierjung also played for the Quakes' PDL affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC during the 2016 season, tallying two goals in five total appearances.

With their fourth-round selection, the Quakes took Auden Schilder, the 22-year-old goalkeeper from the University of Washington.

Schilder was selected Second Team All-Pac-12 Conference and Second Team All-Far West Region in 2016 after surrendering just 18 goals in 20 appearances and posting five shutouts.

During rounds one and two, the Quakes selected Generation Adidas midfielder Jackson Yueill with the No. 6 overall selection and University of South Florida midfielder Lindo Mfeka.

Also making local soccer news, Thierjung’s teammate on Burlingame Dragons FC, three-year captain Joshua Smith, was selected in the fourth round by the New England Revolution. Smith also captained the University of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, San Jose announced the signings of Marvell Wynne and Tommy Thompson. Per league rules, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Thompson, 21, became the Earthquakes' first-ever homegrown player signing in 2014, following one season at Indiana University where he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. He’s yet to score a point in an MLS match.

Wynne has appeared in 301 games during his 11-year MLS career, recording two goals and 21 assists. He was an invaluable member of a Quakes team that was hit hard by injuries in 2016.

Wynne helped the Colorado Rapids win MLS Cup in 2010. He has also represented the United States National Team and was a starter during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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.