'Quakes hoping history doesn't repeat itself vs. Galaxy


'Quakes hoping history doesn't repeat itself vs. Galaxy

(AP) -- Last year, the Los Angeles Galaxy won the Supporters' Shield and went on to claim the MLS Cup. Now they'll try to put an early end to the San Jose Earthquakes' hopes of doing the same.

The league's most explosive offenses begin a Western Conference semifinal matchup Sunday night when Los Angeles takes on San Jose.

This match marks the first time the Galaxy have hosted the opener of a two-leg aggregate goal series since 2005, when they ultimately upset the Earthquakes on their way to the second of three MLS Cups. This time, Los Angeles is the defending champion but an underdog again as San Jose seeks its first title since 2003.

The teams will meet again Wednesday night at San Jose, with the aggregate winner of the two matches advancing to the conference championship against either Real Salt Lake or the Seattle Sounders FC.

"I said it from day one, no matter what LA's record is, they are the defending champion and someone has to knock them off," Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch told the team's official website. "At the end of the day, it's just another step in the direction of where we want to go and that is how we are looking at it as a team."

Winners of the Supporters' Shield for finishing with the league's best record (19-6-9), the Earthquakes feature an attack that led MLS with 72 goals. Los Angeles ranked second with 59 and hasn't been shut out in 11 consecutive league matches, going 7-1-3. San Jose has been blanked just twice all season.

The clubs combined for 16 goals in three regular-season meetings, with San Jose going 2-0-1 and posting a 3-2 victory May 23 in the only matchup at The Home Depot Center. Most recently, the teams played to a 2-2 draw Oct. 21.

The Earthquakes trailed by two goals in both victories and came back twice from one-goal deficits to salvage the tie. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, who tied an MLS single-season record with 27 goals, tallied two scores in the three games.

"We've played the Galaxy three times and every game has been very good," defender Justin Morrow said. " ... I think to beat them this time, we can't give up goals. It will be different in the playoffs. We have come back all season."

The Galaxy are fresh off a 2-1 comeback win over Vancouver in a knockout playoff match Thursday. Mike Magee provided the tying goal in the 69th minute, and London Donovan added to his league record with his 21st career postseason goal in the 73rd minute.

San Jose hasn't played since closing the regular season with a 1-1 draw in Portland last Saturday.

"They have the Supporters' Shield, so they're pushing for it, but we're the defending MLS Cup champions and we have a lot of pride with that," Los Angeles defender Todd Dunivant told the team's official website. "There's no doubt that we want to see ourselves back in that position again."

The Galaxy posted just two wins over the teams' last 11 meetings, with both victories coming at home. They've won nine of 10 home games across all competitions, scoring 26 goals.

The Earthquakes had a league-high nine road wins this year. They had been 0-4-1 in their previous five road games versus Los Angeles before the victory in May.

Alan Gordon scored the winner in stoppage time of that game, and it's possible he will return after missing four weeks with a sprained ankle. Gordon, second on San Jose with 13 goals, is listed as questionable.

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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Levi's Stadium to host 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final


Levi's Stadium to host 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — This year's CONCACAF Gold Cup final will be played on July 26 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced first-round sites in December and the site of the final on Wednesday. The 12-nation tournament opens July 7 at Harrison, New Jersey.

The United States and defending champion Mexico head a field that includes Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, French Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique and Panama. The final spot will be determined by a playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua in March.