Quakes look to keep rolling against Dynamo


Quakes look to keep rolling against Dynamo

June 4, 2011EARTHQUAKES (3-4-4) vs.
HOUSTON (3-6-4)
(AP) -- After the first winless May in club history, the Houston Dynamo are hoping June brings better results.Seeking their first victory in seven games, the Dynamo visit the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.Houston (3-4-6), which went undefeated in April, rallied to tie FC Dallas 2-2 last Saturday but finished May with an 0-3-3 record, going the entire month without a victory for the first time."We don't look at things by months or quarters," defender Bobby Boswell told the Dynamo's official website. "We look at things week to week, and we want to win every time out. I think if we can get a win and start off June right, that will be good."The Dynamo, 0-2-4 on the road, haven't prevailed away from home since defeating San Jose 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 16. They could be hard-pressed to repeat that performance, however, against an Earthquakes team which went unbeaten in May.
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San Jose (3-4-4) took a lead in the 74th minute on Chris Wondolowski's header last Saturday but ultimately settled for a 2-2 draw at Chicago, finishing the month 2-0-2."I was disappointed to be up 2-1 and not win the game, but the effort from our players was excellent, and our goals were good," coach Frank Yallop said. "Yes, we'd like to keep clean sheets and make sure we don't concede goals... but the endeavor and the fight from the guys, I've been really happy with."San Jose will need to look elsewhere for offense Saturday as Wondolowski has left the club to join the U.S. national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Wondolowski, who spent the early part of his career with the Dynamo before getting traded to San Jose in 2009, has scored four of his team-leading six goals in the last six games.Rookie forward Ellis McLoughlin, who didn't play last Saturday after scoring his first career goal in a 2-1 win over New England on May 21, has been mentioned as a candidate to fill in for last season's Golden Boot winner."I think he's proven that (he could help replace Wondolowski)," Yallop said. "... I think he's got a lot of potential. He's only 20. He's powerful, he's young. He's got a bright future if he just keeps learning and moving in the right direction, which I think he will."Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis had his third multiple-assist effort of the season Saturday while forward Cam Weaver, acquired by Houston in the Wondolowski deal, tied for the team lead with his fourth goal and added an assist."(The Earthquakes) have been getting their results lately, making it hard for other teams to play against them," Weaver said. "Personally, being traded away from San Jose, it gives a little extra motivation to get a win, but I'm just going to keep going and help the team get a win."

Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy


Earthquakes suffer first home loss of season, drop Cali Clasico to Galaxy


SAN JOSE -- Cali Clasico fans have come to expect fireworks on the pitch every time the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy face off in one of Major League Soccer’s best rivalries.

And the first affair of 2017 was no exception. Five goals in the first half got the match off to a roaring start but, much to the chagrin of San Jose fans, L.A. handed the Earthquakes their first Avaya Stadium loss of the season with a 4-2 final.

Giovani Dos Santos notched a pair of goals including the backbreaking tally 20 minutes into the second half.

Chris Wondolowski got the first half flurry going with an easy-money strike on a volley after a perfect backpost cross from Danny Hoesen in the 10th minute.

Saturday’s match was Hoesen’s best performance of the season, by far.

Los Angeles equalized nine minutes later when Joao Pedro took advantage of a sneaky ball between two defenders from Dos Santos. The Brazilian turned and struck the ball true to beat David Bingham.

It was the first sign of the San Jose nightmare that is the Mexican national.

The Galaxy took their first lead of the match in the 35th minute when Dos Santos finished a penalty kick earned after Kofi Sarkodie clothelined Bradley Diallo in the box.

But two minutes later, it was Hoesen getting off the proverbial schneid by notching his first goal as an Earthquake. It was a classy finish off a low cross inside the box from Tommy Thompson, who picked up his second assist of the season on the play.  

Disaster struck one minute before halftime though, when a diving Victor Bernardez deflected a Diallo cross after the defender found himself back in the San Jose 18. The ball beat a shocked Bingham.

San Jose came out aggressive in the second half and Los Angeles made them pay on the counterattack to put the game away. Romain Alessandrini raced down the left flank, took a look up and struck gold on a left-footed cross to Dos Santos on the back post that could not have been hand-placed any better. Dos Santos arrived perfectly to head the ball past Bingham.

The loss moved San Jose’s home record to 3-1-3.

Turning point: The final marker gave L.A. a two-goal win, but any momentum San Jose had after Hoesen equalized evaporated on the Bernardez own goal. Not only did the goal somewhat deflate the home team, but put San Jose in the position of aggressor – and it’s a position the Galaxy exploited to score the fourth goal.

San Jose’s Man of the Match: The pressure has been on Hoesen since the forward arrived on loan from the Netherlands. In 12 previous games, the man from Heerlen only had one assist to show for his efforts. On Saturday, Hoesen assisted on the first goal with a world-class cross and picked up his first goal of the season on an equally exquisite finish.

History watch: Wondolowski’s first half strike was his eighth goal against the Los Angeles side and 127th all-time in MLS. He is now just six behind Jaime Moreno, who sits third on the MLS’ all-time list.

Attendance: As expected, the San Jose Earthquakes announced a sell out for the marquee match on their schedule.

Up next: The Earthquakes head north to take on the Portland Timbers. The June 2nd matchup is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. 

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


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


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.