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.
KILLION: Wondo's absence an odd blessing for quakes
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."

Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021


Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021

MADRID — Neymar will sign a three-year contract extension with Barcelona on Friday, a deal that will keep the Brazil forward with the Spanish club until 2021.

Barcelona and Neymar had made the announcement of the agreement in July.

The previous contract was to end in 2018. The new deal will run through June 2021, Barcelona said Monday.

The club's announcement in July ended speculation that Neymar was unhappy in Spain and was looking to move to another club. Paris Saint-Germain was among the clubs reportedly trying to sign him.

At the time, the club said the contract's buyout clause would be fixed at 200 million euros ($219 million) for the first year of the new contract, 222 million euros ($243 million) for the second, and 250 million euros ($274 million) for the final three years.

Neymar has been with Barcelona since moving from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. He has scored 90 goals in 149 matches, including five goals in eight matches this season.

A key player in Barcelona's potent attack along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar helped the team win nine titles: two Spanish league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Spanish Super Cups, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.

The trio of attacking players scored 122 goals in the 2014-15 season and 131 goals last season, both record figures.

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, are likely to face trial for fraud in Spain in a case into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona. A Brazilian investment group which was entitled to 40 percent of the transfer claims it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the fee was concealed.

Barcelona also confirmed that defender Javier Mascherano will be staying with the club until 2019. That deal also had been announced in July.

Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


SAN JOSE -- Paolo Tornaghi had a clean sheet in his first MLS start and the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Sunday in a game with no playoff implications.

Both teams had already seen their postseason hopes vanish. Vancouver (9-15-9) had its winless streak extended to four games and San Jose (8-11-14) has only won once in its last 10 games.

Tornaghi came out of his area to block Simon Dawkins' shot from the corner of the 6-yard box in the seventh minute. Cordell Cato tried to curl a shot inside the far post in the ninth minute but Tornaghi dove to deflect it wide.

Vancouver forward Masato Kudo won a loose ball in the penalty area in the 54th minute but David Bingham deflected the open shot. Bingham blocked Kudo's shot in the 56th and Kudo's rebound attempt hit the crossbar.

It was the sixth straight draw in the series at San Jose - with the last win coming on April 6, 2012.