Quakes motivated by defeat in rematch with Fire


Quakes motivated by defeat in rematch with Fire


SAN JOSE Throwing away a 2-0 lead and losing a game on penalty kicks isnt exactly thekind of result that helps momentum, but the Earthquakes certainly arentletting it get to them. In fact, they have the perfect opportunity to overcometheir Tuesday night setback: they have a chance go out and beat the sameteam.The confluence of the MLS and U.S. Open Cup calendars meansthat for the second time in five days, the Earthquakes will take on the ChicagoFire. This time, the two teams will square off at the Fires home stadium of Toyota Parkin Bridgeview, Ill., and make no mistake about it, the teamis using their disappointing result on Tuesday as extra motivation for theirweekend match.
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It was a physical game, it was a hardfought game by both teams, and the best way to get back at them is to play themin four days on their home field, said Earthquakes defender Bobby Burlingimmediately after the teams loss on Tuesday evening. Despite taking a 2-0 lead intohalftime, some soft defensive plays cost the Earthquakes a third straight winin all competitions. I think the game we had last night alot of guys feel a bit disappointed about for the reason we believed the gamein hand and we let them back in it, explained Earthquakes defender JasonHernandez. I think it shows the fight and the attitude and mentality of Chicago and that'ssomething we're going to have to face in their house this weekend. Hopefully we can bring that samementality of being very tough to play against and hopefully we'll get a resultdown there. KILLION: Wondo's absence an odd blessing for Quakes
Even with the loss on penalties, the Earthquakes have nowgone unbeaten in regulation for five straight games, three in MLS play and twoin the Open Cup. The turnaround from a slow start to the season in which theEarthquakes won just one game in their first seven can be credited in part tothat tough mentality and in part to head coach Frank Yallops switch to a moredefensively sound 4-4-2 formation. While Yallop fielded a lineup devoid of all but two of thestarters from the teams previous two wins, he expects to see many of theregular starters back in the lineup.I've got a good idea of what I'm going to do, heexplained. There's a few injury bumps and bruises from yesterday, so we're seehow they're feeling, so we'll get to Chicagoand make a decision on the lineup. They're probably going to see not many players that weplayed last night, he added after the teams Wednesday morning practice.One of the key injury question marks will be over the statusof 20-year-old forward Ellis McLoughlin, who has caught the Earthquakesfaithful by surprise with his exciting attacking displays. He scored the teamsopening goal in a 2-1 victory over New Englandlast weekend and grabbed another goal in Tuesday nights game before coming outat halftime with a groin strain. Im feeling fine. I'm going to be precautionary about itand take a couple days off so I'm ready for this weekend, McLoughlin said.He may have a chance to be OK for theweekend, so that'll be good, because I thought he had a good first half,obviously the goal helped, Yallop added. I thought he did well. He was dangerous.McLoughlins work rate and skill on the field have beenexemplary of the attitude and fight mentioned by Burling, Hernandez, andothers. Furthermore, the youngster could play a significant role in helping tofill the offensive void left by Chris Wondolowski and Ryan Johnson as theyleave to represent their respective national teams in Junes CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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While Wondolowski will play Saturdays game before departingfor the U.S. teams training camp in Cary, N.C., the Earthquakes will hope tohave McLoughlin as fit as possible in order to ease his ongoing transition intothe teams lineup.
Whatever way the teams fitness issues are resolved, though,the teams mental strength and desire to rebound from a disappointing defeatwill ensure a hard-fought and entertaining game in Chicago on Saturday evening.For more Earthquakes, MLS and general soccerinformation, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls


The San Jose Earthquakes had one big thing going for them when they took on the New York Red Bulls Wednesday evening — they were on 10 days rest having last played a truly competitive match on July 10 in U.S. Open Cup action.

Unfortunately for the Quakes, they failed to take advantage of that in losing to the Red Bulls 5-1 — definitely not the return to the pitch they were hoping for.  

Here are five takeaways from a Wednesday evening, lopsided loss to NYR. 

— The Quakes had no answer for Sacha Kljestan. The Red Bulls midfielder, who frequented the U.S. Men’s National Team roster at one point, was not called to international duty for the ongoing FIFA Gold Cup and San Jose paid the price for that — the man finessed the Quakes to death on Wednesday evening, factoring in three New York goals with his use of spacing in the Red Bulls midfield. 

— There were a couple of big debuts for San Jose. First, newly signed designated player Valeri Qazaishvili — who the MLS world is calling Vako — made his league debut when in he came as a substitute for Danny Hoesen at halftime. The Georgian native showed flashes with his early touch, but never really factored in the game until the 88th minute when he scored the Quakes’ lone goal on a volley tap courtesy of a nifty Jahmir Hyka cross. It’s a nice debut on the scoresheet, but San Jose is expecting DP-esque things from the Georgian. 

— And second, welcome back, Quincy Amarikwa. The forward has been sidelined since September of 2016 when he suffered ACL and LCL damage that required surgery. Amarikwa has been documenting his recovery on social media and surprised Quakes fans when he make his on-pitch return last week in a friendly against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. On Wednesday, he made his official return in the 76th minute. Amarikwa has nine goals and seven assists in 41 career appearances with the Quakes. 

— It definitely wasn’t the homecoming head coach Chris Leitch was hoping for. Leitch played for five seasons over with the New York club. He made 101 appearances for the Metrostars/Red Bulls, assisting on five goals during his career. 

He’s now 0-1-0 as an opposing head coach. 

— It’s unfair to nitpick on a single defensive effort, given that soccer is a team sport, but the Red Bulls attacked center back Andres Imperiale often Wednesday afternoon — and more often than not, they were rewarded with a scoring opportunity. It’s the second straight poor showing on the road for the Quakes defense as a whole after surrendering a four-spot to Atlanta United FC on Independence Day.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' historic US Open Cup win over Galaxy

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' historic US Open Cup win over Galaxy

It was a historic night over at Avaya Stadium. 

For the first time in U.S. Open Cup history, the San Jose Earthquakes have beaten their bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy -- 3-2. 

The win also propels the Quakes to just their second appearance in the tournament's semifinals. 

Chris Wondolowski scored a brace to lead the way while Danny Hoesen added the insurance. 

Here are a handful of things to know about Monday's win over the Galaxy. 

-- The sixth time was the charm as the Quakes had lost five previous meetings against their rivals. But the night began with some doubts when Jelle Van Damme scored in just the third minute. His header was goal No. 2 in the last two games against the Quakes.

But Wondolowski equalized courtesy of Tommy Thompson in the 16th minute and then put the San Jose up for good six minutes in the second half -- once again, thanks to Thompson. 

Hoesen scored a breakaway goal about ten minutes later.  

-- If you tried to find Wondolowski on the pitch using his regular number, you were unsuccessful. 

Wondolowski was sporting No. 38 Monday night in honor of Matheus Silva, the Quakes midfielder playing for Reno 1868 on loan who suffered swimming accident July 4 in Lake Tahoe. 

Silva was in a coma until July 6. 

Fittingly, the forward scored twice. Wondolowski's goal is the sixth of his U.S. Open Cup career. He's now tied for the all-time lead in Earthquakes history.  

-- Pregame, the Quakes introduced their latest acquisition, Designated Player Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili, to the press. 

Qazaishvili began his career in his native Georgia with FC Saburtalo in 2010, spending time on loan with Metalurgi Rustavi and Sioni Bulnisi. 

He then moved on to Vitesse in August of 2011 at just 18 years old, tallying one goal in four appearances for the first team in his debut season.

-- Speaking of Georgia, the Bay Area now boasts two of the nation's very best athletes. Zaza Pachulia, the starting center of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, was in attendance MOnday night. 

The center kicked the ceremonial first goal. 

He also swapped jerseys with Vako -- as per usual in soccer circles. No word on Pachulia's footy game. 

-- The Quakes have already equaled their best ever finish in Cup history. They'll now try to surpass that when they face either Sporting Kansas City of FC Dallas -- who play Tuesday night.