Earthquakes

Quakes notes: Wondo's call-up; big win in L.A.

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Quakes notes: Wondo's call-up; big win in L.A.

-Chris Wondolowski has made the U.S. Mens National Team for the ever important World Cup Qualifying matches coming up in the next few weeks. Even though he misses games, this really benefits the Quakes as he comes back a more dynamic player every time he goes to the camp because they demand more out of him. -What a difference a year makes. Last year against the Galaxy, the Quakes gain a man advantage and in the process face a position player in goal who hasnt been a keeper since early high school and proceed to get shut out. This year, the Quakes fall behind 2-0 and roar back for an amazing victory.-One difference I noticed with the Galaxy over the previous couple of years is that their defense was not as big physically as it has been. Some of this is due to injury, but the guys they had out there just couldnt handle Alan Gordon on the game winner.-Speaking of large defensemen, Victor Bernardez who has been out since the April 14th match with NY Red Bulls, has been called to the Honduran national team. His national team duty is a great way to get him into game shape so he is ready to go when he gets back. It is not a coincidence that the Quakes have not had a shut out since his injury. They are a much better team with him in there.-Wednesday nights victory in LA was terrific, and Im sure unforgettable for those Quakes fans that made the trip to Home Depot Center. The Ultras (the Quakes supporter section) crushed it. You could hear them all night long, even down 2-0. -Sunday afternoon on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) the Quakes take on Sporting KC. Not only does Kansas City have the nicest stadium in the league, they also have two former Quakes in Bobby Convey and Kei Kamara playing important roles. After Conveys fallout with Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop, Im sure hes looking forward to having an impact on the match. Kamara is leading Sporting KC in goals with 4 and has two assists to go with them. He has really matured since his days with the Quakes four years ago.

Mullins scores four goals, Earthquakes dominated by D.C. United

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Mullins scores four goals, Earthquakes dominated by D.C. United

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WASHINGTON -- Patrick Mullins scored four goals to lead D.C. United to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Mullins, who was second for United (9-17-4) with eight goals last season, came into the game without a goal this season.

Luciano Acosta sent an arcing cross-field pass to the corner of the box where Paul Arriola sent a perfect entry to a charging Mullins, who timed his run perfectly and tapped it in from point-blank range in the 57th minute.

About three minutes later, Mullins made it 2-0 when headed home a first-time cross from Arriola. Mullins, again, slipped behind the defense and put away a perfect feed from inside the 6-yard box. The 25-year old's second career hat trick came in the 68th, when he side-footed the rebound of Zoltan Stieber's free kick from about 40 yards out into a wide open net.

He then placed a side-netter past the out-stretched arm of a diving Andrew Tarbell to cap the scoring in the 88th.

San Jose (11-13-6) has been outscored 27-5 while losing seven of its last eight road games.

Danny Hoesen's goal in 33rd minute lifts Earthquakes past Dynamo

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Danny Hoesen's goal in 33rd minute lifts Earthquakes past Dynamo

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SAN JOSE -- Danny Hoesen scored in the 33rd minute and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hoesen pulled down Kofi Sarkodie's cross and slotted home a turnaround left-footed finish from the middle of the area.

The Earthquakes (11-12-6) moved up to fifth place in the Western Conference standings. The Dynamo (10-10-8) dropped into a sixth-place tie with Real Salt Lake.