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.

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

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

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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.

 

 

Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

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Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

It’s been a season of inconsistencies for the San Jose Earthquakes. But one thing that has been certain is that in San Jose, at Avaya Stadium, the Quakes are pretty close to unbeatable. 

And they continued that trend Wednesday night thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski, who combined for a goal in the game’s 83rd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

In six home matches, the Earthquakes are 3-0-3. 

The equalizer came less than three minutes after Carlos Rivas had put Orlando on top with a goal from inside the 18-yard box. 

But it was then that head coach Dominic Kinnear reached to his bench for Thompson. 

The late substitution paid off not too long after when a Jahmir Hyka corner found its way over to Thompson just outside the penalty area. The midfielder put the ball on frame and as it was going wide, Wondolowski was there to poke the ball home. 

The goal was the fifth of the season for Wondolowski. It was also Thompson’s first point for the big club since signing San Jose’s first ever Homegrown Player contract. 

David Bingham made a huge save on Brazilian international Kaka in stoppage time to keep the game drawn. 

Turning point: You have to look to Kinnear’s substitution in the 82nd minute that brought on Thompson. The midfielder is known for his creativity on the ball, but had yet to turn that into production for the Quakes since signing his contract. On Wednesday, his first point could not have come at a bigger time. Thompson’s first point came in his 57th game with the club.  

Man of the match: Bingham has played lights out at Avaya in 2017. And when the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, it was his save that kept on Kaka that preserved the unbeaten record at home and a much deserved point for the home squad.  

Injury update: Quakes fans got some bad news before the start of Wednesday’s game when the team announced Harold Cummings, a big offseason acquisition at center back, is out of the season. The Costa Rican international suffered a foot injury while in his San Jose home. The blow is huge for the Quakes, who are already thin defensively.

Booked: Orlando: Leo Pereira (yellow, 25’); San Jose: Anibal Godoy (yellow, 44’), Marco Ureña (yellow, 62’), Nick Lima (yellow, 68’), Darwin Ceren (yellow, 70’). 

Up next: The Earthquakes head to Texas to face FC Dallas on Saturday. While the Quakes are unbeaten at home, their fortunes change significantly on the road. They’ll try to turn that around against a tough Dallas team.