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


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.

Torres scores MLS-leading seventh goal, Dynamo shut out Earthquakes

Torres scores MLS-leading seventh goal, Dynamo shut out Earthquakes


HOUSTON — Erick Torres scored his MLS-leading seventh goal of the season and the Houston Dynamo beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Saturday.

Torres opened the scoring in the ninth minute, converting from the penalty spot after Fatai Alashe conceded a penalty against Alex Lima. Alberth Elis tapped in a corner kick — Houston's first of the match — by Eric Alexander in the 72nd. Elis, a 21-year old designated player, has three goals in seven career MLS games.

It was the third game in eight days for San Jose (2-3-3), which is winless in its last six after opening the season with back-to-back victories.

Joe Willis had two saves for his first shutout this season. It was his second consecutive start after Tyler Deric started the first five matches for the Dynamo (4-2-1).

Houston is unbeaten, and all of its four wins have come, at home.

Earthquakes begin three-game road trip with draw vs Revolution

Earthquakes begin three-game road trip with draw vs Revolution


FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  — Cody Cropper had his second shutout of the season and the New England Revolution tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on a rainy Wednesday night.

New England (2-3-2) had its six-game home winning streak snapped. San Jose (2-2-3) ended a five-game road losing streak.

Cropper had a great reaction save of Fatai Alashe's redirection in the 66th minute. Cropper was moving to his right but extended his left leg to deny a near-post shot. Cropper also punched away Darwin Ceren's blast in the 88th minute.

San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham also had his second clean sheet of the season. He came out of his area to deny Diego Fagundez in the 26th minute. Fagundez had a nice give-and-go with Juan Agudelo in the 74th minute, but Fagundez's rolling shot was knocked wide by Bingham.



San Jose 0 0—0
New England 0 0—0

First half_None.

Second half_None.

Goalies_San Jose, David Bingham, Andrew Tarbell; New England, Cody Cropper, Brad Knighton.

Yellow Cards_Godoy, San Jose, 27th; Bingham, San Jose, 85th.

Referee_Hilario Grajeda.



San Jose_David Bingham; Victor Bernardez, Shaun Francis, Nick Lima; Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy, Jahmir Hyka, Florian Jungwirth; Cordell Cato (Tommy Thompson, 69th), Danny Hoesen (Marcos Urena, 69th), Chris Wondolowski (Darwin Ceren, 83rd).

New England_Cody Cropper; Benjamin Angoua, Antonio Delamea Mlinar, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Daigo Kobayashi (Kei Kamara, 52nd), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe; Juan Agudelo (Xavier Kouassi, 78th).