Quakes pay tribute to Kasey Keller

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Quakes pay tribute to Kasey Keller

SAN JOSE The Earthquakes are aware that Saturday evenings trip north to face SeattleSounders FC will be a special occasion though the Bay Area team wont be thecenter of attention. Sounders FC has billed the match its final regular seasonhome game of the season as a send-off for its 41-year-old goalkeeper KaseyKeller, who is retiring at the end of 2011 after 22 years in professionalsoccer. Keller was one of the first American players to find success overseas,playing for nearly 20 years in England,Spain and Germany, while amassing 102 caps in a 17-yearcareer with the U.S.national team. The significance of his career was not lost on the Earthquakes. I think the two guys that really made it overseas earlywere Kasey and John Harkes, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said,referring also to the U.S. national team midfielder who made his name withEnglands Sheffield Wednesday. A terrific career, great goalkeeper for the U.S., but agreat club goalkeeper as well, Yallop continued. He deserves all theaccolades hes going to get. What can you say about him, really? I think hes oneof the greatest thats played in goal. Jon Busch, the Earthquakes current starter in goal andKellers occasional teammate on the U.S. national team, also had plentyto say about Keller, whom he referred to not only as a colleague, but a mentoras well. Hes an absolute legend both on and off the field, alwayshad time to talk, Busch said, going on to share an anecdote about one of hisinteractions with Keller while on the national team. I remember one specific trip coming back from Mexico City with him, onthe plane, and asking him a few questions from the game we had just played,that he had just played, and he took all the time in the world with mejust talking about stuff and goalkeeping and things like that, Buschrecalled. For me, it just sums it up, how many people respect him for hiscareer and hes had an unbelievable career. In spite of all the plaudits Keller has drawn and willcontinue to draw as his retirement approaches, the Earthquakes are still keenlyaware of the daunting task ahead of them. According to the Sounders FC Twitteraccount, over 61,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday evenings match atCenturyLink Field, which any MLS or NFL (the venue is shared with the SeattleSeahawks) fan will tell you is one of the loudest and most difficult venues fora visiting team to play in. The 61,000 number already puts the match in the top five forsingle match attendance for an MLS game (that is, not part of a doubleheaderinvolving an international team). With Century Link Field boasting a capacityof 67,000, it could become the most attended single MLS match since the verybeginning of the league, when a game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and theNYNJ MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) drew 69,255 to the Rose Bowl inPasadena, Calif on April 13, 1996 in the Galaxys first-ever MLS game. Instead of looking at the huge crowd in Seattle as an obstacle for his team, though,Yallop who played in the leagues initial season with the Tampa Bay Mutiny praised the projected attendance as a sign of just how far soccer has come inthe 15 years since MLS started. From where I started off in the league and now, Ivecoached in the league a long time for us to have 60,000 people in theirseats, paying to watch soccer in this country is fantastic, he said. For me,thats how for the leagues come and its absolutely wonderful to see. The Earthquakes insisted the potentially intimidatingatmosphere would be a boost, rather than a burden. I think it lifts our players, Yallop said. We want to winand obviously playing in an intimidating situation makes you stronger, I think.Weve actually done well in tough-type scenarios. I think weve rose to theoccasion, which is good. Busch agreed, adding, I think its the environment whereplayers want to play You want to play in front of big crowds and show what youcan do, both as an individual and a team, and I think everybodys excited forit.NotesThe Earthquakes will now have participated in twoof the three MLS matches in 2011 that broke the 40,000-person barrier forattendance. In addition to Saturdays upcoming game, the Earthquakes hosted theNew York Red Bulls at Stanford Stadium on July 2 to a crowd of 41,028. SoundersFC was involved in the other, again hosting the Red Bulls in front of 46,065fans.Defender Ike Opara and forward Alan Gordon bothparticipated in training this week, but are not match fit and unlikely toparticipate in the final two games of the season. Yallop confirmed Oparas footinjury seems to have healed. In addition to Opara and Gordon, the Earthquakeswill be without the services of Bobby Convey (knee injury), Ramiro Corrales(ankle sprain), as well as long term absentees Andre Luiz (knee injury) andSteven Lenhart (family leave). In the race for the Golden Boot, the leaguesscoring title, D.C. United forward Dwayne De Rosario did not play in D.C.s 2-1loss to Vancouver on Wednesday night. De Rosario, the Earthquakes ChrisWondolowski and New YorksThierry Henry are all tied on 14 goals, with former Earthquake De Rosarioholding the tiebreaker with more assists than Wondolowski or Henry. San Jose and New York have two games left, while D.C. has three. After handing an MLS debut to rookie goalkeeperDavid Bingham, Yallop confirmed that Jon Busch would start again in goalagainst Seattle.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer chatter,you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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Earthquakes acquire Danny Hoesen and Florian Jungwirth

Earthquakes acquire Danny Hoesen and Florian Jungwirth

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Dutch forward Danny Hoesen on a season-long loan, with an option to buy, using Targeted Allocation Money and signed German defender/midfielder Florian Jungwirth using Targeted Allocation Money, pending receipt of P-1 Visas and ITC.

Hoesen, 26, most recently played for FC Groningen of the Dutch Eredivisie. Since joining FC Groningen ahead of the 2014-15 season, Hoesen has tallied 15 goals and five assists in 72 appearances, including four goals in 12 matches so far this season. He helped the club win the 2014-15 KNVB Cup, the Dutch version of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

"Danny Hoesen gives us a player with a strong frame that is tall, but also has a fast pace," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. "He can attack the space in counter-attack situations. He can also work in tandem with whichever striker will be supporting him. He's a player that comes from very attack-minded football in Holland and will be the perfect striker to give us an additional element in the box that we may have been missing."

Hoesen began his professional career with Fortuna Sittard of the Dutch second division, before joining English side Fulham FC in 2008 at the age of 17. Playing with Fulham's U-23 side, Hoesen spent time on loan with HJK Helsinki of the Finnish first division in 2010, helping the club win the league title, and later his former club Fortuna Sittard (2011-12) before returning to England in June of 2012. He scored four goals in 10 total appearances for Fulham's youth side.

In August of 2012, Hoesen was transferred to Dutch powerhouse Ajax. Over the next season and a half, Hoesen scored 13 goals and added six assists in 44 appearances across all competitions for the first team, while also scoring eight goals in 22 appearances for the club's U-21 squad. He helped Ajax win the 2012-13 league title and the 2013 Johan Cruyff Shield. Hoesen also appeared in five UEFA Champions League matches against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona and AC Milan, scoring goals against Dortmund and Barcelona.

He then joined Greek first division side PAOK Thessaloniki on loan in January of 2014 and finished the season with one goal and two assists. Hoesen was then transferred from Ajax to FC Groningen in July of 2014 where he remained until signing with San Jose.

Internationally, Hoesen has made 13 total appearances for the Netherlands at various youth levels, scoring three goals.

Jungwirth, 28, joins the Earthquakes after two and a half seasons with SV Darmstadt 98 of the German Bundesliga. He made 63 appearances for Darmstadt, recording three assists, and helped the club earn promotion from the 2. Bundesliga to the top flight with a second place finish in 2014-15.

"Florian is capable of playing all defensive positions. He came up through the German National Team system and won the European Cup with them," said Fioranelli. "He grew up as a central defender, on both the right and the left. He was later moved to defensive midfield because he is a player that has a strong presence and is very logical and careful when it comes to possession and build-up situations. He is a player that has a lot of heart and has been very much liked on every team that he's played for because he will fight for his teammates and is a natural leader."

Jungwirth began his career at the youth ranks of TSV 1860 Munich. After making 33 appearances for the club's U-19 side, he earned his way onto the club's reserve squad, TSV 1860 Munich II, where he tallied three assists in 48 games played.

In January of 2010, he was transferred to Dynamo Dresden of the 2. Bundesliga, where he remained for three and a half seasons. During his time with Dresden, Jungwirth made 97 appearances and recorded two assists.

Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Jungwirth moved to VfL Bochum, also of the 2. Bundesliga. During his one season with the club, he scored one goal in 30 appearances with the first team and two goals in four appearances with the club's reserve side. Jungwirth then signed with Darmstadt in September of 2014.

Internationally, Jungwirth has made 44 appearances for Germany at various youth levels from U-16 to U-20, scoring two goals.

"I think both guys have a strong background coming from top leagues overseas and will help on both sides of the ball," said Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. "Our expectation is that Danny will score goals and Florian will provide a solid presence on the backline."

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