'Quakes play Red Bulls to 2-2 draw

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'Quakes play Red Bulls to 2-2 draw

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Chris Wondolowski scored a goal for San Jose, Kenny Cooper had one for New York and the two kept pace with Thierry Henry atop the MLS scoring list in a 2-2 tie between the Earthquakes and Red Bulls on Saturday night.The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last four matches after starting the season with two losses. They trail only undefeated Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference standings. San Jose had its first tie, but has taken points in five of its six games this season."It was not one of our better performances," Red Bulls head Hans Backe said. "Our defense has to improve. We looked quite lost."The Red Bulls had the lead twice in the first half, then quickly squandered both leads."Attack-wise, we were pretty good," Backe said. "But we knew how Wondolowski was a good goal scorer and it's a little frustrating to give away a goal like that. We have to be better than that."Cooper scored his seventh goal of the season in the fifth minute of the game, drawing even with teammate Henry for the league lead. Henry spotted Cooper behind the Earthquakes defense and Cooper beat goalkeeper Jon Busch, who was certain Cooper was offside.There was no whistle and Cooper's seventh goal of the season stood for a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.The Earthquakes tied the game in the 14th minute, when Khari Stephenson spotted a streaking Rafael Baca alone going to goal. Baca blasted the shot past a diving Ryan Meara for the 1-1 deadlock.The Red Bulls then took a 2-1 lead in the 23rd minute, when Dane Richards carried the ball for 30 yards, avoiding two San Jose defenders, then passed the ball across to Cooper, who made a perfect touch pass to McCarty, who blasted it home from 18 yards out. It was McCarty's first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Red Bulls. McCarty was acquired in a trade with DC United last June, the trade that brought Dwayne DeRosario to DC United.The Earthquakes were undaunted and came right back to deadlock the match once again, going to their leading scorer to get the goal.Defender Steven Beitashour made a fine play, going through two Red Bulls defenders, to make a pass in front to Shea Salinas. At that point, Wondolowski made a beeline to the goal, diving headfirst to knock the header past Meara for the game-tying goal in the 35th minute."Shea put it there for me on a platter," Wondolowski said. "I didn't have to do much. To be honest, I thought we had more chances after that, especially in the second half. We played with a little more passion."Meara made a diving stop on Wondolowski in the 55th minute, coming out of the box to punch away a solid scoring chance in front.The Red Bulls lost top defender Roy Miller to injury in the 61st minute, leaving the game with a left knee injury. Rookie Connor Lade, making his MLS debut, replaced Miller in the Red Bulls' lineup.San Jose had a good chance to take the lead in the 75th minute, when Marvin Chavez' blistering left-footed shot just bent wide left of the goal.

Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

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Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

The San Jose Earthquakes completed their participation in the 2017 MLS Superdraft with a nod to local soccer talent.

A couple of days after selecting a pair of midfielders in rounds one and two, the Quakes chose winger Christian Thierjung from the University of California with their third-round selection.

Thierjung joins Nick Lima, San Jose’s second-ever homegrown signing, as offseason moves that involve Golden Bears.

Thierjung, 22, goes to the Quakes after four seasons at Cal, where he appeared in 73 games, tallying 27 goals and seven assists.

As a senior, Thierjung was named First-Team All-Pac-12, Third Team All-Far West Region and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-12. He was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team All-Far West Region in 2015.

Thierjung also played for the Quakes' PDL affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC during the 2016 season, tallying two goals in five total appearances.

With their fourth-round selection, the Quakes took Auden Schilder, the 22-year-old goalkeeper from the University of Washington.

Schilder was selected Second Team All-Pac-12 Conference and Second Team All-Far West Region in 2016 after surrendering just 18 goals in 20 appearances and posting five shutouts.

During rounds one and two, the Quakes selected Generation Adidas midfielder Jackson Yueill with the No. 6 overall selection and University of South Florida midfielder Lindo Mfeka.

Also making local soccer news, Thierjung’s teammate on Burlingame Dragons FC, three-year captain Joshua Smith, was selected in the fourth round by the New England Revolution. Smith also captained the University of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, San Jose announced the signings of Marvell Wynne and Tommy Thompson. Per league rules, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Thompson, 21, became the Earthquakes' first-ever homegrown player signing in 2014, following one season at Indiana University where he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. He’s yet to score a point in an MLS match.

Wynne has appeared in 301 games during his 11-year MLS career, recording two goals and 21 assists. He was an invaluable member of a Quakes team that was hit hard by injuries in 2016.

Wynne helped the Colorado Rapids win MLS Cup in 2010. He has also represented the United States National Team and was a starter during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

The San Jose Earthquakes began their 2017 draft by taking a UCLA Bruin. And if he pans out to play anything like the player he emulates his game around, the Quakes might have themselves a true superstar. 

Jackson Yueill, a midfielder, was selected by the Quakes with the sixth pick in the 2017 Superdraft. Yueill, who models his game around FC Barcelona and Spanish National Team legend Andres Iniesta, is a Generation Adidas Signing for the Earthquakes.

"I'm super excited," Yueill said. "I love the west coast. I'm excited to move to San Jose. It's a really good environment with the team and the fans. I've heard great things. I'm excited to try and bring another cup to San Jose." 

The UCLA product played in 40 games during his college career, scoring nine goals and notching 17 assists during those contests. His 11 assists in 2016 led the Pac-12. 

Considered a high-upside player, Yueill joins the Quakes in what already is a pretyt stacked midfield. "I see myself as an 8," Yueill said of his fit in the MLS game. "A box-to-box midfielder who can get into the attacking zone and create goal scoring opportunities." 

Yueill was named to back-to-back NSCAA First Team All-Far West Region and First Team All-Pacific 12 Conference teams. He has represented the United States on the U-20 team.

As a member of Generation Adidas, Yueill's salary will not count against salary cap. 

"I'm a player that loves to learn," Yueill said. "It's always great to come to a team where the coach believes in you."

With the 28th pick of the draft, the Earthquakes selected another midfielder -- Lindo Mfeka of the University of South Florida. 

A four-year player with the Bulls, Mfeka scored 16 goals and notched 18 assists in his college career. 

Mfeka is a two-time First Team member of the All-American Athletic Conference. He was born in Durban, South Africa.

Day 2 of the MLS Superdraft will happen via conference call next Tuesday. The Quakes have two picks remaining -- the 50th and 72nd overall selections. 

Rounding out local Superdraft News: Two members of the Quakes' Premier Development League affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, were selected in Day 1. Brian Nana-Sinkam (Stanford) was selected by the MLS-champion Seattle Sounders and Brian Wright (Vermont) went to the New England Revolution.