Quakes proud of effort vs. EPL's West Brom


Quakes proud of effort vs. EPL's West Brom


Nick RosanoCSNBayArea.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. For the managers on thesidelines of the Earthquakes 2-1 exhibition win over Premier League outfitWest Bromwich Albion, Tuesday nights game provided tests of two differentkinds. For West Brom, it was the teams firstgame of the 2011-2012 season following the clubs best-ever finish (11thplace) in the Premier League. For the Earthquakes, it provided manager FrankYallop a chance to test new players and perhaps find a way to rejuvenate astruggling offense. Anytime it's an exhibition game, you're a littleworried of it being a dull affair, but I thought it was good, Yallop said. Ittakes break away from our league stuff to kind of enjoy the game rather thanworry about the result, so I said to the guys, Just go out and try and enjoythe game and play some good stuff and try and win. Despite thegames status as an exhibition, the team was more than pleased with the way itpresented itself against opposition from arguably the best league in the world.Its an EPL English Premier League team. They are strong team thatfinished in the middle of the table last season. We did really well playingthem tonight, said Earthquakes forward Simon Dawkins, who is currently playingfor the Earthquakes on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, another Premier Leagueteam.RELATED: Earthquakes fixturesThe Earthquakes took an early lead over their English visitorswith a fluky 90-yard goal from rookie goalkeeper David Bingham, a former Cal standout. Binghamcollected an errant pass in his own penalty area and booted it up field.However, West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, a Modesto native, lost the ball in the sun andit took one hop over his head and into the goal. RELATED: Quakes' Bingham nets 90-yard goal in friendly
Khari Stephensonadded a second for the Earthquakes just before halftime with a trademark blisteringshot from 33 yards out. West Brom pulled oneback early in the second half after a blistering run and shot from wingerJerome Thomas. Despite some heavy pressure, San Jose stood firm and held on for the win.Yallop was indeed pleased with the performances of some of his lesserknown players, in particular highlighting the work of new signing Rafael Bacaand left back Justin Morrow. Simon Dawkins also featured in a more unfamiliarmidfield role, but adapted well. One of the hard parts of MLS is thatit's hard to take chances on players, Yallop said. You kind of go with whatyou know and you don't give many games to young players, you tend to go withexperience and don't play many young guys. It was nice to do that tonight and Ithought they all did fine, it was good. For West Brom, the gamepresented an opportunity to get back on the field after a summer break and justone week of training. With the Premier League season running fall to spring,opposite of MLS, the difference in fitness levels between the Earthquakes andtheir opponents was readily apparent. The opponents were good ofcourse, said West Brom manager Roy Hodgson.Lively, just as we expected, but I think the result's a bit harsh on us,especially as a result of the freak opening goal, apart from that I thought weplayed reasonably well.We came through injury free, the game wasplayed in a good spirit, no injuries, very few fouls, referee did a good job,so perfect workout, really, Hodgson added.The Earthquakes will make aquick return to league action, as they will travel to face the Columbus Crew onSaturday, July 16, a team that they beat 3-0 at home earlier this season. WestBrom has two more games in its preseason tour of the United States, returning to its home base in Southern California to face minor league side Ventura County Fusion beforetraveling north to take on MLS outfit Portland Timbers.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings,follow Nick Rosano on Twitter @nicholasrosano

Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


SAN JOSE — Danny Hoesen scored his second goal of the season and assisted on Marco Urena's second goal, lifting the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 13th minute, off a long cross from Nick Lima. After touching the ball down, Hoesen gathered it off a defender's foot, stepped inside and unleashed a left footer into the top corner from just off the penalty spot.

Hoesen's long through ball down the right side sent Urena free and from a tight angle he rolled the ball past Nick Rimando in the 68th minute.

San Jose (6-6-5), which has battled injuries and call-ups to score just 16 goals in 16 games, won for just the second time in its last seven games.

Lima picked up two yellow cards in the second half and the Quakes played a man down from the 71st minute.

David Bingham made only one save in each half but was denied his seventh shutout when Jose Hernandez scored his second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for Salt Lake (5-11-2).

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

(Editor's Note: The above video is from January 2017)

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Georgia National Team attacking midfielder Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as a Designated Player, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. Qazaishvili scored for Georgia in their most recent World Cup qualifying match on June 11.

“We were looking for a player, a younger, offensive player, that really excites the fans and has the possibility to stay with us for a long period of time. That’s what we found with Vako,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “We wanted a player that knows how to take on a defender one-on-one, that sees the goal and that also wants to bring a spark to our game.”

Qazaishvili, 24, becomes San Jose’s youngest ever Designated Player after six years with SBV Vitesse of the Dutch Eredivisie. He tallied 25 goals and 10 assists in 104 league games for the Dutch side, adding another three goals and three assists in other top-flight competition.

Qazaishvili began his career in his native Georgia with FC Saburtalo in 2010, spending time on loan with Metalurgi Rustavi and Sioni Bulnisi. He then moved on to Vitesse in August of 2011 at just 18 years old, tallying one goal in four appearances for the first team in his debut season.

From 2012-13 to 2013-14, Qazaishvili spent significant time with the U-21 squad, scoring 14 goals in 30 league appearances for the youth side and establishing himself as a first-team player.

Qazaishvili then scored nine goals during the 2014-15 Eredivisie season and a team-best 10 in 2015-16. He later spent the majority of the 2016-17 season on loan with Poland’s Legia Warsaw, helping them win the league championship with a 21-6-10 overall record.

In addition to his experience in league play, Qazaishvili has made eight appearances in international cup competition, including Europa League qualifiers, Europa League and UEFA Champions League. He appeared against clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Champions League play.

He also has extensive experience playing with the Georgia National Team, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances at various youth levels and five goals in 23 appearances for the senior team.

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