Quakes-Red Bulls: What to watch for


Quakes-Red Bulls: What to watch for

One of the few lasting memories of the 2011 season was Steven Lenharts spectacular header for a goal July 2nd against the New York Red Bulls in front of 40,000 fans at Stanford Stadium. He celebrated by doing a chin up on the crossbar of the goal post as the place went berserk. Sadly, he will not get a chance to repeat the feat this week as the San Jose Earthquakes will cross the country without him or his still injured hamstring to take on New York.The Red Bulls and Earthquakes have played some spectacular matches in recent years. Earthquake fans will not soon forget since departed Bobby Conveys effort in the visiting half of the playoffs in 2010. The match on Saturday has the potential to be even better.The leagues 3 leading goal scorers will be featured in this clash. French international Thierry Henry and his 7 goals continue to build on his legend. Kenny Cooper has found a home as his target forward for the Red Bulls as they have scored 13 goals in their last 3 matches. That is the first time in MLS history a team has been able to do that. After dropping their first two matches to Dallas and Real Salt Lake, New York has won their last three matches scored 4 against Colorado, 5 against Montreal, and 4 against Columbus. Those 13 goals are the most scored in three consecutive games in MLS history. Now granted, Colorado, Montreal and Columbus havent proven to be world beaters, but the league just hasnt seen scoring like this.My guess is San Jose will try to counter defensively with the same back line that has started every game. Victor Bernardez and Justin Morrow will continue to anchor the central defense with Steven Beitashour and Ramiro Corrales policing the right and left sides respectively. It will be interesting to see if Corrales and Beitashour will be able to join in offensively as much as they did last week against Vancouver or if they take a more conservative approach.The Earthquakes are literally hamstrung a bit at the striker position. Lenhart and Goal of the Week Nominee Alan Gordon are nursing hamstring issues and are doubtful for the trip east. This will provide an opportunity for someone, whether it is Simon Dawkins, Khari Stephenson or someone else, is yet to be seen.Fortunately Marvin Chavez has recovered from the ankle issue that he suffered in the first half of last weeks match with Vancouver. The midfield will be challenged severely this week so it is good that all are healthy and ready to go. The more they are able to control and dictate the play, the fewer chances Henry will have to get the ball to Cooper. If things dont start well defensively, perhaps well see Marc Jean Alexanders debut in the defensive mid position. His physicality may be of use against the Red Bulls offensive attack.This match is a great test for the team right now. Coming home with a point would be a positive, but when a team starts this well, anything less than three is disappointing. It is being televised at 4pm on Comcast SportsNet California. It will be a feed of the New York Red Bulls telecast, so be forewarned. The following week is another steep challenge for the Quakes as Real Salt Lake comes to Buck Shaw Stadium. RSL has become what Columbus used to be; a team that fears nobody and has a swagger that an MLS cup can fuel. Tickets are still available. It should be some very exciting soccer.

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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