Quakes refuse to lose in 2-1 comeback over Rapids


Quakes refuse to lose in 2-1 comeback over Rapids


The "never say die" San Jose Earthquakes continued their 2012 season late-game comeback magic, earning a 2-1 victory at the Colorado Rapids behind goals from Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski.

After giving up a first-half goal to Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan, the Earthquakes came back with a Gordon finish in the 83rd minute and a Wondolowski goal from the penalty spot in the second minute of stoppage time.

The win against the Rapids was the Earthquakes first victory in Colorado since early in the 2008 season and keeps San Jose firmly in second place in the MLS Western Conference.

The Earthquakes started the game as the more dangerous side, nearly finding the net on two occasions in the opening 15 minutes. A Victor Bernardez free kick in the 3rd minute from 30 yards was batted over the crossbar by Rapids goalkeeper Matt Perkins. A Simon Dawkins shot attempt in the 8th minute at the top of the penalty area from the run of play again required Perkins to tip the ball to safety and keep the game scoreless.

Having weathered the early Earthquakes storm, the Rapids took the lead in the 18th minute following a throw-in. Colorado defender Hunter Freeman delivered a crossing pass to the far post where Mullan looped a header just over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper David Bingham and into the far-side inside netting for the game's opening goal. Even Jon Busch, the Earthquakes regular starting goalkeeper sitting out the game due to suspension, would not have been able to save the well placed Mullan shot.

The Rapids nearly doubled their lead in the 29th minute following a free kick awarded to Colorado after Marvin Chavez earned a yellow card for a bad tackle against his right-sided counterpart Luis Zapata. The restart from Martin Rivero required Bingham to make an acrobatic save to keep the ball out of the net.

In the 36th minute, the Earthquakes had their best chance yet in the game to get a goal. Defender Justin Morrow, playing in an advanced role up the left wing sent a cross into the area that Steven Lenhart redirected on target. Instead of registering the equalizer, Lenhart could only watch as Pickens made the save of the game to push the ball around the far post and keep the Earthquakes off the scoreboard.

With the match approaching halftime, Bernardez was shown a yellow card for a dangerous kick on Rapids forward Conor Casey. Colorado could not capitalize on the free kick, and the game entered the interval with the Rapids leading 1-0.

The Earthquakes had a good chance to equalize in the 54th minute, as a yellow card offense by Zapata on Dawkins gave San Jose a free kick deep in Rapids territory. The delivery by Beitashour found Lenhart in the area, but his soft header was easily corralled by Pickens.

Looking to spark some life into their moribund offense, head coach Frank Yallop turned to the bench in the 65th minute and brought on forward Gordon for midfielder Baca. Three minutes later, with the Earthquakes pressuring the Rapids defense, Dawkins forced a good save from Pickens with a low shot from 18 yards. Two more offense-minded substitutions, the first in the 70th minute as Khari Stephenson entered for Sam Cronin and the second in the 75th minute as Shea Salinas replaced Steven Beitashour, saw the Earthquakes go for broke as they still trailed by a lone goal entering the last 15 minutes of the match.

The San Jose substitutions finally paid dividends in the 83rd minute, as a long pass down the right sideline found Salinas with plenty of space to deliver a low cross into the area. Lenhart redirected the ball on goal, but Pickens was there to bat the ball away. Gordon, anticipating an opportunity developing, reached the rebound just ahead of his Rapids marker and touched the ball into the net for the equalizer. The goal was Gordon's fifth of the season, his fourth scored after the 80th minute of play.

Just as the match was nearing stoppage time, Gordon was again the center of attention, as he earned a penalty kick following a collision with Pickens on an Earthquakes counterattack. Wondolowski, San Jose's designated penalty taker, blasted the ball past Pickens to give the Earthquakes their first lead of the evening.

The Rapids pushed forward with numbers in an attempt to find a game-tying goal, but were unable to break through the San Jose defense and the game ended 2-1 in favor of the visitors.

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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