Quakes waste man advantage, tie Galaxy 0-0


Quakes waste man advantage, tie Galaxy 0-0

Nick RosanoCSNBayArea.com

SANTA CLARA Fans can usually expect rivalry gamesto have a little bit of something extra, but Saturday afternoons clash betweenthe Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy had plenty more in terms of drama, butnot so much in terms of goals. Despite playing a man up for the whole secondhalf with the Galaxy fielding an outfield player in goal, the Earthquakes werefrustrated with their inability to break down their visitors and ended upsettling for a 0-0 draw.

After an opening flurry that saw Simon Dawkins hit the postand the Earthquakes end up with a series of point blank shots that were denied,the team could not find a way through a resolute Los Angeles defense. Nonetheless, theEarthquakes were largely effective in denying Los Angeles space and continuing to pressurethe Galaxys back line. I thought we played probably the best weve played firsthalf, not all season, but for a long time, Yallop said. We played reallywell, had our chances to score, didnt quite put it in the net. Although those in the stadium wouldnt realize it at thetime, the injury of Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts would help set up one ofthe more bizarre situations MLS has seen this season. Ricketts collided withfellow Jamaican national Khari Stephenson going up for a ball in the box in the21st minute and was replaced by backup goalkeeper Josh Saunders.The proceedings continued without incident until the 43rdminute, until a clash between Earthquakes striker Steven Lenhart and Saundersleft the Galaxy down a man and without a goalkeeper. Lenhart pressured Saundersas he collected a routine ball out of the area, but then attempted to head theball out of Saunders hands, which would eventually result in a yellow cardfrom referee Juan Guzman. Saunders picked the ball up and retaliated with ablow to Lenharts face, resulting in a red card for Saunders.Lenhart refused to talk about the incident initially, thoughhe did say there was contact between him and Saunders, Yeah, he caught me.With Ricketts injury, the Galaxy were left without agoalkeeper, forcing Galaxy coach Bruce Arena to utilize midfielder Mike Mageeas makeshift goalkeeper. Despite using a player with little to no experience ingoal and playing a man down, Los Angeles was able to hold firm in the back, largelyprotecting Magee from any serious work.Their game plan in the second half worked and ours didntreally, Yallop explained.We tried to get shots off. For some reason it was a bitsticky this afternoon, it wasnt an easy task to get a shot in the middle ofgoal because I thought the box of four LA had in the middle did a good job ofblocking everything and making it difficult.Busch, though he lamented the teams ability to move theball effectively enough, also saw the game as evidence for the Galaxys successso far in 2011, with the team comfortably positioned on the top of the WesternConference.Credit to LA, thats why theyre top of the table. Thatswhy theyre successful defensively, they get in their blocks and theyre hardto break down, Busch said.Despite the Galaxys defensive resilience, Lenhart did findhimself through on goal in the dying minutes of the game. However, Magee gotdown well to turn his effort around the post, the only serious test he facedapart from a few softly struck long range efforts.I shouldve done better, I shouldve scored, admittedLenhart, after the game. I tried to go back across the goal, I shouldve putit near post. While the end result was certainly not the one the team orfans expected, given the circumstances of the second half, Yallop saw littlecause for concern.You can work on things and the guys are kind of just goingto put this one away, look forward to next weekend.For more Earthquakes, MLS and soccer musings, youcan follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings


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.