'Quakes' winless streak at 11 after 2-1 loss


'Quakes' winless streak at 11 after 2-1 loss

Nicholas Rosano

It all seemed to be going right as Joey Gjertsen pounced toopen the scoring in the 22nd minute on Saturday evening -- theEarthquakes had their first lead in over three games and the teams flickeringplayoff hopes seemed to be gaining some kindling. However, two blows of thewhistle later, and the Earthquakes found themselves in a big hole and a mandown, unable to break through once more as the Colorado Rapids sent them to afranchise-record 11th straight winless game, coming out 2-1 victors. I thought we played well. For some reason were not gettingthe breaks, but we cant give up, head coach Frank Yallop said following thegame. We put in a good effort and to come out with no points isdisappointing. The Earthquakes looked bright throughout large stretches ofthe game, though their profligacy in front of goal was further compounded bytwo controversial decisions from referee Paul Ward on either side of halftime. In the 39th minute, Ward awarded a penalty afterconsultation with his linesman, the assistant referee having adjudged that SamCronins arm had made contact with the ball in the penalty as he slid out ofplay. Colorados Caleb Folan calmly slotted the penalty past Jon Busch toequalize for the Rapids. Things went from bad to worse for Cronin in the 50thminute, as the midfielder saw red for a two-footed challenge on PabloMastroeni, prompting a less than favorable reaction from the Earthquakes fansand players. Jeff Larentowicz would soon hammer the nail in the Quakescoffin when he whipped in a free kick, which somehow found its way through thelegs of Simon Dawkins and past Jon Busch in the 72nd minute. Unfortunately it went through Simons (Dawkins) legs, Buschsaid. We know hes just going to hit it hard, hes not going to bend it.Busch then conceded while things may have broken down onthat play, the type of goal was symptomatic of the struggles the team has beenhaving lately. I take care of my side and the wall takes care of theirside and unfortunately, on a different night, the ball doesnt go in but thatshow the ball is bouncing for us right now, he said. Despite everything that didnt bounce the Earthquakes waythough, they didnt always do much to help their cause. While their play wasbright, the quality of finishing didnt always match, perhaps no more so thanwhen Gjertsen slotted a well-placed ball in for Chris Wondolowski, only for thereigning Golden Boot winner to balloon it over the crossbar with the score at1-1. Wondo couldve scored four goals but he didnt, Yallopsaid. You cant fault the man for getting into spots to score. He was braveand had good chances. However, with chances rapidly running out for theEarthquakes to claim a berth in the postseason and the winless skid continuing,the missed goals are starting to become more and more glaring. With seven ofthe last ten games on the road, the loss to Colorado represented a significantblow, capping off a crucial home stand that saw the Earthquakes claim just oneout of nine points on offer.With the team facing a trip to face league leaders andrivals Los Angeles Galaxy next weekend, followed by a cross-continental trip toToronto the following weekend, it is indeed difficult to envy the teamsposition. Still, Busch highlighted his sides resilient spirit, reminding thoselistening that the team was not quite done yet. Its never too late when you havent been officiallyeliminated, he said. We just have to pick ourselves up again and dustourselves off and start to prepare for LA.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings,you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter @nicholasrosano

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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Levi's Stadium to host 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final


Levi's Stadium to host 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — This year's CONCACAF Gold Cup final will be played on July 26 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced first-round sites in December and the site of the final on Wednesday. The 12-nation tournament opens July 7 at Harrison, New Jersey.

The United States and defending champion Mexico head a field that includes Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, French Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique and Panama. The final spot will be determined by a playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua in March.