Quakes' Yallop nets second MLS Coach of the Year Award

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Quakes' Yallop nets second MLS Coach of the Year Award

The pundits didn't see this season coming from the Earthquakes, but it was no surprise to Frank Yallop. The 'Quakes' leader was awarded his second career MLS Coach of the Year honor Tuesday after leading the San Jose to a 19-9-6 record and first place in the Western Conference.

With 114 regular-season wins, Yallop is now tied for fourth in MLS history with Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, his former assistant in San Jose.

Hes tremendous, club president Dave Kaval said of Yallop. I think Frank is everything you want in a head coach. He interacts real well with the players. Hes great with management. He has this uncanny ability to develop young players, whether it was Landon Donovan 10 years ago or Chris Wondolowski now or Steven Beitashour.

I think thats a real treasure to have someone like that. You really feel it in the actual locker room because everyone feels so connected to him in that way.

Under Yallop in 2012, the Earthquakes won the Supporters Shield, scored 74 goals and won or tied 28 out of 34 regular-season games one year removed from missing the playoffs.

Yallops team, which advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, scored 10 second-half, stoppage-time goals -- six game-winners and three equalizers. The clubs nine regular-season goals in second-half stoppage were an MLS record. Prior to the playoffs, they had 40 goals after the 60th minute and 22 after the 75th minute.

The Earthquakes finished just two points shy of the MLS single-season points record of 68, set by LA Galaxy in 1998.

Theyll do anything for this guy, Kaval said of Yallops players. Hes like a father figure to them. He trusts in people at times when regular folks would probably kick them to the curb. I think he has a long track record of really seeing peoples true capabilities and getting that or even more out of them.

When you look at the success of Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski...everyone...hes all connected to that. Frank got them to believe in themselves and in what were trying to do here with the Quakes. Its just a tremendous accomplishment.

Yallop received a multi-year contract extension in 2011.

San Jose Earthquakes media services contributed to this report.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls

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The San Jose Earthquakes had one big thing going for them when they took on the New York Red Bulls Wednesday evening — they were on 10 days rest having last played a truly competitive match on July 10 in U.S. Open Cup action.

Unfortunately for the Quakes, they failed to take advantage of that in losing to the Red Bulls 5-1 — definitely not the return to the pitch they were hoping for.  

Here are five takeaways from a Wednesday evening, lopsided loss to NYR. 

— The Quakes had no answer for Sacha Kljestan. The Red Bulls midfielder, who frequented the U.S. Men’s National Team roster at one point, was not called to international duty for the ongoing FIFA Gold Cup and San Jose paid the price for that — the man finessed the Quakes to death on Wednesday evening, factoring in three New York goals with his use of spacing in the Red Bulls midfield. 

— There were a couple of big debuts for San Jose. First, newly signed designated player Valeri Qazaishvili — who the MLS world is calling Vako — made his league debut when in he came as a substitute for Danny Hoesen at halftime. The Georgian native showed flashes with his early touch, but never really factored in the game until the 88th minute when he scored the Quakes’ lone goal on a volley tap courtesy of a nifty Jahmir Hyka cross. It’s a nice debut on the scoresheet, but San Jose is expecting DP-esque things from the Georgian. 

— And second, welcome back, Quincy Amarikwa. The forward has been sidelined since September of 2016 when he suffered ACL and LCL damage that required surgery. Amarikwa has been documenting his recovery on social media and surprised Quakes fans when he make his on-pitch return last week in a friendly against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. On Wednesday, he made his official return in the 76th minute. Amarikwa has nine goals and seven assists in 41 career appearances with the Quakes. 

— It definitely wasn’t the homecoming head coach Chris Leitch was hoping for. Leitch played for five seasons over with the New York club. He made 101 appearances for the Metrostars/Red Bulls, assisting on five goals during his career. 

He’s now 0-1-0 as an opposing head coach. 

— It’s unfair to nitpick on a single defensive effort, given that soccer is a team sport, but the Red Bulls attacked center back Andres Imperiale often Wednesday afternoon — and more often than not, they were rewarded with a scoring opportunity. It’s the second straight poor showing on the road for the Quakes defense as a whole after surrendering a four-spot to Atlanta United FC on Independence Day.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' historic US Open Cup win over Galaxy

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' historic US Open Cup win over Galaxy

It was a historic night over at Avaya Stadium. 

For the first time in U.S. Open Cup history, the San Jose Earthquakes have beaten their bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy -- 3-2. 

The win also propels the Quakes to just their second appearance in the tournament's semifinals. 

Chris Wondolowski scored a brace to lead the way while Danny Hoesen added the insurance. 

Here are a handful of things to know about Monday's win over the Galaxy. 

-- The sixth time was the charm as the Quakes had lost five previous meetings against their rivals. But the night began with some doubts when Jelle Van Damme scored in just the third minute. His header was goal No. 2 in the last two games against the Quakes.

But Wondolowski equalized courtesy of Tommy Thompson in the 16th minute and then put the San Jose up for good six minutes in the second half -- once again, thanks to Thompson. 

Hoesen scored a breakaway goal about ten minutes later.  

-- If you tried to find Wondolowski on the pitch using his regular number, you were unsuccessful. 

Wondolowski was sporting No. 38 Monday night in honor of Matheus Silva, the Quakes midfielder playing for Reno 1868 on loan who suffered swimming accident July 4 in Lake Tahoe. 

Silva was in a coma until July 6. 

Fittingly, the forward scored twice. Wondolowski's goal is the sixth of his U.S. Open Cup career. He's now tied for the all-time lead in Earthquakes history.  

-- Pregame, the Quakes introduced their latest acquisition, Designated Player Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili, to the press. 

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.

-- Speaking of Georgia, the Bay Area now boasts two of the nation's very best athletes. Zaza Pachulia, the starting center of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, was in attendance MOnday night. 

The center kicked the ceremonial first goal. 

He also swapped jerseys with Vako -- as per usual in soccer circles. No word on Pachulia's footy game. 

-- The Quakes have already equaled their best ever finish in Cup history. They'll now try to surpass that when they face either Sporting Kansas City of FC Dallas -- who play Tuesday night.