Recapping the event of the summer

808078.jpg

Recapping the event of the summer

It was a storybook day for the San Jose Earthquakesorganization.50,000 fans The largest crowd in team history for a non-doubleheader where the main draw was the other game. The Quakes scored an early goal thanksto Marvelous Marvin Chavez and Steven Lenhart. The crowd got to see Beckhambe Beckham and Landon Donovan did what he does best, capitalizing on otherpeoples mistakes. Best of all though, the crowd got to see why Goonies neversay die!" Trailing by 2 goals, on national TV and a sold out stadium, the Quakesshowed their depth and resiliency and put on a great show. As the script would have it, the game-winnercame off the foot, or should I say the bottom of the foot, of their biggeststar, Chris Wondolowski. It iseverything the team could have hoped for.REWIND: Wondo's winner gives Quakes comeback win over Galaxy
In previous years, there was usually disappointment onhighly anticipated matches, whether it be an opening night or an opportunity toplay before a big crowd. This team has proven again that it is better thanthose teams and that they stick together when things look bleak.When you score a goal for the Quakes, you can be surethat you will be on the receiving end of a Victor Bernardez bear hug. That was one of the reasons it was so greatto see him score his first goal as an Earthquake just before the end of thehalf. His tiny countryman Marvin Chavezwas the first to get to him and jumped up on him with the joy of a little kid.It was a huge goal, bringing the Quakes to within one before the intermission.Jason Hernandez had a rough go in the first half. He knocked in an own goal for Galaxys secondgoal on a play where the defense got beat on some terrific passing and ballmovement. Hernandez played a key part inthe Galaxys third goal as well. After ascramble in front of the net, goal keeper John Busch was screaming forHernandez to take the ball out to the left side. Hernandez thought he was screaming back. He turned and passed back to Busch unawareRobby Keane was in between the two of them sitting on the doorstep of thegoal. Two touches later the ball was inthe back of the net and the score was 3-1 Galaxy. To his credit, Hernandez wasable to shake this off and played a key role in holding Galaxy scoreless therest of the way.The first half had 7 minutes of extra time due to manystoppages for injuries. The first wasfor goal keeper John Buschs eye. Theformer ice hockey player from upstate New York looked the part after catching an elbow,probably from his own teammate while aggressively defending a corner. Hefinished the half with a black eye that swelled quickly and visibly. Can anyonesay, Cut me Mick! The injury to Busch prompted Frank Yallop to bring inDavid Bingham for the second half. Thesecond year player out of Calplayed very well. His height and lengthcame in handy on more than one occasion.The first was when he dove to smother a rolling cross through the goalarea and the next was in defending a shot off an oncoming David Beckham. Later, Justin Morrow provided some goal linesupport and kept the Galaxy off the scoreboard in the second half.Steven Beitashour delivered a terrific ball to StevenLenharts heal that set up Sam Cronins first goal of the season. DefensivelyBeitashour showed why being a defender is so challenging. You can be playing great soccer for anextended amount of time, then over run a challenge and it frees up a player toget an open shot on goal and you have a bad game. This happened twice onSaturday and I cant recall seeing it happen to him since early in his rookieyear.Sam Cronin got his first goal of the season and itignited the crowd. In spite of it being only his second goal in 90 plus MLSmatches he knew how to celebrate it with a flying body bump with StevenLenhart. Here is another player whose value does not always show up on thescore card, but definitely shows up on the scoreboard.

Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season

meredith-kepper.jpg
AP

Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2017 season

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has exercised 2017 contract options on six players: goalkeeper David Bingham, defenders Victor Bernardez, Kip Colvey and Andres Imperiale, and midfielders Fatai Alashe and Matheus Silva.

The Earthquakes will not exercise options on nine players, including goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, and forwards Chad Barrett, Henok Goitom, Innocent, Steven Lenhart and Mark Sherrod.

In addition, the following players are under contract for the 2017 season: goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, defender Shaun Francis, midfielders Cordell Cato, Darwin Ceren, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy and Shea Salinas, and forwards Quincy Amarikwa and Chris Wondolowski.

Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Friday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. PT and Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. PT. The two drafts will take place via teleconference with all 22 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following each of the calls. Both of the Re-Entry Drafts will be conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft.

San Jose Earthquakes media services
 

Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

brazilian-planecrash-colombia-ap.jpg
AP

Plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia; 75 dead

LA UNION, Colombia -- A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 75 people and leaving six survivors, Colombian officials said Tuesday.

The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline with roots in Venezuela, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was carrying the up and coming Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil for Wednesday's first leg of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin - the continent's second-most-important championship.

"What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy," Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said from the search and rescue command center.

The club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page, "May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation."

Expressions of grief poured in from all over the soccer world. South America's federation canceled all scheduled matches in a show of solidarity, Real Madrid's squad interrupted its training for a minute of silence and Argentina legend Diego Maradona sent his condolences to the victims' families over Facebook.

Rescuers working through the night were initially heartened after pulling three passengers alive from the wreckage. But as the hours passed, heavy rainfall and low visibility grounded helicopters and slowed efforts to reach the crash site.

At daybreak, dozens of bodies were quickly collected into white bags while rescuers scavenged through pieces of the plane's fuselage strewn across the muddy mountainside.

Images broadcast on local television showed three passengers arriving to a local hospital in ambulances on stretchers and covered in blankets connected to an IV. Among the survivors was Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, who doctors said suffered spinal injuries.

Two goalkeepers, Danilo and Jackson Follmann, as well as a journalist traveling with the team and a Bolivian flight attendant, were found alive in the wreckage. But Danilo was later reported as dead, and authorities said another defender, Helio Zampier, had survived amid a confusion of sometimes conflicting early reports.

The aircraft is owned by LaMia, a company with roots in Venezuela and that has a close relationship with several premier South American squads.

Argentina's state-run news agency said the plane involved in the crash had transported Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and the national team this month from Brazil to Colombia between World Cup qualifier matches. The airliner also reportedly transported Venezuela's national squad and several top teams from Bolivia in the past.

LaMia's website, which is no longer online, said it operated three 146 Avro short-haul jets made by British Aerospace and with a maximum range of around 2,965 kilometers (1,600 nautical miles) - about the same as the distance between Santa Cruz and Medellin, the route it was flying when it went down.

Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia's aviation authority, said initial reports suggest the aircraft was suffering electrical problems although investigators were also looking into an account from one of the survivors that the plane had run out of fuel about five minutes from its expected landing at Jose Maria Cordova airport outside Medellin.

Bolivia's civil aviation agency said the aircraft picked up the Brazilian team in Santa Cruz, where players had arrived earlier in the day on a commercial flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Spokesman Cesar Torrico said that the plane underwent an inspection before departing for Colombia and reported no problems.

British Aerospace, which is now known as BAE Systems, says that the first 146-model plane took off in 1981 and that just under 400 were built in total in the U.K. through 2003. It says around 220 of are still in service in a variety of roles, including aerial firefighting and overnight freight services.

A video published on the team's Facebook page showed the team readying for a flight earlier Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport. Photos of team members in the cockpit and posing in front of the plane ahead of departure quickly spread across social media.

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating two of Argentina's fiercest squads, San Lorenzo and Independiente, as well as Colombia's Junior.

"This morning I said goodbye to them and they told me they were going after the dream, turning that dream into reality," Chapecoense board member told TV Globo. "The dream was over early this morning."

The team is so modest that tournament organizers ruled that its 22,000-seat arena was too small to host the final match, which was moved to a stadium 300 miles (480 kilometers) to the north in the city of Curitiba.

"This is unbelievable, I am walking on the grass of the stadium and I feel like I am floating," Andrei Copetti told the AP. "No one understands how a story that was so amazing could suffer such a devastating reversal. For many people here reality has still not struck."