Rosano: Familiar faces haunt Quakes in loss to D.C.

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Rosano: Familiar faces haunt Quakes in loss to D.C.

July 30, 2011Nick Rosano
CSNBayArea.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Earthquakes were knocked around by D.C. United during their 2-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium, and ironically enough, most of the damage was done by former Earthquakes. Two former Earthquakes, the recently departed Brandon McDonald, and the long gone but fondly remembered Dwayne De Rosario, were on top form tonight as D.C. extended the Earthquakes winless streak to nine games.

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De Rosario, an attacking midfielder and forward who helped the Earthquakes to MLS Cup titles in 2001 and 2003, struck twice in the second half to stake D.C. to a 2-0 lead it would not relinquish. McDonald, meanwhile, who was traded to D.C. for allocation money on June 27, put in a strong defensive performance, particularly painful given the Earthquakes current struggles with injury and suspension, in the defensive line. De Rosario has a long history with the Earthquakes and head coach Frank Yallop, having worked with Yallop not only at the Earthquakes between 2001 and 2003, but also during Yallops tenure as coach of the Canadian national team between 2004 and 2006. Its always nice coming here and playing, and playing against Frank Yallop, hes the guy that brought me to the Quakes, De Rosario said. Im just happy first and foremost that we came out here and played the way we did and was able to come up with a positive result and that was three points. After a scoreless, back and forth first half, De Rosario signaled his intentions by testing Busch just seconds after the restart, and while the veteran goalkeeper saved on that instance, he was powerless to stop De Rosarios subsequent goals in the 57th and 67th minutes. We talked about De Rosario being a game-changer, Busch said in the locker room after the game. De Rosario changed the game in the second half. We didnt." De Rosarios second goal was particularly well-worked, as the Canadian veteran played a one-two off a throw in before receiving the ball at the top of the area and smashing into the far corner past a helpless Jon Busch. The second goal was right out of the blue, great finish, so thats why he gets paid what he gets paid, Yallop said of the goal. McDonald, on the other hand, has been with the Earthquakes more recently after joining in 2009, he earned a call up to the U.S. national team training camp in 2010 and put in a series of solid performances during that season, helping keep over ten clean sheets while he was on the field. He saw himself increasingly relegated to the bench in 2011 in favor of players like Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling and at times Ike Opara. This led the Earthquakes to trade McDonald in June to a D.C. outfit in desperate need of defensive help, but with Opara now likely out for the season, Burling suspended for Saturdays game, and Hernandez out with a short term injury, his presence was sorely missed on Saturday evening. Yallop was forced to use left back Ramiro Corrales as a central defender alongside recent acquisition Nana Attakora, who is still regaining match fitness. When you put a lot of guys that have not played together much, that have not really overly confident with their play, it just doesnt turn out to be a good performance, and I think that kind of showed tonight, Yallop said. On the other hand, San Joses loss has been D.C. Uniteds gain. Since McDonalds arrival, the team has posted a number of impressive results on the road, including two shutouts, a 0-0 draw at a hot FC Dallas side and a 1-0 win at a New York Red Bulls outfit high on firepower. Hes been great, he really has, D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen said to reporters after the game. In particular Dwayne tonight and Brandon in the back, I thought was a real man back there. Him and D.C. center back Dejan Jakovic both together worked very hard and were very physical with Alan Gordon, who is always a handful, so overall, a good night for us. McDonald acknowledged that his familiarity with the Earthquakes players did play a part in helping his team to a shutout victory, though conceded there was more to it than just knowing your opponent well. I think you can use that familiarity as an advantage, I think anybody can use that as an advantage, but at the same time you never know what youre going to get when youre facing an opponent that can come out and do something that I didnt expect, he said. We just have to be on our game and do what we have to do to get a victory. When asked about his quick return to San Jose, just over a month after he had been traded, McDonald answered, Its a little bittersweet, but at the same time, more on the sweet side. Coming anywhere, any team you want, as a defender, it was good to get a shutout, so mission accomplished. For the Earthquakes, their mission is far from accomplished, and the team will be counting on improved performances in its upcoming home stand against the Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids to keep any serious playoff hopes alive.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

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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