Rosano: 'Quakes improve but can't snap streak


Rosano: 'Quakes improve but can't snap streak

Aug. 7, 2011


Nick Rosano

SANTA CLARA -- Most who watched the Earthquakes draw 1-1 with the visiting Portland Timbers on Saturday evening will tell you the team looked better than in last weekend's reverse against D.C. United. Unfortunately for the Earthquakes, though, just improving might not be enough anymore, especially given the emphasis players and staff put on winning this game earlier in the week. "I thought it was a terrific performance, maybe not as goal-dangerous as I would like," head coach Frank Yallop said after the game. "I thought team-wise, it was a good solid performance." The Earthquakes did indeed look an improved side from the one that went down 2-0 last weekend to D.C. United, but the team's inability to create enough dangerous chances ultimately cost them a vital three points. Despite playing a significant amount of the game inside Portlands half, the team needed a second half goal from recent acquisition Alan Gordon to secure a point after falling behind in the first half. Despite having their first choice defenders back on the field for the first time in over a month, the Earthquakes defense was made to look foolish when the Timbers pulled ahead in the 23rd minute. Jorge Perlaza got a step on Jason Hernandez, and was being kept onside by Burling, and crossed to a wide-open Kenny Cooper, who had no trouble finishing. I think the initial ball came from the midfield, kind of a bang-bang play, Burling said. I was trailing the play, I didnt get in front of Kenny Cooper. Its a tough sequence, tough turnover and just took one play off and thats the game sometimes. Luckily for the Earthquakes, they looked motivated coming out of the break, and despite an early scare from Perlaza, the team was able to take control of the proceedings. The goal finally game in the 67th minute as Steven Beitashour, making his first start in over a month after coming back from injury, swung in a cross from the right that Alan Gordon was able to redirect into the net to tie things up. "I thought Alan took his goal well and he played well when he came on," said Frank Yallop of the play of his new acquisition. Gordon, meanwhile, spoke of the effort of the entire team, saying, I thought we played really well. We had some chances and I was just the one that got on the end of the cross. It was more a team effort tonight, and I was happy to give what I could. Unfortunately for Gordon and the Earthquakes, it might be a while until the well traveled forward sees the field again. He revealed to reporters that he has a lingering double hernia that was misdiagnosed by the medical staff at his former club Toronto FC and will likely require surgery. Despite only earning a draw, the Earthquakes were generally pleased with an improved performance after last Saturdays fairly listless outing against D.C. United. I definitely think that we took a step forward, said Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski. I think to be honest, this was one of our better games all year, especially going forward. I thought we kept some pretty good possession, and thats why its just so frustrating not to come away with three points. Particularly noticeable was the play of Bobby Convey, who was given license by Yallop to play in more of a free role and provide a creative spark to the offense. Instead of sticking to his normal left-sided position, Convey received the freedom to tuck into the middle and even venture over to the right side, resulting in a number of dangerous runs and chances. I told Bobby, just go play free. Just try and search the ball and make the difference, and I think it worked, Yallop said. I thought we were dynamic in certain spots without being really dangerous in front of goal that was a big miss. While the improved play is certainly a positive sign, the underlying issues with creating and finishing more chances still surfaced in talking to Yallop and the players following the game. Even with a scoring draw, the team has only managed five goals in its ten game winless streak. There could be help on the way though, even with the MLS transfer window closing on Aug. 15. Earthquakes general manager John Doyle has been on a scouting trip to Brazil to find a creative player or striker that Yallop has claimed the side could use. While there is no definitive sign of a new acquisition, a new signing in the attack could prove a boon in finding those sorely needed goals. With 11 games remaining, seven of which are on the road, the Earthquakes sit four points off a playoff spot, but most teams ahead of them have played fewer games, meaning the Earthquakes will need to start turning draws into wins to retain any hope of replicating their 2010 playoff run. I think weve got to look forward to next weekend and if we do get a win, then it pushes us up, Yallop said. Its not like were out of it, weve got to start picking up some wins for sure, but Id like to think we can win at least enough games to get in the playoffs. With the Earthquakes hosting the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids next weekend, it will be vital for them not just to accept their current state, but to continue building on the positive play that saw them out of the loss column.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.