Rosano: Quakes upbeat despite Fire's comeback


Rosano: Quakes upbeat despite Fire's comeback


Nick Rosano

Its been a frustrating week for the San Jose Earthquakes.Twice they have faced the same team, twice theyve had victory in their grasp,and twice they have let it slip away.

As with most stories, there is another side to it, though.Saturday evenings 2-2 draw at Chicagoconstitutes the sixth straight game in which the team has gone unbeaten inregulation. While the Quakes still sit closer to the bottom of the WesternConference table than they'd like, the change in spirit over the past month is clearlyvisible in the teams recent play. The endeavor and the fight from the guys Ive been reallyhappy with, head coach Frank Yallop said after the game. I think theirspirits been great. Despite twice taking the lead in Chicago through Ramiro Corrales and ChrisWondolowski, the Quakes were pegged back twice by a team tied for thesecond-worst record in Major League Soccer. While there was naturally a certainlevel of disappointment with that after the game, the team is keeping apositive, open-minded outlook as it enters the month of June. We could have lost that game, well, not that we could havelost it but we may have buckled and we didnt, Yallop said. We hada goal conceded on us and we thought were not going to lose this game forsure. I felt very comfortable that theycould see the game out and they did very well. However, for all the mental fortitude shown by the team intaking a point from Chicago,the players conceded that in the long run, these kinds of results wouldntnecessarily be sustainable. We have to learn from this, said Earthquakesmidfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong, who came off the bench and assisted on bothgoals. "The last couple of games weve been playing great as whole but we have tofinish these games off. Were playingvery well and we just have to bring that to Houston. Tactically speaking, Yallop stayed faithful to his triedand trusted 4-4-2 formation, with the caveat that Corrales, normally aleft back, switched places with Bobby Convey, a left midfielder who has oftendeputized as a left back when circumstances call for it. It proved to be an inspired change from Yallop, as Corralesaccurate crossing and passing added an extra element to the teams attack. Hisgoal from a set play was no mean feet, but the moment of brilliance came whenhis cheeky backheel opened up space for Ampaipitakwong to connect withWondolowski for the second goal. The second one, Rams Corrales drew two guys, back-heeledit to me and Wondolowski any time hes in the box, you just got to get the ballin there in a good spot and hell find it, Ampaipitakwong said. Naturally, it was Wondolowski who benefited most from theEarthquakes attacking play. His headed goal in the 74th minute cameas redemption after he had failed to connect properly with his left foot fromfollowing a well-placed cross from Ampaipitakwong. Still, he remained upbeatabout the teams endeavor, even if they ultimately failed to get all threepoints from Chicago.I thought we got some good balls in the box, scored twogoals. Usually on the road thats prettygood for us, explained Wondolowski. Were a little bummed to come home with atie, I think. While the team will have to cope without Wondolowskispresence for the next four matches as he joins the U.S. national team to play in theGold Cup, all the elements are present in the team for the Earthquakes to carrytheir positive form with them through the month of June. The foundations arethere, the execution just needs a little bit of tweaking. For more Earthquakes, MLS and soccer musings, youcan 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.