Wondo Hits Winner, Quakes Inch Towards Playoffs

Wondo Hits Winner, Quakes Inch Towards Playoffs

Sept. 15, 2010EARTHQUAKES PAGE

SANTA CLARA Chris Wondolowski nodded home a smartly delivered cross from Arturo Alvarezin the 69th minute to push San Jose past visiting Philadelphia 1-0 onWednesday at Buck Shaw Stadium and closer to the MLS playoffs.The win moves the Earthquakes past Colorado and into possession ofsixth place in the overall league table. San Jose are now eight pointsclear of ninth-place Toronto FC in their bid to earn their first postseason berth since being re-established in 2008.Wondolowskis goal, his ninth of the season, rescued what had been a somewhat lackluster performance for the Quakes, who generated little offense of note in the opening 45 minutes.The scoring play started with Bobby Conveycrossing from the left wing for Eduardo, who fell down without drawinga penalty. But Alvarez recovered the loose ball on the opposite sideand took his time before delivering his first assist of 2010.Diving Philadelphia goalkeeper Brad Knighton, making his second start in place of deposed Chris Seitz, got a couple fingers on Wondolowskis header, but could only push it into the side netting.Of Wondolowskis nine goals on the season, six have beengame-winners, moving him into a tie for the league lead in thatcategory with Los Angeles Edson Buddle.The loss dealt another critical blow to the faint playoff hopes ofexpansion Philadelphia, who almost snatched a point at the death whenan unmarked Shea Salinas ran onto a free kick from Sebastien Le Toux in the 93rd minute. Salinas rip from 12 yards was headed wide, but a deflection off Tim Ward forced Jon Busch to make one final save to secure his second consecutive shutout and fourth in 10 starts.Philadelphia generated the best scoring chances before intermission,both times by laying the ball off for onrushing holding midfielders.But Busch was able to knock away Stefani Miglioranzis 30-yard blast in the 22nd minute, and eventually covered up a 35-yard drive from Andrew Jacobson in the 37th.San Joses most dangerous first-half moment was cut short by refereeSilviu Petrescus whistle, which halted play after Wondolowski wasruled offside in the 42nd minute. Wondolowski, who started up top in a pairing with Designated PlayerGeovanni for the first time, had been honing in on a soft rebound givenup by Knighton, who allowed scads of second-chance opportunities butwent unpunished by a San Jose side surprisingly reluctant to pushforward in search of a go-ahead score.Quakes coach Frank Yallop attempted to inject some urgency into his teams attack with the halftime addition of Eduardo and Alvarez in place of Khari Stephenson who looked limited by his sprained left ankle and Joey Gjertsen.The moves didnt work immediately, but eventually had their effect.Eduardo came up just short of reaching a long, low cross from Conveythat could have led to a clinching goal in the 87th minute. AndKnighton did well to push a dipping free kick from Geovanni over thecrossbar in the 89th.Scoring Summary: SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 9 (Arturo Alvarez 1) 69 Misconduct Summary: PHI -- Andrew Jacobson (caution; Tactical Foul) 20
SJ -- Bobby Convey (caution; Delaying a Restart) 90
SJ -- Arturo Alvarez (caution; Delaying a Restart) 94 Lineups:Philadelphia Union -- Brad Knighton, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jordan Harvey, Fred (Danny Mwanga 72), Andrew Jacobson, Stefani Miglioranzi, Justin Mapp (Jack McInerney 74), Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno (Shea Salinas 58).Substitutes Not Used: Cristian Arrieta, Kyle Nakazawa, Amobi Okugo, Chris Seitz.San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Tim Ward, Joey Gjertsen (Arturo Alvarez 46), Sam Cronin, Khari Stephenson (Eduardo 46), Bobby Convey, Geovanni, Chris Wondolowski.Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Burling, Cornell Glen, Ryan Johnson, Brad Ring, Alex Horwath.Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee's Assistants: Ian Anderson; Chris Strickland
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Clear and 65 degrees

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

Earthquakes sign Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as latest Designated Player

(Editor's Note: The above video is from January 2017)

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Georgia National Team attacking midfielder Valeri ‘Vako’ Qazaishvili as a Designated Player, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. Qazaishvili scored for Georgia in their most recent World Cup qualifying match on June 11.

“We were looking for a player, a younger, offensive player, that really excites the fans and has the possibility to stay with us for a long period of time. That’s what we found with Vako,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “We wanted a player that knows how to take on a defender one-on-one, that sees the goal and that also wants to bring a spark to our game.”

Qazaishvili, 24, becomes San Jose’s youngest ever Designated Player after six years with SBV Vitesse of the Dutch Eredivisie. He tallied 25 goals and 10 assists in 104 league games for the Dutch side, adding another three goals and three assists in other top-flight competition.

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.

From 2012-13 to 2013-14, Qazaishvili spent significant time with the U-21 squad, scoring 14 goals in 30 league appearances for the youth side and establishing himself as a first-team player.

Qazaishvili then scored nine goals during the 2014-15 Eredivisie season and a team-best 10 in 2015-16. He later spent the majority of the 2016-17 season on loan with Poland’s Legia Warsaw, helping them win the league championship with a 21-6-10 overall record.

In addition to his experience in league play, Qazaishvili has made eight appearances in international cup competition, including Europa League qualifiers, Europa League and UEFA Champions League. He appeared against clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Champions League play.

He also has extensive experience playing with the Georgia National Team, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances at various youth levels and five goals in 23 appearances for the senior team.

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' draw with Sporting KC

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' draw with Sporting KC

SAN JOSE -- People say that the when you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging. 

So if you’re someone who believes in that, Saturday’s 0-0 draw is a good thing for the San Jose Earthquakes. After dropping two straight MLS matches, the Quakes needed to stop the bleeding and were faced with doing so against the Western Conference’s top team, Sporting Kansas City — no small task. 

Here are five things you need to know about a scoreless, albeit positive, affair Saturday afternoon at Avaya Stadium. 

— Quakes head coach Dominic Kinnear’s troubles began even before San Jose took to the pitch on Saturday. We knew of three key cogs — Florian Jungwirth, Marco Urena, Darwin Ceren — already out with injury or suspension. But things got worse when Fatai Alashe and Simon Dawkins became unavailable. The result: Kinnear’s lineup card listed just 16 players — three of which have spent the vast majority of their season playing for San Jose’s United Soccer League affiliate, Reno 1868. Of those three, one saw playing time — Jackson Yueill, who made his MLS debut.

— The draw is positive for two reasons. One, San Jose was without several key players and it would have been very easy to use that as an excuse for a less than stellar effort. And two, the draws snaps a two-game MLS slide. The race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference is congested. San Jose may be in seventh place, but the draw keeps them just eight points behind first place Sporting KC. 

— The first half unfolded as expected — the shorthanded Quakes had no choice but to play a defensive game and hope Sporting KC made a mistake on a counterattack. That didn’t happen. In fact, three times, SKC had an open net and couldn’t capitalize. San Jose, on the other hand, did not record a single shot on Tim Melia’s goal. Things opened up a little more in the second half for the Quakes. But as its been the case for some time now, the Quakes simply could not break through. KC's Graham Zusi had arguably the match's best chance with mere seconds left to play. The clean sheet for Kansas City means the visitors have now allowed just eight road goals in nine matches all season long. 

— Saturday’s match against Sporting KC was the second in a very busy stretch for the Quakes. Last Wednesday, the Quakes took down the San Francisco Deltas (NASL) 2-0 in U.S. Open Cup play. However, the win means another game on the schedule the following Wednesday — against the reigning MLS champion Seattle Sounders. 

In all, by the time San Jose faces Los Angeles in Stanford Stadium for the Cali Clasico, the Quakes will have played five matches in 18 days before packing up for a cross country trip to Atlanta for another game on Independence Day. 

Tired legs, indeed. 

— A couple of logistic particulars: Saturday’s reported attendance was 18,000 — another sell-out for Avaya Stadium where the Quakes remain very stout. As a side note, the Quakes announced earlier in the week they have sold over 30,000 tickets for the aforementioned Cali Clasico at Stanford Stadium. 

Chris Wondolowski and Anibal Godoy went into the book with yellow cards on Saturday. 

Next up, the Quakes will take on Real Salt Lake next Saturday at Avaya Stadium with kick scheduled for 7:30 p.m.