Wondolowski scores two; Quakes tie Vancouver


Wondolowski scores two; Quakes tie Vancouver


SANTA CLARA -- All of a sudden, Chris Wondolowski and the Earthquakes found their goalscoring touch. However, they could not make it count against the Vancouver Whitecaps, throwing away two leads on the way to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium, snapping a run in which the team had gone scoreless in five out of its last six, but extending its winless streak to seven games. The Earthquakes couldnt pull away from the Whitecaps as they took the lead twice through Wondolowski, only to be pegged back twice by Vancouvers own star striker, Eric Hassli. The Earthquakes certainly had their opportunities to pull away from their visitors Steven Lenhart missed a pair of one-on-one chances, and the teams inability to finish cost them a win against the last-placed team in the Western Conference. Were back on the scoring charts, but it was just a real frustrating night. Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said. We seemed to not get the breaks when you kind of need them. Things certainly looked rosier when San Jose got the best possible start to the game in the third minute. Simon Dawkins played a fine chipped ball over the top to find an onside Wondolowski, who beat longtime former Quake Joe Cannon to give his side a 1-0 lead. However, the defense, solid in the teams recent outings, often looked out of shape as the first half progressed. The Whitecaps new Designated Player, Mustapha Jarju, fired over. Lenhart nearly made him pay, as Dawkins pounced to put him clear on goal, but he took too long to get a shot off, allowing a Vancouver defender to get in a saving tackle. The Earthquakes themselves were made to pay for that miss just minutes before halftime, after a chipped ball from Shea Salinas, another former Earthquakes, found Hassli free in the box. Jon Busch got a glove to his shot, but the Frenchmans effort was simply too powerful to keep out. Earthquakes defender Bobby Burling acknowledged that conceding right before halftime dampened morale, saying, They got one back right before half, and it kind of deflated us a little bit I think. However, there was plenty more to come in the final 45 minutes. Jacob Peterson, the Earthquakes newly acquired right winger, looked active down the flank on his home debut, and had a hand as the Earthquakes pulled ahead once more early in the second half. Peterson whipped in a free kick from the right side, allowing Wondolowski to take advantage of a slip by his marker and head home. Hes a great player and can whip in a great ball, and being a forward and a bit of a poacher myself, I love that and it makes me happy, said Wondolowski, on playing with Peterson. The Earthquakes werent able to make the lead last more than seven minutes, though, as in the 61st minute, as the Salinas-Hassli combination wreaked havoc on the home sides defense one more. Some fancy footwork from Salinas left his marker in the dust, and he did well to draw out Busch before pulling the ball back for Hassli, who finished easily. San Jose then had a trio of good chances to put the game away, but couldnt convert any of them. Wondolowski nearly had his hat-trick, connecting with another Peterson cross, only to head against the bar. He also had a one-on-one opportunity foiled by a last ditch tackle from Whitecaps defender Greg Janicki, while Steven Lenhart couldnt put his own one-on-one chance on target. Despite having a generally positive outing before being substituted in the 66th minute, Peterson was one of the fiercest critics of the teams performance. Im disappointed, we should all be disappointed, he said. Their team is bottom of the league, to tie at home is not good enough. We created some decent chances that second half, but overall as a game, we werent sharp enough. Despite the slip-up and home that sees the Earthquakes drift further and further back from a playoff spot, Yallop was not ready to blame any particular portion of the team, despite some less organized defending than the fans have been used to in the past few weeks. Its a team effort. When we score goals, we all score goals and when we dont defend properly, its not just the defenders, Yallop said. Weve got to get a combination wherewere solid at the back and be dangerous going forward, so right now we seem to be struggling to get that chemistry thats going to be good for us going forward. The Earthquakes will have little to no time to find that chemistry they are off Thursday and travel east on Friday to face off against a tough Real Salt Lake outfit. Still, the lessons from tonights match will be fresh on their mind, and could be that elusive ingredient in the teams formula for success.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer musings, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter @nicholasrosano

Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings


Quakes complete MLS Superdraft with local talent; announce two signings

The San Jose Earthquakes completed their participation in the 2017 MLS Superdraft with a nod to local soccer talent.

A couple of days after selecting a pair of midfielders in rounds one and two, the Quakes chose winger Christian Thierjung from the University of California with their third-round selection.

Thierjung joins Nick Lima, San Jose’s second-ever homegrown signing, as offseason moves that involve Golden Bears.

Thierjung, 22, goes to the Quakes after four seasons at Cal, where he appeared in 73 games, tallying 27 goals and seven assists.

As a senior, Thierjung was named First-Team All-Pac-12, Third Team All-Far West Region and Second-Team Academic All-Pac-12. He was selected First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team All-Far West Region in 2015.

Thierjung also played for the Quakes' PDL affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC during the 2016 season, tallying two goals in five total appearances.

With their fourth-round selection, the Quakes took Auden Schilder, the 22-year-old goalkeeper from the University of Washington.

Schilder was selected Second Team All-Pac-12 Conference and Second Team All-Far West Region in 2016 after surrendering just 18 goals in 20 appearances and posting five shutouts.

During rounds one and two, the Quakes selected Generation Adidas midfielder Jackson Yueill with the No. 6 overall selection and University of South Florida midfielder Lindo Mfeka.

Also making local soccer news, Thierjung’s teammate on Burlingame Dragons FC, three-year captain Joshua Smith, was selected in the fourth round by the New England Revolution. Smith also captained the University of San Francisco.

On Tuesday, San Jose announced the signings of Marvell Wynne and Tommy Thompson. Per league rules, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Thompson, 21, became the Earthquakes' first-ever homegrown player signing in 2014, following one season at Indiana University where he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. He’s yet to score a point in an MLS match.

Wynne has appeared in 301 games during his 11-year MLS career, recording two goals and 21 assists. He was an invaluable member of a Quakes team that was hit hard by injuries in 2016.

Wynne helped the Colorado Rapids win MLS Cup in 2010. He has also represented the United States National Team and was a starter during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

Day 1 of MLS 2017 Superdraft: Quakes take pair of midfielders

The San Jose Earthquakes began their 2017 draft by taking a UCLA Bruin. And if he pans out to play anything like the player he emulates his game around, the Quakes might have themselves a true superstar. 

Jackson Yueill, a midfielder, was selected by the Quakes with the sixth pick in the 2017 Superdraft. Yueill, who models his game around FC Barcelona and Spanish National Team legend Andres Iniesta, is a Generation Adidas Signing for the Earthquakes.

"I'm super excited," Yueill said. "I love the west coast. I'm excited to move to San Jose. It's a really good environment with the team and the fans. I've heard great things. I'm excited to try and bring another cup to San Jose." 

The UCLA product played in 40 games during his college career, scoring nine goals and notching 17 assists during those contests. His 11 assists in 2016 led the Pac-12. 

Considered a high-upside player, Yueill joins the Quakes in what already is a pretyt stacked midfield. "I see myself as an 8," Yueill said of his fit in the MLS game. "A box-to-box midfielder who can get into the attacking zone and create goal scoring opportunities." 

Yueill was named to back-to-back NSCAA First Team All-Far West Region and First Team All-Pacific 12 Conference teams. He has represented the United States on the U-20 team.

As a member of Generation Adidas, Yueill's salary will not count against salary cap. 

"I'm a player that loves to learn," Yueill said. "It's always great to come to a team where the coach believes in you."

With the 28th pick of the draft, the Earthquakes selected another midfielder -- Lindo Mfeka of the University of South Florida. 

A four-year player with the Bulls, Mfeka scored 16 goals and notched 18 assists in his college career. 

Mfeka is a two-time First Team member of the All-American Athletic Conference. He was born in Durban, South Africa.

Day 2 of the MLS Superdraft will happen via conference call next Tuesday. The Quakes have two picks remaining -- the 50th and 72nd overall selections. 

Rounding out local Superdraft News: Two members of the Quakes' Premier Development League affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, were selected in Day 1. Brian Nana-Sinkam (Stanford) was selected by the MLS-champion Seattle Sounders and Brian Wright (Vermont) went to the New England Revolution.