Wondolowski's Hat Trick Lifts 'Quakes Over TFC

Wondolowski's Hat Trick Lifts 'Quakes Over TFC

Sept. 25, 2010

TORONTO Chris Wondolowski scored a hat trick to help the San Jose Earthquakes defeat Toronto FC, 3-2, and deal the Canadian club a significant blow to their playoff chances.Struggling on offense of late with just five goals in their last six matches, Wondolowski addressed that issue early. San Joses leading scorer capitalized on a third minute penalty, then scored twice in the second half to give the Earthquakes enough to outlast the hosts.Dwayne De Rosario and Maicon Santos scored for Toronto, who are now winless in their last five games at BMO Field after going 13 straight games unbeaten there earlier in the season.With the win, San Jose have lost just once in their last seven matches to take sole possession of seventh place overall, three points up on Seattle.For Toronto, the loss keeps them eight points out of the last playoff spot with four games remaining after Seattle defeated Chicago, 1-0, on Saturday.The win evens the all time record between the clubs at 2-2-2.Compact and stifling for 90 minutes against Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League action on Tuesday, Torontos defense fell victim early.Earthquakes DP Geovanni beat defender Nick Garcia in the penalty area before feeding the ball to Bobby Convey, who was hauled down by Dan Gargan in the third minute.Wondowlowki stepped into the penalty, sending a high drive past a diving Stefan Frei into the top left corner.That goal stood the rest of the half before the match exploded for four goals in the second period.Seven minutes in, Wondolowski made it 2-0 when he came onto a centering pass from Ryan Johnson to score his 11th of the season.De Rosario gave Toronto life in the 66th minute when he took a pass from second- half substitute Mista and side footed a looping shot over Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch.But seconds later, Wondolowski drove home his third of the game to restore the Earthquakes two-goal lead.Maicon Santos brought Toronto back to within one in the 79th minute thanks to a pretty passing sequence started by OBrian White. White fed Chad Barrett, who sent a seeing-eye centering pass that Santos redirected into the open goal.Toronto had numerous chances to equalize late, but Nick Dasovics side couldnt finish when they needed it the most.With Dasovic and San Jose's Frank Yallop facing off, the game marked the first time in league history that two Canadian head coaches faced each other in a game.
Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes Media Services

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.