Wondo's brace gives Quakes win over FC Dallas


Wondo's brace gives Quakes win over FC Dallas


FRISCO, Texas Chris Wondolowski scored a first-half brace and the San Jose Earthquakes held the lead, spoiling the debut of FC Dallas Designated Player Fabin Castillo en route to a 2-0 victory at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday night.After failing to score in their season-opener against Real Salt Lake, San Jose finally found the back of the net in 2011 and beat FC Dallas for the first time since rejoining the league in 2008. In the fifth minute, Wondolowski chested down a Chris Leitch pass just inside the Dallas 18-yard box, turned to his left foot and side-winded a volley past a diving Kevin Hartman. After FC Dallas managed their first real scoring threat on a Marvin Chavez cross that skated in front of the San Jose goalmouth, Wondolowski struck again.Leitch's initial pass found the feet of Joey Gjertsen just inside the FC Dallas 18-yard box. Gjertsen then floated another cross to the 2010 Golden Boot winner, who had no trouble heading the ball past Hartman.With Wondolowskis brace, each of San Joses last 12 regular-season goals has come from the American forward, an MLS record. For FC Dallas, it was first time since Sept. 12, 2009, that they conceded two goals in the first half, spanning 38 games and parts of the last three seasons. They gave up three goals in the first half of a 6-3 win over the LA Galaxy.While maintaining possession in the first half, FCD did not register a shot on goal and didnt get their first crack at San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch until the 55th minute. That came from a toe poke by Milton Rodriguez, forcing Busch to make a diving save. Castillo made his much-awaited debut for Dallas in the 59th minute when he came in for Ricardo Villar. The prized 18-year-old Colombian striker made his presence felt almost immediately with a pretty cross to the far post, but Rodrguezs header went several feet over Buschs crossbar. FC Dallas nearly pulled one back close to full time on a Ruben Luna header, but Busch was there waiting again.San Jose return home to host Seattle on April 3. MLS Cup runners-up FC Dallas, meanwhile, head to Columbus on April 2 still seeking their first win of the 2011 season.
Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services

Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021


Neymar to sign extension with Barcelona through 2021

MADRID — Neymar will sign a three-year contract extension with Barcelona on Friday, a deal that will keep the Brazil forward with the Spanish club until 2021.

Barcelona and Neymar had made the announcement of the agreement in July.

The previous contract was to end in 2018. The new deal will run through June 2021, Barcelona said Monday.

The club's announcement in July ended speculation that Neymar was unhappy in Spain and was looking to move to another club. Paris Saint-Germain was among the clubs reportedly trying to sign him.

At the time, the club said the contract's buyout clause would be fixed at 200 million euros ($219 million) for the first year of the new contract, 222 million euros ($243 million) for the second, and 250 million euros ($274 million) for the final three years.

Neymar has been with Barcelona since moving from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. He has scored 90 goals in 149 matches, including five goals in eight matches this season.

A key player in Barcelona's potent attack along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Neymar helped the team win nine titles: two Spanish league titles, two Copa del Reys, two Spanish Super Cups, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.

The trio of attacking players scored 122 goals in the 2014-15 season and 131 goals last season, both record figures.

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, are likely to face trial for fraud in Spain in a case into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer from Santos to Barcelona. A Brazilian investment group which was entitled to 40 percent of the transfer claims it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the fee was concealed.

Barcelona also confirmed that defender Javier Mascherano will be staying with the club until 2019. That deal also had been announced in July.

Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


Bingham makes seven saves in Earthquakes' 0-0 draw with Whitecaps


SAN JOSE -- Paolo Tornaghi had a clean sheet in his first MLS start and the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Sunday in a game with no playoff implications.

Both teams had already seen their postseason hopes vanish. Vancouver (9-15-9) had its winless streak extended to four games and San Jose (8-11-14) has only won once in its last 10 games.

Tornaghi came out of his area to block Simon Dawkins' shot from the corner of the 6-yard box in the seventh minute. Cordell Cato tried to curl a shot inside the far post in the ninth minute but Tornaghi dove to deflect it wide.

Vancouver forward Masato Kudo won a loose ball in the penalty area in the 54th minute but David Bingham deflected the open shot. Bingham blocked Kudo's shot in the 56th and Kudo's rebound attempt hit the crossbar.

It was the sixth straight draw in the series at San Jose - with the last win coming on April 6, 2012.