Wondo's hat trick leads Quakes to 5-0 rout of RSL


Wondo's hat trick leads Quakes to 5-0 rout of RSL

If there was any doubt as to which team deserved to be at the top of the MLS Western Conference standings, it was erased with the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 dismantling of Real Salt Lake. Chris Wondolowski netted a hat trick for the Quakes, with Alan Gordon and Simon Dawkins adding to the score.

The victory, played out in front of a Buck Shaw Stadium crowd of 10,744, was the Quakes' third of the season over RSL and helped them extend their lead in the race for the Supporters Shield. In addition, Wondolowskis three goals extended his lead in the MLS Golden Boot to a league-topping 17 goals.

Most of the damage against Real Salt Lake came after captain Kyle Beckerman was sent off in the 58th minute for a straight red card offense against Quakes midfielder Sam Cronin. The Earthquakes were leading comfortably by a score of 1-0 at the time, and quickly built their advantage to five goals over the next twenty minutes. The five-goal margin of victory marked the largest in franchise history, achieved on three other occasions.

With the setting sun shining directly into their eyes, the Real Salt Lake defense had some tense moments early on. A misplayed clearance by Jamison Olave in the ninth minute bounced to Wondolowski just outside the area. He carried the ball toward goal and unleashed a low shot that eluded RSL keeper Nick Rimando, but skidded just beyond the far post.

Wondolowski would not miss his next opportunity, as the Earthquakes' MLS All-Star First XI selection tallied his 15th goal of the season in the 18th minute. A corner kick from Marvin Chavez was headed into the mixer by Gordon and redirected toward goal by Justin Morrow. With Rimando rooted to his line, Wondolowski executed a perfect diving header at the far post to give the Earthquakes a one goal lead.

The Earthquakes threatened to double their lead in the 26th minute on a counterattack, but a wide ball to Chavez was poorly crossed into the midsection of RSL defender Kenny Mansally. In an ensuing retaliation tackle against Mansally, Chavez was shown a yellow card.

The match took another turn in favor of the Earthquakes in the 56th minute, when a near melee broke out following a rough challenge on Cronin by RSL midfielder Beckerman. With players jostling near the centerline, referee Allen Chapman showed a straight red card to Beckerman. Additional yellow cards were shown to Morrow for the Earthquakes and Fabian Espindola for Salt Lake.

San Jose didnt need long to double their advantage when, in the 62nd minute, a yellow card foul on Mansally gave the Earthquakes a free kick deep in RSL territory. Chavez delivered a low kick that was headed by Victor Bernandez off the inside of the far post. Gordon, following up the play, made the simplest of touches to send the ball into the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season and a 2-0 Earthquakes lead.

Wondolowski scored his second goal of the night in the 72nd minute, when he was able to sneak behind the defense and redirect a Shea Salinas cross with the outside of his boot just inside the near post. The goal was Wondolowskis 16th of the season, matching his entire total for the 2011 season when he shared the MLS lead with Dwayne De Rosario.

As the game devolved more into an Earthquakes shooting drill, second half substitute Dawkins put his name on the scoresheet with a goal in the 79th minute. A corner kick from Salinas was redirected in the area by Wondolowski for the Tottenham loanee to blast into the roof of the net for a 4-0 lead.

Wondolowski completed his hat trick in the 80th minute with a one-on-one finish against besieged RSL keeper Rimando. After second-half substitute Khari Stephenson threaded a through ball to Wondolowski, he calmly shot the ball low and to the far post for the Earthquakes' fifth goal of the night.

The Earthquakes next host FC Dallas at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday, July 18.

International Champions Cup brings Real Madrid, Machester United to Levi's

International Champions Cup brings Real Madrid, Machester United to Levi's

SAN JOSE -- Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, announced today that Spanish giants Real Madrid and English powerhouse Manchester United will meet on Sunday, July 23 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. as part of the 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken.

The match will kickoff at 2:00 p.m. PT and be aired on ESPN.

"The Bay Area continues to draw world-class soccer events," said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. "With major clubs such as Manchester United returning year after year, it is a testament to the passionate fan base and the top-notch facilities we can provide."

Real Madrid and Manchester United are both poised for success in their current campaigns, with recent domestic triumphs extending to their international competitions. With a plethora of multinational superstars, Real Madrid sits atop La Liga with their sights set on adding to their record 32 league titles. Led by FIFA Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and Welsh phenomenon Gareth Bale, Real Madrid has advanced to the knockout stage of the 2017 Champions League in hopes of retaining their title.

Perennial power Manchester United is led by Zlatan Ibrahimović, the team's top goal-scorer, and English legend Wayne Rooney.

As the home of the 5-time Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers, Levi's Stadium sits near one of America's greatest sports cities. Opened in 2014, Levi's Stadium was chosen as the site of Super Bowl 50 and has already played host to two ICC matches. The stadium has been named Venue of the Year, by The Stadium Business Awards and Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal while proving to be a leader in stadium technology.

Tickets for the Real Madrid v. Manchester United matchup at Levi's Stadium will go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 4. Fans can find all venue-specific and other ticket information at www.internationalchampionscup.com.

"Last year we saw a clash of giants when Liverpool defeated AC Milan in front of a sellout crowd here at Levi's Stadium," said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman at Relevent Sports. "The battle between famed English and Spanish clubs continues again this year when Manchester United matches up against reigning Champions League titleholders Real Madrid. Both teams field exceptional rosters full of world-class talent and are managed by two of the best in Mourinho and Zidane. The ICC is thrilled to return for a third consecutive year to Levi's Stadium and the Bay Area where the growth and passion for soccer is unparalleled."

"To have Relevent Sports bring the International Champions Cup back to Levi's Stadium for a third year in-a-row is a real testament to the fans in the Bay Area and their support of international soccer," said 49ers President Al Guido. "In partnership with the Earthquakes, we look forward to Manchester United and Real Madrid kicking off an amazing week of soccer in Santa Clara that will culminate with the finale of the 2017 Gold Cup on July 26."

The 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken will run from July 19 - 30and feature 12 matches played across 11 cities throughout the United States. In total, eight teams from around the globe, including England (Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur), Italy (Juventus, AS Roma), France (Paris Saint-Germain) and Spain (FC Barcelona, Real Madrid) will compete in this year's tournament. Each team will play three contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one.

Arguably the most recognizable soccer club in the world, Manchester United is frequently mentioned among the most successful teams in English league soccer and has been home to some of the game's greats including Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law. The club is also incredibly successful off the field, having become the first sports franchise to be valued at over $3 billion, according to Forbes.

The record 20-time league title winners have dominated English soccer for much of the last 25 years. During that time, some of the biggest names in soccer, including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, have pulled on the famous red shirt and run out on Old Trafford's hallowed turf. All of the aforementioned names played under the greatest manager soccer has ever known: Sir Alex Ferguson. He took charge of Manchester United in November 1986, before retiring in May 2013 with a record 13 English soccer league titles. The club is currently managed by José Mourinho, who took over the reins in May of 2016. This year's squad features star veteran strikers Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimović, along with young superstar midfielder Paul Pogba. For more information on Manchester United, please visit www.manutd.com.

Founded in 1902, Real Madrid hold the record for most European cup/UEFA Champions League championships in any club's history - a staggering total of 11 titles, its most recent arriving in the 2015-2016 season. In addition, the Royal Whites have won a record 32 La Liga titles, while winning the domestic cup 19 times.

Los Blancos currently field a roster featuring some of the best players in the world including Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France) as well as home-grown Spanish talent like Isco and captain Sergio Ramos. Led by former Real Madrid midfielder, French soccer legend and current manager Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid returns to the International Champions Cup for the fifth consecutive year, having won each of the inaugural tournaments to take place in the United States, Australia and China. For more information on Real Madrid, please visit www.realmadrid.com.

For the second consecutive year, Heineken is the presenting sponsor of the 2017 International Champions Cup. In addition to Heineken, the 2017 tournament features a leading line-up of sponsors, including Visit Orlando, Ally, Nike, Chevrolet, AON, Groupon, VividSeats, Gatorade and Xyience. Additional partners will be announced in the coming months. All matches for the International Champions Cup will be carried on ESPN networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and streaming network ESPN3, accessible through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

Fans can follow the ICC on social media at @intchampionscup for exclusive content and announcements, and join the conversation using #2017ICC. Fans can sign up for up news, updates and ticket information at www.internationalchampionscup.com.

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Uncharacteristic mistakes in goal cost Quakes in loss to Sporting KC

Uncharacteristic mistakes in goal cost Quakes in loss to Sporting KC


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City picked an own goal in the 89th minute that proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Sporting KC was clinging to a 1-0 lead when Soony Saad, outside the box, attempted a shot that went off the defender and was headed wide. Keeper David Bingham went out to scoop up the spinning ball and it went off his hands and into the goal.

The goal was crucial, as Florian Jungwirth spoiled Tim Melia's shutout in stoppage time. A long ball into traffic came down to Jungwirth at the top of the penalty box and he turned and put a left-footed shot over Melia. Melia then came up with a big save; punching away Jungwirth's deflected shot in the third and final minute of stoppage time.

Benny Feilhaber scored the first goal of the season for Sporting KC (1-0-2) with a bending shot from 25 yards in the 37th minute. San Jose keeper David Bingham remained rooted on his spot as Feilhaber's 30th career goal slipped just under the crossbar.

The goal for San Jose (2-1-0) was the first KC allowed this season.