Wondo's winner gives Quakes 4-3 comeback win over Galaxy


Wondo's winner gives Quakes 4-3 comeback win over Galaxy


STANFORD -- An exciting back-and-forth game between the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy at sold-out Stanford Stadium finished with the Quakes victorious over their Southern California rivals by a score of 4-3. The fireworks on the field didnt finish until Chris Wondolowskis acrobatic back-heeled match winner in the 61st minute.

After taking a 1-0 lead through an early Steven Lenhart goal, the Earthquakes surrendered three straight to the Galaxy, with the most impressive a trademark free kick goal from David Beckham. San Jose stormed back to draw level with goals from Victor Bernardez and Sam Cronin either side of halftime, setting up Wondolowskis winner.

The Earthquakes, for the second time this season, defeated the Galaxy after falling behind by two goals. The 4-3 victory keeps San Jose at the top of the MLS standings at the halfway point in their season.

The Earthquakes struck first, as in the 7th minute, Marvin Chavez cut a ball back across the top of the Galaxy penalty area and struck a knuckling shot that goalkeeper Josh Saunders could only parry away. The loose ball in the six yard box was quickly pounced on by Lenhart and tapped into the open goal to put the Quakes up 1-0.

The Galaxy equalized in the 31st minute from a trademark free kick from Beckham. Taken just outside the area, Beckham curled the ball over the Earthquakes defensive wall and into the upper 90 to bring Los Angeles level.

The visitors then scored the next two goals courtesy of some horror defending by the Earthquakes. In the 36th minute, a diagonal ball from Mike Magee to Hector Jimenez left the Galaxy midfielder with an open goal to shoot at. Quakes defender Jason Hernandez raced back in an attempt to clear the ball, but instead deflected it into the net for an own-goal. The Galaxy scored again in the 41st minute through Donovan, and again Hernandez was to blame. His ill-advised back-pass to goalkeeper Jon Busch was intercepted by Magee, sent outside to Jimenez, and squared back into the area for Donovan to finish and put Los Angeles up 3-1.

The Earthquakes kept possession from the restart and were finally rewarded for their efforts in the 44th minute, when a through-ball from Steven Beitashour found Wondolowski driving into the area. The ball tackled out for a corner kick, which Chavez lined up from deep in the right corner. His kick into the area was met by defender Bernardez and kicked into the back of the net to bring the Earthquakes within a goal of the Galaxy.

The second half started brightly for the Earthquakes, as in the 47th minute, Beitashour found space just inside the center line and sent a long ball toward the top of the Galaxy area. Lenhart drew a defender close and dummied the ball for Cronin to run onto with only Saunders to beat. He slotted the ball past the Los Angeles keeper to bring the score to 3-3.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 61st minute when a corner kick from Chavez was driven low and flicked into the Galaxy six-yard box by Ramiro Corrales. Who else but Wondolowski was there to meet the ball, and with while facing away from goal, back-heeled a shot past Saunders for his 14th goal of the MLS season.

The Galaxy put together a spirited effort to get back into the game, but second half substitute goalkeeper David Bingham kept the home side ahead. In the 74th minute, with Beckham charging into the area and the ball at his feet, he poked a ball toward goal that Bingham turned around the post. The Galaxy would get no closer to equalizing over the last quarter hour of the match.

San Jose heads on the road for a pair of league games next week, first at the Portland Timbers on Tuesday and second at FC Dallas on Saturday.

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.