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  • Quakes open 2016 with a win San Jose returns to Avaya San Jose has gotten off to a 2-2 start to the 2017 MLS season. They return home April 8th to face Seattle. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Photo by Eric Taylor Seattle would love to repeat The Sounders have given up 4-goals in the first 3 games of the 2017 MLS season. The defending champs have not won yet (0-1-1). Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM
  • Lionel Messi US men enjoy playing at Avaya The USMNT blasted Honduras 6-0 before drawing 1-all at Panama breathing life back into their hopes of making the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM
  • Quakes span the globe Chicharito now 3rd all time in goals for the Tri Colors Chicharito got Mexico off to a good start against Jamaica, scoring in the 18th minute helping Mexico thru to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Man U returns to Levis Stadium The International Champions Cup will hit the Bay July 23rd when Manchester United takes on Real Madrid in Santa Clara. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

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Returning USMNT head coach Bruce Arena talks about the state of the Men's national team



The Earthquakes get first road win of the 2017 season

San Jose traveled to Minnesota to face a team that has given up a league high 24-goals so far this season. You can make it now 25-goals after the Quakes came away with a 1-0 win.

Florian Jungwirth scored the game winner, in the 54 minute off a corner kick. It was the Quakes first road win in a season. Chris Wondolowski chipped in with his 4th assists of the young season.

That's good for second in the MLS at the moment. The 3pts the Earthquakes got in Minnesota put them 5th in the west with 12pts, 5 behind west leading Portland who comes thru San Jose May 6th to take on the Quakes.

San JOse has only scored 9-goals this year. That's ytied for second worse with three teams just ahead of bottom feeding LA Galaxy who have only scored 8 goals.

The Quakes have given up 10-gaols and they could be lucky to be 3-3-3 after nine games this year. More click here

San Jose do just enough to salvage a point against Dallas

Story by Michael Roberson

SAN JOSE, Calf - FC Dallas remained undefeated (3-0-2) after tying the host San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-2) 1-1  in a defensive battle at Avaya Stadium on “Good Friday.” 

Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear

Despite the scoreless first half, there was still plenty of action, with a few near goals and great saves by the two goalies. 

In the 17th minute FC Dallas goalie, Jesse Gonzalez, made an acrobatic save of a sure goal by the Earthquakes. 

Dallas came close to opening the scoring in the 28th minute when FC Dallas’ striker, Christian Coleman, was point blank at the goal, but couldn’t get the shot off.

The end result was a 0-0 tie after 45 minutes and 60 seconds of stoppage time.

FC Dallas broke the tie and scoring drought at 78’ (1-0), when midfielder Kelly Acosta scored from the middle of the box.

San Jose once again waited until the last minute to get on the board. Earthquakes midfielder, Jahmir Hyka, footed the equalizer at 90’ (+4) to the delight of the South Bay faithful, ending the contest at 1-1.

FC Dallas can blame the tie on themselves. More then the 4-minutes of injury time was added on due to a pair of yellow cards on FC Dallas for stalling during the 93rd minute.

The Quakes used that extra minute to salvage a point out of the game. For a team that has not made the playoffs ion s few years they need all the points they can get.



San Jose fit to be tied against the defending champs Seattle, drawing 1-all at Avaya

By Taylor Lambert

San Jose, Ca. - The Earthquakes could use a win.  Stuck in the middle of the muddle that is the MLS's Western Conference early in the 2017 season, San Jose played host to our neighbors from the North, the Seattle Sounders. 

Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear

San Jose stood before the game in the 4th spot in the Western Conference, but with 6 points to it’s name, the Quakes reside in a logjam with 7 other teams with points ranging from 4-to-6.

Houston, Dallas and Portland are currently the class of the Conference, with 9 or more points each. 

This game could be a launching pad to greater things for San Jose and the Quakes fans seemed fired up pre game, while the Sounders fans remained quiet in their familiar perch on the East corner of the stadium.

On a chilly night in early April, the game started out promising for the Earthquakes and their fans.  In the opening 10 minutes, San Jose had multiple opportunities to score.  Simon Dawkins was his usual energetic self, causing problems for the Seattle defense coming close on a couple of scoring chances.

In a scoreless first half, the best chance for San Jose came from Marco Urena (native of sister city San Jose Costa Rica) in the 42nd minute. 

After a brief scramble in Sounders territory, just inside the box, Marco let loose a shot for the top right corner of the net which electrified the crowd, but was just turned away by the Seattle keeper.  Intermission came with a 0-0 score.

The second half started out much like the first for the Quakes.  Chances, but frustrating results.  Offside's penalties hurt San Jose on a couple different promising possessions, and the Sounders began to find their stride. 

Seattle continued to pound the net and finally came away with a backbreaking goal in the 84th minute by Nicolas Lodeiro.  With just a few minutes remaining, the result was in doubt and San Jose fans slumped in their seats. 

It seemed like a page out of last season’s book, promising, but in the end, disappointing. 

Until Wondo displayed the magic in his feet that we all know he possesses. In the 88th minute, the Quakes subbed in fresh legs, Jahmir Hyka (Shea Salinas 81), and Simon Dawkins (Cordell Cato 66) .

Wondo benefited with Cato helping to set up the game tying goal when he played a little ball onto the foot of Marco Urena in the 90th minute. 

Urena displayed his ball skills, letting loose a great cross which found the foot of Wondolowski, and Wondo connected with his 2nd goal of the season to salvage a tie. 

At Avaya though, it felt like a win.  The crowd exploded.  Quake fans were all smiles as they left the building.  The Quakes needed a win, but in the end, a tie felt great.

Dallas comes calling Friday night when they take on the Quakes at Avaya at 7:45pm.

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San Jose falls to NYC FC at Yankee Stadium 2-1

Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear

The Earthquakes could not get much offense going in their loss in New York City and it cost them as they fell 2-1 for the second week in a row on the road.

San Jose got on the board early when they took advantage of some sloppy play in front of NYC's goal.

Chris Wondolowski had a great chance to score early on but his shot in the 3rd minute was blocked by NYC's goalie Sam Johnson.

The Quakes would score three minutes later on what was a gift goal by NYC's defense.

Marco Urena settled down a rebound off a defender by way the NYC's goalie before slotting the ball past the keeper for a quick 1-0 lead.

San Jose would get few chances after that.

NYC FC got back on even terms with San Jose in the 10th minute when Jack Harrison had a quick answer the the Quakes goal finishing off a nifty little pass from David Villa with a goal.

Thomas McNamara put home the game winner in the 67th minute for NYC FC sending the Quakes to their second loss in two road games this season.

It is early in the season and the Earthquakes are already showing a pattern of sorts. When they play at Avaya Stadium they score goals, 5 in two games. When they have gone on the road the goals have been hard to come by with just two in as many games.

The loss dropped San Jose to 2-2 on the young season. The Quakes return home to play the defending MLS Champion Seattle Sounders Saturday at 7:15 pm.

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Club America nets 2-0 win over Morelia at Avaya Stadium

By Michael Roberson

Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear

SAN JOSE, Ca. - Club America (4-4-2 in Liga MX) took on Monarcas Morelia (4-3-3) on an overcast late afternoon at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

Club America gave it's many fans who came out just what they wanted to see.

Goals and a win.

The scoring comprised of an athletic goal in the 30th minute by forward  Silvio “Chino” Romero.

Chino chased down a ball in the box, made a nice little cut back to his left to beat a defender before blasting a shot across the front of the goal and into the back of Morelia's net.

Simply beautiful and it sent the mostly Club America crowd into a frenzy

Forward Ricardo Marin doubled the lead when he scored on a header off a free kick from the foot of Ricardo Marin in the 79th minute.

Both Mexican teams were very competitive, but not combative or on the verge of fighting. The fans took care of that before the match when supporters of both teams got into a a rock and bottle throwing contest at each other outside the stadium.

“The players felt the passion from the crowd,” Club America coach Ricardo La Volpe said after the game. “It made for a great atmosphere.”

The 18,000 passionate fans supporting both teams, Morelia had their section at the end of one side of the stands, demonstrated a terrific atmosphere for the capital city of the Silicon Valley. Photo's click here



San Jose off to a hot start in 2017

Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear

A 1-0 win over Montreal to open the 2017 MLS season was followed by and 3-2 win against Vancouver that saw the Quakes fall into an early 2-0 hole.

San Jose has a lot of new faces on the team and they appear to be working well together. The quakes have five assists on their four goals.

The days of waiting for Chris Wondolowski to score have to be over if the Quakes are going to compete for a championship.

Not that Wondo did not get his. He his first goal of the 2017 season but more importantly he broke off his second assist of the year. Chris got the Quakes on the board in the 32nd minute.

The Earthquakes gave up two goals in the first 17-minutes of the game. It was all Quakes after that. Nick Lima tied the scored in the 54th minute before Anibal Godoy tallied the game winner in the 79th minute.

That goal was Godoy second game winner in as many weeks and he has caught the eye of Wondolowski, among others "He's done a great job. I see it everyday. Godoy is a player of great talent" said Wondolowski after the win over Vancouver.

Now it is time for San Jose to head off on a two game road trip that will see them play at Sporting KC March 18th, in Sacramento March 22nd against Sacramento Republic FC and then on to NYC to face the New York FC at Yankee Stadium.

San Jose will return home April 8th to face the defending MLS champion Seattle Sounders.


The Earthquakes add a scoring touch to their squad

Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear

When fans show up for the first MLS game of the season at Avaya Stadium, March 4th against Montreal, they will see a team that has been re done.

Four of the teams top six forwards are gone from a team that led the league in the least amount of goals scored.

Not a ingredient for success.

Joining Chris Wondolowski up front and in the middle will be center back Harold Cummings, just 24, a experienced forward that has seen a lot of action international with the Panama National Team.

Costa Rican forward Marcos Ureña, Dutch forward Danny Hoesen, Albanian midfielder Jahmir Hyka and German defender Florian Jungwirth were some of the Earthquakes moves over the off season.

San Jose has one more pre season game, Feb 25th, when they host Sacramento FC at Avaya Stadium.

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MLS Soccer - Earthquakes forward Cato. Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose v DC United photo's click here

International Champions Cup Photo by Eric Taylor

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MLS Soccer - Earthquakes forward Cato. Photo by Eric Taylor

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MLS Soccer - Earthquakes forward Cato. Photo by Eric Taylor

2015 Gold Cup

2015 Gold Cup Photo by Eric Taylor

2015 Lamar Hunt US Cup 4th round
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MLS Soccer - Earthquakes forward Cato. Photo by Eric Taylor

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MLS Soccer - Kaka. Photo by Eric Taylor

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MLS Soccer - Earthquakes forward Cato. Photo by Eric Taylor

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