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San Jose sacks their coach

If you put a 5-1 trashing at home on top of a season that has produced a MLS low 20pts with no chance at making the playoffs you have a situation where something has to be done.

That something was letting head coach Mikael Stahre go. San Jose tabbed Steve Ralston to guide the team thru the remainder of what has turned out to be a dismal season.

Chris Wondolowski's pursuit of the MLS all time goal scoring record has been the only bright spot in the Quakes 2018 campaign. More click here


San Jose scoring goals but not netting any wins

Photo by Jason Reed/Field of Day Dreams
MLS Soccer

It has been as long time since the San Jose earthquakes brought home a full three points from any match in the MLS this season.

San Jose played true to form in the 2018 version of the California Classico drawing 3-all with the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stanford.

Almost two months have passed since San Jose found itself in the win column, a 3-1 win over Minnesota.

In fact it has been a long time since the Quakes have beaten anybody but Minnesota.

The past four games have seen San Jose put home 9-goals and all they have to show for it is three ties and a 4-3 loss to LAFC.

At 2-9-6 the Quakes are at the bottom of the table in the WEstern Conference and in need of a winning streak to get back into the playoff chase.

The Quakes do have a nice run of home games on deck, but they will have to improve on the 1-4-3 home record they have produced so far in 2018. San Jose sits a full 12pts behind Vancouver and the final playoff spot out west.

Forward Danny Hoesen has been a bright spot for San Jose. The Dutch international has tallied ten goals already in 2018 and he has taken the heat of Chris Wondolowski.

Wondo scored twice and the two hooked up on the final goal of the night, a penalty converted by Wondolowski. Hoesen got fouled inside the galaxy box setting the penalty in the 68'.

San Jose fell into an early hole when Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the second minute of the game. More click here




Quakes return home 4pts fatter

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

The road has not been a pleasent place for the San Jose Earthquakes lately.

After drawing 1-all at Vancouver San Jose came away from a 2 games in four days stretch on the road with 4pts.

A 3-1 win at Minnesota Saturday got the Quakes out of last place.

In Vancouver San Jose took a early second half lead before holding their breath as Vancouver failed to capitalize on numerous chances before settling for a 2-all draw.

Cristian Techera got the Whitecaps on the board first when his left footed shot from the center of the box got past Quakes goalie Andrew Tarbell in the 19'.

The score stayed that way until first half extra time when San Jose forward Danny Hoesen got the Quakes level off an assist by Florian Jungwirth.

San Jose went up 2-1 when Nick Lima finished off a run by Vako that cut Vancouver's defense wide open with a beautifully shot that curved around Vancouver's goalie and into the back of the net in the 53'.

For the next 11-minutes Vancouver had one chance after another to equalize before Yordy Reyna out muscled Shea Salinas inside the box and headed the ball home for the final score.

San Jose now has 9pts after 10-games, good for 10th place in the Western Conference. The Earthquakes are 6pts out of the sixth and last playoff spot that is being held down by Real Salt Lake at the moment. More click here


The Quakes fall at home to Portland.

Photo by Jason Reed/Field of Day Dreams
MLS Soccer

It was not quite the same old story. San Jose did lose 1-0 on a late set piece, but they had their chances.

A couple of good scoring chances fell by the way side as the Earthquakes slide into last place in the Western Conference.

Vako had two good looks on goal in the first half.

His free kick in the 28th' was just wide and a shot at the top of the 18-yard box that needed a diving save by Portland's goalie to keep the Quakes off the board.

Portland's Diego Valeri converted a free kick in the 88th minute and the Timbers got out of San Jose with the full three points.

Former Earthquakes Chris Dangerfield was elected into the teams Hall of Fame during half time.

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San Jose salvages a tie with Houston

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

When the Earthquakes look back on the 2018 season their home game against Houston will be one that they felt like they should have won.

Not that they out played Houston.

No, the Quakes gave away one very soft goal right off the back at the start of the second 45 before falling behind 2-1 when Houston's Mauro Manotas put Houston ahead midway thru the second half.

After topping Minnesota to open the season San Jose has not won again. The 2-2 draw with Houston leaves them at 1-2-2 on the young season.

San Jose is facing a stretch where they play six of the next 8-games on the road. Make it or break it time could be coming early for San Jose. One win in the first five is not a end all, but it's not good.

San Jose got on the board first against Houston when Magnus Eriksson cleaned up an Earthquakes free kick just outside Houston's area for a 1-0 Quakes lead in the 26'.

The start of the second half saw Houston get in the game when some sloppy Earthquakes defense left Houston forward Tomas Martinez all alone in the middle of the box and the ball at his foot.

Martinez easily beat San Jose's goalie Andrew Tarbell.

Mauro Manotas made it 2-1 Houston when he scored in the 63' and the Quakes had to fight an uphill battle the rest of the way.

Jahmir Hyka picked a great time to score his first goal of the year when his smash from just outside the box found the back of the net in the 85th minute and the Earthquakes came away with the 2-2 tie.

They did get a point but they must feel like they let two points get away.


The Quakes need to get some wins

There is nothing like starting off a new season strong. The Earthquakes need to get back on track after dropping two of their first three games of the 2018 MLS season.

Losses at KC and at home against NYCFC have put a damper on the first month of 2018 and the Quakes know that they need to start gaining three points here or there so they do not have a lot of work to do when the playoffs come around.

San Jose's offense still leaves a lot to be desired. Their attack is non resistant with few chances being put on goal. The opposing goalies rarely have to make more then a few saves each game.

The Quakes have scored more six goals in three games, but three of those came in the season opening win against Minnesota.

San Jose faces three of their next four games on the road. Going 2-2 in those games would be a nice boost to their season. Of course 4-0 or 3-1 would be better. There is nothing like winning on the road.

It is almost two victories. A game in the current championship city (Philly) will be followed by a home game against the former Quakes (Houston) before two more on the road at Orlando and Columbus.


San Jose jump starts 2018 with 3pts

Maybe it was who they played, but anybody who plays or roots for the San Jose Earthquakes should fell very happy about the 3-goals they Quakes put up on Minnesota.

The last ten minutes of the game were a different story. When it was all said and done the Quakes started the 2018 MLS season the same way they ended it.

Beating Minnesota 3-2. There was no playoff berth at the end of this rainbow, but wins a goals lead to the playoffs.

It was the Danny Hoesen show. Brought in last year to help the Quakes offense, the Dutch striker played out that role against Minnesota scoring twice (27', 59').

Chris Wondolowski did not score, but he did make his presence3 felt a minute after Hoesen scored with a nice defensive play before finding Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili who calmly put the ball into the back of the net.

The lead would balloon to 3-0 before the Quakes tried their best to make Minnesota's Kevin Molino into an All Star. Molino scored twice (81', 85') and it was game on for the final five minutes and injury time.

The end result (3pts) is all that the Quakes and their new head coach Mikael Stahre care about.

Next up for San Jose is a date with Sporting KC and their first road game of the season. More click here

San Jose looking to build on playoffs appearance and score goals

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

Ok so they saw the post season for the first time since 2012. The one game wild card game resulted in a 5-0 trashing at the hands of Vancouver.

New head coach Mikael Stahre will be looking to continue his success at helping teams improve.

Back in his homeland of Sweden Stahre led teams to records of 15-5-6 (FC Vas by) getting them promoted to the 2nd division.

Mikael then led First division AIK to their first Swedish title since 1998 in 2009. He has led Jr teams to championships as well so he knows he to work with and develop younger players.

Back in the middle of it all is Chris Wondolowski. The Bay Area native is on pace to break the MLS all time goal scoring record. He should score a few goals this year.

Father time and consistent pressure from defenses have slowed down Wondo the past few years but he remains a solid scoring threat. The problem has been to get somebody around him that can score a goal or two.

Chris had 13-goals last season, but it took the next three Earthquakes (Danny Hoesen, Marco Urena and Vato 5-goals each) to equal what Wondo did.

That led to San Jose scoring a paltry 39-goals while giving up 42. How they made the playoffs is anybody's guess and they can't count on something like that happening again.

In most cases you gotta score goals to be successful in soccer and it should once they got to the playoffs where talent usually rises to the top.

San Jose opens the 2018 season with three of their first four at home. Minnesota comes calling March 3rd to get things underway. The Quakes then head off to play at Sporting KC before returning home to face NYC March 31st.

San Jose will also play host to Leon of the Mexican league March 24th.


What's next for Team USA

Photo by Jason Reed/Field of Day Dreams
MLS Soccer

Few saw this coming. After beating World Cup bound Panama 4-0 last week the US was poised at the doorstep of a spot in the World Cup going down next year in Russia.

In the way of that was Trinidad and Tobago, last in the group but they were playing at home.

Panama, needing a win to clinch their first World Cup ever was at home playing Costa Rica, a much tougher team and one that already has their ticket to the dance next year in their back pocket.

First things first the US got off to the worst start possible, falling behind 2-0 on the road in front of a less then half filled stadium no less. This was no hotbed of soccer like the rest of the group.

Then it happened. Bad luck. Down 1-0 Panama was gifted a goal to tie the score in what would end up 2-1 in Panama's favor. The US was down 2-1 at this point and that is all they needed to stay in the mix.

One point which they would have gotten if they could have found the equalizer against Trinidad. Even though the US dominated the ball nobody could create enough to get a good scoring chance.

They had good shots, but until the US gets a dominate goal scorer, one who can dribble thru a lot of people, show some flash, they will always be second class in the world of soccer.

Good, but not good enough to really hang with the big boys. The US defense is good, they produce good goalies, but up front there is no threat.

No home run hitter, somebody that can put a goal or two up on the board just like that.

There is no way Team USA should have lost to Trinidad and Tobago. Christian Pulisic is good, but he is young and he needs help. The current stars of the USNMT have not gotten any better.

As good as they still are the core of the team has to move away from the Clint Dempsey's, Tim Howard's, Jozy Altidore's and develop the crop of young players that grew up watching the US play in World Cups the past twenty years. More click here




San Jose loses ground in race for a spot in the 2017 playoffs

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

It's is money time for the Earthquakes if they are going to make the postseason this year.

Coming off a win that put them in fifth place, San Jose hosted Chicago in a mid week clash that had playoff implications written all over it.

A win by San Jose would have kept them in 5th place out west.

A win by Chicago and they clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

It was no contest and the Fire came away with an easy 4-1 victory at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

The Quakes got a quick little shot that went just wide by forward Chris Wondolowski early in the match before watching Chicago take over the game.


86 minutes later it was 4-0 Chi-Town when Wondo did find the back of the net. The loss broke a seven game unbeaten steak San Jose had at home and it dropped the Quakes back into 8th place in a six team race for the playoffs.

San Jose still has hope with 2 of their last three games at home. They have 39pts and are two points behind 5th place Real Salt Lake.

San Jose needs to win and they need help to jump over the three teams in front of them.

They do still have hope. Next up for San Jose is a home game against Portland Saturday night. The Quakes close out the regular season Oct. 22nd when Minnesota makes their first ever appearance in San Jose.



Earthquakes top Frankfurt 4-1 in friendly at Avaya

Story by Michael Roberson

SAN JOSE, Calf. – The San Jose Earthquakes were not the best hosts, as they dominated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1, in an International Friendly in the capital city of the Silicon Valley.

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

Earthquakes’ defenseman, Victor Bernardez , got things underway with an early goal in the 13'.

Five minutes later, the San Jose captain and forward, Chris Wondolowski, scored on a penalty kick (18’), to put the home team up 2-0 at the half.

The German counterpart's did make a serious attempt to tie things up, but no legitimate goal came to fruition in the first 45+ minutes inside Avaya Stadium.

After intermission, the Earthquakes’ good fortune continued, as Frankfurt scored an own goal in the 61' giving San Jose a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 advantage.

That later got better for San Jose when Quakes’ forward, Quincy Amarikwa put home a penalty kick over 10 minutes later (75’),

Frankfurt. coming off a 1-1 draw at Seattle, played the second game in their preseason tour of the US. They take on the Crew in Columbus next week.

The German team got off the “Goose Egg” when Danny Blum showed a bit of pride by finally placing a shot past the SJ goalie (83’) making it 4-1, Earthquakes.

Like most teams, if you get pounded on the pitch the coach will make you run and that is what the Frankfurt players did well into the night after the match with San Jose.

Ran laps around the field. The joys of training camp.

With this global victory for the Bay Area soccer team, they are now 11-9-8 in international friendlies.



San Jose notches a 2-1 win over LA

Photo by Eric Taylor

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear

It did not start out very well at all for San Jose.

The Quakes, hosting the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium in front of over 50,000 soccer loving fans, were trying to get a win for their new head coach in his first MLS game.

Mission accomplished.

San Jose(7-6-5) got goals from Chris Wondolowski (73') and Shea Salinas (94') in their come from behind victory.

The Galaxy got the ball rolling when defenseman Jelle Van Damme volleyed in a cross from just outside the 6-yard box 11-minutes into the match.

The Quakes slowly started to take control of the match soon after that. It did not produce much. San Jose got off 15-shots in the game but few of them ever really made LA's goalie Clement Diop do much work.

He had to only make two saves despite a lot of pressure from the Earthquakes offense.

The Quakes goalie David Bingham came up with the saves of the game when he dove to stop two shots from close range in the 74' before assisting on Wondolowski's game tying goal.

Bingham cleared the ball with a booming drop kick from the edge of his box that fell at the feet of Wondolowski in LA's area and he knew just what to do with it.

Chris brought the ball back with his first touch before his shot was deflected by a Galaxy defender redirecting the ball over the head of Diop and into the back of the net.

That goal woke up LA somewhat, but the Quakes kept the pressure on setting up Salinas who brought the house down with his goal deep into injury time. A little throw in near the LA goal found the foot of Danny Hoesen.

Hoesen was faced with no less then five Galaxy defenders just outside the box, but nobody paid any attention to Salinas who made his run into the box and Hoesen found him with a little pass that Shea put home.

Salinas, a second half sub for Cordell Cato (65'), made a winner out of Chris Leitch who was coaching in his second game for the Quakes, but just his first in the MLS.

Two for two for coach Leitch and with the win over LA the Quakes moved into a tie for 3rd in the West with Portland (the Timbers own a 32-20 goals differential).

San Jose beat the best road team in the MLS. LA (6-7-4) came into Stanford with a 5-2-1 record on the road in 2017.

San Jose returns home to face the same Galaxy July 10th for the quarters of the Lamar Hunt US Cup before entertaining Eintracht Frankfurt (3rd in Germany's Bundesliga) July 14th.

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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 tied 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











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