View Full Version : The san jose 'quakes
San Jose veteran midfielder Bobby Convey was named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year on Wednesday, punctuating a remarkable turnaround year for a player who just two years ago saw a knee injury bring his career to a skidding halt.
Convey beat out fellow nominess Chris Albright of the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas youngster Brek Shea on the strength of his team-high 10 assists for the Earthquakes this season and a rejuvenated form that helped lead San Jose into the postseason for the first time since their 2008 rebirth.
Though the effort wasn't considered in the voting, Convey also added two goals and an assist in the Earthquakes' series-clinching 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls last Thursday, pushing them into the Eastern Conference final against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday (9:30 pm ET, FSC).
Just two years ago Convey saw his career in England derailed by the lingering effects of microfracture surgery on his right knee. His time with EPL side Reading came to an end before the 2009 MLS season, when he moved to the US to start 25 games for an Eartquakes team still strugging to find their feet.
Convey, too, had a rough go upon returning to MLS for the first time since his days with D.C. United in 2004. Though he was a regular in the San Jose lineup, the knee injury limited him from becoming fullly fit last season, and he finished with just one goal and two assists as the Quakes missed the postseason
Quakes drop friendly to Leicester City 3-1
MLS side falls to first defeat of England tour; Wondo tallies
LEICESTER, England — The San Jose Earthquakes slipped to a 3-1 defeat on Thursday to a Leicester City outfit peppered with first-team members. Chris Wondolowski scored the lone goal and Ellis McLaughlin missed a late PK for the MLSers.
The disappointing result was compounded by injury scares to midfielder Ramiro Corrales and defender Tim Ward, although the injuries are not thought to be serious.
The result disappointed Quakes head coach Frank Yallop, who said he thought his players struggled playing their third game in as many days. However, he said he understands it's still early days this preseason.
“It’s not about the result right now," Yallop told MLSsoccer.com. "It’s about getting ready for our season.”
SAN JOSE, Calif. – As the steel jaws of a giant excavator snapped shut Thursday on a chunk of wall from the old manufacturing facility where the Earthquakes hope to one day play soccer, San Jose general manager John Doyle couldn’t help but smile.
For everybody here, all the soccer fans in Northern California, this is a great day,” Doyle said. “We’ve always wanted a place that we could go and watch soccer. We haven’t had that. We’ve been waiting for a long, long time.”
Castrol Index: Wondo rises to top
Quakes striker overtakes Seattle's Alvaro Fernandez to finish 2011 as top-rated player in MLS
It’s Wondo’s world. The rest of us just live in it.
San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski was named the Castrol MLS Index Player of the Year for 2011 after finishing on top of the final rankings of the Castrol Index.
Quakes spending big to upgrade scouting capabilities
San Jose aim to get a leg up with more detailed player analysis
SAN JOSE, Calif. — With hundreds of thousands of dollars expected to come off of their books and plenty of roster spots yet to be locked up, the San Jose Earthquakes are facing their thorniest offseason since being re-established in 2008.
The decisions Quakes officials make regarding how and where to spend that cash will either put the club on a path back to the playoffs, or on a return trip to the land of profound disappointment.
It’s a perfect time, in other words, for the Quakes to upgrade their scouting capabilities — which they’ve done in a big way.
San Jose make it official: Convey will not return in '12
Earthquakes GM Doyle says midfielder's option won't be picked up
SAN JOSE, Calif. — What was long assumed is now official: Bobby Convey will not be back with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012.
Quakes general manager John Doyle confirmed that fact Wednesday, telling MLSsoccer.com that the interpersonal chasm between Convey, the 28-year-old former US international, and coach Frank Yallop simply could not be bridged.
“Frank’s made it clear, and Bobby’s made it clear — they can’t work together,” Doyle said.
The impasse came into the open last month when Convey, the club’s highest-paid player in 2011, blasted Yallop for engaging in “mind games” over the course of the season. Convey bounced between left back and left midfield, was dropped on three occasions from the starting XI and didn’t see any competitive play after Aug. 27.
New Earthquakes stadium to feature field-level suites
Unique addition a highlight of proposed future home in San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fans willing to pay the price are about to get an up-close-and-personal look at the future of soccer in San Jose.
The Quakes announced on Tuesday that even as their project wends its way through the city’s permitting process, they will begin selling seats this week for 12 field-level luxury suites on either sideline in the new stadium.
It’s an eye-catching addition to a design that originally didn’t feature any luxury suites at all.
“I don’t think there’s really any professional soccer venue that has a setup like this,” Quakes president David Kaval told MLSsoccer.com. “It’s a really cool design and we’re really happy to have it at the new venue.”
The suites are believed to be a unique feature among American soccer stadiums, building upon the team’s popular on-field seating areas at their current home of Buck Shaw Stadium.
Unlike those field seats, however, these come with all the amenities of a luxury box just a few steps away: a bar and longue area with a high-definition television and full catering available, VIP parking, even a private entrance to the stadium — which is currently slated for a 2013 debut.
Quakes sign Honduran Bernardez to bolster back line
San Jose nab 2010 WCup veteran center back from Anderlecht
San Jose certainly haven’t been afraid to shuffle the deck this offseason, and that trend hasn’t slowed just because of the holiday season.
The Earthquakes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed Honduran international center back Víctor Bernárdez, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Víctor gives us another quality player in the center of our defense,” head coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. “He’s a big, tough, athletic defender who can also play well with his feet and distribute the ball. We’re excited to have him in the squad next season.”
Quakes to play Dynamo at AT&T Park on March 17
Quakes, Mexican Olympic team to play doubleheader at AT&T Park on March 17
SAN JOSE, Calif. –- The San Jose Earthquakes announced Wednesday that the club will host the Houston Dynamo at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday, March 17 as part of a doubleheader spectacular with the Mexican U-23 National Team.
The Earthquakes will open the twin bill by taking on 2011 MLS Cup finalist Houston at 2 p.m. with Mexico’s U-23s taking on the Senegalese U-23s at 4:30 p.m.
“This game is an exciting opportunity for our fans in San Francisco and the North Bay to see the club play at one of the premier sports venues in the country. Soccer has a rich history in San Francisco and we look forward to adding to that legacy,” said Earthquakes President David Kaval.
San Jose get the news they were hoping for
Quakes fans show in force as commission votes unanimously
Bust out the champagne and the hardhats.
The San Jose Earthquakes' proposed $60 million stadium will break ground this year after clearing the last legal hurdle, overcoming an appeal by six votes to none. Apparently, the San Jose Planning Commission didn't think that potential noise complaints would be an issue for the airport-adjacent stadium.
More than 300 'Quakes fans showed up to the meeting, many of them turned away at the door. Check out the reaction as the votes became official. (VIDEO:http://www.twitvid.com/VJGSU)
Recap: 10-man Quakes, AIK play to scoreless draw
The San Jose Earthquakes didn't make it easy on themselves, but they still managed to take home a point on Thursday night, registering a scoreless draw against AIK of Sweden on the second matchday of the Portland Timbers Tournament.
Quakes unveil full set of kits for 2012
Take a look at the full array of kits for the upcoming season
Quakes having a blast as they roar to top of table
Exciting 5-3 win vs. D.C. United puts Quakes atop Supporters' Shield standings
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Chris Wondolowski said he hasn’t been on a team like this since the championship-winning seasons of the Houston Dynamo. Rafael Baca referenced the West Coast Conference-winning Loyola Marymount squad from his senior year. Justin Morrow hearkened back to his days winning Ohio state titles with Saint Ignatius High in Cleveland.
Suffice to say, it’s been a long time since most any of the Earthquakes have been on a team that’s playing as well as San Jose are right now.
After blitzing D.C. United 5-3 on Wednesday, the Quakes are 6-0-1 and have tied the longest unbeaten streak in MLS this year. At 7-1-1, they’re continuing what already rates as the franchise’s best-ever start to a season.
Quakes 3, Galaxy 2
Alan Gordon came through in the clutch for a third-straight match for San Jose
CARSON, Calif. – Alan Gordon scored in second-half stoppage time as the San Jose Earthquakes scored three unanswered goals to beat the LA Galaxy 3-2 at Home Depot Center on Wednesday.
The former Galaxy player headed in the match-winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time for the decisive goal.
Hector Jimenez and Mike Magee had given the Galaxy a 2-0 lead through 73 minutes but the ‘Quakes came back nonetheless. Jimenez picked up a red card on the hour and a 10-man Galaxy squad squandered its lead.
Lenhart's "fairy tale" goal fits the script for Earthquakes
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – As the minutes wound down and the missed opportunities piled up, a sellout crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium knew that if the San Jose Earthquakes were going to find a last-minute equalizer against the Chicago Fire, it could only come from one man.
With 2,500 fans wearing wigs based on his blond locks, Steven Lenhart returned from a four-game absence due to concussion symptoms and delivered a 98th-minute goal to give shorthanded San Jose a 1-1 tie.
League-leading Earthquakes acquire Ballouchy from NYRB
The league-leading San Jose Earthquakes have landed another weapon in the race for the Supporters' Shield.
San Jose on Monday acquired veteran playmaking midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a 2013 international spot and a conditional 2013 draft pick.
“I’ve admired his play over the seven years he’s been in the league,” Earthquakes manager Frank Yallop said in a club statement. “He’s steadily improved since joining MLS. Mehdi’s a good player, a great addition to our team and we’re looking forward to having him here in San Jose.”
Earthquakes still sprinkling magic on MLS, USMNT
There’s just something about these Cardiac Quakes and their magical 2012 season.
Just when you thought that the San Jose “Goonies” came up with every possible kind of variation on the stoppage time victory this year, there was Saturday night. Seattle’s Fredy Montero scored a stoppage time equalizer only for Steven Lenhart to do him one better and clinch a 2-1 win (watch the highlights here).
Four On The Floor
Quakes hit three off free kicks in demolition of Goats
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Jose juggernaut continued to steamroll the competition on Sunday evening, as the Earthquakes thumped Chivas USA, 4-0, and retook lone possession of the top spot in the MLS Supporters Shield standings.
MLS’ best attack showed its teeth early and often in front of a loud packed house at Buck Shaw Stadium, but they did it in a different way this time. Three direct freekicks, one from Victor Bernardez and two from Ramiro Corrales, did the majority of the damage against a clearly overmatched Chivas USA.
Quakes close in on Shield after sweeping Seattle
Make it a clean sweep.
Before the season few expected the San Jose Earthquakes to win every one of their three matches against the Seattle Sounders, including two at CenturyLink Field. But the Quakes completed the feat on Saturday with a 2-1 triumph.
Chris Wondolowski scored his 10th game-winner this season (a new MLS record) and extended his lead in the Golden Boot race. The frontrunner for MVP credited the Seattle crowd for their part in his performance: "When you have a good atmosphere, it helps raise my level, I think. It makes me want to raise it a little extra notch."
The Sounders, whose last loss came against the Earthquakes, were missing star players Eddie Johnson and Mauro Rosales. But manager Sigi Schmid wasn’t about to make excuses: "We would have been overrun even with Eddie and Mauro,” he said. "They killed us in the first half, to be quite honest. If we play like we played in the first half, we won't go very far [in the playoffs]."
Recap: Quakes come back again in wild 3-3 tie with FCD
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Goonies’ legend just keeps growing – as does FC Dallas’ frustration.
Steven Lenhart bagged a late brace, including a 95th-minute equalizer, as the San Jose Earthquakes came back twice in the second half to force a 3-3 tie with FC Dallas on Saturday.
Lenhart headed home a ball flicked on by Alan Gordon, from a cross by Justin Morrow, to keep San Jose’s unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium intact. The Earthquakes have gone 11-0-6 at their primary venue since Aug. 13, 2011.
San Jose (18-6-7) inched to three points ahead of Sporting Kansas City in the Supporters’ Shield standings. The Quakes need to hold on for three more matches to claim their first hardware since returning to the league as an expansion team in 2008.
Wondo hat trick paces Quakes to 4-1 win vs. Rapids
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Chris Wondolowski’s record-breaking hat trick helped the San Jose Earthquakes to an easy 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night while helping San Jose take a step closer to the Supporters' Shield on an unseasonably brisk evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Wondolowski’s three goals helped him break San Jose’s franchise record for all-time goals scored, and also helped the Earthquakes move six points above Sporting Kansas City for the Supporters Shield with two games to go, although Sporting plays Columbus Sunday afternoon and have three games left on their schedule. The win did, however, clinch the top spot in the Western Conference playoffs for San Jose.
Wondo gets No. 26 as Quakes, Galaxy draw 2-2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — One goal back, one game to play.
San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski moved to within one goal of tying the MLS’ all-time single-season scoring mark, heading home his 26th of the season to force a 2-2 tie against the LA Galaxy on Sundayat Buck Shaw Stadium.
Wondolowski, who also hit the post twice in as many minutes during the second half, needs two goals next weekend at Portland to beat the current mark of 27 goals, set by Tampa Bay’s Roy Lassiter in 1996.
Wondolowski moved into a tie for second place on the league’s all-time scoring list, matching the 26 goals tallied by Stern John for Columbus in 1998 and Mamadou Diallo for Tampa Bay in 2000.
Robbie Keane scored his 12th goal in 15 matches and Edson Buddle, making his first start since since May 26, nodded in his third of the season to stake the Galaxy to a pair of second-half leads.
Quakes sign Dan Gargan and Ty Harden
San Jose adds veteran defenders Dan Gargan and Ty Harden
The San Jose Earthquakes announced the signing of a pair of defenders on Friday, including center back Ty Harden and right back Dan Gargan. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“Both Dan and Ty are veterans who know the league well,” said Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop. “They’re solid, dependable players who will help manage our additional workload this season with CONCACAF Champions League games to play. We’re happy to have them in the fold.”
San Jose lock up Wondolowski to Designated Player deal after record-setting season
The San Jose Earthquakes announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Chris Wondolowski to a new contract, making him the second Designated Player in club history. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wondolowski, 30, is the reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player after tying the league record for goals in a season with 27 in 2012. He has led the league in goals for three consecutive years, earning three MLS Best XI selections in the process. The two-time MLS All-Star is also the all-time league leader in goals per 90 minutes among players with at least 100 appearances with a 0.64 clip.
2013 Depth Chart: San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes part ways with longtime head coach Frank Yallop
Less than a year removed from a stunning run to the Supporters’ Shield, the San Jose Earthquakes announced Friday that they have parted ways with head coach Frank Yallop.
Assistant coach Mark Watson has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season for the Quakes, who have struggled to find the same form this season after posting the best regular-season record in Major League Soccer last season.
San Jose are just 3-6-6 this year despite returning the bulk of their lineup, and are currently winless in their past four matches. Watson will make his debut when the Quakes return to action on June 15 at the Colorado Rapids.
Yallop said in a statement that he met with team president David Kaval and general manager John Doyle earlier this week, and the three men agreed it was time for the club to move in a different direction.
San Jose Earthquakes sign U.S. international Clarence Goodson
The 31-year-old center back did not need to go through allocation, as the Earthquakes had been holding onto his MLS rights ever since they picked him in the 2007 expansion draft.
San Jose Earthquakes reveal
CONCACAF Champions League schedule
The Earthquakes qualified for the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League after winning Major League Soccer’s Supporters’ Shield last season, a trophy given to the team with the best regular season record. San Jose was drawn into Group 5 along with the Impact and Guatemala’s CD Heredia. Each team will face each other twice – at home and on the road – with the group winner advancing to an eight-team single-elimination tournament to be contested next year.
Earthquakes’ CONCACAF Champions League Schedule:
Wednesday, Aug. 7 – 5 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes at Montreal Impact
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 7 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes at CD Heredia (Guatemala)
Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 7 p.m. PT – Montreal Impact at San Jose Earthquakes
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 7 p.m. PT – CD Heredia at San Jose Earthquakes
New Stadium now set to open in second half of 2014 season
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced that due to unforeseen conditions at the stadium site, the team is pushing back the opening date of their new stadium to the second half of the 2014 season. With the change in opening date, the team will play eight games at Buck Shaw Stadium, one game at Stanford Stadium and nine games at the new stadium next season.
“Due to the extraordinary conditions at the stadium site the opening date has been pushed back,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “Our ownership group and organization is committed to building a world-class venue for our fans and to creating the true epicenter of soccer in the Bay Area. We feel that a second-half opening ensures that we accomplish that goal, while giving our team a strong home schedule for the best situation competitively.”
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.