San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: Quakes to wrap up homestand and hit the road

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on July 27th.

2. The Quakes wrap up a two-game homestand vs. Columbus Crew SC on August 3rd.

3. The Quakes hit the road for a three-game trip against Colorado Rapids on August 10th, Sporting KC on August 17th, and LAFC on August 21st.

4. The Quakes acquired Argentine striker Andre Rios on July 30th.

5. Nashville SC extended their loan for Quakes defender Jimmy Ockford on July 31st.

Ana does the San Jose Earthquakes podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Quakes’ Win Streak Continues along with Miracle Season

sfgate.com: Chirs Wondolowski is lofted by his teammates after the game celebrating breaking the MLS All-time goal scoring record of Landon Donovan. (ISI Photos)

SAN JOSE, CA – Anyone who doesn’t believe in fairytales clearly hasn’t been paying attention to the San Jose Earthquakes this season in Major League Soccer. After winning a lackluster four games in 2018 and finishing dead last in the league, the 2019 season has been much more fruitful. With only 12 games left in the season, the Quakes have ripped off four wins in a row and sit just two table point out of second place and are all but locked into a playoff berth.

What’s more impressive is that this season hasn’t been a cakewalk. After acquiring new manager Matias Almeyda in the offseason, San Jose opened the season with four soul-crushing losses. After which left fans wondering if they were in for a repeat of last year. Almeyda, however, has proven that he is the man for the job and turned the Quakes into a true Cinderalla team in MLS. Behind the play of Chris Wondolowski and Valeri “Vako” Qazaishvili, the quakes hope to contend for a title.

Wondolowski, who is regarded as the Quakes best played has stepped up this season to put is his team in position to win numerous games this season. Through this point in the season, he has scored a team-leading nine goals. Those nine goals have also bolstered a hall of fame career. On May 18 he scored his 146th MLS goal and became the All-Time Leading Scorer in Major League Soccer, passing his former U.S. Soccer teammate Landon Donovan. Since then he hasn’t stopped scoring and the current record currently sits at 153.

Vako has been pure magic on the pitch with his mesmerizing dribbling. On Saturday evening against the Colorado Rapids, Vako scored his sixth goal of the season after a crossover dribble move so good, he may be getting contract offers from the Golden State Warriors. The Quakes would go on to win the game 3-1 and Vako was a key factor in the match with fans cheering his name long after the game was over.

The San Jose Earthquakes are the definition of a Cinderella team. The team went from being dead last in the standings to a true and legitimate MLS Cup contender. The season is far from over and the playoffs will be a whole new challenge for San Jose. Can this team got from worst to first and win it all? Only time will tell.

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Giants play their 4th extra inning game in 6 games; A’s come back on Astros for 1-run win; plus more

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On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 If you like extra innings, the San Francisco Giants have played four extra inning games in their last six. On Tuesday night, the Giants were down by two runs, but came back to tie the game and force extra innings against the NL Central first place Cubs. This team has a lot of fight in them.

#2 The Houston Astros, one of baseball’s toughest nemesis, a team that has given the Oakland A’s fits all season long. The A’s battled with the Astros to an 11-inning duel. The Astros opened up the game with two runs and the A’s came right back with three runs in the top of the ninth and the Astros came right back and tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. The A’s got the game-winner in extra innings in the top of the 11th to break the deadlock for the 4-3 win to even the series at Minute Maid Field on Tuesday night.

#3 Hard work pays off the Oakland Raiders. Antonio Brown is reportedly working his hardest where some coaches say his work ethic is as hard as former Raider Jerry Rice. He was seen tossing a brick from hand to hand while moving side to side during drills.

#4 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been rehabbing well since tearing his ACL last season in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Garoppolo said he was able to do pretty much everything and it was a rigorous process to come back.

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes continue to plow on through. They have gone undefeated in their last four games, which included a friendly, and defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in their most recent game last Saturday. They’ll host the Colorado Rapids (5-5-11). The Rapids have struggled of late, they have not won a game in four tries, including a friendly against the Arsenal.

London Marq does Headline Sports each Wednesday and is a beat writer for the San Jose Earthquakes at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: Quakes are on a roll, but can they keep up?

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes beat Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-1 last Saturday.

2. The Quakes acquired Targeted Allocation Money in a trade with Columbus Crew SC last Thursday.

3. The Quakes return home to Avaya Stadium to host the Colorado Rapids this Saturday.

4. Was the ability to believe the key to the Quakes’ recent success?

5. Once again, Vako was named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Ana Kieu does the San Jose Earthquakes podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Earthquakes Take Down Whitecaps 2-1; Have Won five of last six

By Torben Rolfsen

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA–The San Jose Earthquakes continued their recent sharpness with a 3-1 road win over the Vancouver Whitecaps before an increasingly restless BC Place crowd of 17,558.

Chris Wondolowski, who has a strong history against Vancouver, delivered point-blank to put the Quakes up for good 2-1 in the 34′ after chaos on the Whitecaps goal line.

Vancouver opened the scoring early with a Doneil Henry goal in the 8′ off a free kick by Yordy Reyna.

Vako equalized at the 16′ mark with an opportunistic goal after a little traffic accident in front of the Whitecaps goal. Setting up the score was crisp passing by the Quakes, as Vancouver defenders stood around like a foosball rod without a hand on it.

Nine minutes later, Cristian Espinoza and Vako hooked up for a nice attack, resulting in a great chance, but shot right at Caps ‘keeper Maxime Crepeau.

Magnus Eriksson rounded out the scoring with an insurance marker sixteen minutes before full-time.

The Quakes won for the fifth time in six games and now return home to face Colorado and Columbus the next two Saturdays.

The Caps fell to winless in their last nine (and outscored 17-2 in the past 5), as the supporters’ group section chanted for the firing of club president Bob Lenarduzzi in the final minutes.

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Quakes tie Real Valladolid in friendly 1-1; A’s and Giants keep rolling; plus more

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On Headline Sports with London:

#1 The San Jose Earthquakes are on a roll and picked up a huge win in Los Angeles against the Galaxy on a two-goal win 3-1. Jackson Yueill, Danny Hoesen, and Valeri Qazaishvili scored a goal each to help the Quakes to the win.

#2 London tells us how the success of the club and their turnaround has made this season one for the books. At 9-4-7, the team is in fifth and can very well make the climb in the standing if they can keep this up.

#3 How much of an impact has Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda made on this club, the Quakes? The Quakes had such a good friendly on Tuesday night against Real Villadolid, which ended up in a 1-1 draw.

#4 Turning to the red-hot Oakland A’s, there’s no mercy rule as the A’s keep pounding opponents by hitting as Matt Chapman got five RBIs and homered in the A’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night 9-2 and Wednesday the A’s pounded out six home runs and Chad Pinder and Jurickson Profar both hit two home runs each to beat Seattle 10-2.

#5 The Giants, on Tuesday night, went into the 10th inning tied at 4-4 and rallied for four runs when Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Alex Dickerson, and Brandon Crawford scored runs for the 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants came right back on Wednesday’s matinee and clubbed the Rockies again 11-8 to sweep the series.

London does Headline Sports each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Marko Ukalovic filling in for Ana Kieu: Let’s check up on the Quakes!

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On the San Jose Earthquakes with Ana:

1. The Quakes beat the LA Galaxy 3-1 at the Dignity Health Tennis Center last Friday.

2. Vako, Jackson Yueill, and Matias Almeyda made the MLS Team of the Week for Week 19.

3. Quakes loaned Jimmy Ockford to Nashville SC of the USL Championship.

4. In club friendly action, the Quakes tied with Valladolid 1-1 at Avaya Stadium Tuesday night.

5. The Quakes head to BC Place to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC this Saturday.

Ana Kieu does the San Jose Earthquakes podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Earthquakes and Real Valladolid play to 1-1 draw in club friendly at Avaya

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By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes and Real Valladolid played to a 1-1 draw in a club friendly at Avaya Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Quakes’ starting lineup featured Andrew Tarbell, Nick Lima, Francois Affolter, Harold Cummings, Marcos Lopez, Luis Felipe, Kevin Partida, Eric Calvillo, Paul Marie, Shea Salinas, and Danny Hoesen.

Sandro Ramirez opened Real Valladolid’s preseason with a noteworthy free kick for the opening goal of the match in the 35th minute. Just four minutes later, Samu Perez made a nice save when he was the only opposition from Shea Salinas to score.

The Quakes had their chances, just needed to finish. San Jose trailed 1-0 at the end of the first half.

The Quakes made their first substitution in the 46th minute as Guram Kashia entered the match for Harold Cummings.

The Quakes made even more substitutions in the 57th minute as Magnus Eriksson, Chris Wondolowski, Vako, and Jackson Yueill entered the match for Eric Calvillo, Danny Hoesen, Nick Lima, and Kevin Partida.

Turns out, Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda made the right choice in Quakes star Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski, the MLS’ goal king, scored the game-tying goal to even the score 1-1 in the 60th minute.

The Quakes made a substitution in the 68th minute as Judson entered the match for Luis Felipe.

The Quakes made another substitution in the 81st minute as Siad Haji entered the match for Shea Salinas.

Quakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell made a tremendous save in the 86th minute to fend off a potential go-ahead goal from Nacho. Nacho almost scored inside the box.

San Jose and Real Valladolid played to a 1-1 draw. The Quakes showed sportsmanship and told their foreign opponent “good game” since Real Valladolid is a La Liga team based in Valladolid, Spain.

The Quakes head to BC Place to take on Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 pm.

Hoesen stuns opponents again, Quakes win 2-1

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By Pearl Allison Lo

CARSON, Calif. — Danny Hoesen jumped off the bench with his second substitute goal in as many games, as the Earthquakes won the California Clasico series 2-0 versus the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dignity Health Tennis Center Friday night.

Hoesen made his minutes count. After teammate Vako broke through former San Jose goalie David Bingham three minutes earlier, Hoesen made sure that would not be all. At the speed of pinball, Vako started off the play kicking to Hoesen, who came in two minutes earlier, to Bingham and into the net in the 64th minute. Last game, Hoesen scored in the 93rd minute to lead his team to victory. 

With the win, San Jose jumped to fourth place in the Western Conference, three points behind the Galaxy. It was the Earthquakes’ first visit to  Dignity Health Sports Park since it was renamed from StubHub Center. Last matchup between the teams, San Jose also won with three goals.

The Quakes’ 32 shots were a season-high and the most ever in a road game for them.

Magnus Eriksson had a game-high six chances created, 88 touches and 69 total passes, but pointed out, “We need to stay humble, because we know what happened last season, and it was tough…if we start being cocky about our way of playing, I think we can go straight down…stay united as a team and if we do that, we will continue taking victories. We’re nothing without that…”  

It was a tale of two halves for Bingham and the two teams in terms of scoring. Bingham stood tall in the first, despite San Jose outshooting Los Angeles 12-2. He even made a season-high seven saves throughout the game before the Quakes started scoring. 

The scoring in the opening half was based on corners. Both of the Galaxy’s shots came off them. San Jose had 10 corners, two of them sandwiched an attempt by Espinoza in the 19th minute. 

The Quakes fell behind early. The Quakes’ Tommy Thompson just got the ball out of the way in front of the net in the 2nd minute before Uriel Antuna could get to it. However, it resulted in a successful corner by Jonathan dos Santos the same minute. The ball landed right on Rolf Feltscher’s left foot as he kicked the ball in goal for the early lead. 

San Jose’s Cristian Espinoza went flying which earned him a free kick in the 5th minute. On the other end, Thompson earned a yellow card when he grabbed his opponent by his jersey when he went by. 

Vako just missed with the first shot in the 12th minute. That same minute Chris Wondolowski tried too, but it went into the hands of Bingham. 

In the 23rd minute, the teams almost almost repeated the games’ 2nd minute. Antuna was veering into wide open territory but, Guram Kashia pushed the ball away for another corner. This corner did not result in a goal though, but Daniel Vega was forced to reach for the crossbar as he was able to tip the ball away.  

Frustration was evident in the 48th minute after Wondolowski ended up with a chance at an empty net in the 48th minute. 

The Quakes’ finally broke through though in the 61st minute with patience and continued attack. Vako was the scorer with an almost straightaway shot that found the bottom left corner. 

Los Angeles had three shots after, two in the 70th minute (blocked and missed). San Jose had seven before scoring again, six of them on target, including two in the 77th, one in the 78th and two in the 79th. 

The Quakes’ persistence paid off once again in the 85th minute. Bingham was able to block Vako’s initial shot but the rebound went straight to Jackson Yueill, off Bingham’s fingers and into the net. 

Up Next: San Jose’s shots in the first were evened out with four apiece on target, off target and blocked. The Quakes now set their sights on the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday July 20 at 7 pm to close out their road trip.  

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Marko Ukalovic filling in for Ana Kieu: Hoesen was an unforeseen hero against Real Salt Lake

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Marko:

1. The Quakes lost to Minnesota United 3-1 at Allianz Field last Wednesday.

2. Danny Hoesen lifted the Quakes to a 1-0 shutout over Real Salt Lake at Avaya Stadium last Saturday.

3. US Men’s Soccer lost to Mexico 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field on Sunday.

4. Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and Reno 1868 FC midfielder Seth Casiple were named to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 17.

5. With the Quakes’ newfound success, how much of an impact does Matias Almeyda have on his team?

6. The Quakes head to L.A. to face the Galaxy always a battle when both of these teams meet up they faced each other last in June at Stanford Stadium.

Marko Ukalovic is a Quakes beat writer and catch Ana Kieu on the San Jose Earthquakes podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com