Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: World Cup–US Women no match for Thailand in 13-0 blowout; Kings to host Summer League at Golden 1; plus more

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On the Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 In the World Cup, US Women downed Thailand 13-0, Alex Morgan scored five goals and there was no mercy rule as the US Women kept pouring it on in Reims, France. The US took it to Thailand right from the kickoff.

#2 The win by the US topped the old record when Germany took it to Argentina in an 11-0 win in the 2007 World Cup.

#3 The Sacramento Kings will be hosting a California Classic Summer League at Golden 1 Center from July 1st through 3rd. Fans will get to take a look at the following teams: the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

#4 With the Summer League coming up, where does Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton stand? He has been accused of sexual assault. His accuser is also holding the Warriors and Lakers legally responsible for the attacks. Is the Luke Walton case going to be a distraction or can Luke guide the Kings and get past it?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes won a friendly 4-3 over Sacramento Republic FC on Tuesday night at Avaya Stadium. Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski said that the team is in a zone a winning mental state right now, and even though it was like a preseason game, the Quakes are pushing to win and won’t take any prisoners right now.

#6 Former San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence hit another one off the fence for the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night against the Red Sox. Pence chalked up his 14th home run for an inside-the-park home run against the Boston Red Sox. Pence has been in the zone this season. He’s also got the Rangers clubhouse pretty loose right now.

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

Earthquakes run away with 4-3 win over Sacramento Republic FC in fourth round of US Open Cup

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By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes took on Sacramento Republic FC in the fourth round of the US Open Cup at Avaya Stadium on Tuesday night.

San Jose reportedly will treat the US Open Cup as a major trophy.

Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski told SJEarthquakes.com: “To be honest, it could be a preseason game … against anyone, we want to go out and win it … That’s our mentality right now. We want to win the Open Cup. We know it’s five games to win it. We feel that this tournament tests your depth and, even today, it shows where our depth is right now. We are one of the deepest teams I’ve been on.”

Well, it didn’t take long for the first goal of the match. Sam Werner opened the scoring in the second minute to give Sacramento a 1-0 lead.

It didn’t take long for San Jose to tie the match as Magnus Eriksson scored the game-tying goal in the 10th minute.

But San Jose’s lead turned out to be short-lived as Villyan Bijev scored the go-ahead goal to help Sacramento to a 2-1 lead in the 14th minute.

The scary moment happened in the 30th minute when Charalampos Chantzopoulos went down for a brief moment. Fortunately, Chantzopoulos was able to get up on his own and Sacramento got themselves a corner.

There was no fear in San Jose, who bounced back to tie the game once again. Cristian Espinoza leveled it from the spot for a 2-1 lead in the 38th minute. Espinoza capitalized on a penalty kick awarded to the Quakes.

The first half was quite eventful and the two teams went to halftime 2-2.

San Jose made their first substitution of the match in the 55th minute. Vako replaced Florian Jungwirth.

San Jose nearly got a goal in the 62nd minute, but Tommy Thompson’s rocket was unable to get into the net. Sacramento goalkeeper Josh Cohen made a noteworthy save to prevent a potential goal.

San Jose made their second substitution of the match in the 69th minute. Cade Cowell replaced Siam Haji.

Quakes fans breathed a sigh of relief when Stefano Bonomo’s kick went just wide of the net in the 71st minute. Still, Sacramento apparently bragged about their goalkeeper, which was a mind-boggler as San Jose grabbed a 3-2 lead in the 78th minute. Chris Wondolowski’s deflected shot hit the back of the net and Vako capitalized for the better.

San Jose made their third substitution of the match in the 81st minute. Jimmy Ockford replaced Eric Calvillo.

Vako earned his brace in stoppage time. Vako made it 4-2 San Jose in the 91st minute. However, Sacramento made it a one-goal game as Drew Skundrich scored in the 93rd minute, but they were unable to tie the game to force overtime.

The Quakes won 4-3. With the win, San Jose made it to the Round of 16.

Quakes’ starting lineup 

Up Next
The Quakes host the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 pm.

Earthquakes and FC Dallas settle for 2-2 draw on Pride Day

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By: London Marq

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes returned to Avaya Stadium after two road matches. After a rocky start, he Quakes have officially turned their season around and found a sense of consistency. Sitting in the middle of the Western Conference table entering play on Saturday afternoon, they would host FC Dallas on Pride Day presented by Wells Fargo.

The beginning of the match was not easy on the eyes for San Jose after a huge mistake from their goalie Daniel Vega. Vega should have received a routine pass from Florian Jungwirth. Instead he let the ball pass through his legs and over the goal line into the net. The own goal was assessed to Vega in the 27th minute.

After a demoralizing first half, Chris Wondolowski came back onto the pitch with a vengeance, scoring almost immediately after play resumed, bring the score even, 1-1. Magnus Eriksson would follow Wondo’s example, scoring just eight minutes later. Eriksson was particularly effective in this match, as he also assisted Wondolwski’s goal. Eriksson’s goal gave the San Jose the lead for the first time, despite scoring all three goals of the match.

Despite Vega’s early blunder, San Jose looked to be the better team and on their way to three points. That all changed when Francis Atuahene subbed in for FC Dallas in the 64th minute. Playing on his birthday, he scored a goal 48 seconds after stepping on the pitch. Tying the game at 2-2, and the score would hold for the remainder of the match.

San Jose will feel that this match slipped away and all eyes will be on Vega, who has made mistakes earlier in the season as well. This was a golden opportunity for San Jose as Dallas was missing key players who are out with International Duty.  A bright spot for Dallas is that they we able to pick up a point despite being short-handed. Conversely, the silver lining for San Jose is that they know that if they can limit their mistakes, they can play well enough to get three points against playoff level opponents. 

Final: San Jose vs. Dallas, 2-2 draw. 

Up Next: San Jose play the Sacramento Republic in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 pm.

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: The black and blue remain in the Bay Area this month

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. After coming off a two-game road trip, San Jose’s now ranked 11th in the MLS Power Rankings following Week 14.

2. The Quakes’ U-12 Boys Academy capped off their season with results against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Crossfire Premier.

3. Nick Lima and Jackson Yueill were called up to the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) camp.

4. Jackson Yueill embraced the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) experience.

5. The Quakes received backlash for deciding to celebrate Pride Month this Saturday at Avaya Stadium against FC Dallas.

Ana does the San Jose Earthquakes podcasts each week for Sports Radio Service

Earthquakes shutout Timbers 3-0 for first win of season

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By: London Marq

SAN JOSE, Calif. — After being trounced five goals to none in their last match by the table-topping Los Angeles Football Club, the San Jose Earthquakes found themselves four games into the regular season without a win. Without doubt it has been a disappointing start to this season and the Quakes hope to make some winning adjustments as they hosted the Portland Timbers at Avaya Stadium Saturday. Both Portland and San Jose entered play without win, providing both teams with an opportunity to get their first three points.

Right out of the gate, San Jose looked like a different team as they found each other for offensive chances early and demonstrated better communication than we’ve seen from them so far this year. The improvement in play had Portland on the back foot early. San Jose was having success moving the ball deep in the wide areas and in the 15th minute Cristian Espinoza put dribbled the ball down the goal line and passed the ball into the goal box where Shea Salinas was waiting for the easy score to put the Quakes up 1-0 early.

Portland responded by being more physical on the ball and San Jose matched their intensity. Between the 26th and 28th minutes, a yellow card was handed out to both teams. The game would remain throughout as 29 total fouls and four total yellow cards were dealt by the referees.

San Jose would continue to be effective in the wide offensive areas. In the 33rd minute, Quakes striker Danny Hoesen slammed the ball into the net after Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella had the ball bounce off his feet.  It was Hoesen’s first start of season and with it came his first goal of the campaign as well. The Quakes weren’t done scoring either. Just a minute later, midfielder Cristian Espinoza made a run after intercepting a pass and slotted the ball low into the near corner right past Attinella.

Portland would have their chances to bulge the net as well. In the 55th minute, Portland was awarded a penalty after a handball in the box. Portland striker Diego Valeri would step up to take it, but Quakes goalie Daniel Vega would be equal to it and keep the Timbers scoreless. San Jose was a few inches away from scoring a fourth goal by hometown favorite Nick Lima, but the goal was called back after a replay review ruled that Espinoza was offsides.

No goals would be scored in the second half and the Quakes would win their first match of the season. Quakes coach Matias Almeyda and the team were all smiles during the postgame activities. Hoesen expressed that it felt great to get the win, but there was still much work to do. Almeyda made some excellent adjustments starting three players–Hoesen, winger Shea Salinas, and defender Florian Jungwirth–for the first time this season. With any luck, the adjustments and success will translate when they are on the road next week, taking on the Houston Dynamo.

Final: San Jose defeated Portland 3-0.

Up Next: San Jose takes on Houston next Saturday at 12 pm PT.

Earthquakes shut out by LAFC 5-0

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By: London Marq

SAN JOSE–Major League Soccer’s best, currently in the form of the glamorous Los Angeles Football Club, travels north to battle the bottom ranked San Jose Earthquakes. Though San Jose bested LAFC in the preseason, it has been a tale of two different clubs since the season began. LAFC has a league-best 10 points entering play with 10 goals to their cause versus an Earthquakes team that has yet to earn a point through their first three matches. San Jose, who have only managed two goals on the season, looked to create a rivalry with their southern neighbors under the guidance of head coach Matias Almeyda.

The first half saw the Earthquakes struggle to find any cohesion as LAFC applied constant pressure in every sector of the pitch. The fullbacks struggled to advance the ball into the midfield, and it would be a problem for San Jose from the earliest moments of the game. In the eighth minute, LA forward Carlos Vela would steal the ball from a defender and knock it into the area of the Quakes goalie Mario Vega. Vega attempted to clear the ball out of the box and whiffed, leaving the crowd stunned and the goal wide open. Vela would score the first goal of the match.

Mario Vega’s whiff was only the beginning of his very long day. Though he made several saves and blocks, Vega found himself one-on-one with the opposing strikers and back line offered little resistance. Carlos Vela would go on to score twice more, including a beautiful arcing shot from outside the box into the far corner in the 66th minute to complete his first MLS hat trick. LAFC also had goals from Steven Beitashour and Diego Rossi in the 26th and 68th minutes, respectively.

For Almeyda and the Quakes, it’s back to the drawing board. Frustrations mounted in the second half as the match became more physical. There were some questionable fouls made by the referees, who at different points in the match had lengthy conversations with Coach Almeyda and Quake midfielder Tommy Thompson. At one point, Thompson became so frustrated after a whistle blew for a foul against him, that he picked the ball up threw it across the pitch. Frustrations aside, the Quakes seem stagnant and unsure of themselves. They still seem to lack a sense of group cohesion that successful teams possess and until they find it, they will continue to struggle.

FINAL: LAFC defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0.

UP NEXT: The next match for the Quakes will take place at Avaya Stadium on Saturday, April 6th versus the Portland Timbers.

Monterrey takes down Earthquakes 2-1 in friendly

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by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes have yet to find their identity under new head coach Matias Almeyda. Things weren’t any better against the Monterrey Rayados. The Mexican League club jumped out to an early lead and then held on for a 2-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Avaya Stadium in an international friendly match.

The Rayados drew first blood just six minutes into the game. A defensive breakdown by Jimmy Ockford led to a break where Rogelio Funes Mori ended up one-on-one with Quakes goalie Andrew Tarbell and the Argentinian forward chipped the ball past him for a 1-0 Monterrey lead.

Monterrey kept the pressure on as Funes Mori sent in a shot over defender Florian Jungwirth, only to have Tarbell make a terrific save by batting the ball over the net.

Monterrey doubled their lead in the 24th minute. Once again, a lack of coverage left open Maximiliano Meza, who received the ball from 10 yards out, stumbled, regained possession and kicked the ball into the upper left corner for a 2-0 Rayados lead.

The closest the Quakes came to getting on the scoreboard in the first half came at the 35th minute when captain Chris Wondolowski’s header attempt from a centering cross pass was knocked away to the right by Rayados goalie Marcelo Barovero.

Monterrey had two quality chances to extend their lead in the first five minutes into the second half. First, in the 48th minute, Funes Mori’s shot from 12 yards out just sailed wide of the net. Then, two minutes later, Dorlan Pabon’s shot from 25 yards out was knocked away by Tarbell.

San Jose had a golden attempt to cut the lead in half at the 56th minute when Magnus Eriksson centered a perfect crossing pass over to Wondolowski, whose point-blank header was knocked over the net by back up goalie Luis Cardenas, who came in as a substitution for Barovero to start the second half.

The Quakes finally got on the scoreboard in the 61st minute. Tommy Thompson dribbled the ball near the end line then sent crossed the ball right into the middle of the box, where 15-year old Cade Cowell, who made his debut for San Jose, one-timed the ball into the right corner of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1 for his first professional career goal. Both players came in as substitutes in the second half.

San Jose gained momentum off of Cowell’s goal as they spent the next 15 minutes playing inside Monterrey’s zone creating chances that were deflected away by Rayado defenders.

The Quakes had a chance for the equalizer late in the match when they earned a free kick just outside the D-box in the 84th minute. Jungwirth’s shot was stoned away by a diving Edson Resendez, who came on a substitution for Cardenas, as well as Thompson’s rebound attempt from the right corner end line.

GAME NOTES: Paul Marie received a yellow card in the 49th minute on a tackle from behind.

UP NEXT: The Quakes return back to MLS action as they host LAFC on Saturday 3/30 at 12:30 pm at Avaya Stadium.

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: Have the Quakes really improved?

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Earthquakes dropped back-to-back matches at home to start this season. What went wrong?

2. The Quakes fell to the N.Y. Red Bulls 4-1 last Saturday. Was this a matter of the Quakes’ offense falling apart or the Red Bulls’ offense overwhelming?

3. The Quakes will be back home on March 30th vs. LAFC. What do the Quakes need to do in order to beat LA?

4. What’s your prediction on the Quakes’ upcoming 2-game homestand vs. LAFC and Portland Timbers?

5. The Quakes have a road match against the Houston Dynamo on April 13th. What are your 3 keys to the match?

Ana does the San Jose Earthquakes podcast each week for SportsRadioService.com

Earthquakes blanked by Minnesota United 3-0

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By: London Marq

SAN JOSE, Calif. — 2018 was a dark year for the San Jose Earthquakes, who finished the campaign with only 4 wins. One bright spot for the Quakes was the season series they won against Minnesota United. The United has traveled to San Jose twice before and lost both games. San Jose looked to continue that trend as Minnesota returned to Avaya Stadium. San Jose opened the 2019 season with a 2-1 loss to Montreal. They wanted to avoid making it a habit.

The Earthquakes opened the first half under pressure. Minnesota was able to maneuver the ball into the scoring third of the field. United had a total of 8 shots, most of which threatened the Earthquakes goalkeeper, Daniel Vega. Vega, who was under constant duress during the first half, faced a barrage of shot attempts for a near 10-minute stretch. He was equal to it. From the 27th minute through the 36th, Vega defended 5 shots on target, 2 of reach he blocked. San Jose in contrast, only had 4 shots on goal for the half.

The second half opened with scoring early as Minnesota United drew a penalty in the 49th minute. MLS All-Star and Colombia national Darwin Quintero slotted it into the corner. Just short of 3 minutes later, Minnesota would find the back of the net with a goal from the former NASL MVP Miguel Ibarra. Just like that, 6 minutes removed from being tied at half time, the Quakes were playing to salvage a tie.

San Jose had no cohesive rhythm throughout that match, despite passing the ball often and with 83% accuracy. They lost more than 50% of their one on one and were on edge the entire time. After the match San Jose coach Matias Almeyda explained that the offensive game plan wasn’t executed as planned. As a result, the team spent more time crossing the ball from wide areas than they wanted. While the ball found its way into the offensive third with regularity in the second half, San Jose couldn’t manage to get a good touch on the ball to capitalize.

A late San Jose own goal by defender Harold Cummings in the 75th minute effectively ended the game. Quakes captain Chris Wondolowski had a chance to put the team on the board late when the ball came to him a few feet from the goal, but whiffed. It was the summation of the night San Jose had. It’s only two games into the season, so there’s no need to panic yet. Coach Almeyda is looking to take this season one game at a time. The goal right now it to get his team in a winning mindset for next Saturday’s tilt with the New York City Red Bulls.

FINAL: Minnesota defeated San Jose 3-0.

UP NEXT: San Jose heads to the Empire State to face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, March 16 at 12:30 pm PT.

Earthquakes drop 2-1 decision to Impact

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By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes opened up the 2019 MLS season versus the Montreal Impact at Avaya Stadium Saturday evening. Prior to the kickoff, the Quakes gave a warm welcome to new head coach Matias Almeyda and the San Jose Sharks wished the home team the best of luck this season.

The Quakes’ starting lineup featured Daniel Vega, Marcos Lopez, Harold Cummings, Guram Kashia, Nick Lima, Anibal Godoy, Judson, Vako, Magnus Eriksson, Cristian Espinoza and Chris Wondolowski.

It wasn’t long before the Quakes got on the board. Magnus Eriksson scored his first goal of the season for an early 1-0 lead at the 11th minute.

But it also wasn’t long before the Impact tied the score. Ignacio Piatti scored his first goal of the season to make it 1-1 at the 30th minute.

The Quakes looked disappointed just minutes before the first half came to an end. Saphir Taider scored his first goal of the season to give the Impact a 2-1 lead at the 44th minute.

The Quakes had a lot of work to do in the second half. Moreover, San Jose was down 2-1 at halftime, but they weren’t out of it just yet.

The Quakes made their first substitution of the match at the 62nd minute as they allowed Tommy Thompson to enter and Lima to exit. Thompson received a yellow card at the 73rd minute.

The Quakes made their second substitution at the 69th minute as they allowed Jackson Yueill to enter and Eriksson to exit.

The Quakes made their third and final substitution at the 74th minute as they allowed Danny Hoesen to enter and Cummings to exit. Judson received a yellow card at the 77th minute.

The Quakes trailed 2-1 at the end of the second half. The officials added five minutes of stoppage time to the clock, so there was an opportunity or two, but the Quakes were unable to capitalize on those opportunities. San Jose (0-0-1) dropped a 2-1 decision to Montreal (1-0-0) in full-time.

The Quakes host the Minnesota United on Saturday, March 9th at 5:00 pm PST.