San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: Quakes win two in a row; head to Real Salt Lake Wednesday

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes win two in a row to close out homestand, 3-1 over Vancouver and 3-0 over Orlando City.

2. The Quakes stop by Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, September 11.

3. The Quakes will be without head coach Matias Almeyda, whose suspension will include the September 11 match.

4. Cristian Espinoza was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 26.

5. Turning to San Jose State football, will they win their second straight game this Saturday?

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

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Raiders’ Peterman replaced by former Packer QB Kizer; Elliott says he’ll be ready for Week 1 with Dallas; plus more

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On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 The Oakland Raiders lost third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman to an elbow injury the injury so bad that Peterman will be out for eight weeks bringing him back at the earliest at the end of October.

#2 The Raiders signed quarterback DeShone Kizer who was just released by the Green Bay Packers after the last preseason game, Kizer was the fourth-string quarterback. The Raiders picked up Kizer just after he was released and after it was confirmed by team doctors that Peterman would be out eight weeks with the elbow.

#3 London talks about how important it is for the Dallas Cowboys to sign Ezekiel Elliott and that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says as soon as a deal is reached, the Cowboys look forward to putting Ezekiel in the line up this weekend against the New York Giants.

#4 For the second consecutive game, the San Jose Earthquakes are in the win column. The Quakes got a shutout against Orlando City FC and won convincingly 3-0. How important is a game like this to boost the Quakes’ morale after going without a win in three previous games before winning two straight?

#5 Chris Wondolowski on Saturday extended his league-leading goal total to 157 goals scoring his 20th goal of the season. A remarkable career and a remarkable season.

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

Earthquakes Saturday game recap: Wondolowski gets 157th league-leading goal as Quakes shutout Orlando City 3-0

photo by sjearthquakes.com: San Jose Earthquakes’ Chris Wondolowski scores his league leading MLS All-Time 157th goal at Avaya Stadium in San Jose in win Saturday over Orlando City 3-0.

By London Marq

SAN JOSE — The 2019 MLS season is rapidly approaching the business end and the San Jose Earthquakes are trying to solidify their playoff position. With seven games left, San Jose sat squarely in third place. after coming of a three-game losing streak, they won their second consecutive game convincingly against Orlando City 3-0.

San Jose started the match shot of a cannon. In the third minute of the match Magnus Eriksson wove through the box and delivered the first goal of the match. It was the beginning to a fruitful first half. Chris Wondolowski added to his legend, scoring in the 20th and 32nd minutes, increasing his MLS All-Time goals scored record to 157. The Quakes we dominant in the first half. Controlling 63% of possession with 13 shots on goal.

The second half of the match slowed down considerably. A frustrated Orlando City began playing a high press and the game became more physical, causing multiple altercations. Whereas there were no bookings in the first half, there were four yellow cards in the second. Despite the constant pressure Orlando was able to produce the San Jose defense was able to hold up. The Quakes defense has been suspect at times this season but they Quakes rectified that by getting the clean sheet.

The Earthquakes have been galvanized by their head coach Matias Almeyda. Almeyda is serving a three-game league suspension after a heated argument with the referees after no-call on a clear handball in the box during a game in in Los Angeles a week ago.

When asked about the suspension Wondolowski stated, “Love his passion, I love that he was sticking up for us. It was clear handball in LA, we don’t normally get those calls.” The Orlando City game was the second without Almeyda, who will be back in action on September 14th.

For now, the Quakes must stay focused on the final six games of the season. With the win over Orlando they moved into second place in the Western Conference. They will head east for a three-game road trip.

Florian Jungwirth, defender emphasized the importance of road games after the win, said, “Now it’s important to show the same performance on the road that we do at home.”

If San Jose can manage that, they will be hosting a playoff game come October.

Final: San Jose def. Orlando City 3-0

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: What’s the scoop on the Quakes?

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes lost to LAFC 4-0 in Los Angeles last Wednesday.

2. Former Quakes striker Junior Agogo passed away in London at age 40 last Thursday.

3. It was deja vu as the Quakes defeated Vancouver WhiteCaps FC 3-1 in San Jose last Saturday.

4. The Quakes host Orlando City SC this Saturday.

5. Nick Lima and Jackson Yueill were called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: TMZ reports D. Cousins threatens to put bullet in head of ex-girlfriend; Cal hopes to work towards a bigger bowl game this year; plus more

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On Headline Sports with London:

#1 Former Golden State Warrior and now Los Angeles Laker DeMarcus Cousins threaten to put a bullet in the head of his ex-girlfriend Christy West. West filed a restraining order against Cousins. Cousins wanted their seven-year-old son to attend the wedding of his and his girlfriend, but West said she wouldn’t have it, which touched off the argument. Cousins is out for the season with a torn ACL.

#2 The Cal Bears’ Justin Wilcox preparing his team for this Saturday’s game against UC Davis. Wilcox led Cal to a 7-6, 4-5 record last season. They got in the Cheez-It Bowl last season, but are looking for a bigger bowl this season.

#3 Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is close to selling the Royals for $900 million. The deal for $1 billion would go to John Sherman, a Kansas City businessman. Under Glass, the Royals won the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets.

#4 The San Jose Earthquakes picked up a key win after going winless in four of five games they got the victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Quakes’ Judson, Chris Wondolowski, and Andres Rios all scored for San Jose for the 3-1 win.

#5 London has Orlando City at San Jose this Saturday night at Avaya Stadium. The Quakes are looking for their second straight win. Does playing at home give them that chance?

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

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: What’s the scoop on the Quakes?

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes lost to LAFC 4-0 in Los Angeles last Wednesday.

2. Former Quakes striker Junior Agogo passed away in London at age 40 last Thursday.

3. It was deja vu as the Quakes defeated Vancouver WhiteCaps FC 3-1 in San Jose last Saturday.

4. The Quakes host Orlando City SC this Saturday.

5. Nick Lima and Jackson Yueill were called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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

Earthquakes set MLS record in 3-1 victory over Whitecaps

photo from sjearthquakes.com: The San Jose Earthquakes get some love finally getting into the win column after five games with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night.

by Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a historic night that featured first goals for three different players, the San Jose Earthqaukes used two of them to their advantage as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening at Avaya Stadium.

San Jose set an MLS record for most shots in a game with 43 against Vancouver. The previous record for most shots in a match was 38.

It was also the first match without head coach Matias Almeyda who was suspended for the match due to his ejection for arguing a non-call in the match this past Wednesday in the 4-0 loss to LAFC.

The win snaps their three-game losing streak and four-game overall winless streak. The victory also propelled them into fourth place in the Western Conference as they are tied with the Los Angeles Galaxy with 41 points. Vancouver is 2-2 in their last four games and sit in the cellar with 27 points.

“It was a big example of character”, said defenseman Shea Salinas on how the team responded without Almeyda being out there on the sidelines. “We have a bunch of leaders on this team. Every single guy that steps out there make sacrifices for the team and it showed tonight. It was an amazing performance.”

Vancouver (6-13-9) drew first blood for the Whitecaps in the seventh minute when Jakob Nerwinski received a ball along the right sideline from Theo Blair. Nerwinski dribbled past Vako and bent in a left footed shot into the lower left corner for his first goal of the season in an entertaining opening 10 minutes.

San Jose (12-10-5) countered immediately on the next possession. Captain Chris Wondolowski received a nice ball inside the box from 10 yards out from Christian Espinoza. He one-timed a pass over to Judson who fired a shot into the lower left corner of the goal that beat Whitecaps goalie Maxime Crepeau for his first goal of the season in the eighth minute.

“We knew we had to hit the reset button”, said Wondolowski. “No need to panic but at the same time iron out the details. It was good to get the three points.”

The Quakes dominated the first half from there on out and never looked back as they peppered Crepeau with shots all the way up to the halftime whistle blew. Crepeau amazingly kept the Whitecaps in the game stopping eight of the nine first half shots, including a right footed shot from Vako that was destined for the far corner of the goal only to have Crepeau get a hand on it at the last second, poured on by the home team.

In the 29th minute, Ali Adnan apparently tripped up Mangus Eriksson inside the box but referree Ramy Touchan allowed play to go and no penalty was called.

San Jose gained the lead in the 34th minute off a set piece. A corner kick by Eriksson serviced into the middle where Florian Jungworth’s header attempt deflected over to an open Wondolowski who one-timed a header into the back of the night for his team leading 11th goal of the season.

To say the Quakes controlled possession in the opening 45 minutes would be an understatement as they had a 80%-20% advantage.

In the second half, San Jose continued its exhibition against Vancouver creating numerous chances agianst the porous Whitecap defenese in the first 25 minutes of the half. However they weren’t able to cash in on any of them whether it not being able to finish their attempts or because of Crepeau’s wall of stone.

“To be honest I think we match up well with them (Vancouver)”, said Wondo. “Our style (of play) kind of helps us dictate the game against them.”

San Jose’s hard work paid off for them in the 73rd minute when Eriksson dribbled inside the box, then found a wide open Andres Rios, who came in as a substitute in the 70th minute for Vako, just outside from 20 yards out and his one-timer fired off the left goal post and into the back of the night for his first career MLS goal.

“I’m really happy”, said Rios. “It was my first goal at home. It’s an important victory for the team in our fight to get to the playoffs.”

Daniel Vega finished with two saves in a light night for the Quakes goal keeper. Crepeau, who was arguably the Whitecaps best player of the match, finished the evening with 14 saves on 16 shots on goal.

“43 shots on goal, you’d expect a few more goals,” Salinas joked about his team setting the league record. “He’s (Crepeau) been making saves like that all year. He’s a great goal keeper.”

GAME NOTES: San Jose had an astounding 16 corner kicks to only 1 for Vancouver. San Jose led in fouls 10-9.

San Jose is now 4-1-6 all time against Vancouver.

Carlos Fierro and Shea Salinas came in as subsitutions for Wondo and Espinoza in the 80th minute.

Jungworth was isssued a yellow card in the 31st minute for unsportmanlike conduct toward Touchan. Marco Lopez was also issued a yellow card in 72nd minute.

UP NEXT: The Quakes host Orlando City FC next Saturday, August 31 at 7:15 pm at Avaya Stadium.

Déjà vu, drama and entertainment in Earthquakes’ 4-0 loss

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By Pearl Allison Lo

LOS ANGELES — The first team to clinch a playoff spot, LAFC showed no signs of slowing down versus the San Jose Earthquakes in front of an ecstatic home crowd Wednesday with their fifth straight win. 

After LAFC thumped the Quakes 5-0 in their first meeting this season, LAFC certainly showed what they thought of San Jose as part of Heineken® Rivalry Week by nearly duplicating the result. 

The last time the two teams met the Quakes were also winless in three games and LAFCś Carlos Vela scored a brace to round out a 3-0 first half as well.

To add to the drama and entertainment, this match had some spice and sugar. 

It started when one of LAFC’s players slid in between Vako and keeper Daniel Vega in the 37th minute. It was a possible handball that was not called or reviewed outwardly. This fired up several people on the sidelines, leading to a lot of arguing and then eventually the translator and head coach Matías Almeyda being kicked out. Later it was reported that the League reviewed the play as it was ongoing and found no penalty. 

To add insult to injury, after the drama on the sidelines, Vela made another appearance as he put on a show, making moves against Florian Jungwirth, skirting Vega and tapping the ball in past Nick Lima in the 41st minute. 

Vela finished with a brace and now his league-leading goal total stands at 26. He has four goals in the past three games.

San Jose had three different starters than last game, Danny Hoesen, Marcos López & Anibal Godoy. López had not played with the team since July 27 and Godoy since June 1. 

Both had ten shots apiece in the first half and the Quakes outshot their opponent again overall, 22-18.

Recapping the first half, from the center circle, Eduard Atuesta found Josh Pérez in the goal box between two San Jose players. Vega saved the first shot but his two-handed save rebounded right to Diego Rossi who scored before sliding in the 6th minute. 

The Quakes had a great sequence on the other end with multiple touches, but could not get close enough to the target.

LAFC persisted, too, with several near chances that San Jose was able to thwart until the 17th minute.

Eventually, a video review awarded a penalty shot to Vela due to a handball by Godoy, which Vela used to put the Quakes in a 2-0 hole.  

Jungwirth helped get the ball out of danger in the 31st minute. 

Hoesen hit the near post in the 32nd minute. He had the most shots in the first half, four with his last two attempts in the 50th minute. 

In the second half, things were a bit quieter as LAFC was able to keep San Jose at bay. 

In the 55th minute, LAFC keeper Tyler Miller and then Tristan Blackmon stopped Vako and López respectively. 

The Quakes’ Carlos Fierro won a free kick in the 74th minute which was saved. Guram Kashia got the rebound but his shot went high. 

It looked like San Jose might emerge from at least the second half unscathed, but Josh Pérez wanted his first MLS goal too. After dribbling, he went around Fierro and found the far corner in the 81st minute.

After the 91st minute, video review went the Quakes way after a called goal by Adama Diomande was retracted, saving San Jose from a complete full circle. 

Up Next: Both teams had one suspended player apiece before the game, Walker Zimmerman for LAFC and Judson for the Quakes. San Jose will put their road trip in the rear view mirror and look to get back on track with the first of a two-game homestand Saturday versus the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7:00 p.m.

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Jimmy G says don’t worry, he’ll get it together; Raiders head to Canada undefeated for Thursday Night Football; plus more

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On Headline Sports with London:

#1 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he was a bit rusty after recovering from last season’s knee surgery then saw no play until camp opened up in July, and in his first preseason game, struggled against the Denver Broncos going 1-6 and zero yards.

#2 The Oakland Raiders are coming off two wins in preseason and play this Thursday night in Winnipeg against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. According to head coach Jon Gruden, Raiders quarterbacks have been on schedule with accomplishing what needs to be done — Derek Carr, Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman.

#3 The San Francisco Giants are on a current road trip in Wrigley Field in Chicago, which they opened up on Tuesday night. Wednesday night the Giants are starting Derek Rodriguez (5-6, 4.79 ERA), and for the Cubs, Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.21 ERA). The Giants are 3.5 games out of first for the wild card.

#4 The Oakland A’s are just one game out of first place for their wild card spot. The A’s host a very tough customer, the New York Yankees, at the Oakland Coliseum. Starting pitchers for Wednesday night: For the Yanks, JA Happ (10-7, 5.40 ERA), and for the A’s, Mike Fiers (11-3, 3.46 ERA).

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes playing their third road trip game tonight in Los Angeles at LAFC. The Quakes have not won in their last three games, which includes a tie. LAFC is in first in the MLS Western Conference at 18-4-3 and are expected to be a very tough customer against the Quakes tonight.

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

San Jose Earthquakes podcast: Quakes drop 2nd straight match, so what now?

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The Quakes dropped their second straight match to Sporting KC 2-1 last Saturday.

2. The Quakes take on LAFC on Wednesday night.

3. The Quakes partnered with Silicon Valley’s leading communications company 8×8, Inc.

4. The Quakes Boys’ Academy returns to action on Saturday, August 31.

5. Reno 1868 FC has had some rising stars as of late.

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