Earthquakes drop 1-0 decision to Sounders

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By London Marq

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes are on the verge of heartbreak and crushing end to their season. With another disastrous loss tonight to Seattle, the Quakes have lost all five of their games in the month of September.

Both San Jose and the Seattle Sounders started the match with something to play for, and it was a competitive match throughout with plenty of drama. It was an open contest. Both San Jose and Seattle had their chances to take the lead early, but failed to capitalize. In the 13-minute Quakes’ goalkeeper Daniel Vega saved a goal from Jordan Morris. A few short moments later, Magnus Eriksson was denied by Sounders keeper Stefan Frie, who made a magnificent dive.

For the Quakes, they seemed to lack luck as multiple shots that managed to beat the keeper Frie hit the woodwork and back into play. Matters were not helped in Tommy Thompson was shown a red card 10 minutes into the second half. The Sounders’ Xavier Arreaga would draw a double yellow in the 71st minute and both squads would finish the match 10 vs. 10.

Going into stoppage time the Quakes seemed content to take the draw and point. Nearing the end of the four added minutes a pass to the fullback Florian Jungwirth is mishandled and Seattle’s Jordan Morris did not miss the opportunity. Attacking the ball and finding an easy finish to steal the game late.

For the Quakes, their postseason chances hang in the balance with only one game left in Portland. If San Jose wins, they will make the playoffs by the skin of their teeth. If the skid continues, it will be one of the most disappointing seasons in the Quakes history.

Final: Seattle defeated San Jose 1-0.

Up Next: San Jose wraps up the regular season against the Portland Timbers in Providence Park on Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m.

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Harper, Phils call it a season, eliminated at Nats Park; Giants finish up their regular season; plus more

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On Headline Sports with London:

#1 How ironic is it that last meeting between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington against the Nationals turned out to be a loss that mathematically eliminated the Phillies in Washington DC? The Nats fans found that to be poetic justice.

#2 The San Francisco Giants end their 2019 homestand and regular season this week as they opened a three-game series with Colorado. The Giants have some young prospects and veteran players who are looking to come back next season so everyone will play hard to the final game on Sunday.

#3 The Giants’ Bruce Bochy set to retire, Pablo Sandoval out with an injury for the rest of the season and Madison Bumgarner may not be back all have been a direct force in the Giants’ more successful days.

#4 The Oakland A’s are holding a 1/2 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild card race. The A’s are finishing up their regular season on the road against the Angels and Mariners. Can they pull it off?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes, who won two out of their last seven games, faceoff against Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and on Friday, they host the Seattle Sounders. This is their best chance to put together a couple wins at home.

London does Headline Sports each Wednesday night at

San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana Kieu: Where do the Quakes go from here?

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On the San Jose Earthquakes podcast with Ana:

1. The San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, April 24.

2. The Quakes and FC Dallas played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, April 27.

3. The Quakes return home to host FC Cincinnati on Saturday, May 4.

4. It was a Bay Area Unite moment when the Quakes celebrated Evander Kane’s goal in the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche’s Game 2 at SAP Center on Sunday, April 28.

5. Shea Salinas and Jackson Yueill were named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Ana does the San Jose Earthquakes podcasts each week for


Earthquakes settle for 2-2 draw against Sounders

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By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes traveled to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Sounders, the third best team in the Western Conference, inside CenturyLink Field on Wednesday night.

The Quakes had hoped for a quick turnaround against the Sounders. Before the much-anticipated kick-off, Nick Lima said: “We have to continue to build.”

Check out the Quakes’ starting lineup:

Paul Marie played his first MLS game last week. Fast forward to this week as Marie made his first MLS start tonight. Congratulations to the French defender and midfielder!

The majority of the fans sported Sounder Blue, Rave Green and Cascade Shale, but there were some Quakes fans who rocked the Black and Blue. That, my friends, was true loyalty to a MLS team.

The game got underway in Seattle. Both teams brought their A-game to the field. But it was the Quakes who wrote the first statement of the night. Daniel Vega came up big with a noteworthy save to fend off a potential Sounders goal in the 10th minute. The Quakes then created a promising buildup between Shea Salinas and Nick Lima in the 19th minute.

Jackson Yueill showed off some slick moves in the 30th minute. After that, San Jose got on the board, thanks to Shea Salinas’ goal, which gave the Quakes a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. Salinas’ third goal of the season also tied his career-high.

The Quakes led 1-0 at the end of the first half.

Shea Salinas extended his steak with a brace to make it 2-0 Quakes in the 53rd minute. With the goal, Salinas now has four goals on the season.

However, Seattle rained on San Jose’s parade with not only one, but two goals in the second half. Kelvin Leerdam ended the Quakes’ chances of a shutout with a goal in the 65th minute. Harry Shipp followed up with a game-tying goal for a 2-2 tie in the 67th minute.

Daniel Vega wowed the crowd with another notable save in the 73rd minute. Vega knocked the ball out of the net to prevent what could’ve been the Sounders’ third goal of the game.

The Quakes made their first substitution in the 75th minute. Vako entered the game for Magnus Eriksson.

The Quakes made their second substitution in the 79th minute. Luis Felipe entered the game for Judson.

The Quakes made their third (and final) substitution in the 86th minute. Chris Wondolowski entered the game for Danny Hoesen.

Both teams played six minutes of stoppage time after a full 90 minutes of soccer. Both teams settled for a 2-2 draw, but at least the Quakes got a hard-fought point.

The Quakes take on FC Dallas inside Toyota Stadium on Saturday, April 27 at 12:30 pm PT.

Earthquakes and Sounders settle for 2-2 draw

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By Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski looked ready for the regular season as he singlehandedly led a comeback for his team with two penalty shot goals in a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders in a pre-season match on Saturday afternoon at Avaya Stadium.

This was the fourth and final pre-season game for San Jose that came into the game off of a 3-0 victory over LAFC last week and finished 1-1-1 on the pre-season. Seattle finished 2-2-1.

The Quakes had the field tilted in their favor in the first 30 minutes of the game. Nick Lima’s centered a pass to Magnus Eriksson and his corner shot was stopped by a diving Stefan Frei. Lima then sent in a shot from 25 yards out in the 24th minute but once again Frei made a diving save to keep the ball out of the net. Christian Espinoza had a chance in the 29th minute but his shot went wide right from 20 yards out.

Seattle drew first blood when Jordan Morris took received the ball at midfield, raced down the right sideline and went around newly acquired Quakes midfielder Judson and crossed the ball into the middle to a wide-open Victor Rodriguez in the slot, who kicked the ball past Quakes goalie Daniel Vega into the back of the net at the 31st minute.

Marcos Lopez had a chance for an equalizer toward the end of the first half after taking a nice pass from Eriksson. However, his shot sailed high over the net at the 39th minute.

The Sounders doubled their lead in the 52nd minute when Rodriguez won a battle for the ball along the left corner end line. He made a nice move around a Quakes defender then centered a pass over to Morris, whose shot was blocked and deflected back to Rodriguez at the side of the net chipped it off Vega into back of the net. San Jose was standing around looking for a handball that was never called.

“There’s always things we can improve on,” said head coach Matias Almeyda after the game. “We look for a style to be aggressive, we try to be offensive. Even when we were down 2-0, I valued the (team’s) attitude. It was an important change.”

It became Wondo’s World in a four-minute span midway through the second half. Wondolowski was tripped up trying to split two defenders just inside the box. His kick beat Frei into the lower right corner of the goal at the 57th minute.

Then, in the 61st minute, Ericsson threaded a pass into the middle of the box and Wondo was pushed down by Kelvin Leerdam earning a red card and an immediate ejection for the Sounders defender and another penalty shot for Wondo. He cashed in his second opportunity for his second goal of the match into the exact same location as his first goal. Leerdam received red card and was ejected from the match.

“We’re starting to understand the system,” said Wondolowski. “Understand the way he (Almeyda) wants us to play. It’s demanding, but at the same time it’s fun, entertaining and a joy to play.”

Shea Salinas, who came in as a late substitution, had a scoring chance seconds into stoppage time, but his shot went way over the net that resulted in a free kick to Seattle.

“It showed our willingness to come back after we were down 2-0”, said Lima. “We were able to come together as a team I think the way Matias (Almeyda) wanted. Fight, get a couple of bounced to go our way and evened up the score.”

GAME NOTES: Wondo ended up leading the Quakes with three goals in four games during the preseason.

UP NEXT: The Quakes open up their 2019 regular season on Saturday March 2nd as they host the Montreal Impact at 6:45 pm at Avaya Stadium.

Earthquakes fail to play spoiler, lose 2-1 to Sounders in season finale

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By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes’ season was a lost cause, but despite all the setbacks, the Quakes were looking to play spoiler in their final match of the 2018 MLS season at the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

Yes, Chris Wondolowski was a starter for the Quakes. And, if there’s anything else positive to say about this match, San Jose battled with Seattle until the very end. The #DecisionDay match was 90 minutes plus three minutes of stoppage time.

The Quakes and Sounders played great amounts of defense to keep themselves in the match. The match was in a scoreless draw at the end of a hard-fought 45-minute first half.

The Quakes finally broke things open in Seattle when Danny Hoesen helped generate his own goal for a 1-0 lead at the 64th minute. However, that was the lone goal for the Quakes, and the #WondoWatch was in effect…but without a sight of a Wondo goal.

The Quakes made their first substitution of the match at the 73rd minute. Magnus Eriksson took the field to replace Eric Calvillo. That substitution, however, was ineffective as the Sounders tied the match 1-1 just six minutes later on a Raul Ruidiaz goal.

The Quakes made a late substitution at the 87th minute. Luis Felipe went in for Jackson Yueill. Again, that didn’t make a difference in the outcome of the match.

Sure, Tommy Thompson shot his shot for what could’ve been a go-ahead goal, but his shot went just wide of the net. The match saw three minutes of stoppage time, which was in favor of the Sounders. Ruidiaz scored his second goal of the game to seal the 2-1 win for the Sounders…and spoil the Quakes’ hopes of crashing the party in Seattle.

Quakes’ starting lineup

Sounders’ starting lineup

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See you next season, Avaya Stadium faithful!

Earthquakes fall to Sounders 1-0 as San Jose’s winless streak reaches 11

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By Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE — The Seattle Sounders (6-9-5) picked up an important three points to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, thanks to a birthday gift from one of their new forwards. Raul Riadiaz scored in his first MLS start to help the Sounders shutout the San Jose Earthquakes (2-12-6) 1-0 at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night.

With the latest loss, San Jose is now on a season-long 11-game winless streak (13 overall if you count the U.S. Open Cup loss against Portland and the Manchester United match), which includes three consecutive shutouts. Seattle is currently on a five-game unbeaten streak.

The Sounders received the lone and game-winning goal in the 62nd minute when off a turnover at midfield, Cristian Roldan center a pass over to Rual Ruidiaz, who turned 28-years-old today, who gathered the ball and fired a shot past Quakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell into the lower left corner of the goal for the first MLS career goal of the Peruvian striker.

The first half possession of the ball was merely even with Seattle holding a slight edge of  51%-48% over San Jose. Both teams had scoring chances, but could not find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes. San Jose fired off seven shots (with two on target) while Seattle had five shots (with one on target).

Guram Kashia, making his MLS debut with the Quakes, fired off a header from a Nick Lima centering pass that was stopped by Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei in the 16th minute. He also had another header attempt just sail over the cross-bar in the 70th minute.

“He hadn’t played for a couple of months actually,” said Quakes head coach Mikael Stahre regarding Kashia’s debut. “He gave quite a solid performance and was one of the best players on the Earthquakes this evening.”

Luis Felipe Fernandez, also making his MLS debut with the Quakes, was issued a yellow card from referee Kevin Stott 38th minute for a sliding tackle.

“I don’t understand why I got carded,” said Fernandez regarding the call. “We both slid for the ball, I got the yellow card and he didn’t.”

Best chance for the Quakes came in the 80th minute. Quakes captain Chris Wondolowski shot from the left corner of the goal six yards out that just sailed wide of the net after taking a nice pass from Quincy Amarikwa, who came in as a substitute in the 69th minute for Danny Hoesen.

“We have to be ruthless and lethal when we’re in that final third (of the pitch) and we’re nowhere near that,” said Wondolowski. “We have guys we let them turn in the midfield and run right through us. Poor turnovers, these mistakes are the difference (in the game).”

Stahre called it a slow game between both teams and believed it was more of a 0-0 game from his perspective.

“In general the game was with out energy, I think it was quite a slow game,” said Starhe. “Both teams possessed the ball in a good way but there was hardly any high pressing. There were very few good chances.”

GAME NOTES: Quakes defender Anibal Godoy was suspended for the match due to receiving his second yellow card last week against Montreal.

Will Bruin substituted for Ruidiaz in the 66th minute.  This was Ruidiaz’s second game back from playing on the Peruvian World Cup team. Not a bad gift to give oneself scoring a goal on his 28th birthday.

Wondolowski is currently the all-time leading scorer against Seattle with 11 goals.

San Jose is now 10-9-5 versus Seattle and 5-2-4 at home.

Attendance for the match was 16,478.

UP NEXT: The Quakes host Real Salt Lake on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 pm PDT at Avaya Stadium.

Earthquakes Draw In Crucial Match Against Sounders

By Shawn Whelchel photo: San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski scores his tenth goal becomes the first player to score ten or more goals in seven seasons as he faces off here against the Seattle Sound on Saturday night at Avaya Stadium

SAN JOSE, Calif.-The Earthquakes struck early, but failed to fend off a late surge from an aggressive Seattle Sounders team on Saturday night, settling for a 1-1 draw in a crucial game in the Western Conference race.

The draw between the Western Conference rivals caps off a frustrating four-game skid for San Jose in which the team has been held without a win while sitting in the 7th spot in the standings.

While the Earthquakes will certainly take the one point allotted to them in Saturday night’ tie, the frustration is mounting within an organization that’s on the fringe of being eliminated from the playoff race.

“It hurts,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “If you look at New York, Houston and even tonight, you walk off the field with two points out of those three games. It hurts you in the standings and it hurts because I think we should have had more.”

Entering the day just three points behind the red line in a tight race for the final playoff position, San Jose looked to snap their untimely winless streak with a relentless attack that kept Seattle on their heals through most of the early going.

San Jose tested Seattle’s net minder Stefan Frei early and often while scrapping their way to multiple set pieces early on in the match, sending multiple dangerous attempts towards the net that were just barely turned away.

But it would be none other than Chris Wandolowski who would snap the Earthquakes’ streak of 235 straight minutes without a goal, as the captain would flick a shot passed the outstretched hands of Frei in the 20′ minute after a nice touch by Jordan Stewart sent the ball towards the front of the net.

Wandolowski’s score would mark his 10th career goal against Seattle, the most by a single player in MLS history against the team.

The Sounders would respond with a tempered attack of their own, as Seattle’s Tyrone Mears threatened an equalizer after skipping a ball across the front of the San Jose goal just minutes later, but San Jose would escape the half holding their 1-0 advantage.

Entering the final half of play in a desperate bid to keep their own playoff hopes alive, the Sounders pushed forward against the San Jose defense with relentless pressure of their own, dominating the control of the game.

San Jose’s defense would eventually break on a costly mistake, allowing a free kick from Nicolas Lodeiro to squeak past goaltender David Bingham to notch things up at 1-1.

San Jose fought desperately for a last-minute score to reclaim the lead, sending multiple threatening free kicks and a botched strike by Chad Barrett towards Seattle’s net, but had their efforts turned away to end the night with just one point.

After the game, both coaches expressed dismay at the outcome that barely helped either of the two playoff hopefuls.

“You can’t creep up, you have to take big steps,” said Kinnear. “But right now we’re creeping instead of taking big steps.”

San Jose will look for the elusive three-point win next Saturday in the tough confines of the Colorado Rapids


Earthquakes lose 1-0 to Seattle

By: Phillip Torres

SEATTLE- The San Jose Earthquakes fell 1-0 to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Centurylink Field. Obafemi Martins scored the lone goal of the game for Seattle and sent the Sounders to victory. The loss was the Earthquakes fourth on the season.

San Jose dressed only 16 players, two short of the maximum that they could have dressed. The Earthquakes were short two men because of injuries. Although San Jose was short two men, they still played a competitive game losing just 1-0 against the (8-3-1) Sounders.

The Earthquakes played without their normal starters; Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Victor Bernardez, Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Yannick Djalo and Andy Gorlitz.

The Earthquakes will be back on the field on Sunday, May 25 as they will host the Houston Dynamo at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff will be at 7:30 pm.

Martins braces Quakes

By Pearl Allison Lo

The first preseason game for the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders was a Desert Diamond friendly in Tucson, Arizona Wednesday morning, resulting in a win for the team whose city won the Super Bowl.

Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s activity and the timing of the three goals summarized the flow of the game from Seattle to San Jose.

The battle for most yellow cards went to the Quakes, who had three in the game, including one in the 2nd minute.

Frei only needed to make one save in the first half, and it came against newbie Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi in the 24th minute, in his debut.

Obafemi Martins set up a tough hurdle to overcome, scoring in the 27th and 29th minutes.

San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham’s knocking the ball away and then out of bounds after a free kick attempt, set up the scene for the first goal. After the ensuing corner throw Jalil Anibaba bounced in, Lamar Neagle headed it to Martins who kicked the ball into the net. Anibaba was acquired from the Chicago Fire January 15.

The artful play that led to the second goal came after Neagle kicked the ball. Dylan Remick followed running in from the sideline and sent the ball in an arc over to Andy Rose. Rose then headed the ball to Martins who duplicated right up front to make it 2-0. Bingham was caught going back from defending Rose.

Sounders’ draft pick Jimmy Ockford had two friendly fire collisions in the second half. One was with fellow draft pick Damion Lowe, the other later with Frei after Mike Fucito’s goal.

Fucito was able to get one in the net for the Quakes in the 86th minute. Teammate trialist Andreas Gorlitz kicked the ball into the center and it bounced around blue and green jerseys, Atiba Harris and Fucito for San Jose. When it got loose, Fucito crossed it into Frei’s open side.

Game notes: February 3, the Quakes reported they signed Shea Salinas and Jordan Stewart to new contracts. The second and last Desert Diamond friendly as San Jose tries to even out, is Friday, February 8, at 2pm PST against the Houston Dynamo.