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New Quakes vs. Old Quakes, Round II

Posted on 10 September 2008 by Evan White

The last time the San Jose Earthquakes faced the Houston Dynamo, they fought and clawed for a 2-1 victory at home. That triumph snapped a five game winless streak, providing the team with a short respite from the daily grinds of the early expansion season.

This Saturday’s match carries a very different Earthquake roster and greatly improved mentality. Francisco Lima, Arturo Alvarez, and Darren Huckerby have all been key additions since the last bout between the Earthquakes and the franchise that occupied San Jose before them. The new players have instilled a new ability to score, and brought swagger to the team as well. Alvarez has noted the atmosphere surrounding the team, acknowledging the new sentiment of self-assurance.

“The practices have been very sharp since I have been here and the team is feeling good,” said Quakes captain Nick Garcia. “We are all on the same page right now, working hard for each other and getting results. There is a good atmosphere in the locker room right now.”

Garcia is riding the new wave of confidence as well, and believes that the one dismal playoff hopes are now anything but.
“These next two games are obviously huge,” he said. “We have our own destiny in our hands now. Houston is a very good side, so it will be tough, but we have the guys in here to get two good results and stay in the playoff hunt.”

San Jose comes in to Saturday’s game with an eight game unbeaten streak on the line. Fresh off a 2-1 victory against D.C. United, the Quakes have moved in to fourth place in the Western Conference. Goals by Alvarez and Huckerby fueled San Jose, and the defense had a bend but not break mentality to hold D.C. to just one score.

Huckerby and O’Brien were relentless in their attack from out wide, testing the defense all match long. Lima helped SJ dominate the midfield, which drew just as much praise in the post game press conference from Coach Frank Yallop as any of the goals did.

“He is a driving force and an influence in the middle of the field,” Yallop said of Lima. “He is exactly what we needed in there. I think between Ramiro Corrales and Francisco Lima they were starting to really strike a nice partnership. I like Francisco (Lima) I think he has great character, the guys like him a lot. He is a tough man and he always wants to win and that is terrific to have in any team.”

Including his latest performance, Huckerby has totaled four goals and four assists in the seven games he has played with the Quakes. Alvarez scored for the second game in a row to bring his tally to three goals since coming over from Dallas.
Houston comes in to Saturday’s showdown carrying a similar swagger as the Earthquakes. After a sluggish start, Houston has won 4 of their last 5 games and has surged in to first place in the Western Conference. Their last victory came 3-1 Sunday against the Kansas City, the Eastern Conference cellar dweller. Even though Kansas City was an easy victory, two of their 4 recent wins have come against Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA, the two teams Houston leap-frogged en-route to their status as conference leader.

Familiar faces to The Bay Area have paved the way for Houston, as Brian Ching has paced the squad with 9 goals. Dwayne DeRosario is second on the team with 5, but leads the team with shots on goal.

Although both of those players were absent for their match against Kansas City, the rest of the roster handled the Wiz with ease. Two second half goals from forward Nate Jaqua provided more than enough scoring, and the defense stunted almost all KC attacks in allowing them only one goal. Houston Head Coach Dominic Kinnear understands the importance of the upcoming stretch of games, starting with the white-hot Earthquakes.

“You need to be self-motivated and focused because you never know, things change from day to day. In this next seven-week stretch, it’s important for them to be ready, and they have been so far. The team is successful and is playing well. If everyone wants to be a part of it, most importantly, when they step on the field, the standard cannot drop, and I think we have done that.”

Another player with a big impact on Sunday for Houston was former Quake Kei Kamara, who recorded the first two assists of his MLS career. The striker that once led San Jose in goals will make his first return to Buck Shaw stadium since being traded.

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Reds misfire at home

Posted on 19 July 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Toronto FC could only draw visiting San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Saturday, the fifth straight game at home they’ve failed to win. Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps and friendly opponents Pachuca and Independiente have all avoided defeat at BMO Field in the last month.

It was a listless performance by the two youngest teams in Major League Soccer thanks to a hot, humid afternoon at Exhibition Place stifling what little creative play was on offer.

Toronto boss John Carver made a couple of changes from the squad that fell 2-1 in Chicago last week, with youngsters Tyler Rosenlund and Abdus Ibrahim coming into the starting lineup. San Jose, coached by assistant Ian Russell after Frank Yallop’s suspension last week, brought new signings Francisco Lima, Scott Sealy and Darren Huckerby straight into the team.

As early as the ninth minute, Toronto had a “goal” ruled out long after the whistle had gone on an apparent offside by Ibrahim. Replays showed that the assistant to referee Paul Ward was mistaken.

It was midfield ace Amado Guevara who had the best chance of the first half, blazing over an open goal when Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon could only punch Marvell Wynne’s low cross into the Honduran’s path. Guevara was doing his best to bring the game to life with neat passing and a touch of flair but couldn’t keep the game from going into the break scoreless.

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The muggy conditions ensured that the second half started just as the first had ended. The game’s major talking point came in the 69th minute when Ibrahim was hauled down in the 18-yard-box trying to get on the end of a cross. It looked like typical penalty area argy-bargy on second viewing, but Toronto were happy for the rare opportunity to test Cannon.

Guevara had hardly put a foot wrong all game but with the weight of the stadium on his shoulders, his effort from the spot was blocked with relative ease. The shot had power but was almost straight at the waiting Cannon, reminiscent of Collin Samuel’s wasted penalty in the season opener at Columbus, Toronto’s only previous trip to the spot all season.

Jim Cunningham was brought on seconds later to try and bring some bite to the Toronto attack, but it was too late for the 99-goal man to make an impact on the game.

With crucial matches approaching in the Canadian Championship and MLS in the coming weeks, John Carver will have to bring some bite into the Toronto attack. Tuesday brings the visit of Montreal Impact, with a win vital for TFC to claim the Voyageurs Cup and a spot in CONCACAF Champions League qualifying.

TFC may have become overconfident at home having gone undefeated at fortress BMO in MLS play, but with losses in friendly action and the Canadian Championship and two straight 0-0 draws in the league, fans in Toronto have forgotten what its like to see their team win. With more away matches than home ties scheduled for the remainder of the season, more firepower is needed fast before the Reds will have to bid their playoff hopes goodbye.

Match Facts

San Jose Earthquakes (3-9-5) vs. Toronto FC (6-6-4)
July 19, 2008 — BMO Field

Scoring Summary:
San Jose Earthquakes — Joe Cannon, James Riley, Ryan Cochrane, Jason Hernandez, Eric Denton, Francisco Lima (Kelly Gray 63), Ramiro Corrales, Darren Huckerby (Kei Kamara 64), Ronnie O’Brien, Ryan Johnson, Scott Sealy (John Cunliffe 94+).

Substitutes Not Used: Ned Grabavoy, Ivan Guerrero, David Monsalves, Shea Salinas

Toronto FC — Greg Sutton, Marvell Wynne, Tyrone Marshall, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Rohan Ricketts, Carl Robinson, Tyler Rosenlund (Jeff Cunningham 70), Laurent Robert, Amado Guevara, Abdus Ibrahim.

Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora-Gyan, Brian Edwards, Gabe Gala, Tyler Hemming, Julius James, Jarrod Smith

Misconduct Summary:
TOR — Abdus Ibrahim (caution; Delaying a Restart) 18
SJ — Jason Hernandez (caution; Pushing, Holding) 26

Referee: Paul Ward
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher; Daniel Belleau
4th official: Steven DePiero
time of game: 1:53
attendance: 20,264
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 84 degrees

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Return to Canada for Yallop

Posted on 18 July 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Frank Yallop will bring his San Jose Earthquakes side to Toronto on Saturday as the only Canadian manager in Major League Soccer, with Yallop hoping that his knowledge of players like Jim Brennan and Greg Sutton can help him break the club’s undefeated home streak in league action.

Toronto’s only blemish on their record at BMO Field was a Canadian Championship loss to Vancouver Whitecaps, as the Reds have enjoyed the comforts of home during league play with five wins and three draws.

In matches this year in the United States Toronto have won just one game, a 3-2 decision over Los Angeles Galaxy back in April. Carver’s men fell 2-1 in Chicago last week on a stoppage time goal by the Fire’s John Thorrington, the Reds’ sixth road loss in 2008. Such a dismal run away from home has meant that Toronto’s games at BMO Field take on even more significance for the club’s playoff hopes.

Yallop is familiar with Canadian soccer, having coached the national team from in the last World Cup qualifying cycle. His last trip to BMO Field came even more recently when his LA Galaxy side drew TFC last season He’ll have to watch from afar and relay messages to the club’s staff this time around, however. Yallop is suspended from the bench having received five cautions already this year.

O’Brien

It’s been stressful for San Jose, winless in six games going into Toronto. One player already used to such expansion woes is Ronnie O’Brien, the midfielder who was a part of Toronto’s inaugual campaign in 2007 but was restricted to just 13 appearances, emerging as a fan favourite nonetheless. A recurring knee injury meant that O’Brien sought greener pastures than the artificial turf at BMO Field in the off-season.

That chance came with the Quakes, who had already recruited Yallop to return to the Bay area for the team’s second coming. The Canadian boss had a highly successful spell at the former incarnation of the Quakes from 2001 to 2003.

O’Brien’s is questionable for the Toronto clash with a hamstring strain, with Gavin Glinton and Kelly Gray also likely to miss out. Nick Garcia is suspended along with Toronto midfielder Maurice Edu, whose teammates Todd Dunivant and Danny Dichio are on the injured list.

One player looking to benefit from Dichio’s absence is 16-year-old Abdus Ibrahim, the former FC Dallas starlet who recently joined the Reds and scored off the bench on his debut last Saturday. With English striker Paul Dickov still in talks with Toronto FC and English clubs in the second and third tier, Carver is short on firepower up front and may turn to Jeff Cunningham and Ibrahim over misfiring Kiwi striker Jarrod Smith.

Toronto are bracing for a big week and may be forced to rotate their squad ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Canadian Championship tie against Montreal Impact. There promises to be a cup final atmosphere ahead of the game, with TFC needing a win to lift the Voyageurs Cup in front of their home fans.

Jim Brennan will star for the MLS All-Star Team against West Ham United in his home ground two days later, making it three in five days if he features in both of the Reds’ matches this week.

TFC fell at home in friendly action on Tuesday night, dropping a 1-0 decision to Argentina’s Independiente. Toronto also had talented youngsters Marvell Wynne and Maurice Edu called up to the United States’ Olympic side for the tournament in Beijing this summer.

Check the Quakes page for our correspondent Evan White’s take on the upcoming game. Saturday’s encounter can be viewed on CBC in Canada.

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Columbus tries to rebound against MLS doormats

Posted on 05 June 2008 by Jim Baird

Columbus welcomes the San Jose Earthquakes to Crew Stadium Saturday night. The game will mark the second match up of the season between the clubs. Columbus won the first meeting 3-2 in a come-from-behind victory at San Jose.

That victory over the Earthquakes moved the Crew to 6-1, the best start in the team’s history and good enough for first place in the East.

Since then the goals haven’t come easy for the Black and Gold. In fact, they haven’t come at all.

It has been 277 minutes since Columbus has scored in league play. The Crew has taken 1 point during the three game scoreless span. Their match last week was a clumsy 2-0 drubbing at the hands of Chivas U.S.A. in Carson, Calif.

But the Crew’s recent offensive problems pale in comparison to the Earthquakes’ this season.

San Jose has scored a league-low seven goals this year. As a result, they are cellar dwellers in the MLS standings.

Meanwhile, Columbus is in the middle of a tight race atop the Eastern Conference – the top three teams in the East are separated by a single point. New England leads the pack with 20 points., while Columbus is tied with Chicago in second place on 19 points.

Game Info:

Game Time: 7:30

Location: Columbus Crew Stadium

TV: HD Net, CSN (local)

Radio: 610 AM WTVN (local)

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Crew Look to Continue Roll in San Jose

Posted on 08 May 2008 by Jim Baird

Riding high on a four game winning streak, the first-place Crew (5-1-0) take on the expansion side San Jose Earthquakes (1-3-1) this Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.The Black and Gold enter the match-up, the first of a two game road-trip, off to their best start in club history. Columbus’ 11 goals this season rank their offense among the league’s elite – good for second most in the MLS.

The team is lead by former Earthquake Alejandro Moreno, who has scored four goals this season, trailing only LA’s Landon Donavon (8) for the league lead.For the Earthquakes scoring hasn’t come easy. The club has two goals in five games, and stand tied in the Western Conference on a paltry four points. Their most recent outing, a bumbling, scoreless, one shot on goal draw against FC Dallas.San Jose returned to the MLS this year after a two year hiatus after the former club occupying the city moved to Houston. As a condition of the move, the MLS gave the Earthquakes the Cleveland Browns treatment, allowing San Jose to retain their history and logo – albeit tweaked.This will mark the first time this season that Columbus will be without midfielder Adam Moffat, who had successful surgery to remove cartilage this Tuesday after an injury he sustained in the 2-1 victory over Kansas City on Saturday.

Moffat is expected to be out the next 2-3 weeks.Taking over for Moffat will be recently signed midfielder Emmanuel Ekepo, a standout on Nigeria’s Under-23 team. Ekepo made his MLS debut last weekend replacing the injured Moffat in the 54th minute.

Game Time: 10 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 10
Local Radio: 610 WTVN, La Que Buena 1550-AM (Spanish)
Local TV: CSNWebcasts: TheCrew.com, MLSNet.com

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