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Earthquakes beat Real Salt Lake, snap seven-game winless streak

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Earthquakes beat Real Salt Lake, snap seven-game winless streak

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SAN JOSE - The San Jose Earthquakes defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1Saturday night at Avaya Stadium, earning the home side three vital points. After Simon Dawkins opened the scoring for the Earthquakes, Salt Lake equalized before the end of the first half. Fatai Alashe secured the victory by scoring in the second to make the final score 2-1.

Chris Wondolowski had the game's first chance on goal in the 17th minute. Midfielder Anibal Godoy's long-range shot was blocked and corralled by Wondolowski to put him behind the Salt Lake defense. His subsequent left-footed shot was destined for the far post, but keeper Nick Rimando made a diving save to deny the chance.

The Earthquakes capitalized in the 35th minute with a spectacular goal from Dawkins. Building from the midfield, Dawkins played a back-heeled pass to Wondolowski, who returned the ball in the same fashion. The give-and-go sequence set Dawkins up at the top of the 18-yard box, and the forward then fired the ball into the right corner of the net.

Salt Lake equalized five minutes later. After a free kick, Justen Glad shot at the Quakes' goal. The ball hit the cross bar and bounced off of David Bingham's back and across the goal line. The first half ended with the score even at one goal apiece.

In the 58th minute, the visiting team had a chance when Juan Manuel Martinez crossed the ball to Joao Plata who headed it at the goal. Bingham saved the shot and Plata had a second attempt, which Bingham saved again. The Quakes quickly countered as Shea Salinas dribbled down the left side of the field and crossed the ball into Salt Lake's area, but it was cleared by the defense.

The Earthquakes made the score 2-1 in the 72nd minute when Alashe headed in Salinas' free kick to mark his third goal of the season. His looping header was just far enough away from Rimando, whose fingertip save attempt was not enough to keep it out.

Alashe's goal sealed the deal for the Quakes, who now have next week off from MLS play as several Quakes players leave to represent their international teams.

Midfielder Cordell Cato (Trinidad and Tobago) and defender Shaun Francis (Jamaica) will join their respective teams for a pair of third round Caribbean Cup qualifying matches, while defender Kip Colvey will connect with New Zealand for two friendlies against Mexico and the United States. More international call-ups may be announced later as rosters are announced.

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Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice. 

Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round. 

"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."

Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff. 

"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."

San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.

In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender. 

"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said. 

The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima. 

Did Quakes pull off 'steal' of MLS SuperDraft in Danny Musovski?

Did Quakes pull off 'steal' of MLS SuperDraft in Danny Musovski?

Not too long ago, former UNLV standout Danny Musovski was the darling of the mock draft. 

And rightfully so -- with 47 career goals in 88 appearances with the Runnin' Rebels, Musovski possesses a knack and nose for the goal that no MLS team can have enough of and thus an early selection in the MLS SuperDraft was expected. 

So when you examine the San Jose Earthquakes' first day of the 2018 SuperDraft, their selection of Musovski can be viewed one of two ways: it's either the steal/ best value of Day 1 at No. 30 or you're skeptical of why the 22-year-old who many experts had going in the top 10 fell all the way down the Quakes in the second round. 

Judging by the way those who know Musovski talk about him, it sounds like Earthquakes fans can lean toward the former. 

"Danny is a striker that we actually saw as one of the biggest prospects considering that over four years he had scored around 50 goals," said San Jose general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "He is a player that we already knew because he was inside of our ecosystem. We are excited to have him at the club."

Fioranelli is talking about Musovski's time with San Jose Premier Developement League affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, in 2016 where the forward made a huge impact on a squad that made the PDL postseason fresh off his 12-goal year with UNLV. 

"Quakes got a steal by drafting Danny at No. 30," said his former Dragons FC head coach Eric Bucchere -- who spent last season as an assistant with San Jose affiliate Reno 1868 and founded Path2Pro Soccer thereafter. 

"He's an MLS-ready player with pace, a good soccer brain and knack for scoring goals," Bucchere said, adding that yes, perhaps Musovski's work during the combine wasn't steller, but those two days shouldn't overshadow the striker's upside. "Sometimes it's obvious why a player is good at scoring goals and sometimes you have to watch a player during the course of an entire season to really appreciate what makes him so good." 

There are some experts who point to Chris Wondolowski as a comporable skillset and physical build to Musovski -- a player who no-doubt can find the back of the net but won't blow you away with his athleticism. 

"The last point is that Danny showed more enthusiasm than any other player to join the organization, which was a determining factor for him to join us," Fioranelli said. 

Musovski was a four-year starter and two-time All-America selection for UNLV and the first Rebel to be selected in the Super Draft since Bradley Kamdem in 2016. During his senior season in 2017, he scored 15 goals (good for fourth in the nation) and added six assists in 16 appearances, earning Third Team All-America, First Team All-West Region, First Team All-Western Athletic Conference and Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Time, and training camp, will tell if Musovski will make an immediate impact with the main club. But he'll definitely have a spot with Reno 1868, the Quakes United Soccer League affiliate known for scoring goals in (record-setting) bunches.