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Earthquakes Fall 1-0 to Seattle Sounders FC

Earthquakes Fall 1-0 to Seattle Sounders FC

Aug. 1, 2010
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes fell 1-0 to visiting Seattle Sounders FC thanks to Fredy Monteros seventh goal of the campaign. Seattle grabbed the lead in the 26th minute when Sanna Nyassi broke down the sideline and his cross found an unmarked Montero. The Columbian took advantage of the free space and his header beat Jon Busch to give the Sounders the early advantage. That lead was able to stand up as San Jose failed to find the back of the net. The Earthquakes face off against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, Aug. 7 at Dicks Sporting Goods Park at 6 p.m. PT. The game will air live on 1220 KDOW and the MLS Direct Kick package.San Jose Earthquakes (6-5-5) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (7-8-4)July 31, 2010 Buck Shaw StadiumAttendance: 10,351 Scoring Summary: SEA Fredy Montero (Sanna Nyassi) 26. Misconduct Summary: SJ Sam Cronin (caution) 15; SJ Ramiro Corrales (caution) 80; SEA Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 91.San Jose Earthquakes Jon Busch, Ramiro Corrales, Bobby Burling, Ike Opara, Jason Hernandez (Chris Wondolowski 74), Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald (Arturo Alvarez 46), Sam Cronin, Joey Gjertsen, Scott Sealy (Ryan Johnson 46), Cornell Glen.Statistics: Shots: 8; Shots on Goal: 2; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 8; Corners: 5. Seattle Sounders FC Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke (Tyrone Marshall 46), Leo Gonzalez, Sanna Nyassi, Nathan Sturgis, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani (Alvaro Fernandez 69), Fredy Montero, Blaise Nkufo (Nate Jaqua 86). Statistics: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 7; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 4; Corners: 6. QUOTES SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn the result:Im disappointed. I thought it was definitely our worst performance this season, including Real Salt Lake. From the whistle it just didnt seem like we had any idea or any scrap in us so it was really disappointing. I like to give players a chance and the players that come out arent necessarily playing badly; some guys just look good at training so you give them a shot. The players have to take it and earn their right to play. On what went wrong:Im just disappointed from the whole club side of this, its a massive game and we just lay down and die really. Especially in the first half it didnt look like we had any cohesion at all. We worked hard all week, talked about what we want to do with the ball and all the things that go into playing well and Im just disappointed. You have to give Seattle some credit, theyre a good side, they play well and defensively they were solid. We just didnt move the ball correctly and we were reacting to everything and not anticipating. Our counterattack seems a bit better away from home, but when we come home weve got to do it as well.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER IKE OPARA On what the team can take from this game heading into next weeks game at Colorado:We need to put a full match together, to keep the intensity up from the first whistle to the final one. Thats what I think were going to have to focus on. It just shows that in the second half when we bring the intensity, we can play with just about anyone. Hopefully next week we get the result.On the goal by Fredy Montero:We allowed Fredy Montero too much time to turn and that was my fault. After he laid the ball off he made a run to the middle and Sam Cronin and I just didnt track and thats inexcusable in the box. You have to live and learn.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER SAM CRONIN On how the team puts the loss behind it:Thats the only choice we have. Theres still a lot of season left. It was still an important game for us but we still have a lot to play for so we have to put it behind us, get ourselves ready for Colorado.On what the team can take from this game:Probably that we cant just show up and expect to win games. Home or away we have to have that mentality and we really cant afford going into a game with that mentality and have a great team jump on you like that. Well make it better for the next time. -- Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes Media Services

Quakes crushed in Vancouver, eliminated from MLS Cup Playoffs

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Quakes crushed in Vancouver, eliminated from MLS Cup Playoffs

BOX SCORE

The San Jose Earthquakes' season is over, after the Vancouver Whitecaps beat San Jose 5-0 in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night. 

Fredy Montero opened the scoring for the Whitecaps in the 33rd minute. In the second half, Cristian Tecera and Kendall Watson scored seven minutes apart and all but sealed the hosts' first-ever playoff win. Second half substitute Nicolas Mezquida scored a brace for good measure, with two goals in 78th and 80th minute. 

Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski was held off of the scoresheet for his fourth consecutive playoff game. The 34-year-old scored one goal in six career postseason appearances. 

Tuesday marked San Jose's first postseason appearance since 2012. The Earthquakes have not advanced past the quarterfinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs since 2010.

Earthquakes come into MLS Playoffs as clear underdogs in Vancouver

Earthquakes come into MLS Playoffs as clear underdogs in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Carl Robinson was talking about the need to rely on key veterans in a playoff game.

And then the Vancouver coach all but confirmed that he will replace two long-time standouts on Wednesday in the Whitecaps' Major League Soccer knockout-round playoff game against the San Jose Earthquakes.

One -- left fullback Jordan Harvey, the longest-serving Whitecap -- definitely will not start. Instead, Marcel de Jong, who has been deployed mainly as a utility player on the back line and in midfield, will get the call.

"Marcel has played very well for the last three games he's played, and so has Jordan, but for this matchup, Marcel will play," Robinson said after a practice Tuesday at the club's University of British Columbia training facility.

Harvey, a 33-year-old Mission Viejo, Calif., native, has rarely taken a night off since joining the Whitecaps in a trade from Philadelphia in Vancouver's inaugural MLS season in 2011.

De Jong, a 31-year-old Newmarket, Ontario, native who plays internationally for Canada, got into only 13 games during the regular season and just seven in 2016 after joining the club in midseason from Ottawa of the second-tier North American Soccer League.

Meanwhile, Stefan Marinovic, a 24-year-old New Zealand international, is expected to start in goal as David Ousted, a 31-year-old Dane who has been the team's heavily used starter since his arrival in mid-2013, watches for the fourth time in the past five games.

Marinovic has a modest 2-2-1 record with one shutout.

"It's no gamble at all," Robinson said of changing goalies. "Stef's a top-class goalkeeper. We know that.

"I'm a very lucky manager in this league in that I've got two very good goalkeepers. Stef's come in and, in the games he's played, he's been exceptional. I need him to make saves at big times. (Ousted) has done that throughout the first two-thirds of the season. Stef has now taken charge."

The Wednesday contest marks the time for the Whitecaps to take charge of their postseason fortunes after they squandered a chance to finish first in the Western Conference and dropped to third thanks to a draw with the Earthquakes two weeks ago and a loss to the Portland Timbers last weekend.

Vancouver (15-12-7) has never won a playoff game in its MLS existence.

The winner of Wednesday's contest will play a two-game, total-goals series against either first-place Portland or the second-place Seattle Sounders.

The Earthquakes, who grabbed the sixth and final playoff berth in the West with a 13-14-7 mark, are clear underdogs. However, Vancouver captain Kendall Waston downplayed the apparent pressure on his team, which was a modest 1-3-1 in its last five regular-season games.

"Pressure, for me, is (not having) money to go buy milk for my son," Waston said. "This is trying to be (as) responsible as we can. We have to look at this match as the others, but the thing is, if we lose, we have to go home -- and we (don't) want to go home."

Vancouver's top scorer, Fredy Montero, said he is ready to play a full game after being used as a substitute in Portland due to a minor injury.

Meanwhile, the Earthquakes will try to continue to rebound from a 6-6-5 start that cost former coach Dominic Kinnear his job. Replacement Chris Leitch saw the team endure some fits and starts, but the Earthquakes managed to get into the playoffs after Marco Urena, a teammate of Waston on Costa Rica's national team, scored the last-minute winner over Minnesota United last weekend.

"I always shine in these important moments," Urena said afterward. "God chose me (for such times.)"

The Earthquakes might need some divine intervention after allowing 21 more goals than they scored during the regular season. Even so, they have one of the all-time best MLS players in Chris Wondolowski, who assisted on the winner and also scored last weekend, earning MLS player of the week honors.

"Legitimately one of the hardest things I had to do in my life," Wondolowski, who loves to shoot, said about passing on the winning goal.

Wondolowski, who is tied for second on the MLS all-time scoring list with Jeff Cunningham at 134 goals, said it has been a "look-in-the mirror-and-see-what-you're-made-of season," for the Quakes, who made several midseason roster changes.