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Earthquakes Fall 2-0 to FC Dallas

Earthquakes Fall 2-0 to FC Dallas

June 5, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif. TheSan Jose Earthquakes were defeated 2-0 by FC Dallas on Saturday night in Frisco,Texas in their last regular season match before they break for the World Cup.FC Dallas midfielderforward Brek Shea scored a pair in a wild two minutes inthe second half.Shea was the recipient of a DavidFerreira pass across the face of goal in the 58th minute, that he tapped past ahelpless Joe Cannon. Shea struck again in the 60th minute when a ball wasplayed over the top by Ferriera and Shea took advantage of somemiscommunication in the back, scoring off of a rebound, when Cannon saved his initialeffort. San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-2) vs. FC Dallas (3-2-6)
June 5, 2010 Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 14,431
Scoring Summary: FCD Brek Shea (David Ferreira, Heath Pearce) 58; FCD Brek Shea (unassisted) 60.Misconduct Summary: FCD George John (caution) 66; Jason Hernandez (caution)70.San Jose Earthquakes Joe Cannon, Ramiro Corrales, JasonHernandez, Ike Opara, Chris Leitch, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Andre Luiz(Justin Morrow 23) (Cornell Glen 64), Chris Wondolowski, Arturo Alvarez, ScottSealy (Ryan Johnson 63).Statistics: Shots: 5; Shots on Goal: 2; Fouls: 6; Offsides:2; Corners: 3.FC Dallas Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, UgoIhemelu, George John, Heath Pearce, Brek Shea, Daniel Hernandez, Bruno Guarda(Eric Avila 46), Atiba Harris (Eric Alexander 87), Jeff Cunningham (MarvinChavez 70), David Ferreira. Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 8;Offsides: 6; Corners: 8. QUOTESSAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn the game:
We were flat most of thegame, and not to make excuses, but we werent on top of our game tonight.I thought Dallasplayed well and deserved to win. At halftime, we came out, and I said the positivething is, is that its nil, nil. I dont know how it was, but itwas. We had a little go at them for 10-15 minutes, and then they scored theirgoal and it was tough for us after that. Then the second one went in quickly,so it made things difficult.On surrendering two goals in less than twominutes:
However you want to look atit, its two goals that we should be doing better on, but thatsfootball. We have to do better individually and collectively as a team. We haveshown this year that at times we are very difficult to break down, but tonightwasnt one of those nights. We looked fragile and a little nervous, whichis not like us.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JOE CANNONOn the result:
It was very disheartening, Ithink anyone watching that game will tell you that the better probably wontonight. In football you cant make excuses, but it was tough. Athalftime it was still 0-0, and I thought we were going to be able to get aresult. Looking forward:
Despite the result tonight,give these guys a lot of credit, its been a tough week for us and allthe guys left it all out on the field. Like I said though, there are noexcuses, and it is what it is. This game is over, and we didnt take anypoints. When the season is over, it doesnt matter what the weather wasin Dallas inWeek 13, or wherever we are at. We will regroup, go back and I think it will bea great time to move forward. I think we have had a good first 11 games, but wedefinitely need to make some improvements and we will.SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER ARTURO ALVAREZOn playing up top:
Before my injury,thats where I played against Chicago andthats where I came in against Salt Lake. I was doing reallywell, was able to come in for the team, be that guy that got the ball, that wasable to turn and maybe find people, maybe I was able to set myself up for ashot. Unfortunately in this game, that didnt happen. As a team, wedidnt keep the ball well in this game, and that hurt us a lot. I think Dallas did a very good jobon that and obviously it ended up hurting us in the end. On being 5-4-2going into break:
Obviously,our goal was not to go into the break with two losses and a tie. But if youlook at the bigger picture, I think were a total different team thisyear than we were the last two years, and were sitting in a pretty goodspot in the Western Conference. Theres still a lot of games left. Ithink we showed that were the kind of team that doesnt quitanymore. We play from minute one to minute 90. Obviously we didnt finishthe way we wanted to going into this break, but the only thing we can do isjust learn from our mistakes, work on them and then come up three weeks fromnow against Salt Lake.

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.