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Earthquakes release 2017 schedule; includes seven nationally televised games

Earthquakes release 2017 schedule; includes seven nationally televised games

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Earthquakes unveiled their 2017 MLS regular season schedule Thursday morning, which includes 16 matches at Avaya Stadium and a return to Stanford Stadium for the seventh consecutive season. Thirteen of the team's 17 home games will be played on Saturday nights.

A total of seven Quakes matches will be televised nationally in 2017, with select contests carried on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision.

Following 2016's record-breaking viewership of the California Clasico broadcast on Univision, two Earthquakes matches, both against the LA Galaxy, will air nationally on the network during the 2017 season (May 27, 7 p.m.; July 1, 7 p.m.). One million people tuned into last year's Clasico, including 548,000 between the ages of 18-49, making it one of the most watched MLS games last season and the first-ever MLS match to draw such ratings on Spanish language television.

The Earthquakes will continue the tradition of playing the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium when they host the LA Galaxy on Saturday, July 1 (7 p.m./Univision). The last five have drawn sold-out crowds of more than 50,000, including a record 50,816 in 2016. The summer classic will represent the Quakes' Military Appreciation Night and features the largest fireworks display in the Bay Area postgame.

Among the keynote home games is the season opener against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 4 (7 p.m.), the battle against defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, April 8 (7:30 p.m.), the rivalry matchup with the LA Galaxy on Saturday, May 27 (7 p.m./Univision) and the faceoff against the 2015 MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers on Saturday, Sept. 30 (7:30 p.m.).

After starting off the season with consecutive home games against Montreal and then Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, March 11 (7 p.m.), the Quakes will hit the road for a pair of away matches against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, March 18 (5:30 p.m.) and New York City FC on Saturday, April 1 (TBD). The Quakes will open and close the regular season with a heavy home schedule, with four of the first six games at Avaya Stadium, and three of the last four also in San Jose. The Quakes will hit the road for six of the nine games between Weeks 7-15.

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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.