Five Earthquakes called to international duty


Five Earthquakes called to international duty

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose Earthquakes midfielders Cordell Cato, Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero, and defenders Kip Colvey and Shaun Francis have all been called to their respective national teams. Cato, Godoy, Quintero and Colvey will each compete in a pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, while Francis will play in a single Caribbean Cup qualifier.

Cato will join the Trinidad and Tobago National Team from Nov. 5-16 and will compete against Costa Rica at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad on Nov. 11 and against Honduras in Honduras on Nov. 15.

Cato, 24, has made 19 prior appearances for T&T, scoring three goals. In his MLS career, Cato has tallied seven goals and nine assists in 104 games played. He made 15 starts in 21 total appearances in 2016 for the Quakes.

Colvey will connect with the New Zealand All-Whites for two matches against New Caledonia. New Zealand hosts the island nation at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Nov. 12, before traveling to New Caledonia for their second meeting at Yoshida Stadium on Nov. 15.

Colvey, 22, was the Earthquakes' third-round SuperDraft selection in 2016 (No. 49 overall) and made three starts in four total appearances for the club this season, tallying one assist. His most recent appearance for the All-Whites was a 90-minute performance in a 1-1 draw against the United States.

Francis joins the Jamaica National Team for a third-round Caribbean Cup qualifying match against Suriname on Nov. 13. The match, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 5, got postponed due to safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Matthew.

Francis, 29, has scored two goals in seven prior appearances for Jamaica since his international debut in 2010. During his seven-year MLS career, Francis has tallied five assists in 90 games played, and made 17 starts for San Jose this season.

Godoy and Quintero link up with the Panama National Team for a pair of Hexagonal World Cup qualifiers. After taking on Honduras at Estadio Olympico in San Pedro Sula on Nov. 11, Panama returns home to host Mexico on Nov. 15 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

Godoy, 26, started all 23 games he appeared in for San Jose in 2016, tallying one goal and two assists. He has scored one goal in 66 previous appearances for Panama.

Quintero, 28, appeared in 30 matches (29 starts) this season for the Quakes after joining the team on loan from Lobos BUAP in February. Quintero finished with three goals and four assists during his debut season with the club and has made 74 prior appearances with the Panama National Team, scoring four goals.

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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.