Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' bounce back win vs Rapids


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' bounce back win vs Rapids


The San Jose Earthquakes really needed this one. 

After a disastrous road trip that saw them fall under the MLS playoff line and struggle defensively, the Quakes responded with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. 

Here are five takeaways from San Jose's win:

-- If you've yet to see it, the game-winning goal is something to behold. Nick Lima, San Jose's second ever Homegrown Player, controled and volleyed a rocket into the net in the 59th minute. 

The goal was his second of the season and first since the opening match of the year. And it also repositioned the defender into contention for MLS' Rookie of the Year award.

-- In more news to feel good about, Matheus Silva was back at Avaya Stadium. The midfielder looks to be recovering nicely after nearly drowning on July 4 over in Lake Tahoe. He was all smiles during pregame and has been seen on Reno 1868's practice field recently. 

-- Silva as in San Jose actually as the Quakes paid tribute to the people responsible for saving his life. Colby Peterson, Chris Guenther and John Burke were recognized at Avaya Stadium during a pregame ceremony. They kicked in the ceremonial first goal and posed for photos with Silva. 

-- The win puts the Quakes closer to the playoff line. Vancouver won on Saturday to strengthen their position and the Seattle Sounders, who were fifth place, play later Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Galaxy. A Seattle loss puts San Jose just a point away from fourth place in the very-crammed Western Conference. 

-- With the Gold Cup over, the Quakes were essentially at full roster strength. Back were Darwin Ceren (who started on Saturday despite some controversy) and Marcos Urena (who also started for San Jose). Simon Dawkins was in the starting XI as he continues his way back for injury. He played 66 minutes. 

Defensive lapses cost Quakes in first loss of new season


Defensive lapses cost Quakes in first loss of new season


Is Saturday's road effort a sign of things to come or a new team trying to gel?

After a 2017 campaign where the San Jose Earthquakes struggled on the road -- especially defensively -- the 2018 season did not start much better in a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City. 

"Of course, I am disappointed to be leaving here without points," said Quakes head coach Mikael Stahre, "but especially because in the first half and then in the first 15 minutes of the second we played really well."

The teams went into the half tied but Sporting Kansas scored twice in the second half, both times taking advantage of San Jose's gift of enough space for KC to take advantage of.

Chris Wondolowski scored for the Quakes -- putting him 10 goals away from Landon Donovan in the MLS all-time race and all alone in second place on that list. 

"I wish we could have won," Wondolowski said. "but credit to our team and Magnus [Eriksson] for putting that ball in there. To finish it was pretty cool, but hopefully we will get a couple more wins."

After conceeding a penalty halfway through the second half, Valeri Qazaishvili equalized in minute 34, following up his own header attempt and cashing in for his second goal of the seaon. 

But that would be all San Jose could muster for the majority of the second half.

Graham Zusi scored in the 56th minute on a beauty of a shot. 

Felipe Gutierrez will be awarded with the game-winner after a left-footed bullet beat Andrew Tarbell.  

San Jose (1-1-0) is winless in its last four against Sporting.

"We came here with ambition to win the game, or second best to leave with a point," Stahre said. "We fought until the end and it was really important for us to score the second goal, but I felt at halftime that we could have won the game. Then we conceded the second goal and we lost the momentum. They are a good team, but I think we can take some positive things with us."

Earthquakes media services contributed to this report.

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.