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Instant Replay: Quakes allow late goal, draw with Sounders

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Instant Replay: Quakes allow late goal, draw with Sounders

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The playoff window for the San Jose Earthquakes keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Ten minutes away from reviving their playoff hopes, the Quakes surrendered a dead ball goal to the Seattle Sounders that equalized the game and striped them of two priceless points in the Western Conference standings. The game ended 1-1 with Seattle and San Jose still below the Major League Soccer playoff line with only seven games remaining on their schedules.

To make things infinitely worse for the Quakes, the two teams they’re chasing in the standings – Vancouver and Portland – both won over the weekend.

"It hurts," said Quakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. "To walk off the field with two points out of (the previous three home) games -- it hurts you in the standings and it hurts you because I think we should have had more."

The Quakes now sit in eighth place -- six points behind Portland for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. San Jose does have two games in hand. 

The Earthquakes certainly created more chances than Seattle throughout the match and the volume of pressure was the difference in the first half.

San Jose outshot the Sounders 7-1 in the half with one of those chances resulting in a Chris Wondolowski goal. In the 30th minute, a streaking Jordan Stewart on the left side was gifted with a mistake by a slipping Tyrone Mears, who failed to clear a long diagonal cross by Marvell Wynne. With tons of real estate in front of him, Stewart hand placed a low cross to his captain for Wondowloski’s 10th goal of the season. But things slowed down for the Quakes from that point forward. 

"I thought we had a really good first half -- best we've had in a while," Kinnear said. "We could have been good for another (goal). If we can play like that first 25 minutes for 90, we can be pretty darn special."

Seattle did knock on the equalizing door twice in the second half –- both times, an attempt near the San Jose six-yard box sailed over David Bingham’s crossbar.

But it was a foul in the Seattle offensive zone that led to a Nicolas Lodeiro bending cross that found its way, untouched, past the San Jose defense and into the net for the gut-punching equalizer. 

San Jose did have a couple of chances in the final moments, most notably a Chad Barrett shot inside the penalty box that just missed the target. 

"We started well and it was disappointing not to get the result," Stewart said. "To have them score a goal like that, it's more disappointing because they really didn't break us down. We have seven games left and it's coming to crunch time."

Man of the Match: Wondolowski made history on Saturday at Avaya Stadium, becoming the only player in MLS history to score double-digit goals in second consecutive seasons. The San Jose forward now has 119 goals in his careers as he continues his climb to up the all-time goal-scoring ranks. 

Attendance: Saturday's reported attendance was 18,000. 

Up Next: The Quakes will travel to Colorado on Sept. 24 for a make-or-break game against the Rapids. Colorado is second in the Western Conference with 46 points. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Catch all the action on CSN Plus. 

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.