Quakes motivated by defeat in rematch with Fire


Quakes motivated by defeat in rematch with Fire


SAN JOSE Throwing away a 2-0 lead and losing a game on penalty kicks isnt exactly thekind of result that helps momentum, but the Earthquakes certainly arentletting it get to them. In fact, they have the perfect opportunity to overcometheir Tuesday night setback: they have a chance go out and beat the sameteam.The confluence of the MLS and U.S. Open Cup calendars meansthat for the second time in five days, the Earthquakes will take on the ChicagoFire. This time, the two teams will square off at the Fires home stadium of Toyota Parkin Bridgeview, Ill., and make no mistake about it, the teamis using their disappointing result on Tuesday as extra motivation for theirweekend match.
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It was a physical game, it was a hardfought game by both teams, and the best way to get back at them is to play themin four days on their home field, said Earthquakes defender Bobby Burlingimmediately after the teams loss on Tuesday evening. Despite taking a 2-0 lead intohalftime, some soft defensive plays cost the Earthquakes a third straight winin all competitions. I think the game we had last night alot of guys feel a bit disappointed about for the reason we believed the gamein hand and we let them back in it, explained Earthquakes defender JasonHernandez. I think it shows the fight and the attitude and mentality of Chicago and that'ssomething we're going to have to face in their house this weekend. Hopefully we can bring that samementality of being very tough to play against and hopefully we'll get a resultdown there. KILLION: Wondo's absence an odd blessing for Quakes
Even with the loss on penalties, the Earthquakes have nowgone unbeaten in regulation for five straight games, three in MLS play and twoin the Open Cup. The turnaround from a slow start to the season in which theEarthquakes won just one game in their first seven can be credited in part tothat tough mentality and in part to head coach Frank Yallops switch to a moredefensively sound 4-4-2 formation. While Yallop fielded a lineup devoid of all but two of thestarters from the teams previous two wins, he expects to see many of theregular starters back in the lineup.I've got a good idea of what I'm going to do, heexplained. There's a few injury bumps and bruises from yesterday, so we're seehow they're feeling, so we'll get to Chicagoand make a decision on the lineup. They're probably going to see not many players that weplayed last night, he added after the teams Wednesday morning practice.One of the key injury question marks will be over the statusof 20-year-old forward Ellis McLoughlin, who has caught the Earthquakesfaithful by surprise with his exciting attacking displays. He scored the teamsopening goal in a 2-1 victory over New Englandlast weekend and grabbed another goal in Tuesday nights game before coming outat halftime with a groin strain. Im feeling fine. I'm going to be precautionary about itand take a couple days off so I'm ready for this weekend, McLoughlin said.He may have a chance to be OK for theweekend, so that'll be good, because I thought he had a good first half,obviously the goal helped, Yallop added. I thought he did well. He was dangerous.McLoughlins work rate and skill on the field have beenexemplary of the attitude and fight mentioned by Burling, Hernandez, andothers. Furthermore, the youngster could play a significant role in helping tofill the offensive void left by Chris Wondolowski and Ryan Johnson as theyleave to represent their respective national teams in Junes CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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While Wondolowski will play Saturdays game before departingfor the U.S. teams training camp in Cary, N.C., the Earthquakes will hope tohave McLoughlin as fit as possible in order to ease his ongoing transition intothe teams lineup.
Whatever way the teams fitness issues are resolved, though,the teams mental strength and desire to rebound from a disappointing defeatwill ensure a hard-fought and entertaining game in Chicago on Saturday evening.For more Earthquakes, MLS and general soccerinformation, you can follow Nick Rosano on Twitter: @nicholasrosano

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.