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Quakes, Sporting score in same minute, draw

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Quakes, Sporting score in same minute, draw

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SANTA CLARA -- Fans werent even back in their seats when the celebrations were cut short. Just seconds after Chris Wondolowski had given the Earthquakes what seemed to be a late winner in the 85th minute, Teal Bunbury struck immediately to once again prevent the Earthquakes from taking all three points. It just kind of sums everything up this year, when we need to get a win we cant do it, Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said after the game. Did we play well enough to win? Maybe, or probably, but its about doing the right things in the right boxes and its defending our box and being more ruthless in their box.

While the Earthquakes controlled proceedings for most of the first half, registering 15 shots and maintaining 60 possession, they never managed to trouble Jimmy Nielsen in the visitors goal. Some credit should go to the Kansas City defense, which blocked eight of the shots in questions, but even so, the Earthquakes had a number of looks at goal in which they couldnt find the frame. I think we could be a little bit sharper and execute better with our final ball, whether its a cross or a pass or the shot, we still need to do better on that and I think thats right now where were kind of lacking, Wondolowski said. After toiling through the second half, with Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch coming up big on two occasions to keep the score at 0-0, the Earthquakes looked to have secured a hard-earned three points. Simon Dawkins switched the ball over to right back Steven Beitashour, who set up Wondolowski with an inch-perfect cross, the Earthquakes best marksman making no mistake on the one-time finish..Simon had a great switch and Steve drove the space and whipped in a great ball behind and even KC defender Aurelien Collin had a bead on it, I swept in behind, Wondolowski said of his finish. I didnt even really know a whole lot about it, I just finished my run and into the goal. However, the celebration would only last a matter of seconds. Immediately after the kickoff, C.J. Sapong beat three defenders and fed the ball to Teal Bunbury, who sped past the rest of the defense to set up a one-on-one with Busch. The U.S. international powered his shot home, leaving the Earthquakes stunned and angry..To give up a goal like that is really deflating, soft in every sense of the word, Earthquakes defender Bobby Burling said. It was one of those plays where maybe its, he got it, I got it, maybe he has it, I dont have it, I dont have it, I dont got it. and then next thing you know the ball comes squirting through. Saturdays game was the 13th in which the Earthquakes have taken the lead, yet it is the eighth where they have subsequently thrown away that lead to settle for a draw or loss. With five draws and three losses resulting from such a scenario, San Jose has dropped 19 points in total, which has been a key factor in the teams struggle to repeat 2010s playoff run. Additionally, six of those games have come in the last half of the season, a far cry from the series of gritty wins that propelled the team forward last year. When the team has needed points the most, the last four games, they have taken the lead three times, only to give it up, and collected three points out of an available 12. Good teams, teams that go to the playoffs and deep in playoffs, win that game 1-0. Plain and simple. And we did it last year, so this group can do it, Busch said.
While the Earthquakes are mathematically hanging on by a thread, only a minor miracle would get them into the postseason. Specifically, it would require the team to win all three of its remaining games and the host of teams ahead of them to drop a significant number of points. While the playoffs are for all purposes out of the question, a trip to second-from-bottom New England is on the docket next week, meaning the Earthquakes have a decent shot at three points. Even though it is unlikely to make a difference in the playoff race, it could present a perfect opportunity for the team to rediscover how to close out games.For more Earthquakes, MLS and world soccer chatter, 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.