'Quakes tie Red Bulls in front of over 40,000 fans


'Quakes tie Red Bulls in front of over 40,000 fans


STANFORD, Calif. While the announced crowd of 41,082 atStanford Stadium was almost unprecedented in Earthquakes history, fans werealso treated to an unprecedented sight on the field as the Earthquakes battledto a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls. For the first time in 2011,head coach Frank Yallop was able to field what is arguably his first choiceattacking corps. With Chris Wondolowski back from U.S. national team duty, Yallowcould finally go with the combination of Wondolowski, Simon Dawkins, and StevenLenhart, who have been the nucleus of the Quakes offense this season.Whilethe draw did not fully showcase what the three have shown throughout theseason, the course of the match offered a glimpse of what could be in store inthe coming months. Lenhart managed to net the go-ahead goal, while Dawkins andWondolowski also looked dangerous, especially as the game wore on. Ilove playing with those guys, theyre great players, Wondolowski said ofDawkins and Lenhart, though he did acknowledge room for improvement. Ithought it was a little bit of a tight field and it took a little bit away fromour possession. I think we would have liked to connect a little bit morepasses. Wondolowski had a dangerous chance just before Lenhartsgoal, when he struck the post under pressure from his roommate with thenational team, Tim Ream. Bobby Burling played a great ball in and putme through and I was there and Tim Ream did a great job coming back,Wondolowski said. He clipped my back foot and I was going back post, andthats where they got out of it. Dawkins also looked particularlydangerous in the second half. The Englishman did well to utilize the spacecreated for him by Lenhart and take on the defense with his skillful runs anddribbling, setting up several dangerous opportunities for theEarthquakes.Hes a very good, smart player, sharp, quick. I thoughthe did a nice job tonight of linking, Yallop said. Once we got him the balland he had a little bit of space to move in, I thought he did great. Dawkinshimself was pleased with the play between himself and his teammates, though he acknowledgedthat the end result might affect the fans view of the game. At timeswe interchange well and obviously we didnt get the win, so people are notgoing to look at that. Still, we did well, he said. One of the biggest moments of the evening, though, came forSteven Lenhart, who put the Earthquakes ahead 2-1 in the 68th minutewith a diving header from a Steve Beitashour cross. Lenhart was involved in anacrimonious incident in last weekends game after tangling with Los AngelesGalaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders, but was visibly happy following Saturdayevenings encounter.However, he gave a good deal of credit toBeitashour, who for the second time this season provided the assist to Lenhart.It was perfect, Lenhart said of Beitashours cross. He helps theteam, he works hard and is a good defender, but as he gets forward and getsmore comfortable, hes serving a good ball in. Im just trying to stay activein the box and get on the end of his crosses. Yallop was also pleasedwith his big forwards play, and pointed out that goalscoring was only onefacet of Lenharts game. I thought Lenhart played real well today. Not justthe call, but he held the ball up, was dangerous, he said. With thegrowing wealth of options up front providing for a more dynamic offense for theEarthquakes, the team will hope to see some winning displays in the comingweeks, with the team now riding a three match winless streak. For now, though,its simply a good feeling to have everyone back together on the samepage.For more Earthquakes, MLS and soccer musings, youcan 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.