Rosano: Lenhart, Dawkins guiding Earthquakes


Rosano: Lenhart, Dawkins guiding Earthquakes

June 12, 2001


Nicholas Rosano

The unsung hero of so many of the San Jose Earthquakes games over the past month and a half stepped into the spotlight on Saturday evening in the nations capital. Steven Lenhart buried a hat trick to lead the Earthquakes to a convincing 4-2 win over D.C. United and underscored the depth of attacking players head coach Frank Yallop has at his disposal. The barrage of goals is a particularly uplifting moment for Lenhart considering his struggles off the field at the beginning of the season. In addition to missing the first five games of the season through injury, Lenhart also had to deal with the death of his father. Since his return, however, Lenhart has been an important part of the Earthquakes attack, and with his three goals and assist has now tallied four goals and three assists in his last five games. Theres a lot thats been going on in my life. I think more than anything, its just a good release for me to play, Lenhart explained. Yallop was also full of praised for the burly striker, commenting, (Im) very, very happy for Steve. Hes been though a lot this year with his family and moving from Columbus. He looked really good tonight, for sure.
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However, Lenhart indicated that soccer-wise, not much had changed in his game since he moved from the Columbus Crew to San Jose, or even since he was playing college soccer at Azusa Pacific, a small NAIA program. Ive been doing the same things ever since I began playing soccer, he explained. Sometimes you get more goals than not. Tonight was just one of those nights. Im feeling confident and ready to help the team more. San Joses English midfielder Simon Dawkins is another player who has had to deal with his own set of struggles. In addition to the challenges presented by adapting to life in a new country, Dawkins also missed eight weeks of play after a bilateral fasciotomy. He first returned to score off the bench last weekend against Houston before netting his second goal in as many games minutes after entering the game in Washington. It feels great to score, Dawkins said. Any goal you score is great. It was an important one as well to put us 3-2 up, so it really got us going and then the fourth goal we scored really topped the game off. The flood of goals will come as a great relief to those fans who worried about the Earthquakes offensive output without 2010 MLS scoring champion Chris Wondolowski, who is on duty with the U.S. national team. In fact, in 2010, no other player besides Wondolowski scored three goals, but tonights goals gave both Dawkins and Lenhart a total of four goals so far this season, with Wondolowski sitting on six. People tend to panic in their quotes, and writing about us and all those things. And things are going to change, Yallop explained. Were going to have some games where were not going to score. But theres ups and downs in our league. I never felt we werent going to score goals. I wouldnt go out and get rid of Lenhart and get some other striker in, because I felt and I knew that we can score goals in our league. And its proved tonight. While its likely the Earthquakes wont score four goals again for a while the team hasnt scored four goals in multiple MLS games since 2004 those around the team will want the Earthquakes to continue achieving a consistent offensive output. What they have been finding out in the last two weeks is that consistency wont always have the name Wondolowski attached to it.For more Earthquakes and MLS, 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.