Source: Quakes' Silva out of coma, responsive since accident at Lake Tahoe


Source: Quakes' Silva out of coma, responsive since accident at Lake Tahoe has learned from a source that Matheus Silva, the San Jose Earthquakes midfielder who required life-saving resuscitation on July 4 following an accident in Lake Tahoe, has come out of a coma and is responsive. 

Sources say Silva was "uncooperative" as of Wednesday night, but Thursday morning, awoke, was breathing on his own and even communicated orally. 

A former teammate also confirmed the news on Facebook. 

Update on SIMA alumnus Matheus Silva:

He is responding positively to all tests. He has been awake and they will be removing the breathing tubes today. Slow recovery, but all good signs towards a healthy recovery.

Little by little my friend. Be patient and keep fighting. We love you and look forward to seeing you ping balls around the field with that magical left foot of yours here shortly.

Grande Abraço pra você! 
Lá Família!!

The source also confirmed it appears the midfielder is scheduled to be moved out of the intensive care unit as early as Friday morning. 

Silva -- a 20-year-old midfielder who is currently on loan with the Quakes’ United Soccer League affiliate Reno 1868 FC -- had to be pulled out of the water while swimming in Lake Tahoe on a swin back into shore early Tuesday morning. 

After CPR was performed, he was transferred to a nearby hospital in Lake Tahoe and then airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

A native of Taboao Da Serra, Brazil, Silva was claimed off of waivers by San Jose in July of 2015. 

For his career, he's played in four games with the big club -- staring twice in 2016. Reno 1868 is fresh off a recording-breaking 9-0 win on Monday against LA Galaxy II. 

Silva has logged just 166 minutes for the Reno 1868 club after spending the majority of his time with Arizona United SC in 2016 -- appearing in nine games and logging 606 minutes.

Sources tell the midfielder's vitals have been good for the last couple of days, with Silva able to move his extremities and open his eyes.

Defensive lapses cost Quakes in first loss of new season


Defensive lapses cost Quakes in first loss of new season


Is Saturday's road effort a sign of things to come or a new team trying to gel?

After a 2017 campaign where the San Jose Earthquakes struggled on the road -- especially defensively -- the 2018 season did not start much better in a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City. 

"Of course, I am disappointed to be leaving here without points," said Quakes head coach Mikael Stahre, "but especially because in the first half and then in the first 15 minutes of the second we played really well."

The teams went into the half tied but Sporting Kansas scored twice in the second half, both times taking advantage of San Jose's gift of enough space for KC to take advantage of.

Chris Wondolowski scored for the Quakes -- putting him 10 goals away from Landon Donovan in the MLS all-time race and all alone in second place on that list. 

"I wish we could have won," Wondolowski said. "but credit to our team and Magnus [Eriksson] for putting that ball in there. To finish it was pretty cool, but hopefully we will get a couple more wins."

After conceeding a penalty halfway through the second half, Valeri Qazaishvili equalized in minute 34, following up his own header attempt and cashing in for his second goal of the seaon. 

But that would be all San Jose could muster for the majority of the second half.

Graham Zusi scored in the 56th minute on a beauty of a shot. 

Felipe Gutierrez will be awarded with the game-winner after a left-footed bullet beat Andrew Tarbell.  

San Jose (1-1-0) is winless in its last four against Sporting.

"We came here with ambition to win the game, or second best to leave with a point," Stahre said. "We fought until the end and it was really important for us to score the second goal, but I felt at halftime that we could have won the game. Then we conceded the second goal and we lost the momentum. They are a good team, but I think we can take some positive things with us."

Earthquakes media services contributed to this report.

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.