Wondolowski named to USMNT travel roster


Wondolowski named to USMNT travel roster

Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski is one of 23 playersthat will be joining the U.S. Mens National Team, competing at the 2014 WorldCup qualifiers.U.S. Mens National Team head coach, Jurgen Klinsmannfinalized the roster Friday.
Having full confidence in preparing his team for the 2014FIFA World Cup qualifiers Klinsmann stated, We have chosen the 23 players whoare in the best form right now and ready to get the job done. These guys haveput in a tremendous amount of hard work in the last 10 days, and they arehungry to get started with the matches.U.S. TRAVEL ROSTER BY POSITION:GOALKEEPERS:
1. Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
2. Tim Howard (Everton)
3. Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

1. Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers)
2. Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo)
3. Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana)
4. Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)
5. Clarence Goodson (Brondby)
6. Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
7. Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)

1. Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
2. Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona)
3. Joe Corona (Club Tijuana)
4. Maurice Edu (Rangers)
5. Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
6. Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04)
7. Jose Torres (Pachuca)

1. Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar)
2. Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund)
3. Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
4. Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
5. Herculez Gomez (Santos)
6. Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski led in goals scored, andtallied 11 points in 12 matches. Named to the MLS Best XI, and awarded CastrolIndex Player of the Year, Wondolowski has been a standout player on theEarthquakes as well as in the MLS. His position on the Mens National Teamreflects his outstanding performance last season.RELATED: Wondolowski Stats
Beginning on May 26, the U.S. Mens National Team will firstappear with their new roster in a Five-Game tournament against Scotland inJacksonville, Fla. Klinsmann has designed a month-long series of games andtraining sessions to best represent what the team will be facing in atournament format. Incorporating aspects of travel, nutrition, logistics andthe rhythm of team movement, Klinsmann hopes to embody a performance drivenenvironment.The United States will start its run for theseventh-consecutive FIFA World Cup on June 8th at Raymond JamesStadium, hosting Antigua & Barbuda.

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.