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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. 

Wondolowski makes history, Earthquakes earn first win in two months

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Wondolowski makes history, Earthquakes earn first win in two months

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Wondolowski came on in the 55th minute and collected a goal and an assist to help that San Jose Earthquakes beat Minnesota United 3-1 on Saturday.

It was Wondolowski's 132nd goal for the Earthquakes, most in MLS history for a single franchise.

San Jose (2-5-2), which has conceded a goal in 14 consecutive matches, snapped a seven-game winless streak.

Danny Hoesen gave the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute. Wondolowski, just inside the goal line, wrapped a cross around defender Francisco Calvo to Hoesen, who one-timed a volley from point-blank range.

Minnesota's Magnus Eriksson converted from the spot after he drew a foul in the area by Jerome Thiesson in the opening seconds.

Christian Ramirez stole a sloppy pass from San Jose's Shea Salinas and sent a shot over the outstretched arm of a leaping Andrew Tarbell to make it 1-1 in the 26th minute.

Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the 78th after Calvo was called for a hand ball in the area while sliding to block a shot by Hoesen.

Minnesota (4-7-0) lost at home for just the second time since August 5, 2017.

Road woes continue for Quakes, fall to Crew

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Road woes continue for Quakes, fall to Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mike Grella scored in the 84th minute and the Columbus Crew snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Pedro Santos’ cross skirted past San Jose’s Magnus Eriksson and connected with Grella, who cut it back and slotted one home inside the near post. Grella entered as a substitute in the 65th minute.

Harrison Afful opened the scoring for the Crew (4-3-2) in the 28th minute with a right-footed shot into the top left corner.

Danny Hoesen headed home Florian Jungwirth’s deep cross to tie it at 1-all for the Quakes (1-4-2) in the 45th minute.

San Jose defender Yefferson Quintana left the game in the eighth minute with an apparent lower leg injury.

The Quakes extended their winless streak to six games.