Five Earthquakes called to international duty


Five Earthquakes called to international duty

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose Earthquakes midfielders Cordell Cato, Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero, and defenders Kip Colvey and Shaun Francis have all been called to their respective national teams. Cato, Godoy, Quintero and Colvey will each compete in a pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, while Francis will play in a single Caribbean Cup qualifier.

Cato will join the Trinidad and Tobago National Team from Nov. 5-16 and will compete against Costa Rica at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad on Nov. 11 and against Honduras in Honduras on Nov. 15.

Cato, 24, has made 19 prior appearances for T&T, scoring three goals. In his MLS career, Cato has tallied seven goals and nine assists in 104 games played. He made 15 starts in 21 total appearances in 2016 for the Quakes.

Colvey will connect with the New Zealand All-Whites for two matches against New Caledonia. New Zealand hosts the island nation at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Nov. 12, before traveling to New Caledonia for their second meeting at Yoshida Stadium on Nov. 15.

Colvey, 22, was the Earthquakes' third-round SuperDraft selection in 2016 (No. 49 overall) and made three starts in four total appearances for the club this season, tallying one assist. His most recent appearance for the All-Whites was a 90-minute performance in a 1-1 draw against the United States.

Francis joins the Jamaica National Team for a third-round Caribbean Cup qualifying match against Suriname on Nov. 13. The match, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 5, got postponed due to safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Matthew.

Francis, 29, has scored two goals in seven prior appearances for Jamaica since his international debut in 2010. During his seven-year MLS career, Francis has tallied five assists in 90 games played, and made 17 starts for San Jose this season.

Godoy and Quintero link up with the Panama National Team for a pair of Hexagonal World Cup qualifiers. After taking on Honduras at Estadio Olympico in San Pedro Sula on Nov. 11, Panama returns home to host Mexico on Nov. 15 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

Godoy, 26, started all 23 games he appeared in for San Jose in 2016, tallying one goal and two assists. He has scored one goal in 66 previous appearances for Panama.

Quintero, 28, appeared in 30 matches (29 starts) this season for the Quakes after joining the team on loan from Lobos BUAP in February. Quintero finished with three goals and four assists during his debut season with the club and has made 74 prior appearances with the Panama National Team, scoring four goals.

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Earthquakes shut out by Los Angeles FC, fall to 0-4 on season


Earthquakes shut out by Los Angeles FC, fall to 0-4 on season


SAN JOSE -- Carlos Vela capped his first career MLS hat trick with a curling shot from distance and Los Angeles FC beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Saturday.

Vela has six goals and three assists in five games this season.

LAFC (4-0-1) opened the scoring in the eighth minute by capitalizing on a goalkeeper mistake as Daniel Vega whiffed on a clearance attempt and Vela walked it into the back of the net in the eighth minute. Vela added a goal in first-half stoppage time by redirecting home a cross if front of the goal, and he had the goal of the match in the 66th.

Former San Jose defender Steven Beitashour got past the defense for a through ball in the 26th and poked it inside the far post for a 2-0 lead. Diego Rossi scored a relatively easy goal to cap the scoring in the 68th, and Tyler Miller kept his first clean sheet of the season against San Jose (0-4-0).

Cristian Espinoza scores first MLS goal in Quakes' loss to Red Bulls


Cristian Espinoza scores first MLS goal in Quakes' loss to Red Bulls


HARRISON, N.J. -- Alex Muyl scored a pair of second-half goals on Saturday and the New York Red Bulls rallied after an early deficit for a 4-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Muyl tied it for the Red Bulls (1-0-1) on a close-range shot in the 51st minute and made it 2-1 with a volley off a defensive deflection in the 71st minute.

Bradley Wright-Phillips added a third goal for New York in the 85th minute and Daniel Royer capped the scoring in the 89th.

Cristian Espinoza opened the scoring in the fifth minute for San Jose (0-3-0) with his first MLS goal.

Matias Almeyda, who joined San Jose in the offseason after leading C.D. Guadalajara to a CONCACAF Champions League title in 2018, is still looking for his first point as coach of the Earthquakes.