Quakes score early, go quiet in loss to New York City FC


Quakes score early, go quiet in loss to New York City FC


NEW YORK -- Jack Harrison scored in the first half, Thomas McNamara scored four minutes after entering as a second-half substitute and New York City FC beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday.

New York City (2-1-1) tied it at 1-all in the 10th minute. Harrison ran to David Villa's back-heel pass and powered a shot off goalkeeper David Bingham's hands. McNamara made it 2-1 after a nice combination play. Ronald Matarrita ran past the defense to Villa's flick and found a trailing McNamara.

NYCFC had a man advantage at the 80-minute mark after Victor Bernardez was given a straight red card for a late studs-up challenge.

Marco Urena scored his first goal for San Jose (2-2-0) in the sixth minute. He forced a rushed clearance by goalkeeper Sean Johnson, won the loose ball and scored from a tough angle at the corner of the six-yard box.

Johnson pushed away Nick Lima's close-range attempt in the 74th minute.

Earthquakes hire former Chivas boss Matias Almeyda as head coach


Earthquakes hire former Chivas boss Matias Almeyda as head coach

The Earthquakes filled their month-old head coaching vacancy with an ambitious hire, tabbing former Chivas Guadalajara manager Matias Almeyda to lead the team in 2019. Interim head coach Steve Ralston will coach San Jose for the remaining two games of the 2018 season.

Almeyda won five trophies with Chivas, leading the Mexican giants back towards the top of the Liga MX table. Chivas won the Liga MX Clausura in 2017, the Copa MX twice, and the Supercopa MX once. The 44-year-old's three-year tenure with the club culminated with a CONCACAF Champions League title this past season, after Chivas beat MLS champions Toronto FC on penalties. 

The Earthquakes, meanwhile, are in the worst season in club history. With two games to go, the club sits last in the league table, 27 points out of a playoff spot. San Jose has not won a trophy since winning the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2012. 

Alemyda said Monday that he had options to manage elsewhere, but did not have the same feeling that he did about the Earthquakes.

"There's no ideal location or style in soccer," the 44-year-old said through a translator at his introductory press conference on Monday  (via ESPN). "I like to go places where there are good conditions, good options, good creativity, and seriousness in the project. That's why I'm here. To be honest, I had other opportunities to go other places but in none of them did I feel like I feel here. This is a new project, a new country, a new life for both me and my family. I feel very good about it, and we're excited."

Almeyda previously managed River Plate, leading the legendary Argentine club back to the top division in 18 months at the helm. He did the same in a little over two years at Banfield, and both teams remain in the Argentine Primera División.

A former defensive midfielder, Alemyda played for River Plate, Sevilla, Lazio, Parma, and Inter Milan in a 20-year career. He won three Argentine Primera División titles and a Copa Libertadores playing for River Plate, as well as a Serie A title with Lazio. Almeyda was also capped 35 time by the Argentine national team, winning a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. 

Chris Wondolowski one away from Landon Donovan's MLS goals record


Chris Wondolowski one away from Landon Donovan's MLS goals record

Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski's header against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday moved him a goal away from tying U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan for the all-time record in MLS. 

With San Jose trailing 3-0 in the 83rd minute, New York's defense left Wondolowski unmarked on Tommy Thompson's free kick, and Wondolowski did the rest for his 144th career goal. 

But Wondolowski's goal could not spark an Earthquakes comeback, as San Jose lost its sixth straight game. The Earthquakes sealed their lowest point otal in club history with the loss. 

The 35-year-old's tally was his 10th of the season. Wondolowski has now scored at least 10 goals in nine straight seasons. 

The Chico State product has two more chances this season to match -- or surpass -- Donovan's 145 MLS goals. After the international break next weekend, Wondolowski and the Earthquakes will play the Colorado Rapids at Avaya Stadium on Oct. 21, before closing the season in Seattle on Oct. 28.