[MLS]Newcomers Eduardo and Joey Gjertsen were the difference for San Jose on the lone goal scored during a game and a half of play Saturday when the Earthquakes beat Kansas City, 1-0 Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.
Gjertsen, a five-year USL veteran with Vancouver and Montreal whose signing was announced by the Quakes Friday, set up the goal by drawing a foul in the first minute of play.
The Brazilian Eduardo met Andre Luiz’s free kick and sent a glancing header past Patrick Hannigan, one of three Wizards to tend goal in the absence of Kevin Hartman, whose option was not picked up.
Played in three 45-minute periods, the “game” featured dozens of players and differing deployment strategies used by the two coaches.
Frank Yallop split his San Jose players in two and with a few exceptions each group played about 67 minutes; Wizards manager Peter Vermesused a different starting XI for each of the three periods, with few players appearing more than once.
Gjertsen set up another good chance with a ball to Arturo Alvarez, who glided past a few challengers to fire a shot off the outside of the goalpost.
Gjertsen will put pressure on Alvarez and Bobby Convey, who are the flank incumbents in the wake of Shea Salinas’ departure to Philadelphia.
“We are happy to add a very good quality attacking wide player like Joey to our team,” said Quakes general manager John Doyle. “He strikes the ball very well with both feet and will bring a lot to our team this year and in the future.”
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Gjertsen played five seasons in the USL with Vancouver and Montreal, which he helped win the league title last year and represented in 10 Concacaf Champions’ League matches. He also won a USL title with Vancouver in 2006 and was the team’s MVP that year.
Defender Ike Opara, taken with the Quakes’ first SuperDraft pick as the third overall selection, started and played the first 67 minutes. He reported to the team late Tuesday and won’t be with the team full-time until he finishes the academic year at Wake Forest.
Teal Bunbury, taken by Kansas City in the draft immediately after San Jose claimed Opara, started the first period for Kansas City and played 30 minutes before being replaced by Hungarian Zoltan.
Among the players the Wizards used was former Dallas defender Chris Gbandi, who spent the last two seasons in Norway with Haugesund.
After the game, San Jose left Arizona for two and a half weeks of training in Northern California before it heads to England for a 10-day training stint with partner club Tottenham Hotspur.
Kansas City returns home Tuesday for a five-day break before heading back to Phoenix Sunday for a two-week camp.
Feb. 13 in Tempe, Ariz.
San Jose 1, Kansas City 0. Goal: Eduardo (Andre Luiz) 2.
San Jose 1 --Graczyk, Brown, Burling (McDonald 45), Opara, Corrales, Gjertsen (Trialist 45), Ring, Luiz (Elliott 45), Alvarez, Eduardo, Glen.
San Jose 2 --Weber, Leitch, Pitchkolan, McDonald (Roberts 90), Morrow, Trialist (Beitashour 90), Elliott (Trialist 110), Sanchez, Convey, Amarikwa, Wondolowski.
Kansas City 1 --Hannigan, Myers, Gbandi, Conrad, Espinoza, Diop, Casian, Fuzetti, Aiyegbusi, Kostrov, Bunbury (Zoltan 31).
Kansas City 2 -- Pardo, Costanzo, Gbandi, Cardenas, Harrington, Souter, Zusi, Morsink, Pizarro, Kraus, Zoltan.
Kansas City 3 --Horwath, Leathers, Hohlbein, Besler, Harrington, Arnaud, Hirsig, Zusi, Smith, Wolff, Kamara.