Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
San Jose needs to stay afloat in August
by Ridge Mahoney, August 18th, 2013 4:10AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, san jose earthquakes

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS: Playoff Push] The San Jose Earthquakes, the 2012 Supporters' Shield winners, fell far off the pace, resulting in the departure of their only coach, Frank Yallop. They need wins over the likes of Sporting Kansas City Sunday night to stay in contention.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES:
Record:8-10-6
First 10:2-3-5
Last 10:5-5-0

THE STORY SO FAR.After scraping through a miserable first half of the season decimated by injuries, the Quakes cut ties with Yallop and installed assistantMark Watson as interim head coach. They are 5-4 under Watson in league play after a 2-0 loss in Vancouver last weekend that ended a three-game winning streak. They host Sporting Kansas City Sunday.

RECENT MOVES.Goodson, formerly of FC Dallas, played solidly in his Quakes debut against Chivas USA but was burned when Nigel Reo-Coker burst past him to set up Camilo for the first ‘Caps goal. Salvadoran midfielder Jaime Alas, another recent signing, has looked lively in his two appearances as a sub. EnglishmanJordan Stewart, signed a month ago, has played the last three league games at left back in place of Justin Morrow, a starter since late 2011 who’s struggled this year.

STYLE POINTS.Jon Busch gives the Quakes a strong presence in goal and 2012 league MVP Chris Wondolowski leads a potent group of forwards. In recent weeks, Honduran centerback Victor Bernardez has raised his intensity and the addition of Goodson adds additional height and experience.

NEEDS WORK. San Jose simply gives up too many good chances too often because of breakdowns in many parts of the field. Center midsRafael Baca andSam Cronin are sharper than at the start of the season but still have not been as crisp and cohesive as they were last year. On the flanks, the Quakes are potent offensively but sluggish when the ball turns over and nobody, not even Wondo, has been able to score consistently.

FINAL ANSWER. The Quakes were trending in the right direction but that was a costly loss to Vancouver -- which came after they kept all their starters out of their Concacaf Champions League opener at Montreal. They need to stay afloat and then sweep a three-game homestand Sept. 8-17. Otherwise, it’s over.

REMAINING SCHEDULE:
August 18: Sporting KC
August 24: @FC Dallas
August 28: @Heredia (CCL)
August 31: @LA Galaxy
September 8: Philadelphia
September 14: Vancouver
September 17: Montreal (CCL)
September 21: @Real Salt Lake
September 29: @Chivas USA
October 9: Colorado
October 20: @LA Galaxy
October 23: Heredia (CCL)
October 26: FC Dallas


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Jordan Morris    
"I know you guys don't like it when I use the outside of my right [foot]." ...
MLS Talking Points: Sounders reward themselves, again    
Their playoff hopes would not have been totally extinguished if they had lost to the LA ...
Video Pick: Own goal by Galaxy's Van Damme    
The Los Angeles Galaxy did lead during a 4-2 loss to Seattle, but only for 15 ...
Lauren Holiday has healthy baby girl    
Lauren Holiday, who retired last year at the age of 28 to start a family with ...
What They're Saying: FIFA anti-racism task force member Osasu Obayiuwana    
"We never had a single meeting under his chairmanship. I wrote him, more than once, asking ...
U.S. Abroad: Orozco and Arriola back on top with Xolos    
Michael Orozco started and Paul Arriola was a late sub as Tijuana won, 2-1, at Santos ...
MLS Week 29: Results & Standings    
The New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and New York City FC became the first three ...
U.S. Abroad: Another convincing win for Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund    
Borussia Dortmund completed its second perfect week in a row when it beat Freiburg, 3-1, to ...
NWSL: Reign and Flash fight for final playoff berth    
The Seattle Reign, winner of the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Shield as regular-season champion, still has ...
NWSL: Edwards to retire after three pro titles    
Orlando Pride midfielder Becky Edwards, 28, will retire after Saturday's Pride game against FC Kansas City ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives