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: Vicente Del Bosque    
"I have no intention to remain as coach. No matter what the result of the Euros, ...
What They're Saying: Yura Movsisyan    
"I could never repay what they did for me." -- Yura Movsisyan, on Tony Beltran's family, ...
MLS Rookie Watch: Harrison joins race    
Jack Harrison, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, has solidified a starting job ...
U.S. Abroad: Rodriguez moves to Chemnitzer FC    
U.S. U-23 forward Mario Rodriguez, who spent three seasons in the German Regionalliga with Borussia Moenchengladbach ...
MLS Moves: Timbers loan out Asprilla to Colombian club    
Portland's wait for Dairon Asprilla to light up MLS is over. The Timbers announced Thursday a ...
MLS Countdown: NYCFC sharp heading into derby rematch    
Six weeks after the Red Bulls stampeded New York City FC, 7-0, in the first Hudson ...
Euro 2016: Results & schedule    
Belgium will play Wales in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals on Friday. The Red Devils will be ...
Video Pick: The Bundesliga's 10 Strangest Goals    
The folks at the Bundesliga took advantage of the offseason to compile last season's Top 10 ...
Datebook: USA headed to Cuba for friendly in October    
The U.S. men's national team will play a friendly game in Cuba for the first time ...
What They're Saying: Errea export manager Fabrizio Taddei    
"We are working 24/7 with a night shift and so we are every day sending out ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives