San Jose Earthquakes

Major League Soccer

Quakes sign JT Marcinkowksi to Homegrown deal

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The San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeping core keeps getting younger.

JT Marcinkowski, who is leaving Georgetown after three years, becomes the Black and Blue's third Homegrown signing in the team's history, the club announced on Wednesday.

"JT has emerged as one of the brightest goalkeeper prospects in the nation," Quakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in the club's statement.

Around The Forest: Sunil Gulati will not run for USSF President

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Also: Sporting KC ready to splash the cash, Kekutah Manneh trials with Union Berlin, Expansion finalists make their pitches to MLS and more!

Portland

T2 Announce 2018 Tryout Details | Portland Timbers
T2 will conduct player tryouts from February 3-4 at the adidas Timbers Training Facility as the team prepares for its fourth season in USL.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/1/17

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New month, new links.

Philadelphia Union News

The Union and the MLS Drafts: What you need to know
The Waiver Draft and Re-Entry Drafts are coming up, and the Union have positions to fill.

MLS News

Whitecaps FC acquire striker Anthony Blondell from Venezuelan Primera División side Monagas SC | Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Blondell, 23, has agreed to an MLS contract through 2020, with a club option for 2021, and will be added to the roster with the use of Targeted Allocation Money.

Victor Bernardez bids farewell to the Quakes in heartfelt Instagram message

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It's the end of an era for Victor 'Muma' Bernardez and the San Jose Earthquakes.

The 35-year-old sent an emotional goodbye message to Quakes supporters via Instagram, thanking them and everyone for their support during his six year spell at the club.

Bernardez, 35, announced that the 2017 season was his last at Avaya Stadium on the same day the Bay Area outfit announced that they had opted from exercising the option on the Honduran's contract.

Earthquakes appoint Swede Mikael Stahre as head coach and call him a 'great leader'

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The San Jose Earthquakes have confirmed Mikael Stahre as their new manager on a multi-year contract. The 42-year old replaces Chris Leitch, who will regain his position as technical director following a sixth month spell at the helm of the first-team.

The former BK Häken boss will have the likes of Steve Ralston on his technical staff, who has been a mainstay in San Jose since 2015.

Sources: Quakes set to hire Mikael Stahre as head coach

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The San Jose Earthquakes are set to hire Mikael Stahre as the club's new head coach, sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to SBI.

The hiring of Stahre, first reported by Expressen, is yet to finalized, but is in the final stages, one of the sources tells SBI. An announcement from the club is expected in the coming weeks.

Quakes Notes: Nearing winter signings, Anibal Godoy renews and more

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Following an arduous exit from MLS playoffs, the club's first appearance since 2012, the San Jose Earthquakes are wasting no time getting back on two feet.

But before jumping the gun, Quakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli wants to take his cautious, wholesome approach towards the Quakes newest additions.

Quakes left with self reflection following brutal MLS Cup playoff exit

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The San Jose Earthquakes were never supposed to walk out BC Place with their arms up high in a celebratory position, however a five-goal defeat wasn't expected either.

The Quakes simply collapsed, again. The narrative that the team had learned to avoid folding after conceding was all but visible Wednesday night.

Red Bulls and Whitecaps advance in the MLS playoffs

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The New York Red Bulls shutout the Chicago Fire 4-0 at Toyota Park in the first knockout round game of the 2017 MLS playoffs. Bradley-Wright Phillips put the Red Bulls up in the 7th minute, assisting on Sacha Kljestan's goal in the 11th. Daniel Royer scored in the 70th with Kljestan assisting on Gonzalo Veron's goal in the 87th.

Red Bulls douse Fire, Whitecaps roll in MLS playoffs

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Chicago (AFP) – A seventh-minute New York Red Bulls goal for English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida’s brace for Vancouver sparked historic shutouts Wednesday in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Red Bulls stunned third-seeded host Chicago 4-0 with the most lopsided rout in MLS knockout-round playoff history, a record only until Vancouver followed with a 5-0 romp over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Red Bulls douse Fire, Whitecaps roll in MLS playoffs

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Chicago (AFP) – A seventh-minute New York Red Bulls goal for English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida’s brace for Vancouver sparked historic shutouts Wednesday in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Red Bulls stunned third-seeded host Chicago 4-0 with the most lopsided rout in MLS knockout-round playoff history, a record only until Vancouver followed with a 5-0 romp over the San Jose Earthquakes.

MLS Playoff Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs are here, and they begin with two matches on Wednesday night.

Action starts in the East as the New York Red Bulls face off with the Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1) . The matchup is a fitting one for Dax McCarty, who collides with his former team in his first playoff match with his new club.

MLS Playoff Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes

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Only less than two weeks removed from their thrilling 1-1 draw, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes will battle again at BC Place. But this time, dreams of lifting MLS Cup will be on the line.

All pressure is on the home side as the Whitecaps hit a late mental road block following a confounding season.

Quakes' forward acquisitions pay it forward when it matters most

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Back in January, there was no need for squinting towards the podium to notice the optimism from general manager Jesse Fioranelli as he welcomed his winter signings.

Nine months later, in the San Jose Earthquakes' most significant game in nearly half a decade, following a season filled heavy rotation up front, the striking tandem Marco Ureña and Danny Hoesen along with Chris Wondolowski served to be the difference.

Chris Wondolowski: Playoff-clinching victory over the Loons was epitome of Quakes season

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Much like a late September evening at Avaya Stadium after the San Jose Earthquakes collapsed against the Chicago Fire, there was an abnormal delay to manager Chris Leitch's appearance in the club's press conference room on Sunday afternoon.

However, this time around there was a major difference: the concerns weren't if Leitch was going to address the media at all, it was if his appearance was going to be suitable or, at least, appealing enough for the media following the Quakes celebratory champagne showers in front of thousands of their faithful supporters.

Quakes get in, Timbers top West as MLS playoff field is set

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Decision Day provided plenty of drama and a series of early goals and, when the dust settled, the playoff picture was set.

In the East, we knew Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls were locked into first and sixth, respectively, but everything else was up for grabs. Due to a draw with the Columbus Crew, NYCFC was in danger, but an Atlanta United draw saw Patrick Vieira's side hold on.

Quakes clinch playoffs in dramatic fashion with win over Minnesota United

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Following five years of misery in the Bay Area, the San Jose Earthquakes have punched their ticket into the 2017 playoffs.

And yes, it was a cathartic San Jose-esque finish.

Chris Leitch and co. had all odds on their side but, first, they had to get through a resilient Minnesota United.

On This Day in Football: Birth of a serial European Cup winner, Los Angeles hit by Earthquakes

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On this day in 1933, Real Madrid and Spain legend Francisco Gento was born in the village of Guarnizo in Cantabria.

Gento is the only footballer in history to have won an astonishing six European Cup titles. An outside-left by trade, Gento made his Primera division debut with Racing Santander in the 1952-53 season.

ECS to Sounders ownership: ‘This is about trust’

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"It's not about saving that fanbase. We're writing to you today to save our ideals."

Chances are that if you've been rooting for any team in North America, it has been threatened with relocation, contraction, or something else that would have taken it away. The idea of this happening to an MLS team isn't even foreign, being that Chivas USA was contracted only a few years ago and the San Jose Earthquakes were relocated in 2005.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 33

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With one week left in the Major League Soccer regular season, there are plenty of teams heating up at the right time.

There are also teams holding on to their respective playoff lives, with tricky matches ahead on Decision Day.

Here's how our power rankings shape up after the penultimate Sunday of the season:

SBI MLS POWER RANKINGS (WEEK 31)

1 (Last Week- 1).

David Bingham expected to depart Quakes

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After falling out of favor with San Jose Earthquakes' rookie coach Chris Leitch's in early August, reports indicate that David Bingham is in fact lined up for an exit out of the Bay Area.

But the 27-year-old goalkeeper will reportedly have little problem finding a new home once his contract expires this winter as the Black and Blue's longtime No.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 30

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While the Supporters' Shield race wrapped up on Saturday, the playoff race tightened thanks to some results across MLS.

Toronto FC sealed the Supporters' Shield by defeating the New York Red Bulls. (READ)

The Columbus Crew locked up a playoff berth with a win over D.C. United. (READ)

FC Dallas' playoff hopes took a hit with a tie in Orlando.

With playoffs at stake, Quakes plugging pieces on and off the field

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SAN JOSE, Calif. There was an uncommon and unknown element about the 11 players Chris Leitch fielded on Saturday.

Aside from their rousing, creative and cohesive play on the pitch, they brought long-lost smiles to those in the stands and even influenced those same to cheer go-getting defensive plays which in past blowouts were only mused.

Chris Wondolowski: Quakes at 'do-or-die point' after collapse to Fire

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It was a winter the San Jose Earthquake supporters really didn't have to prepare themselves for. Historically, in the past five years, the Quakes have been a club of sorrows and empty results.

Foreign players put pen to paper, the club remained in the hunt with its former outdated, yet legendary, manager and, as unconvincing as some results were, the Quakes sat as high as fifth in the Western Conference with the like of rookie manager Chris Leitch in charge.

Fire clinch first playoff berth since 2012 with rout of Earthquakes

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It took six long and largely disappointing seasons, but the Chicago Fire are finally back in the playoffs.

The Fire defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 4-1, at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night, clinching a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Nemanja Nikolic scored goals 19 and 20 on the night, tying Portland's Diego Valeri for the league lead.

Hat Trick Mullins turns into Pa4rick Mullins, USMNT jersey designs leaked? and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/25/17

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Also: an emotional story down in RVA.

Hi. That was fun, wasn't it?

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes by us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS. Center Line Soccer has the NorCal take.

Lampard weighs in: "Class" performance from Mullins (MLS): Former Manchester City, West Ham United and Chelsea player Frank Lampard pays tribute to former New York City FC teammate Patrick Mullins.

Chicago Fire

Chicago and San Jose’s seasons

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the problem scenario for MLS teams in the knockout round. It's already an issue when making the playoffs ends up meaning just one extra game. Even more so when that extra game turns into a lopsided loss. Step up Chicago, 4-0 losers at home to the Red Bulls, and San Jose who lost 5-0 at Vancouver.

How to Watch MLS in Week 33, TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Eleven of the twelve MLS Cup playoff spots are locked in heading to decision day. The Eastern Conference is set with Toronto FC securing the Supporters' Shield and a bye but New York City FC, the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United FC and Columbus Crew SC all have a shot at the 2 seed and the second bye.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Sounders will face Whitecaps in Western Conference semifinals

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This will be the first time the longtime rivals have met in the MLS Cup playoffs.

The road to get back to MLS Cup will start in Canada, where the last one ended. The Vancouver Whitecaps thrashed the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Wednesday, setting up a Cascadia clash with the Seattle Sounders that will start on Sunday at 5:30 p.

Major Link Soccer: New York Red Bulls rout Chicago Fire

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Also: Fredy Montero scores in the playoffs, and tattoos!

Seattle

With the playoffs officially under way, a poll was conducted on "Who would you like to see host MLS Cup". So far, Seattle is leading the way.

Love them or hate them, tattoos are a big thing. Take a look at some Seattle Sounders and their tattoos.

Whitecaps thrash Quakes to advance to Western Conference semifinals

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The Vancouver Whitecaps made sure to let their Cascadia counterparts know that their out-of-form streak was a thing of the past.

With four goals in the second half, the Whitecaps rolled all over the San Jose Earthquakes, 5-0, in the Western Confrence Knockout Round of MLS playoffs at a hostile BC Palace Wednesday night.

Quakes in control of playoff destiny following late equalizer against Whitecaps

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The San Jose Earthquakes are in a situation that has been everything but foreign for them in the past five years: being in control of their playoff destiny heading into Sunday's Decision Day.

It was a game of inches and fingertips, but once the dust settled, the Quakes and the Vancouver Whitecaps left BC Place with a point each following their 1-1 draw.

Portland Timbers

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 35

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Portland Thorns head coach Mark Parsons returns to the show to discuss the turning point in the Thorns' regular season, the team's tactical flexibility, and the lessons from last season's playoff disappointment.

Jamie and Chris recap the Portland Timbers' deflating loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, cast aspersions on the NWSL award process, and look ahead to the NWSL semifinal.

Quakes playoff hopes live another day after edging Timbers

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The San Jose Earthquakes playoff hopes remain intact after a gritty performance against an old foe who, as well, has playoffs in mind.

After the turbulent, woeful showing against the Chicago Fire midweek, the Quakes performed in a do-or-die manner, and edged the Portland Timber, 2-1, at an antsy Avaya Stadium.

Portland Timbers Slip Up Against San Jose Earthquakes in 2-1 Loss

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The Portland Timbers could have clinched a playoff berth with a point against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night, but instead fell short on a slippery Avaya Stadium pitch, losing 2-1 on the road.

Early in the match both teams pressed forward at a frantic pace, pressing the ball and looking to sneak an early goal.

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [7:30]

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The Portland Timbers have embarked on their final road trip of the 2017 regular season, heading south to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in a match that could sew up a playoff spot for the Timbers if the results fall their way. The Quakes, however, still have playoff hopes of their own and will need a win at Avaya Stadium if they want to have any chance of beating out Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, and the Houston Dynamo for the final two spots in the West.

D.C. United

Patrick Mullins' four goals lift D.C. United over spineless Quakes

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Coming into Saturday's match, D.C United's forward Patrick Mullins, had yet to put one in the back of the net in limited action this season. That all changed in 45 minutes.

The forward fired a hat-trick plus one against a spineless San Jose Earthquakes in D.C. United's 4-0 victory at RFK Stadium in one of the Black and Red's few bright spots of the season.

Patrick Mullins powers D.C. United to 4-0 win over San Jose

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The striker scored his first, second, third and fourth goals of the season in big win

Patrick Mullins has had a rough go in 2017, but an incredible second half saw Mullins score four times as D.C. United defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 4-0. Mullins finally scored his first goal of the season in the 57th minute, which was quickly followed up by the striker finishing off his hat trick in 11 minutes.

The Rest

5 Pressing Questions for Revs

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With another disappointing season in the books, the questions surrounding the Revolution this offseason are plentiful, to say the least. But some are more pressing than others, and with that in mind, we take a look at the five most urgent.

1) Who will be the coach next season?

Quakes locker room encapsulates the aftermath of CONCACAF's craziest night

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SAN JOSE, Calif. On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes traveled to Vancouver as one. On the same bus, on the same plane and with the same intention: winning against the Whitecaps on Sunday to remain in contention for a first playoff appearance in five years.

But just 48 hours earlier, on Wednesday, Chris Wondolowski and Anibal Godoy, separately, traveled back to San Jose from the depths of North America.