» 08.24.03 - CORRALES GOAL AND ONSTAD'S CLUB RECORD NINTH SHUTOUT LEAD QUAKES TO 1-0 WIN OVER UNITED:
SAN JOSE, CA (August 24, 2003) — The San Jose Earthquakes maintained the best record in Major League Soccer and stretched their unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-0 win over D.C. United at Spartan Stadium. A goal by Ramiro Corrales in the 80th minute was all the offense the Earthquakes (11-3-7, 40 points) would need as goalkeeper Pat Onstad set a new Earthquakes club record with his ninth shutout of the season.
D.C. United (7-8-6, 27 points) tested the Earthquakes defense with a break early in the game, but Onstad came charging off his line in the fourth minute to scoop up a long pass into the Quakes penalty box in front of an on-rushing Alecko Eskandarian.
San Jose controlled much of the early part of the game and had its best scoring opportunity of the first half in the 31st minute following a nice attack up the right side of the field. Midfielder Chris Ronér found Richard Mulrooney on the sideline about 25 yards away from the United goal. Mulrooney sent a deft pass through the D.C. defense to Landon Donovan inside the penalty box. Donovan took on a United defender and moved to his left before firing a shot toward the goal that skimmed off the crossbar.
D.C. put some pressure on the Earthquakes net to start the second half in the 48th minute when Ronald Cerritos sent a cross in front of the San Jose goal mouth to a sliding Eskandarian, who knocked it wide of the goal. San Jose picked up the offensive pressure in the 62nd minute as Dwayne De Rosario, who came on for an injured Brian Mullan in 23rd minute, moved the ball up the right sideline. When the ball got away from him it went straight to Todd Dunivant, who launched the ball into the D.C. penalty box where Donovan ran onto it and tried to put it past a sliding Rimando. However, Rimando knocked the ball out of bounds.
Rimando made another difficult save two minutes later when Corrales slipped a pass through the United defense to Ronér, who was open in the middle of the D.C. penalty box. Ronér’s shot was deflected by a sprawling Rimando, but the ball bounced into the middle of the goal mouth where it was cleared off the goal line by Ryan Nelsen as De Rosario went after it.
In the 65th minute, Corrales nearly beat Rimando with a volley from 20 yards out on the left side of the field. Corrales won a battle for the ball with a D.C. defender and then flicked the ball up to shoot it, sending the shot off the top of the crossbar.
The Earthquakes took the lead in the 80th minute on Corrales’ first goal of the season. Ronér deflected a United clearance to De Rosario about 25 yards in front of the D.C. goal. De Rosario took the ball into the right of the box and sent a low ball across the middle of the United goal past Rimando and several United defenders. A wide-open Corrales knocked the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Onstad preserved the shutout four minutes later when he made an acrobatic save on a Ben Olsen cross. Onstad jumped backward and punched the ball out of danger over the crossbar.
The Earthquakes next take on Western Conference rival, the Colorado Rapids, on Saturday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium. The first 5,000 fans will receive an Earthquakes mini-fan, presented by Radio Shack.
Earthquakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad set a new Earthquakes club record with his ninth shutout of the season.
The Earthquakes have lost only once in their last ten matches against D.C. United, with a 7-1-2 record.
San Jose is on a six-game unbeaten streak. The streak marks the third time the Quakes have gone unbeaten in six straight matches in 2003.
The Earthquakes have an 8-1-0 record in one-goal games in 2003.
The Earthquakes are 37-2-3 in their last 42 matches when scoring the first goal of the game.
Ramiro Corrales scored his first goal of the 2003 season and his first goal since August 21, 2002.
Earthquakes forward Dwayne De Rosario played 70 minutes, the most he has played this season and registered his first point of 2003 with an assist. It was De Rosario’s first assist and first MLS points since July 20, 2002 when he scored a goal and earned an assist.
Frank Yallop, on game: “It was not the prettiest game this afternoon. but I am really proud of the guys for hanging in there and getting a result at the end. It was a good win for us, we need to keep on getting as many points as we can.”
Frank Yallop, on Pat Onstad: “Pat performed really well today, as he has all season. He always comes up with the saves at the right moments. Overall, he has had a great season, and I am not at all surprised to see him break the shutout record today.”
Dwayne De Rosario, on game: “It is just a great feeling to be able to get back here and finally play. It is especially good to come out here in front of my family and all of our fans, I don’t think a player could want anything more than that. It was a tough game and I am glad that we were able to get the win, it was hot out there and difficult to play, but we were able to come through.”
De Rosario, on game-winning assist: “At first I tried to create a shot for myself when I got the ball, but they cut off my angle pretty well. I then decided to send it across the goal, and I just knew that someone was going to be there and Ramiro [Corrales] was able to put it in.”
Ramiro Corrales, on goal: “It was a great ball from Dwayne. I had a feeling that he was going to send it across, and I just made sure I was in front of the goal. It was an easy goal, I have to give all the credit to Dwayne.”
Pat Onstad, on setting a new Earthquakes club shutout record: “Anytime you can set a record it is a good feeling, but like I’ve said before, I really feel that this is a team record. To get nine shutouts just shows you how well the team has been playing in front of me. I am proud to be the goalkeeper that was able to get to nine, because I have just been able to take advantage of how well the back four and the entire team have been playing.”
» 08.17.03 - EARTHQUAKES EARN 1-1 TIE WITH REVOLUTION TO EXTEND ROAD UNBEATEN STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES:
FOXBORO, MA (August 16, 2003) — The San Jose Earthquakes extended their road unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-1 tie against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. The unbeaten streak ties a Major League Soccer record and sets a team record, as the Quakes completed a three-game road trip 2-0-1. Ronnie Ekelund scored for San Jose in the first half, but the Revolution tied the game early in the second half. The match was suspended in between the two overtime periods due to a thunder and lightning storm, but play resumed and the game finished in a tie after a 26-minute delay. San Jose continues to lead MLS with 37 points.
The game started off poorly for the Earthquakes as forward Brian Ching went down in the 10th minute with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Ramiro Corrales entered the game in midfield and Brian Mullan moved to forward to replace Ching. Ching will be out for the remainder of the 2003 season with the injury.
Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad was called upon to make two strong saves in the 13th minute after play resumed following Ching’s injury. On the first, Brian Kamler got in behind the Quakes defense to the right of Onstad. Kamler shot near post, but Onstad slid to block the shot out for a corner. On the corner, Jose Cancela played a quick pass and got the ball back before sending a cross on net, which was deflected, but Onstad tipped it over the bar.
Ekelund put San Jose on the board first with a perfectly placed free kick to the far upper corner in the 23rd minute. Rusty Pierce fouled Landon Donovan at the edge of the penalty area to set up the goal. Ekelund drove the ball with his right foot over the top of the wall and straight into the upper corner past the dive of Revolution goalkeeper Adin Brown.
In stoppage time in the first half Onstad came up with another good save to keep the Quakes in front. Cancela drove a free kick to lower left corner, but Onstad dove to tip the ball past the post to send the Quakes to the locker room with a 1-0 advantage.
Taylor Twellman equalized for the Revolution seven minutes after halftime with a left-footed shot to the far post. Twellman received a pass from Kamler inside the penalty box and eluded a defender before firing a shot that was deflected past Onstad and into the lower corner. The goal ended Onstad’s shutout streak at 398 minutes. He had not allowed a goal since the Quakes match against D.C. United on July 19.
Donovan nearly netted the game-winner in the 89th minute after bringing down a deflected ball 25 yards from goal. He chested down the ball and struck a dipping volley that went just over the crossbar.
Todd Dunivant made a game-saving clearance in the first minute of stoppage time to help send the game to overtime. Pat Noonan got in alone on Onstad and fired a shot through his legs that was rolling into the net, but Dunivant came in to clear the ball away and preserve the tie.
The Earthquakes return home next Sunday, August 24 to take on D.C. United in an afternoon match at 3:00 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Troy Dayak Bobblehead Doll, presented by Tide. Also, the first 4,000 kids will receive Sun Safety Bags, presented by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Quakes extended their road unbeaten streak to seven games with a tie against the Revs, breaking the previous club record of six games, set in 2001 from April 28 – June 16. The streak ties the MLS record held by Los Angeles and D.C. United.
Landon Donovan had his three-game scoring streak snapped Saturday against New England.
The Earthquakes are now unbeaten against the Revolution in their past six matches with a 5-0-1 record.
The Quakes allowed their first goal at Gillette Stadium in three games when Taylor Twellman scored in the 52nd minute.
Pat Onstad extended his shutout streak to 398 minutes, before having the streak snapped by Taylor Twellman’s goal in the 52nd minute.
Ronnie Ekelund now has a two-game point streak after scoring against New England.
Frank Yallop, on game: “It was a good result for us. We were a bit tired tonight, but I am real proud of how the guys battled. Once New England tied the game, we saw the game out very well and got a good point on the road.”
Yallop, on three-game road trip: “Getting through these three games with two wins and a tie is fantastic for us. I think that we could have performed a bit better tonight if we were more rested, but the guys played hard.”
Ronnie Ekelund, on goal: “We had a couple of options on the play, but there were a lot of people in the wall blocking the goalkeeper’s view, so I thought that I had a good chance if I shot. I struck it pretty well and I put it where I wanted to.”
Brian Mullan, on game: “We came out well and got the early goal, but I think that we didn’t keep the pressure on them enough and we let them back into the game. We gave them a few too many chances at goal, but we defended well enough to get a point.”
Mullan, on tie: “It is very satisfying to get a tie on the road after playing three straight away from home. Finishing the road trip unbeaten is great for us. Anytime you can get a point on the road, you take it.”
» 08.14.03 - EARTHQUAKES DO IT AGAIN IN DALLAS:
SAN JOSE, CA (August 14, 2003) - Earthquakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad turned in another stellar performance as the Earthquakes trampled on the Dallas Burn 3-0 Wednesday night at Dragon Stadium. Onstad strengthened his bid for Goalkeeper of the Year, holding on to the league’s best goals-against average (0.79 ), wins (10), and shutouts (8). Onstad’s eight shutouts, including five in the past six games, tie a club record set by Joe Cannon in 2002 for most shutouts in a single season. Onstad has an incredible 10-1-6 record in 2003.
“I always believe that a goalkeeper's goals against average and shutouts come from playing behind a good team that defends well,” Onstad said. “Our team doesn't play defense first, but everyone out there is committed to keeping the ball out of our net from Landon Donovan and Brian Ching to Jeff Agoos in the back.”
Though it was the defense that shut the door on the Dallas attack, allowing only two shots on goal, Onstad still had moments to prove why he is arguably the best keeper in the league. Early in the second half, the Burn’s Eddie Johnson broke past Agoos on the right side and made a charge for the net. However, Onstad prevented the Burn from getting on the board when he broke off his line and blocked an intended pass from Johnson.
On the other end, Landon Donovan continued to shine in his return from the CONCACAF Gold Cup. After scoring the game winning-goal in San Jose’s 1-0 victory over the Wizards in Kansas City Friday night, Donovan exploded for a two-goal effort against Dallas.
“Landon has so much quality and right now he is playing the best I have seen in a while,” head coach Frank Yallop said. “He has a clear head right now and he wants to do well for this team.”
Donovan came close to turning in the first hat trick in San Jose club history. In the 81st minute, Donovan received an excellent cross in the penalty area from Todd Dunivant. Donovan settled the ball, but it was taken away by Dallas goalkeeper D.J. Countess.
“I have been in front of the goal more and good things are happening,” Donovan said. “I have learned this year that when the ball goes out wide I have to get in front of the goal and I will get chances. My goals this year have come from being in the right position.”
Brian Ching, who, along with Donovan, leads the team in goals with six, netted the first goal of the match, his first in a month. The goal came in the 11th minute following a free kick play that saw Ronnie Ekelund feed the ball to Donovan, who then notched an assist by laying the ball down to Ching. Ching drove the ball into the near post past goalkeeper Countess.
“It was good to score again after not scoring for a month,” Ching said. “With Landon coming back, I knew that I would get good opportunities and he gave me a great pass tonight and I just finished it.”
Richard Mulrooney, who just returned from Gold Cup play, looked just as sharp. Mulrooney played the full game against Dallas and paired with Ian Russell for an assist, his fourth of the season, on Donovan’s first goal.
“Richard had a good Gold Cup with the U.S. and he has come back here without missing a beat,” Yallop said. [Mulrooney and Donovan] have come back with great attitudes and are very fresh, so they are playing well right now.”
Overall, the win gives the Earthquakes a commanding eight point lead in the Western Conference.
“We knew what we needed to do coming into this match because we saw Kansas City's result this afternoon [0-0 tie with the MetroStars],” Onstad said. “We have to just keep getting points when we can and keep ourselves on top of the conference.”
The Quakes will be looking to increase their Western Conference lead when they wrap up their road trip at Gillette Stadium as they take on Taylor Twellman and the New England Revolution this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT live on ESPN2 and Talk 910 AM KNEW. San Jose will also be looking to extend a four-game winning streak as well as a club record-tying six game road unbeaten streak.
» 08.11.03 - EARTHQUAKES MAN OF THE MATCH Q & A- Landon Donovan:
August 8, 2003
What was it like to come back to the team after being away for so long with the U.S. National Team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup?
Landon Donovan: It’s good to be back. There’s a comfort zone here, and I think playing in the Gold Cup helped me get some confidence. It’s always easy to jump back into this team. I think it’s hard for a lot of guys on other teams. For me, I always feel welcome. It’s like being back home. It’ll be even better after this week [after the Earthquakes’ long road trip] because I’ve been on the road for almost three months. After this week, we have the next three games at home, so I’ll be able to relax and go home every day.
How were you able to improve your confidence in the Gold Cup?
LD: It was everything. Scoring in the Paraguay game and scoring against Cuba [Donovan had four goals against Cuba] and I just felt I played well in every game. Bruce [Arena, national team head coach] told me I played well, I felt better about myself, and everyone I talked to said I was doing the right things, so I’m going to continue to play that way. I’ve been working on wanting the ball, being active, moving around a lot, and wanting to win. I’ve done a lot more defensive stuff that I hadn’t been doing before and I think it helps my confidence. I feel I’m helping the team even if I don’t score.
What do you expect as you continue your road trip on Wednesday against Dallas and then against New England on Saturday?
LD: It’s dangerous because it’s two teams who haven’t won in a while, so it’s scary. You know that at any point they can break out. I would almost rather play Colorado because they’re bound to lose at some point. It’s one of those games, like the Seattle [Sounders] game, if we don’t approach it right, they’ll come out and beat us. We hope to get six points. If we get six points, we’d open up quite a lead.
What are your thoughts on New England star Taylor Twellman?
LD: He’s just a good player. He’s a good guy and he’s fun to be around. I’m happy for him when he scores goals, as long as it’s not against us. I’ve learned a lot from him and Brian McBride about getting in front of the goal. I’ve scored quite a few goals recently because I’m in front of the goal, like in Kansas City. You just have to get in there and you never know what’s going to happen.
What is the team’s offensive strategy coming into the two games this week against the Dallas Burn and the New England Revolution?
LD: It’s not worrying about getting the ball in midfield as much as it is just being in a position where you’re dangerous. Hopefully I can sneak into little spots in front of the goal and I can score.
» 08.09.03 - DONOVAN'S GOAL HELPS SAN JOSE EXTEND LEAD IN WEST FOLLOWING 1-0 VICTORY OVER KANSAS CITY:
KANSAS CITY, MO (August 8, 2003) —The San Jose Earthquakes extended their lead in the Western Conference to six points following a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium. The Quakes were able to make a first half goal by Landon Donovan stand up and win their first game in Kansas City since April 10, 1999 despite playing a man down for the final 23 minutes following the ejection of Ramiro Corrales. The win gave San Jose head coach Frank Yallop his 36th MLS victory, breaking the Earthquakes club record for wins.
The Earthquakes provided much of the pressure throughout the first half, with San Jose getting their first good chance to score in the 9th minute. Donovan ran onto a pass that slipped behind the Wizards defense and maneuvered past two defenders before sending a shot on goal that Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola blocked away.
The Quakes would continue to press forward and attack the Wizards, out-shooting Kansas City 11 to 2 in the first half. San Jose finally got on the board in the 23rd minute on a goal from Donovan.
Earthquakes midfielder Brian Mullan started the play by sending a perfect ball into the Kansas City penalty box from the right side. The ball soared over San Jose forward Brian Ching, who flicked it with his head past two defenders, coming to an open Donovan on the left side of the Wizards net. Donovan settled the ball and fired a shot that Meola was able to block, but the rebound went directly to Donovan who launched another shot toward the goal that got past Meola and a diving Jimmy Conrad to give San Jose a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Two halftime substitutions seemed to give the Wizards attack a boost, as Kansas City attempted to test San Jose goalkeeper Pat Onstad early in the half.
The Wizards nearly tied the match in the 58th minute when Diego Gutierrez lofted a ball over the San Jose defense from the left side of the field. Kansas City forward Igor Simutenkov got to the ball in alone against Onstad, but his low shot was kicked away by the sliding Earthquakes goalkeeper.
Mulrooney preserved the Earthquakes lead just a minute later on the ensuing corner kick. Preki sent the ball from the right side across the Quakes goalmouth, where it got past Onstad. Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad slid into the ball at the far post, sending it toward the open goal where Mulrooney was able to deflect it away as he stood on the goal line.
The Wizards attack intensified in the 67th minute when San Jose midfielder Ramiro Corrales received his second yellow card and was ejected for a hard tackle on Diego Gutierrez. The red card marked the third time in the last five games that an Earthquakes player has been ejected at Arrowhead Stadium.
It was then up to Onstad and the Earthquakes defense to hold off the Wizards, as Igor Simutenkov broke in alone on Onstad before the ball was knocked away.
Kansas City supplied pressure throughout the final 20 minutes in a desperate attempt to score, but the San Jose defense was able to turn them away.
San Jose forward Dwayne De Rosario made his first appearance of the season in the 77th minute following pre-season surgery to repair a torn LCL in his right knee, and proved to be dangerous, nearly scoring in the 90th minute on a break-away off a pass from midfield by Donovan. De Rosario sent the ball to the left of the Kansas City goal.
The Wizards had their final chance of the night stopped just two before when Onstad was able to get in front of a close range shot from Eric Quill, preserving his league-leading seventh shutout of the season.
The Earthquakes next face the Dallas Burn in Southlake, Texas on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on KABL 960 AM.
Earthquakes forward Dwayne De Rosario made his first appearance of 2003 in the 77th minute. De Rosario missed the first 17 games of the season with a torn LCL suffered in the preseason.
The Earthquakes last won in Kansas City on April 10, 1999, a span of seven games. San Jose last earned a point in Kansas City on April 28, 2001 in a 0-0 tie.
Due to U.S. National Team commitments, the Earthquakes Landon Donovan and Richard Mulrooney played their first game for the Quakes since July 2, a 4-4 tie with the MetroStars.
Arturo Alvarez was not with the Earthquakes tonight. Alvarez remained in Houston to rest following a busy two weeks that saw him play four games for the U.S. Under-18 National Team at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup and then help the U.S. Under-20 National Team to a 4-0 record at the USASA Houston Soccer Festival.
The Earthquakes are currently on a five-game road unbeaten streak.
Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop now has 36-career MLS regular season wins, the most in San Jose history.
Landon Donovan’s game-winning goal was the third time in the past two seasons that he has scored the only goal in a 1-0 match.
Frank Yallop, on game: “This was a fantastic win for us, especially coming after a disappointing loss (in the U.S. Open Cup) in Seattle. I felt this was one of our best performances of the season. To play the way we did, being a man down for 23 minutes and to still get a win in a place where Kansas City has been piling in goals, it is a huge win for our team.”
Frank Yallop, on becoming the all-time San Jose club leader in victories: “I am not a stats guy. I just try to win every game and do the best for the club.”
Frank Yallop, on Landon Donovan: “Landon was outstanding tonight. He showed everyone why he is the best player in the U.S.”
Landon Donovan, on goal: “Brian Mullan played in a great ball, and I saw that Brian Ching was able to just flick it to me. I was able to trap it down and I tried to go to the far post, but Tony [Meola] got a hand on it. It came back to me and I just put it in.”
Pat Onstad, on game: “It seemed like in the first 60 minutes we played fantastic, we were having good possession and finding guys in front of the goal. They were probably lucky to be down just 1-0, but then in the last 30 minutes, especially once Ramiro [Corrales] went out, we were under a lot of pressure. It is great to be able to hold on for the win here.”
» 08.07.03 - Seattle Silences San Jose:
Seattle, Wash., (Tuesday, August 5, 2003) — The San Jose Earthquakes were eliminated from the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup following a 1-0 loss to the A-League’s Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night at Husky Field at the University of Washington. The Earthquakes dominated the match for most of the game, controlling the ball throughout the match and out-shooting Seattle 19-4. The Sounders were able to make a 41st minute goal by Kyle Smith stand up despite enormous San Jose pressure, eliminating the Quakes from the Open Cup and marking the first time ever that San Jose has failed to qualify for the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
The Quakes had their first opportunity to score in the 14th minute following a corner kick from the right side of the field by Jeff Agoos. Agoos sent a short kick to midfielder Brian Mullan, who fired a pass back to Agoos, allowing the defender to chip a ball into the penalty box. San Jose defender Craig Waibel flicked the ball towards the far post with his head, where the Quakes Brian Ching headed the ball down and toward the goal. Seattle goalkeeper Rich Cullen and a Sounders defender were able to combine to knock the ball off the goal line.
The Quakes continued to pressure the Seattle goal in the 21st minute, as Agoos delivered a long ball down the left sideline to a streaking Ian Russell. Russell and Seattle defender Ryan Edwards went for the ball, as did Cullen, who then collided with Edwards, allowing Russell to move in alone toward the goal. As Russell moved forward, referee David Simon whistled the play dead, calling a foul on Russell.
San Jose had its best opportunity of the game thwarted by Cullen in the 40th minute when Corrales knocked down a Seattle clearance in the middle of the field following a flurry of three straight Quakes corner kicks from the left side. Corrales found Manny Lagos making a run behind the Seattle defense in the middle of the field, leaving the Quakes forward alone with Cullen. Lagos took a dribble toward the advancing Seattle goalkeeper before sending a shot to his right that Cullen was able to knock down.
Seattle took the lead just a minute later when Cullen sent the ball upfield. The Sounders moved the ball to Andrew Gregor about 35-yards away from the San Jose goal. Gregor found Seattle forward Kyle Smith streaking behind the San Jose defense on the right side of the penalty box, and Smith moved in alone on San Jose goalkeeper Pat Onstad. Smith fired a shot on the ground to the left of Onstad, that bounced off the far post and into the net for a 1-0 lead.
San Jose opened the second half with an all-out assault on the Seattle net. U.S. National Team players Landon Donovan and Richard Mulrooney entered the game for San Jose after half-time, and the Quakes nearly scored on a Lagos shot in the 54th minute off a cross from Russell. Ching had another opportunity to score on a header in the 81st minute that barely went over the crossbar following a cross from Jamil Walker.
The Quakes pressured the Sounders goal relentlessly in the final ten minutes, as Seattle was forced to defend with seven players on the back-line. The Sounders were held without a shot in the second half, and only seriously threatened the San Jose goal once on a cross in the 53rd minute that got past Onstad but was cleared away by Todd Dunivant. The Quakes had numerous attempts on goal in the second half, leading to 11 corner kicks, but the Quakes best attempts were either off the mark or blocked by Cullen.
The Earthquakes continue their busy week with a return to MLS action on Friday, August 8 in a battle of the top teams in the Western Conference as they face the Kansas City Wizards at 5:00 p.m. PT at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net and on KABL 960 AM.
-Since 1997, the Earthquakes are now 7-6 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
-The Sounders now lead the all-time series against the Earthquakes 3-2-1.
-Due to U.S. National Team commitments, the Earthquakes Landon Donovan and Richard Mulrooney played in their first game for the Quakes since July 2, a 4-4 tie with the MetroStars.
-Arturo Alvarez was not with the Earthquakes tonight. Alvarez remained in Houston to rest following a busy two weeks that saw him play four games for the U.S. Under-18 National Team at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup and then help the U.S. Under-20 National Team to a 4-0 record at the USASA Houston Soccer Festival.
Frank Yallop, on game: “We are obviously disappointed in the result. We had a number of chances, and we had enough opportunities to score at least one goal – we probably had six or seven really good chances. Once they scored, I thought they defended well, but we still need to do better in front of the net.”
Jeff Agoos, on game: “I thought we dominated every statistical category tonight except the one that matters the most, unfortunately. Games are decided by goals and we came up short in that area tonight. We wish Seattle the best the rest of the way in the Open Cup.”
Brian Mullan, on Seattle Sounders: “They have a lot of quality players on their team. They scored a good goal in the first half, and then made the most of it.”
Ian Russell, on game: “It is really frustrating for us. They got that one chance and scored on it, which is a really frustrating way to lose. I thought we dominated the game, but we couldn’t score, and now we are out of the Cup.”
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
San Jose Earthquakes 0, Seattle Sounders 1
Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wash. Attendance: 2,510
SJ – GK Pat Onstad, D Craig Waibel (Richard Mulrooney, 63rd), D Eddie Robinson, D Jeff Agoos, D Todd Dunivant, M Brian Mullan, M Ramiro Corrales, M Ronnie Ekelund (Jamil Walker, 76th), M Ian Russell (Chris Ronér, 80th) F Manny Lagos (Landon Donovan, 57th), F Brian Ching
SEA – GK Rich Cullen, D Danny Jackson, D Ryan Edwards, D Zach Scott, D Scott Jenkins, M Jason Farrell, M Andrew Gregor, M Viet Nguyen (Darren Sawatzky, 73rd), M Alex Bengard (Sean Michael-Callahan, 78th) F Marco Velez (Chad Brown, 86th) F Kyle Smith (Kevin Sakuda, 63rd)
Smith (Bengard), SEA, 41st.
Russell (Yellow), SJ, 19th; Gregor (Yellow), SEA, 25th; Jenkins (Yellow), SEA, 33rd;
Ekelund (Yellow), SJ, 69th; Edwards (Yellow), SEA, 71st; Sakuda (Yellow), SEA, 82nd;
Cullen, (Yellow), SEA, 89th; Donovan (Yellow), SJ, 90th;
» 08.02.03 - Quotes & Notes from MLS AllStar Game:
MLS ALL-STAR HEAD COACH BOB BRADLEY
On the match:
"I thought it was a great match. It was a terrific atmosphere. Chivas is a very good team and came out strong and played very well in the first half. I felt like we had a group in the second half that got things going and we were able to step up the pace and get some goals."
On the tactical change from the first half to the second:
"Chivas came out and really seemed to press us. Our best opportunities in the first half were on counters. They put so many people forward early that had we been sharper in the counter we may have gotten chances. In the second half I thought the work in the center of the field of Armas, Donovan and Cienfuegos made a big deal. We were able to keep the ball more in the second half and won more of the 50-50 battles and that's what I think made the difference in the second half."
On the DaMarcus Beasley goal:
"As we got things going in the center of the field during the second half. I thought we were able to spring DaMarcus more on the left side. He is so quick at getting by people and beating people and it developed into a goal."
On the format of MLS All-Stars vs. international club team:
"I hated the MTV All-Star Games of the past years. I think we have young talent in this League that we need to show off the right way. I never enjoyed some of the antics as much as some people. Now you have a game which shows off the talents of the players. I think today's game did that. But in the midst of a busy season you don't want to have players injured. But in terms of showing off our League we want to have exhibitions that are the real thing."
MLS HONDA ALL-STAR MVP CARLOS RUIZ
"I was alone in front of the goalkeeper. It was just a good cross from (Carlos) Bocanegra. Oswaldo Sanchez is one of the best goalkeepers in the Mexican league and it's an honor to score against him. It was a team goal because we created it together."
MLS ALL-STAR MIDFIELDER DAMARCUS BEASLEY
On the game:
"Any time you play against a Mexican team you want to win. There is so much history and rivalry. It doesn’t what team it is playing Mexico - it is a huge rivalry."
On the competitive nature of the encounter:
"It was a hard fought game and the fans want to see a competitive fight and not gius scoring goals. I think there was attacking and defending on both sides and we gave fans what they want to see. Hopefully this format stays and it's something that I think both MLS and the fans want to see - not something where it's 8-8 at the end of the game."
MLS ALL-STAR DEFENDER FRANKIE HEJDUK
General thoughts on the game:
“The main thing about today, is that it was an entertaining game for the fans. It was a different type of game, because it was against our rival. Whenever we play Mexico, or a Mexican team, we want to play hard, and that’s what we did today. It was fun.”
MLS ALL-STAR MIDFIELDER LANDON DONOVAN
On the attacking nature of the game:
"The game opened up a lot and there were a lot of chances and a lot of space. But there were kicks that don’t exist in East vs. West battles. It’s difficult."
On what competitive conclusions can be drawn from the game:
"I think the League will view it as a success and it’s a success for us. We don’t ever want to lose the game. I don’t know – it doesn’t matter to me ... I think MLS teams have always been as good as Mexican league teams. I’ve watched Mexican league soccer and think it’s good but the two leagues drawing today wouldn’t have made things any different at all."
On DaMarcus Beasley's goal:
"I was behind DaMarcus when he played the ball and when he scored. I wasn’t going to steal Beasley's goal anyway. I could have tapped it in but I didn’t want to. I was surprised it went in. I thought maybe it would hit the post It was an unbelievable angle. But don’t let him trick you that he was trying to do that."
On Chivas owner Jorge Vergara's interest in investing in the League:
"I think any owner that wants to invest and come into the League that’s their choice. You see it around the world. If he wants to come and invest, we’ll take it."
CD GUADALAJARA (CHIVAS) HEAD COACH EDUARDO DE LA TORRE
On the MLS All-Star performance:
"The team is composed of the very best of the MLS and they demand respect. We dominated the first half and then they turned it around in the second one. Today it was proven that MLS and soccer in the U.S. has come to a point that it can compete against everyone in the world."
On the pro Chivas crowd:
"It is always a obligation to play in front of one or 60,000 Chivas fans. We are always going to be putting on the best performance for them every were we appear. A win can’t always be secured, but you can rest assure that we are always going to give 110 percent effort on the field."
CD GUADALAJARA GOALKEEPER OSWALDO SANCHEZ
On The Home Depot Center and the crowd:
"It is always great to play in facilities like this. The crowd usually comes out when Chivas is around, it is a great responsibility to represent and defend our colors."
On the media speculation of a Chivas team in San Diego:
"It is great that Mr. Vergara is going to bring a team to the U.S., weather it is in San Diego or any other city it is going to be a great success."
On the Americans' success against Mexican teams:
“They are clearly a very good team that plays extremely well. Like all American teams they play their hardest against Mexican teams. Clearly the level of the game in the United States has improved a lot and while we won the CONCACAF Gold Cup, they played very well.”
CD GUADALAJARA FORWARD JAIR GARCIA
On his goal:
"It is always good to score in front of a good crowd like this, but we really wanted the win to go back home happy."
On the team's performance in the first half:
“It was a friendly but it always hurts to lose but there were many positives to take from the game. We clearly dominated the major part of the first half but we did not take care of our chances and that way they were able to beat us."
On his goal dedication:
“The goal was for my daughter who was born this week.
On what his team takes out of the match:
“Logically we still need to improve a lot and this was shown in today’s game. We have to keep working and come back from this loss. There were positives, especially in the first half.”
CD GUADALAJARA MIDFIELDER MANUEL SOL
On the final result:
“I think it was a very good game and one that was really hard fought even though it was a friendly. I felt that we had a lot of chances to score but we couldn’t convert them. Overall I am happy that we gave all the fans a great show. " From MLSNet.com.
» 08.02.03 - MLS AllStars down Chivas 3-1:
CARSON, CA. – The best of MLS defeated the visiting CD Guadalajara 3-1 in the 2003 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game Saturday afternoon at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. All four goals came in the second half, with Ante Razov, Carlos Ruiz and DaMarcus Beasley all tallying for the MLS All-Stars. Jair Garcia scored the lone goal for Chivas in front of a sellout crowd at the Galaxy’s home stadium.
Kansas City midfielder Preki made MLS history in the match, becoming the only player to start all eight All-Star games.
Following a spirited but scoreless first half, MLS All-Stars Head Coach Bob Bradley made a series of offensive-minded changes at the halftime break, bringing on the potent combination of Ante Razov (Chicago Fire), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), and Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy) to bolster the MLS attack.
Bradley’s gamble paid off in the 57th minute, as the MLS All-Stars strung together an impressive display of combination play to break the deadlock. Landon Donovan started the scoring play on the left flank, playing a delicate ball into tight space for second half substitute Mauricio Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos gave the ball right back to the overlapping Donovan, springing the San Jose star into the penalty area. As Oswaldo Sánchez rushed forward to cut down the angle, Donovan coolly slipped the ball across the face of the net leaving Razov with an easy tap-in.
Chivas equalized in the 66th minute, as Jair Garcia found the back of the net for CD Guadalajara. Midfielder Manuel Sol sent a perfect long ball over the top, picking out Garcia’s well-timed run. A single deft touch on the ball put Garcia around Hartman inside the penalty area, and the Mexican striker slotted the ball into the back of the undefended net.
Immediately after the Garcia tally, Chivas Head Coach Eduardo de la Torre swapped out Garcia for Miguel Sabah in an attempt to improve the team’s defensive effort.
Ruiz put MLS back on top in the 68th minute, immediately recovering from Garcia’s equalizer. Chicago Fire defender Carlos Bocanegra curled a long ball over the top to Ruiz as the Guatemalan striker raced down the central channel. Covered tightly by a pair of Chivas defenders, Ruiz got above his markers and hammered a header past Sánchez for the 2-1 lead.
The MLS All-Stars tacked on a controversial goal in the 83rd minute, as the Chicago Fire’s DaMarcus Beasley’s dogged determination put MLS up 3-1. Ruiz threaded a pass forward to Razov on the edge of the penalty area, who quickly laid it off to Beasley. The Assistant Referee on the far side raised his flag, but the offside call was immediately waved off by referee Kevin Terry and play was allowed to continue.
Beasley centering attempt was deflected by the recovering Chivas defense, but the speedy Chicago midfielder chased down the ball on the end line. With Oswaldo Sánchez out of position, Beasley capped off the day’s scoring with a sharp angle shot that rolled casually over the goal line.
Chivas – coordinated by midfield maestro Ramon Ramirez – had the better chances of the opening stanza, but could not find the back of the net.
Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was called upon several times in the first half, making several key saves against a dynamic Chivas attack. In the ninth minute of play, Ramon Ramirez sprang Jair Garcia with a perfectly-timed ball that split the MLS defense. Garcia rushed into a one-on-one break against Hartman, who rushed off of his line to make a sliding save with his left knee.
Hartman came up big again in the 26th minute, tipping a Garcia shot over the crossbar to keep the match scoreless. Ramirez again marshaled the Chivas attack, picking out Rafael Medina on the right flank, giving Medina a path to goal. As MetroStars defender Eddie Pope tracked back to cover, Medina sent a cross to the far post for Garcia. Garcia’s header tested Hartman’s positioning, as the Galaxy `keeper was forced to switch directions before touching the attempt over the bar.
Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk orchestrated the best MLS chance of the half, serving up a lovely ball to the near post in the 13th minute. New England striker Taylor Twellman was in place to make the play, but got tangled with a lunging Joel Sánchez directly in front of the net. Preki handled the ensuing corner kick, feeding Ryan Nelsen of D.C. United in front of the goal. Nelsen nodded the ball down sharply, but Chivas goalkeeper Oswaldo Sánchez was able to smother the chance just moments before Twellman could put away the loose ball.
Bocanegra drew a spirited reaction from the crowd with a precision tackle in the 33rd minute. Rafael Medina carried the ball inside the MLS penalty area, forcing Bocanegra to make a lunging slide tackle to dispossess the multi-talented Chivas star. Bocanegra’s challenge was timed perfectly, stealing the ball off of the foot of Medina and defusing the attack.
Ruiz had several golden chances for MLS, and was a constant threat in the Chivas defensive third. In the 53rd minute, Ruiz launched on a fast break run from the midfield circle, absorbing two bumps from Chivas defenders as he raced into the penalty area. In alone against the goalkeeper, Ruiz’s last touch failed him, and his shot flew just over the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Preki’s forward pressure forced a turnover along the end line, as he wrestled the ball away from Joel Sánchez and slipped the ball to the near post for a lurking Ruiz. Tight marking forced Ruiz take a second touch on the ball, deflecting his attempt wide.
Ruiz forced Sánchez off of his line again in the 61st minute, as the Chivas `keeper dove to knock the ball off of Ruiz’s feet in a desperate bid to snuff out an MLS All-Star breakaway chance.
CD Guadalajara opens the 2003 Apertura – or summer season – in Mexico’s first division on Wednesday, as Chivas plays Club Santos Laguna in Guadalajara. The season opener was originally scheduled for this weekend, but the match was postponed to allow for today’s game.
The MLS teams resume the 2003 regular season on Friday, August 8th, when San Jose travels to Kansas City. On August 5th and 6th, all ten MLS teams are featured in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Honda Most Valuable Player – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Guadalajara Chivas vs. MLS All-Stars *August 02, 2003 -- The Home Depot Center*
Goals by Period 1 2 Tot
Guadalajara Chivas 0 1 1
MLS All-Stars 0 3 3
MLS -- Ante Razov 10 (Landon Donovan 5, Mauricio Cienfuegos 2) 57
CDJ -- Jair Garcia 1 (Manuel Sol 1) 66
MLS -- Carlos Ruiz 9 (Carlos Bocanegra 2) 68
MLS -- DaMarcus Beasley 5 (unassisted) 83
Guadalajara Chivas -- Oswaldo Sanchez, Omar Rodriguez (Hector Reynoso 51), Joel Sanchez, Heriberto Morales (Francisco Rodriguez 81), Juan Pablo Alfaro, Johnny Garcia, Manuel Sol (Omar Bravo 75), Carlos Salcido, Rafael Medina, Jair Garcia (Miguel Sabah 67), Ramon Ramirez (Luis Alonso Sandoval 28) (Ramon Morales 75).
Substitutes Not Used: Jorge Barrera, Luis Ernesto Michel.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Rafael Medina 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Jair Garcia 3, Rafael Medina 3); FOULS: 16 (Jair Garcia 3); OFFSIDES: 7 (Jair Garcia 2); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Rafael Medina 3, Manuel Sol 3); SAVES: 1 (Oswaldo Sanchez 1)
MLS All-Stars -- Kevin Hartman, Danny Califf, Eddie Pope (Hong Myung-Bo 46), Carlos Bocanegra, Frankie Hejduk, Amado Guevara (Landon Donovan 46), Ryan Nelsen (Chris Armas 46), Preki (Mauricio Cienfuegos 56), DaMarcus Beasley, Clint Mathis (Ante Razov 46) (Kyle Martino 89), Taylor Twellman (Carlos Ruiz 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Carlos Ruiz 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1); FOULS: 11 (Ryan Nelsen 2, Carlos Ruiz 2); OFFSIDES: 7 (Taylor Twellman 4); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Preki 3); SAVES: 9 (Kevin Hartman 9)
MLS -- Ryan Nelsen (caution; Tackle from Behind) 14
CDJ -- Joel Sanchez (caution; Reckless Foul) 36
CDJ -- Heriberto Morales (caution; Reckless Foul) 51
CDJ -- Hector Reynoso (caution; Reckless Foul) 69
CDJ -- Miguel Sabah (caution; Reckless Foul) 74
Referee: Kevin Terry
Referee's Assistants: -Chris Strickland; Steven Davidson
4th Official: Alex Prus
Time of Game: 1:56
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