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Tag Archives: San Jose Earthquakes

What Your Team Needs to do to Win MLS Cup 2012

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Tonight the road to MLS Cup 2012 begins with Chicago hosting Houston in the Eastern Conference 4/5 game.  Over the next month ten teams will battle to determine who is the best team in MLS this season (at least, the … Continue reading

Loss to Seattle Shows Fallacy of Chivas Playoff Hopes

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In political parlance, the “laugh test” is the method to determine the reality of a proposal or idea, as in if a person laughs when you tell them your solution to a problem, it both unrealistic and ridiculous.  A few … Continue reading

MLS Must Show Spine and Suspend Beckham

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It’s finally come.  After a few years of dangerous tackles and public outbursts against officials, MLS finally has a very public example of poor behavior by David Beckham that will either lead to a suspension or a discrediting of league … Continue reading

MLS Preview ’12 – San Jose Earthquakes

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Team: San Jose Earthquakes Coach: Frank Yallop Last Season: 8-12-14, 7th Western Conference, 14th Overall Hashtag: #SJEarthquakes Although it is an overused phrase, this year is a critical year for the San Jose ‘Quakes.  The team is at a crossroads and this season … Continue reading

Offseason on the Brink: 3 Questions for San Jose

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This time last year, the San Jose Earthquakes were riding high.  They had upset the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference playoffs and had seen the emergence of Chris Wondolowski as a bona fide goal scorer.  Although the … Continue reading

How Your Team Can Win or Lose This Weekend: Part 2

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  As promised, here is the second half of this weekend’s preview, where we review the late games Saturday night and the one Sunday game. Colorado Rapids v. San Jose Earthquakes (Saturday, 9 PM ET) This game may be the … Continue reading

Why Tonight’s MLS Games are Critical to the Playoff Race

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It’s catch-up time.  In both games in hand and playoff positioning. In the shadow of the CONCACAF Champions League matches six MLS clubs will take the pitch tonight in critical games for playoff positioning.  One of the matches is a … Continue reading

In Defense of Diving

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Jon Busch was having quite a game.  The San Jose keeper had made a few really good saves and the ‘Quakes were hanging on against Real Salt Lake.  Despite being outplayed, it looked like the home visiting team could grab … Continue reading

Cunningham Milestone Goal Highlights Intense Night of MLS Action

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MLS fans were treated to four games last night instead of the usual one or two, as the schedule makers begin to crowd in a few more league games in anticipation of international friendlies and late-season CONCACAF Champions League matches. … Continue reading

The Hot Seat is on for These Coaches

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Seven or eight games into the season and teams begin to take a hard look at their position at the table.  It’s still too early to declare teams out of the race especially with a 34 game schedule, but the … Continue reading

How Legit are the Columbus Crew?

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On March 19, the Columbus Crew dejectedly walked out of RFK Stadium in Washington on the wrong side of a 3-1 game.  The team allowed two Charlie Davies goals (one a penalty kick) and looked outclassed, out played, and in … Continue reading

New Playoff Format Cements Role of Conferences in MLS

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Just weeks before the beginning of the season, MLS yesterday finally released its playoff format for the 2011 season.  As dreaded, it will include 10 of the 18 MLS teams, and officials acknowledged the number could change as more teams … Continue reading

MLS Unveils First Matches of 2011 Season

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The cold days of winter have gotten a little sunlight – MLS today unveiled their schedule for “First Kick 2011″, the first home games for every MLS team in the upcoming season.  The week will be the first week of … Continue reading

Ambitious Predictions for the Eastern Conference Final

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Tonight the Eastern Conference final will kick off in Colorado at 9:30 Eastern on Fox Soccer Channel.  In a playoff full of upsets, this matchup epitomizes the postseason so far: the visitors are the lowest playoff seed who were led … Continue reading

Which Team(s) Will Pull the Upset This Weekend?

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With San Jose’s dramatic victory last night, they will await this weekend’s slate of matches to see who their next round opponent will be.  Their upset victory has set the stage for an interest weekend of matches where we could … Continue reading

Will Wondolowski Get a Call Up to the National Team?

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Chris Wondolowski has had a dream season.  He finally broke out this year with a league-leading 18 goals and almost single-handedly led San Jose to the playoffs, where they will try and pull out a win at New York tonight.  … Continue reading

Predicting the MLS Best XI

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MLS has already announced its award finalists for the 2010 season and throughout the month will be slowly unveiling the winners of each award (congratulations Andy Najar and Donovan Ricketts).  On November 15, MLS will announce the Best XI for … Continue reading