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MLS – Wondo scores, but San Jose Earthquakes Fall 3-1 to Leicester City in their last game in England

MLS – Wondo scores, but San Jose Earthquakes Fall 3-1 to Leicester City in their last game in England

 
Chris Wondolowski celebrates with his teammates. PHOTO by Michael Pimentel / isiphotos.com

Chris Wondolowski celebrates with his teammates. PHOTO by Michael Pimentel / isiphotos.com

LEICESTER, England, February 24, 2011.  Chris Wondolowski scored the lone goal in a 3-1 loss against a Leicester City squad that included several first team players Thursday afternoon.

After falling behind 2-0, Steven Lenhart put pressure on the Leicester City goalkeeper, forcing a giveaway that Wondolowski one-timed into an empty net eight minutes after halftime. Ellis McLoughlin had a chance to pull one back in the 90th minute after trialist Matt Luzunaris drew a penalty, but the ensuing penalty kick was saved.

Leicester City grabbed the lead early after confusion in the back allowed Oli Chamberlain to take control at the top of the box with a clear shot on goal. Chamberlain slotted his shot into the net in the eighth minute.

Nathan Hicks doubled Leicester City’s lead in the 18th minute and Danny Uchechi knocked in the third with a penalty in the 60th minute.

San Jose will return to California on Sunday. Next up in the preseason action is a trip to San Luis Obispo for a friendly against defending the MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids on March 4.

Leicester City 3:0 San Jose Earthquakes

Preseason Exhibition (90 minutes), Leicester, England

SCORING SUMMARY:

1-0   Oli Chamberlain (unassisted) 8, LC –

2-0  Nathan Hicks (unassisted) 18,

2-1  Chris Wondolowski (unassisted) 53,

3-1  Danny Uchechi (Penalty) 60.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES – Jon Busch, Tim Ward (Justin Morrow 45), Ike Opara (Bobby Burling 60), Brandon McDonald (Steven Beitashour 60), Ramiro Corrales (Chris Leitch 28, Travis Pillon 68), Joey Gjertsen (Ellis McLoughlin 60), Sam Cronin (Brad Ring 60), Khari Stephenson (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 60), Chris Wondolowski (Tony Donatelli 68), Ryan Johnson (Trialist 60), Steven Lenhart (Matt Luzunaris 60) 

LEICESTER CITY – Robert Ambrusics, Miguel Vitor, Aleksander Tunchev (Robert Paratore 65), Tom Parkes ,Bruno  Berner (Theo Brown 85), Nathan Hicks, Ben Milnes, Moreno, Danny Uchechi, Leon Crncic (Craig King 70), Elliott Chamberlain.

 

MLS – San Jose Earthquakes Earn 3-0 Win Over Colchester United in Friendly

 

Ellis McLoughlin scored 2 goals for the Earthquakes. PHOTO John Dorton / ISIPhotos.com

Ellis McLoughlin scored 2 goals for the Earthquakes. PHOTO John Dorton / ISIPhotos.com

LONDON, England, February 23, 2011 – A pair of trialists powered the San Jose Earthquakes past Colchesterville United 3-0 on Wednesday at Spurs Lodge for San Jose’s second win in as many days.

 

Ellis McLoughlin scored a brace and Matt Luzunaris tacked one on midway through the second half. McLoughlin played 90 minutes in his first action since an ankle injury suffered during the Quakes preseason trip to Ventura while Luzunaris saw 45 minutes of action after subbing on at the half.

 The Quakes had several chances early on, but it was McLoughlin who finally broke the stalemate with a blast from 25 yards out. Playing as a lone striker atop a 4-5-1, McLoughlin would head home his brace in the second half thanks to service from Steven Beitashour on the left.

 

McLoughlin wasn’t done, feeding the pass that sprung Luzunaris for San Jose’s third goal of the day. Luzunaris collected and finished from the middle of the area.

 

Andrew Weber and David Bingham split goalkeeper duties for the clean sheet. Weber played the first half and Bingham the second.

 

San Jose’s group of Academy players, Travis Pillon, Alfred Edmonds, Sam Engs and Nick Lima, subbed on in the 75th minute. The group has trained all week with the Tottenham Hotspur Youth Academy.

 

Next up for the Quakes is a trip to Leicester City on Thursday for the final exhibition of their 10-day trip to England.

SCORING SUMMARY: 

1-0  Ellis McLoughlin (unassisted) 25;

2-0 Ellis McLoughlin (Steven Beitashour) 55;

3-0 Matt Luzunaris (Ellis McLoughlin, Brad Ring) 60.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-5-1): Andrew Weber (David Bingham 45), Chris Leitch (Travis Pillon 75), Bobby Burling (Sam Engs 75), Justin Morrow, Steven Beitashour (Alfred Edmonds 75), Tony Donatelli (Nick Lima 75), Anthony Ampaipitakwong (Khari Stephenson 45), Brad Ring, Trialist A, Trialist B (Matt Luzunaris 45), Ellis McLoughlin.

 MLS – San Jose Earthquakes defeat EPL Birmingham City 4-0 in friendly

Steven Lenhart scored 2 goals for the Earthquakes vs. Birmingham. PHOTO Andrew Katsampes / ISIPhotos.com

Steven Lenhart scored 2 goals for the Earthquakes vs. Birmingham. PHOTO Andrew Katsampes / ISIPhotos.com

BIRMINGHAM CITY, England, February 22, 2011  Steven Lenhart scored a brace to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 4-0 result against a group of reserves from Birmingham City on Tuesday at the Blues training ground.

Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring in the 38th minute with a header from close range. Joey Gjertsen initially played in a corner kick that was cleared back to him. Gjertsen took a touch and then directed a cross to the near post that Wondolowski finished powerfully past the Birmingham keeper.

The Quakes scored twice in the dying embers of the first half to take a commanding 3-0 lead. With one minute remaining in the half, Wondolowski sent a through ball that sprung Lenhart for a 1v1 with Birmingham City’s keeper. Lenhart blasted a shot to the far post for a 2-0 lead.

Moments later, Gjertsen turned his man and immediately fired a shot from 25 yards out that curled into the left corner, a cracker that drew praise from both technical staffs after the match to give the Quakes a 3-0 lead going into half time.

Lenhart completed the scoring for San Jose in the 84th minute. Ryan Johnson tapped a pass on the left to an overlapping Ramiro Corrales. San Jose’s captain took the ball to the touchline and whipped a cross into the penalty box that Lenhart dove to meet and headed mid-flight to complete his brace.

San Jose’s defense looked in form with Tim Ward, Ike Opara, Brandon McDonald, Corrales and goalkeeper Jon Busch composing the back five. Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop also picked out Sam Cronin as a key to the defensive effort from his spot as a holding midfielder.

The Quakes starters all went the full 90 minutes. On Wednesday, San Jose’s reserves will play League One side Colchester United at Spurs Lodge. The final match of the week will be played at Leicester City on Thursday.

Also of note, trialist Simon Dawkins of Tottenham Hotspur started at center midfield for San Jose. Dawkins created several chances and drew six fouls on the day.

Although a roster sheet for Birmingham City wasn’t available on Tuesday, US international Alejandro Bedoya was among the group and played a full 90 minutes for the Blues. Bedoya has ties to Swedish club Örebro and has made seven appearances for the US Men’s National Team.

San Jose Earthquakes 4, Birmingham City 0

Preseason Exhibition (90 minutes)

Feb. 22, Birmingham City Training Grounds

SCORING SUMMARY: 

1-0   Chris Wondolowski (Joey Gjertsen) 38;

2-0  Steven Lenhart (Wondolowski) 45.

3-0  Joey  Gjertsen (Tim Ward) 45;

4-0 Steven Lenhart (Ramiro Corrales, Ryan Johnson) 84.

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY: None.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Jon Busch, Tim Ward, Ike Opara, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales, Joey Gjertsen, Sam Cronin, Simon Dawkins, Ryan Johnson, Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart.

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