Los Angeles Soccer: Tony Donatelli

Quakes wrap Oxnard stay, beat Fusion

February, 11, 2011
The San Jose Earthquakes finished a week-long So Cal training camp with a 2-1 victory Friday afternoon over the Ventura County Fusion in a closed-door scrimmage at Oxnard College. Tony Donatelli and an unidentified trialist scored the Quakes' goals in the first half.

The Quakes are not publicly identifying trialists, although coach Frank Yallop has confirmed several, including Loyola Marymount product Rafael Baca and former UCLA star Maxwell Griffin. San Jose primarily used trialists, draft choices and young players Friday.

Patrick Otte, a midfielder from Thousand Oaks who has played in English club Middlesbrough's academy, tallied in the 57th minute for the Fusion, the Premier Development League's reigning Southwest Division champion.

The Quakes went 1-1-1 during their trip, losing, 1-0, Monday to Chivas USA and tying the Galaxy, 1-1, on Thursday.

Earthquakes draft pick Spencer Thompson, from UC Irvine, played for the Fusion.


Ventura County Fusion:
Sam Hayden; Dylan Riley, Ivan Becerra, Jack Avesyan, Willie Rupert, Manny Guzman, Rodrigo Lopez, Danny Barrera, Diego Barrera, Artur Aghasyan, Spencer Thompson. Subs: Jordan King, Gabe Gonzalez, John Lopez, Patrick Otte, Ivan Mirkovich, Raul Yepez, Rosario Bras.

San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham (Andrew Weber, 45); Steven Beitashour, Brad Ring, unidentified trialist, Justin Morrow; unidentified trialist, Tony Donatelli, unidentified trialist (Anthony Ampaipitakwong, 61), unidentified trialist (unidentified trialist, 51); Omar Jasseh, unidentified trialist.

MLS Quick Look: San Jose Earthquakes

February, 7, 2011

The San Jose Earthquakes arrived Sunday for a week of training at Oxnard College, and they've got scrimmages planned against Chivas USA, the Galaxy and the Ventura County Fusion.

The Quakes meet Chivas on Monday afternoon at Home Depot Center Field 4, west of the main stadium. They'll face the Galaxy on Thursday at the HDC track and field stadium and take on the Premier Development League's Fusion on Friday at Oxnard College.

Here's a quick look at the Earthquakes:


The Galaxy's former No. 1 rival, before Chivas USA arrived and MLS's original Clash/Quakes hightailed it to Houston after the 2005 season. This model returned to MLS in 2008, with Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff (encouraged by super soccer fan/A's GM Billy Beane) putting up the money, former star center back John Doyle as GM and the return of coach Frank Yallop, who guided the previous Quakes to MLS titles in 2001 and 2003. They reached the playoffs last year, knocking off Eastern Conference champ New York to make it to the MLS Cup semifinals.


Yallop is no stranger to these parts. The English-born Canadian former defender was the Galaxy's head coach the last part of 2006 and during that wasted 2007 campaign, unfairly jettisoned afterward with the Quakes asking for his hand.

Yallop, who's one of the really good guys in MLS, spent 13 seasons with Ipswich Town, played in Tampa Bay in the first three MLS seasons, then worked for the Mutiny and then at D.C. United before taking over in San Jose in 2001. After three seasons and two MLS Cup titles, he became Canada's national team coach, a post he left for the Galaxy job after failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.


The closest thing San Jose has to a star is forward/midfielder Chris Wondolowski, who burst into everyone's consciousness last year (his sixth in MLS) with 18 goals, 10 of them in the final eight games, to swipe the Golden Boot from L.A.'s Edson Buddle on the final day of the season.

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