MLS Ticker: Lenhart to have surgery, Quakes beat Rapids, and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The San Jose Earthquakes were hit by the injury bug when it was announced that forward Steven Lenhart would require knee surgery.

The surgery will rule the forward out for the Earthquakes opener against Real Salt Lake. Lenhart will miss 2 to 4 weeks. The forward picked up the injury during the team's training stint in England and an MRI earlier this week revealed that the forward would require surgery. 

Lenhart had been instrumental during the preseason for the Earthquakes since being picked up from the Columbus Crew for San Jose's first round draft pick. It is believed that Lenhart's rise will eventually push Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski to the center of midfield.

Here's more MLS news to get you through Saturday:

EARTHQUAKES BEAT RAPIDS, 1-0

The San Jose Earthquakes got a small bit of revenge against the Rapids on Friday.

Chris Wondolowski scored a penalty kick goal as San Jose defeated Colorado in front of nearly 3,000 people on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Forward Ryan Johnson drew the penalty after a foul by Marvell Wynne at the edge of the penalty box. 

Both teams will face off agaisnt the Cal Poly Mustangs in closed door scrimmages on Saturday, March 5th.

LA GALAXY DEFEATS CANADA U-23s

The LA Galaxy defeated the Canadian U-23 team, 4-0.Miguel Lopez, Mike Magee, Jovan Kirovski and Adam Cristman scored for the Galaxy while Josh Saunders and Brian Perk kept the cleansheet for Los Angeles. The match was the first for new homegrown signing Jack McBean. Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Donovan Ricketts did not take part in the match.

The LA Galaxy take on UCLA on Sunday, March 6th in what may be their final preseason scrimmage.

RED BULLS DEFEAT FC TUSCON, 3-1

The New York Red Bulls defeated Arizona club, FC Tuscon, 3-1 off a Corey Hertzog brace on Friday night. The Red Bulls used a primarily reserve squad with Hertzog scoring the first two goals. In the match, homegrown defender Sachir Hot was injured forcing coach Mike Petke to come into the match and play the final 12 minutes. 

New York returns to action on Saturday, March 5th against Sporting KC in Tucson.

REVS SIGN 18-YEAR-OLD NIGERIAN

The New England Revolution added Nigerian midfielder Michael Augustine. The 18-year-old scored 18 goals for FCT Abuja since joining in 2008. He will join the club at their training camp in Georgia and will take up one of the club's International spot.

CHIVAS USA TO FACE UCLA ON SATURDAY

Chivas USA has been struggling to score goals due to the injury of Justin Braun, but the Rojiblancos will get one final preseason match to get into gear. Chivas USA takes on UCLA on Saturday at 10:30 EST at the Home Depot Center.

The match is open to the public.

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6 Responses to MLS Ticker: Lenhart to have surgery, Quakes beat Rapids, and more

  1. chris says:

    petkes back

  2. Lorenzo says:

    Hopefully New England can find/develop African players that get big transfer fees so they can finally, I don’t know.. BUILD A STADIUM!!!

    I know, I know, they have to find the right situation and place, but come on

  3. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Alejandro Bedoya for USMNT forward!

  4. WK says:

    Its a shame about Lenhart, but the Quakes have actually got some useful depth this year. New signing Ellis McLoughlin made the steal and pass to Johnson for the penalty call, Rafael Baca looked right at home for more than a half-hour as an attacking CM, and Busch, Wondo, and Gjertsen have picked up right where they left off.

    oh, and Bobby Convey set up the game winner by another trialist Matt Luzunaris in today’s reserve match as well. i just love opening day optimism!

  5. adikus says:

    i live in SLO and there was nOOOOO ads for the Rapids/ Earthquakes game… super disappointing.