Training Report: Morrow returns from loan

Rookie defender back from stint with Tampa Bay Rowdies; Quakes tight-lipped about playoff scena

Mum’s the word around the San Jose Earthquakes locker room for the moment – at least when you talk about playoff clinchers.

With the Quakes potentially one game away from securing their first post-season trip since returning to MLS in 2008, players and coaches were reluctant to jinx what could be a momentous weekend.

One opinion was reiterated: D.C. United shouldn’t be taken lightly.

United stunned Colorado last weekend, stealing points from the playoff-contending Rapids with a 1-0 result. D.C. also gave San Jose fits earlier in the season, drawing even, 1-1, at Buck Shaw Stadium in July.

SCRIMMAGE TIME
The Quakes scrimmaged on a short field with half-size goals for a majority of practice.

Geovanni nearly provided a moment of brilliance, leaping to scissor kick a ball at his shoulder. The result was a blast toward goal that was deflected away, but the attempt drew ooh’s and ah’s from the media members in attendance.

Bobby Convey had a moment of his own after giving Brad Ring a swim move on the sideline to reach a ball that was well defended by the Quakes rookie. Convey went at Ring at full speed on the right before quickly shifting to the left before tapping a pass to Wondolowski in the center. Wondo returned the favor, passing back to Convey for the finish.

MORROW RETURNS FROM LOAN
Justin Morrow returned to Earthquakes training for the first time since his loan to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on September 3.

“It was great to get out there and play again, but I’m happy to be back in San Jose, especially at a great time like this going into the playoffs,” Morrow said.

Morrow played every minute of his five games with the Rowdies.