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11 August 12:12 pm

Any Earthquakes player who scores against the LA Galaxy earns a special place in the hearts of San Jose faithful.

Score against the Galaxy in your debut to help earn a crucial road point – well, that’s another level.

Matias Perez Garcia started and played 83 minutes in San Jose’s 2-2 draw against the Galaxy on Friday. About a half hour in, he hammered a nifty back-heel pass from Chris Wondolowski for his first career MLS goal.

PEREZ GARCIA, WONDO UP FOR AT&T MLS GOAL OF THE WEEK

That goal made Perez Garcia the ninth player in Earthquakes history to score in his club debut and the fourth to do it against the Galaxy. At 31 minutes, it was also the fifth-fastest goal in a club debut for San Jose (Brian Ching holds the record at 59 seconds).

Here’s the full list of debut goal scorers – not bad company for MPG.

Date

Player

Opponent

Result

Aug. 8, 2014

Matias Perez Garcia

at LA Galaxy

T 2-2

June 18, 2005

Kelly Gray

Real Salt Lake

W 3-0

April 12, 2003

Brian Ching

at Colorado

W 2-1

April 12, 2003

Todd Dunivant

at Colorado

W 2-1

April 7, 2001

Dwayne De Rosario

at LA Galaxy

W 3-2

June 11, 1998

Francisco Uribe

at Chicago

L 2-5

April 12, 1997

Ronald Cerritos

at LA Galaxy

W 4-1

April 12, 1997

Istvan Urbanyi

at LA Galaxy

W 4-1

April 6, 1996

Eric Wynalda

D.C. United

W 1-0

 

07 August 12:04 pm

Do you like numbers, sports and Chris Wondolowski cover shots?

If yes, keep an eye out for Friday's special edition of the Silicon Valley Business Journal: Business of Sports. And, in the meantime, we have a preview of the cover below as well as a brief Q&A with Lauren Hepler, an economic development reporter with SVBJ.

Lauren dropped by Earthquakes practice a couple weeks ago to check out the adidas miCoach system and its use within the soccer-scape. Here's what she had to say about the Business of Sports edition, technology in soccer and new stadium innovation:

SJEarthquakes.com: What do readers have to look forward to in the Business of Sports special edition?
Lauren Hepler (SVBJ): We really covered the whole gamut when it comes to Silicon Valley sports. The cover story focuses on wearable technology being used by pro sports teams to track player performance, which gets really interesting when it comes to how that data could maybe one day be used for things like injury prevention, salary negotiations or TV broadcasts. Other articles look at the technology powering smartphones at Levi’s Stadium, fantasy sports betting, startups offering sports coaching through videoconferencing and a how Stanford football alums have transitioned into the Silicon Valley business world. There’s tons more to come tomorrow.

SJEQ: Chris Wondolowski made the cover, which means there must be some soccer in this edition. What areas of the sport did you look at?
LH: Soccer really pervades the issue, from an up-close look at how the Quakes use wearable sensors to a Q&A with the architect designing the team’s new San Jose stadium. I thought it was interesting that one of my sources in the tech world corrected me when I asked about the big four sports leagues — NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL — and said that for his company it’s now about the big five, including Major League Soccer. It’s a potentially lucrative market that a lot of businesses are circling right now and sort of trying to make sense of where the financial opportunities are.

SJEQ: Many would say that soccer is a sport that's unquantifiable. What's your take on the use of big data in the sport?
LH: That’s a fascinating area, especially when it comes to wearable sensors. When you think about biometric data from an athlete — how far they’re running in a game or how long their heart rate is elevated in practice, for instance — the people I interviewed stressed that it’s all about context. Raw numbers don’t necessarily do you much good, especially in a real game. You have to consider things like individual athlete’s medical histories, how a player should function within a given formation or how a player’s strategy might shift if he or she is looking to exploit a particular weakness on an opposing team.

SJEQ: If you had to make one bold prediction about the use of technology in soccer, what would it be?
LH: Data-driven soccer is already here, from scouting software that allows teams to check out young players around the world to wearable sensors that capture physical data from training sessions. The next frontier is how this all moves from the front office or the training facility to an actual game. My guess is that you’ll see wearable technology in MLS games within the next few years — but the big question is how players’ unions help hammer out the specifics, like what data is considered private medical information or whether biometric data can be used in salary negotiations.

SJEQ: What's the coolest innovation you've seen in a new stadium project?
LH: There’s a lot going on with super advanced cameras and other sensors in sports venues. I hear a lot of it started in NASCAR, but it’s things like using sensors strategically positioned around a stadium or a race track to clock how fast or how far a player or a car is traveling. I understand that they used that sort of technology at the World Cup to show how much ground individual players covered, versus the average distance covered by the whole team. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how those technologies designed to increase entertainment value overlap with the data being collected by teams themselves, since most of the latter is kept private by teams or leagues right now.

06 August 2:40 pm

The Earthquakes posted their fourth clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s grand opening of Levi’s Stadium, blanking conference-leading Seattle Sounders FC 1-0.

There were plenty of positives to take from the match – Chris Wondolowski channeling his inner John Stockon, Yannick Djalo finding the net for the second-straight game and Jon Busch’s continued heroics in goal, among them.

Maybe the most important thing to take away from the win: backline consistency.

Every team goes through their share of injury woes, but few have been as unfortunate as the Earthquakes in 2014, specifically on the backline. Offseason signing Andreas Gorlitz went down with a season-ending ACL tear against Colorado on May 7, Brandon Barklage has battled through multiple knocks, Jason Hernandez went on a two-month hiatus after a badly strained quad in the season opener against Real Salt Lake, Clarence Goodson will be in a boot for the next 6-8 weeks due to a sprained toe and both Shaun Francis and Jordan Stewart have missed games with various ailments. Center back Victor Bernardez has been a model of good health, but was MIA for six games while representing Honduras at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Long story short: Every Earthquakes defender has missed time due to injury or international duty this season.

Fortunately for San Jose, they seem to have found some consistency. Shaun Francis, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez and Jordan Stewart have started three straight games together, compiling a 2-0-1 record in the process. The last time San Jose started the same group on its backline in three-straight games? August of 2013. And it’s only happened three times since the beginning of the 2013 season.

As any player or coach would tell you, winning in MLS is tough enough due to parity, lengthy travel and various other homefield advantages, but winning without a consistent back four is even more difficult. Don’t be surprised if you see more clean sheets as the defensive unit continues to gel during this period of (relatively) good health.

Games

RB

RCB

LCB

LB

# Times

3/15 vs. RSL

Cato

Bernardez

Hernandez

Francis

1

3/22 at SKC

Cato

Bernardez

Goodson

Francis

1

3/29 vs. NE

Barklage

Bernardez

Goodson

Stewart

1

4/13 vs. CLB

Barklage

Bernardez

Goodson

Stewart

2

4/19 at COL

Gorlitz

Bernardez

Goodson

Harden

1

4/26 vs. CHV

Gorlitz

Bernardez

Goodson

Stewart

1

5/3 at VAN

Barklage

Bernardez

Goodson

Stewart

3

5/7 vs. COL

Gorlitz

Bernardez

Harden

Stewart

1

5/10 vs. DAL

Barklage

Bernardez

Goodson

Stewart

4

5/17 at SEA

Barklage

Harden

Stewart

Francis

1

5/25 vs. HOU

Barklage

Harden

Stewart

Francis

2

5/31 at DAL

Francis

Harden

Goodson

Stewart

1

6/7 at TOR

Barklage

Harden

Goodson

Stewart

1

6/28 vs. LA

Barklage

Harden

Hernandez

Stewart

1

7/2 vs. CHV

Barklage

Harden

Hernandez

Stewart

2

7/11 vs. DC

Barklage

Bernardez

Goodson

Stewart

5

7/19 at NY

Francis

Bernardez

Hernandez

Stewart

1

7/23 vs. CHI

Francis

Bernardez

Hernandez

Stewart

2

8/2 vs. SEA

Francis

Bernardez

Hernandez

Stewart

3

 

14 May 1:14 pm

Earthquakes defender has joined the grassroots Say No To Racism movement popularized by FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves’ banana-eating incident on April 27.

Bernardez posted a photo of himself eating a banana on Instagram with the caption, “SAY NO TO RACISM.” The 2014 FIFA World Cup bound center back from Honduras was inspired by Alves to post the image.

 “I was watching the match with Barcelona versus Villareal when someone threw the banana at Dani Alves,” Bernardez said. “Honestly, it was unsettling to watch. This should not exist in modern soccer.

“Today’s soccer world is different now – it’s better than that. Racism needs to be eradicated and it’s a joy to see footballers from across the world, such as Alves and Neymar, stand up for the cause that this will not be tolerated. It’s an inspirational movement.”

Following the 3-2 win against Villareal, Barcelona teammate Neymar posted a photo on social media of himself eating a banana. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero followed suit with Brazilian women’s national team star Marta and the movement continued to pick up steam.

Bernardez says the response he’s received has been overwhelmingly positive. Fans and teammates – past and present – have voiced their support and even joined the movement.

“It has all been positive feedback,” he said. “My Honduran teammates have written me saying they’ve been influenced to spread the message and take similar photos. The movement is catching the world by storm. A simple picture shows the world that we as athletes will not tolerate racism and we are all equal. We are all brothers and sisters and we need to show each other respect.”

Go on, Big Vic.

06 May 4:33 pm

In honor of our 40th Anniversary match versus FC Dallas on Saturday and our Hall of Fame induction of Johnny Moore, we're teaming up with Gordon Biersch to give away a throwback Moore t-shirt. 

The shirt, which features our original jersey and Moore's No. 8, will be given away to 2500 fans in attendance of Saturday's match. 

Additionally, a throwback shirt will be available for purchase at the game.  

The shirt is a replica of the Quakes training jersey which, coincidentally, is what the team wore in their first-ever match in club history because their jerseys weren't ready in time. 

You won't want to miss this one-time chance to rock some vintage Quakes gear. Buy your ticket today and arrive early! 

02 May 11:39 am

Santa Clara men’s soccer goalkeeper and San Jose Earthquakes academy product Kendall McIntosh was invited to the U-21 U.S. National Team training camp last week at the U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. McIntosh was joined by Stanford forward Jordan Morris as the only two non-professional players selected for the 21-player camp. The Sonoma native played in the second half of a 2-1 win against Mexican amateur side Club Tijuana. This was the first time McIntosh had been called up for under-21 duties after impressive stints with the U-20s and U-17s.

While playing for the U-20’s, McIntosh made three starts and played in four games heading into the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 2012, he played 495 minutes in six starts, accumulating a 3-1-0 record and a 1.00 goals-against average.

In two years with the U-17’s, McIntosh appeared in the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica, posting two clean sheets against Jamaica and Canada and a win against El Salvador to help the USA advance to the FIFA-U17 World Cup in Mexico. 

02 May 11:32 am

The maturation of Earthquakes rookie JJ Koval in the second month of the 2014 MLS season challenges the notion of an adjustment period for first-year players in the league.

The 21-year old Stanford product has become a fixture in the Quakes midfield in the month of April, logging 295 minutes in six games as a rookie, second only to Chicago Fire rookie Harry Shipp (448). After recording 120 minutes in a CONCACAF quarterfinal loss to Toluca on March 19, Koval transitioned from a gameday substitute in the first four MLS fixtures to a starting midfielder in the last two matches against Colorado on April 19 and Chivas USA on April 26.

In light of the rookies’ emergence, Major League Soccer bumped Koval to number two in the MLS Rookie Rankings, up from number five just a week earlier. After earning a 1-0 win against Chivas USA in Week 8, Soccer By Ives named Koval the SBI MLS Rookie of the Week, only the second rookie in the 2014 season to be honored.  

For the ninth overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, success has derived from an unshaken poise on the field, a quality habitually absent in first-year players. Koval’s veteran savvy is a direct result of his vocal leadership, unshaken versatility both in the midfield and defense, and growing reputation as a hard-nosed defensive juggernaut.

After a strong showing in the month of April, Koval is positioned for a bright month of May. The Quakes open the third month of the season with three matches in eight days, two of which will be played at Buck Shaw Stadium. After conceding only one goal in the last three games, Koval will look to anchor the Quakes midfield in search of consecutive three point matches, all in a day’s work for one of the most promising rookies in MLS. 

05 March 2:23 pm

Remember that time that Ellen broke the internet with a selfie at the Oscars

 

 

So does our hysterical technical staff.

#StadiumSelfies FTW: 

 

 

03 March 12:59 pm

Calling all Quakes fans: 

In honor of MLS Jersey Week, we have a special offer going for our new kits! When you purchase a jersey at our Merchandise Store located at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 220 in Santa Clara, you will receive two free tickets to our crucial CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal when we face Liga MX side Toluca on March 11. 

This special offer is happening this week and this week only, so make sure you swing by our office to redeem your tickets and purchase your new Quakes jersey! 

18 February 2:35 pm

Defenders Clarence Goodson and Victor Bernardez traveled to NYC and Miami respectively to take part in MLS' two-day Media Tour.

Goodson spent time at the Major League Soccer headquarters in NYC while Bernardez was down in Miami, making appearances on Despierate America, Univision Deportes and ESPN Deportes.