San Jose Earthquakes
The Quakes will visit Houston to face the Dynamo for the fifth time since returning to MLS in 2008.
In anticipation of tonight's fixture, we take a look back at the club's top five matches against their Western Conference foes from the Lone Star State.
May 22, 2008 - Quakes 2, Dynamo 1
A Bay Area Reunion - The Quakes welcomed the Houston Dynamo into Buck Shaw Stadium for the first time in club history during the club's expansion season in 2008. Forward's Ryan Johnson and Kei Kamara tallied for the Quakes in a memorable 2-0 victory in San Jose. The match was a duel between Quakes coach Frank Yallop and Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, both an instrumental part of a Quakes coaching staff that won MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003.
March 28, 2009 - Quakes 3, Dynamo 2
5 in 14 - A trio of first half goals proved to be the difference for San Jose as they beat Houston 3-2 in an early season fixture. Ryan Johnson, Arturo Alvarez and Cam Weaver got on the score sheet for the Quakes with all five goals in the match being scored in a 14-minute span. One of the goal scorers for the Dynamo? A guy named Chris Wondolowski.
September 5, 2010 - Quakes 2, Dynamo 1
A Night of Firsts - It was a night of firsts for the Quakes at Roberston Stadium as the club reached a nine win mark for the first time since returning to San Jose in 2008, won their first-ever match in Houston, and enjoyed first-time goals from Geovanni and Khari Stephenson.
June 4, 2011 - Quakes 2, Dynamo 0
It's Never Too Late - A second half diving header from Steven Lenhart and a stoppage time goal from Simon Dawkins proved to be the difference in San Jose's 2-0 win over the Dynamo at Buck Shaw Stadium, their third consecutive victory at home. Both goals added to the club's growing total of nine second-half goals in the past four matches.
May 25, 2014 - Quakes 3, Dynamo 0
An Island Party - With Chris Wondolowski on the sideline due to international duty, the Quakes had to look elsewhere for scoring, and they found their answer in Khari Stephenson. The Jamaican veteran tallied his only two goals of the season infront of a sold-out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium after converting on an indirect kick and a penalty kick. Quakes midfielder and Saint Kitts and Nevis native Atiba Harris cemented the club's victory after winning a one-on-one battle in the air with Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall. The win would be the start of a two-game winning streak, as the Quakes would top FC Dallas just a week later at Toyota Stadium.
The Quakes earned their first shutout win of the season against Vancouver on Saturday and a couple of Quakes defenders were awarded for their efforts!
Defenders Clarence Goodson and Marvell Wynne were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 6 on Monday, joining Ty Harden as the only Quakes player to recieve the honor so far this season. Goodson and Wynne were apart of a backline that limited MLS leading goal-scorer Octavio Rivero to zero shots on the night. In all, the Quakes held Vancouver to zero shots on target and one corner kick.
Well done, boys!
Happy National Siblings Day, everyone! Sure, siblings fight on occasion, but at the end of the day, they'll always have your back. To prove my point, we asked players to share a photo with their siblings! WARNING: You may want to call your siblings and profess your love after scrolling though.
The English Trio - Jordan cheesing with sisters Rebecca and Carla after a night on the town.
The Wonderful Wondolowskis - Chris and brothers Stephen and Matt pose for a classic matching sweater photo. Admit it: We've all taken a photo like this.
The Kicking Kovals - JJ strikes a pose alongside sisters Becca and Tatum during a family wedding.
Meet the Thompsons - Talk about sibling bonding. Here's Tommy and his brother Tanner after winning the Big Ten Conference while playing at Indiana.
The Merry Merediths - Bryan Meredith smiles for the camera alongside older brother Patrick and older sister Kaitlyn. And how can we forget about Chester.
It's a Michigan Thing - Don't let this fight for the ball fool you: Fatai and his brother Latif are inseparable, even if they both went to rival universities.
A Sacramento Duo - Adam and sister Erica looking mighty spiffy for a downtown Sacramento photo op.
Peek-A-Boo - Maybe the cutest picture of them all? Clarence Goodson is embraced by older sister Jenna for a heart warming brother-sister moment.
- TICKETS: Quakes vs. Vancouver
Catch our U-17 Earthquakes Academy team battle it out against Brazilian club Palmeiras today at 4 p.m. PT in the club's second game of group play in the Generation Adidas Cup!
The Quakes are in Group C of the tournament along with the Philadelphia Union, Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) and Palmeiras (BRA).