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05 May 12:54 pm

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. 

30 April 7:08 pm

The second month of the 2015 MLS campaign is in the books, and boy, what a month it was.

You may have visited Avaya Stadium for the first time, ordered your first drink at the bar, and heck, saw your first Sanna Nyassi goal!

With the month coming to an end, we compiled the 7 best Quakes moments, on and off the pitch, during this memorable month of April. Enjoy!

Best Goal 

April 11: We can watch this over, and over, and over, and over again. Nyassi opens his account with the Earthquakes in dramatic fashion after blasting a one-time volley into the back of the net. 

Best Save

April 17: David Bingham: Half man, half cat. We need a nickname for this guy, Quakes fans! Bingham makes yet another brilliant save during the Quakes last match against the Red Bulls.

Best Build-up

April 11: The best build-up play came against Vancouver. Marvell got it started by playing a ball into Fatai from the right flank. With his head on a swivel, Fatai turns, finds Wondolowski and darts to the top of the box. Wondolowski shields the ball from an oncoming defender, spins towards goal and lays a ball back to Fatai. 

Best Instagram Post 

 

Selfie with Wondo #quakes74 #mls

A photo posted by Jordy Salazar (@jordysalazar18) on

Apr 11, 2015 at 9:53pm PDT

April 11: Jordy Salazar's selfie game is too strong after snapping this photo with Wondo after the Quakes 1-0 win against Vancouver.

Best Community Photo

April 28: Quakes players Shaun Francis and Mark Sherrod had a blast visiting Lucile Packard Childern's Hospital in Palo Alto. Francis and Sherrod joined the children in the play room, made paper soccer jerseys and signed autographs.

Best Action Shot

April 5: Muma airborne! Quakes defender Victor Bernardez takes flight to clear the ball off the goal line with a bicycle kick against Real Salt Lake. 

Best Tweet

 

April 5: Creativity meets passion in the best tweet of the month! @1CAvsfann shows his devotion to the black and blue while incorporating the game's ESPN broadcast at the Quakes match against Real Salt Lake.

28 April 10:16 am
The Quakes have announced today that they’ll be facing off against Club América and Manchester United this summer in the 2015 International Champions Cup in a tournament that features arguably the most storied clubs in the world. 
 
As we try our best to patiently wait until these matches kickoff, we take a look back at the last time San Jose played a Premier League and Liga MX side here in the South Bay.
 
 
Earthquakes 1, Norwich City 0; July 20, 2013 – Buck Shaw Stadium
The Quakes welcomed Premier League side Norwich City to Buck Shaw Stadium for an international friendly in the middle of the 2013 MLS season. The Quakes tallied the match’s lone goal in the 7th minute behind the right foot of winger Cordell Cato. Cato, in his first year with San Jose, picked off a pass from the Norwich defense and darted toward goal, ultimately slotting his shot past Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn. 
 
San Jose dominated the stat sheet through 90 minutes, outshooting Norwich 10-4 and limiting the visitors to just two shots on goal. The win improved the Quakes all-time record against Premier League clubs to 2-0-3. 
 
 
Earthquakes 1, Toluca 1; March 11, 2014 – Buck Shaw Stadium
The Quakes hosted the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Liga MX side Deportivo Toluca FC at Buck Shaw Stadium in the first match of the 2014 campaign. The Quakes conceded the game’s first goal in the 67th minute after Toluca’s Raul Nava rocketed a volley past goalkeeper Jon Busch to put the visitors ahead. The Quakes, though behind in the waning moments, generated more scoring opportunities behind notable attempts from Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart and Cordell Cato. 
 
With just seconds remaining in the first leg, Quakes forward Alan Gordon got his head behind a bouncing Shea Salinas flank service and redirected the ball to the back post for the game’s equalizer. San Jose would head to Toluca a week later and fall 5-4 in a thrilling penalty shootout in the quarterfinal’s second leg. 
 
 
 
 
 
27 April 3:35 pm

Have your questions answered by Quakes midfielders Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson!

Join us Wednesday, April 29 at 1 p.m. as we sit down with Fatai and Tommy for a livestreamed Q&A through the mobile app, Periscope. To submit your questions to the Quakes midfielders, use the hashtags #AskFatai and #AskTommy in your Twitter posts. When 1 p.m. comes around on Wednesday, we will have a Twitter post saying we're live through Periscope with a link directing fans to the live Q&A. 

Who: Quakes midfielders Fatai Alashe & Tommy Thompson
What: Live Q&A with both Fatai & Tommy through Periscope
Where: Live from the Periscope App
When: Wednesday, April 29 at 1 p.m.
How: Use the hashtags #AskFatai and #AskTommy on Twitter to submit your questions to be answered during the live Q&A

 

27 April 10:03 am
The Quakes were well represented in the international ranks this past week as both Tommy Thompson and Fatai Alashe suited up for the red, white and blue in their respective age groups.
 
Thompson logged 90 minutes for the U.S. U-20's in Austria this past Saturday in a 1-0 win against Croatia. Alashe earned his second consecutive start for the U.S. U-23's in Carson, Calif. in a 3-0 victory over rivals Mexico.
 
Alashe has now started two games in three appearances for the U-23's, scoring one goal in 210 minutes played.
 
Thompson has started six games in eight appearances for the U-20's and has tallied one goal in 525 minutes. 
 
 

Good win against Croatia today! Nice way to finish up our week in Austria. Back to SJ tomorrow ✈️

A photo posted by Tommy Thompson (@tomthom11) on

 

 

 

@fatai.alashe and the U-23's are ready to roll in Carson #USAvMEX

A photo posted by San Jose Earthquakes (@sjearthquakes) on

 

15 April 8:00 pm
 
Traveling to watch the Quakes play the New York Red Bulls tomorrow? Need some tips on where to visit during your stay?
 
Well Quakes fans, look no further than New Jersey native and Quakes goalkeeper Bryan Meredith!
 
Meredith knows a thing or two about the area and was kind enough to share his top recommendations for traveling Quakes fans. 
 
Jersey Shore
"I would go to the beach because that's where everyone goes when the weather is good. Also, I went to college down the shore so it's even more special to me. There's more to the Jersey Shore life than what you see on TV, so don't let that scare you from going down there."
 
9/11 Memorial
"I would go to the 9/11 memorial because for me, it honors the people that were victims in one of the biggest tragedies that I have endured in my lifetime. I can still remember leaving my 7th grade history class early because I had gotten a concussion in a soccer game that weekend and I was sitting on my living room couch watching the price is right when I first saw the news coverage for it. The memorial just gives you real perspective of that day in history and gives you a great sense of patriotism. A visit to the memorial is a must during your time in New York."
 
 
A New Jersey Taylor Ham, Egg & Cheese
"The Taylor ham egg and cheese is a breakfast sandwich staple in New Jersey and New York and no other place will you find bagels as good as the ones in Jersey. Don't let anyone tell you different: you can't go wrong with a Taylor Ham, Egg & Cheese!"
 
A New York Pie
"I know this is a pretty broad answer, but I can't single out one Italian resturaunt because they're all so good. There is no better pizza that New Jersey/New York pizza. Not only the pizza, but the calzones and pastas are just top notch."
 
#NYvSJ
"Last but not least, coming to watch us beat the New York Red Bulls needs no explanation. For the venue itself, Red Bull Arena is a great soccer stadium and is always a great place to watch a game."
 
 
14 April 1:03 pm
 
It was a goal-scoring affair in Harrison, N.J. back on April 14, 2012 when the Quakes met up with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in week 6 of the 2012 MLS campaign. The match featured three of the league's top scorers and two of the best teams vying for the top spot in their respective conferences.
 
The match's goal-scoring pedigree lived up to it's billing just minutes into the match, as Kenny Cooper made good on a Thierry Henry through ball for an early 1-0 lead. 
 
The Quakes pulled a goal back just nine minutes later through the left foot of Rafael Baca. The Mexican-born winger received a squared pass from Khari Stephenson and slotted his shot past Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara. 
 
Momentum shifted back in New York's favor in the 22nd minute after New York midfielder Dax McCarthy notched his first-ever goal for the Red Bulls. 
 
The pendulum made it's final goal-scoring swing back to San Jose all thanks to the head of Chris Wondolowski. After receiving a looping service from Steven Beitashour on the back post, Shea Salinas one-touched the ball just outside of the six-yard box toward a collapsing Wondolowski. With the ball descending in the area, Wondolowski lunged forward to head the ball into the top left corner of goal, leveling the score 2-2.
 
Both sides exchanged chances in the game's final stanza, none more threatening than Marvin Chavez's 74th minute left footed curling effort that floated just wide of the far post. 
 
The match ended in a 2-2 draw and gave the Quakes a 4-1-1 record looking ahead to their Week 7 matchup against Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium. 
 
13 April 1:08 pm

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!

10 April 4:15 pm

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. 

10 April 3:04 pm

Congratulations to Quakes president Dave Kaval for being named to the Sports Business Journal's 2015 40 under 40 class! This award ceremony is an annual celebration of the best young talent in sports business. The class of 2015 met Thursday, April 9 in downtown Los Angeles at the JW Marriott in L.A. Live.