Happy Mother's Day, Quakes fans!
Today's a special day to recognize the most loving person in your life, your backbone and your #1 fan, on and off the field. After all the times she's driven you to soccer practice, taken you to soccer games or dropped you off at a Quakes match, today's the day to show your mom how much you really love and appreciate her.
We caught up with some Quakes' players and asked them what they love about their mom's so much!
Tommy Thompson: "It's difficult to decide on just one memory, but one of my favorites has to be when my mom decided to make the two and a half hour drive down to our scrimmage against C.S Vida. Unfortunately, my dad couldn't make the trip, but that didn't stop my #1 fan from making the trek by herself. I was so happy that she came because I ended up scoring my first goal for San Jose in that game. It was a special moment for me and to be able to share that with someone who has been there by my side supporting me since the beginning was something i'll never forget. Love you, Mom."
Fatai Alashe: "You can say my favorite memory is when she ran out of gas driving me home because she wanted to go to the gas station that was across the street instead of the one we were right next to. Love you, Mom."
Jordan Stewart: "I wouldn't say I have a favorite memory, but I know my mother is my best friend & she has shown me what unconditional love is."
Steven Lenhart: "My mom should have been a formula one driver. Every time we got in the car you would have thought we were being chased by the cops, but no, we were just going to The Troy Club for an afternoon swim. Love you, Mom."
Khari Stephenson: "If it wasn’t for my mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today. She means the world to me. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom."
Marvell Wynne: "There are too many great memories with my mom. What I like best about my mom is her great smile!"
JJ Koval: "My mom, Lisa, always has the biggest smile on her face. She is such an amazing example of love and sacrifice to me. I am so thankful for her. Happy Mother's Day!"
Mark Sherrod: "There was a mirror in our house growing up, that everybody would always walk by. Whenever my mom and I would pass it, she would wrap her arms around me, and we would just put the biggest smile on our faces and say "CHEESE!", and look at the mirror as if somebody was taking a picture of us."
Adam Jahn: "One of the things I like most about my mom is that she has such a positive impact on everyone around her. She is so kind and joyful. I can't help but smile whenever I see her!"
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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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.
— Chris (@1CAvsfann) April 5, 2015
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.
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.
- To download Persicope, CLICK HERE!
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
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!