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11 August 1:12 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

 

11 August 1:08 pm

With our first #MilesToEpicenter contest complete, we would like to congratulate Stuart Berman for earning the most Facebook likes! He has won a VIP trip for four to an Earthquakes away match, including airfaire and hotel.

Thank you to all our finalists:  Lara Okuniewski, Mike Wondolowski, Scott Ellis, Dia Mundle, and Alan Tran.

The Quakes are now going global! From San Jose to Berekley to Mexico to London, we're making sure every one knows their distance to the new state-of-the-art Epicenter, opening March 2015.

Starting on Wednesday August 13, all you have to do is go to one of our billboards, snap a photo and share on social using #MilesToEpicenter for a chance to win season tickets. Click here for more information.

07 August 1:04 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.

07 August 11:55 am

Meet Shea Salinas, test drive a BMW, and score tickets to an Earthquakes match!

In a partnership with BMW, the Quakes are holding a test drive with player Shea Salinas. On August 15, Salinas will be at Peter Pan BMW in San Mateo from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

At this apperance, fans will can come and meet the players, take pictures and get autographs. Additonally, fans who test drive a vehicle will receive two free tickets to the match against Real Salt Lake on August 30. 

Ticket Test-Drive Event:
When: August 15 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Peter Pan BMW San Mateo, 2695 South El Camino Real, San Mateo 
Who: Shea Salinas 

07 August 11:30 am

Goalkeeper Jon Busch is featured on Pitch Pass to talk about new stadiums, Cali Classico and MLS playoffs. Download the mp3 and listen to Busch talk about opening up Levi's Stadium last weekend, picking up points and more.

06 August 3:40 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

 

06 August 3:24 pm

On August 16 the Quakes will host FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. PT. There will be a limited amount of Save for Seals signed shirts by keeper Jon Busch for $40. Busch has pledged to donate $50 for every save during the 2014 to the Navy SEAL Foundation and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund has pledged to match that donation.

06 August 10:41 am

The 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, August 6 at 6 p.m. PT at Providence Park, Portland, Oregon. This match marks the first time the MLS All-Stars will take on a club from the German Bundesliga. Bayern won the Bundesliga last year, now with 24 titles, and also made it to the 2014 UEFA Champions League semifinals. 

This is the eleventh time the MLS All-Stars have faced an international competiton for the All-Star Game, with the last three years being against AS Roma, Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC. The All-Stars currently have a record of 7-3-1.

This match will be live on ESPN2, UniMas and TSN/RDS.  

04 August 2:24 pm

Tommy Thompson and the rest of the MLS Homegrown team will face the U23 Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland ahead of the MLS All-Star Game. The Homegrown Team consists of the best Homegrown players across the league, and it was fitting that the Quakes' first-ever Homegrown player was selected for the roster. Thompson was called up to the U-20 Men's National Team. Don't miss Thompson play in the first-ever Homegrown match! Fans can watch the match live on mlssoccer.com.

04 August 10:19 am

Want to win this 2013 team-signed ball? All you have to do is follow @PositiveCoachUS on Twitter and retweet this tweet between now and August 8 to be entered to win. #StayPositiveMyFriends