Weekly Report: Quakes go unbeaten in UK

San Jose faces Dynamo, Timbers next in preseason scrimmages

Bobby Burling

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This Week

The San Jose Earthquakes returned home after 10 days in Chigwell, London at the Tottenham Hotspur training facility, Spurs Lodge. The Quakes won all three games in England and play two more this week in the Bay Area before they open their season on Saturday, March 27 at Buck Shaw Stadium against Real Salt Lake.

Injury Report

Doubtful - Andre Luiz (left knee surgery); Eduardo (left hip strain); Brandon McDonald (right hamstring strain)

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 03/15/10 Tuesday, March 16 - 10 a.m. PT - Training at West Valley College Wednesday, March 17 - 7 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco Thursday, March 18 - TBD Friday, March 19 - 10 a.m. PT - Training at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday, March 20 - 7 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara

Misc. Notes

Quakes Undefeated in England

The San Jose Earthquakes defeated Barclays Premier League side West Ham United 2-0 last Monday at Upton Park in London, Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell and the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Friday in Chigwell. The Earthquakes benefitted from an own goal, and a Ryan Johnson second half strike against West Ham. It was Bobby Burling's head that provided the lone goal in the win over Tottenham and Johnson struck again on Friday, along with Quincy Amarikwa in the win over the Rapids. The Quakes defense concluded the trip just how they began, with a clean sheet.

Tottenham legend Clive Allen Likes What He Sees From San Jose

Clive Allen has been impressed with what he's seen of our club partners San Jose Earthquakes during their pre-season preparations at Spurs Lodge. The MLS side from California completed a friendly double over Premier League opposition by beating West Ham 2-0 at Upton Park on Monday and following up with a 1-0 win against a Spurs XI side at the Lodge on Wednesday. The Earthquakes have used the Lodge as their training base during a week in England as part of their pre-season program for the 2010 MLS campaign that kicks-off against reigning champions Real Salt Lake on March 27. "It was a quality game for us," said Development coach Allen after Bobby Burling's close-range header earned the Earthquakes a victory on Wednesday. "San Jose are five weeks into their pre-season program now and having seen them at West Ham on Monday, I knew it would be a very competitive match for us and that's how it turned out." "It was just what a number of our players needed. Result-aside, as no-one likes to lose, it was a very good game for us." Clive predicted that the Earthquakes would improve on their 2009 MLS campaign. "They look to have competition for places and have a physically powerful squad," he added. "They make it tough for opposing teams but then look to apply their passing game and I'm sure Frank (Yallop, coach) has a big influence on that. "They didn't have the best of seasons last year but they are hoping to achieve a lot more this time around and with the players they've brought in and the strength of that squad, it certainly looks that they are capable of doing just that."

Earthquakes Development Schools Return in 2010

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Wednesday that the Earthquakes Development Schools will return in the summer of 2010 throughout Northern California. The Earthquakes will once again run the schools in conjunction with their official camp partner, UK International Soccer Camps. Development School attendees will enjoy a week-long camp experience that will include daily sessions with top-level coaches, along with the chance to meet Earthquakes players and coaches. All participants will receive an Earthquakes t-shirt as well as a ticket to an Earthquakes game. The total cost for a week is $170 for half day and $220 for a full day. To sign up or to request to host a Development School in your area please contact Director of Development Schools Neil Diaz at developmentschools@sjearthquakes.com or call 510-461-0463.

Quakes Games to be Broadcast in HD

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Thursday that Comcast SportsNet will televise a minimum of 15 Earthquakes games in 2010. For the first time, all of the games will be produced in High Definition. Thirteen games will air on Comcast SportsNet California, one game will air on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and one on Comcast SportsNet Plus. The Quakes broadcast schedule begins on Comcast SportsNet California with their home match against the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 17. Including national television broadcasts and the MLS Direct Kick package, the Earthquakes will have all 30 games aired on television in 2010. The partnership will also include appearances by Earthquakes players and coaches on Chronicle Live and coverage on both SportsNet Reports and SportsNet Central. The broadcast booth will see some changes this year as long-time Northern California announcer Jim Kozimor will join John Shrader for all Quakes games, while Dan Dibley will serve as the sideline reporter for home broadcasts.

Quakes to Host Dynamo

The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that the team will play the Houston Dynamo at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. PT in an exhibition match. The Quakes will then play the Portland Timbers on Saturday, March 20 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:00 p.m. PT as their final tune-up for the regular season. Season ticket holders can attend this match free of charge. All tickets for the Houston game are general admission and cost $10 to the general public. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling Tickets.com at 1-800-225-2277 or online at sjearthquakes.com. The Earthquakes made their only appearance at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Feb. 16, 2008 against the Dynamo in 0-0 draw. In 2009, the teams split their two regular season matchups, with both teams winning at home. San Jose won 3-2 with a wild first half on March 28 at Buck Shaw Stadium and Houston returned the favor on May 23, winning 3-1 at Robertson Stadium.

Preseason Schedule

The San Jose Earthquakes have 10 scheduled preseason matches in 2010. The team is currently 7-1 this preseason with four matches remaining this preseason. Below is the team's full preseason schedule:

Feb. 6 - Earthquakes def. Real San Jose 3-0 at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum (Wondolowski, Ibarra, Gjertsen). Feb. 10 - Kansas City Wizards def. Earthquakes 3-0 at Reach 11 Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. Feb. 13 - Earthquakes def. Kansas City Wizards 1-0 at ASU Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (Eduardo). Feb. 27 - Earthquakes def. Fresno Fuego 3-2 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno. (Convey, Robles, Jessey). March 1 - Earthquakes def. Cal 3-0 at West Valley College in Saratoga (Johnson, Ring, Amarikwa). March 8 - Earthquakes def. West Ham 2-0 at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, London (own goal, Johnson). March 10 - Earthquakes def. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, London. (Burling) March 12 - Earthquakes def. Colorado Rapids 2-0 at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, London. (Johnson, Amarikwa) March 17 - Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo at 7 p.m. PT at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. March 20 - Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Quakes to Host Portland Timbers

The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that the team will play the US Soccer Federation Second Division Portland Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Season ticket holders can attend this match free of charge; Tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT and can be purchased by calling 408-556-7700 or online at sjearthquakes.com. All tickets are general admission and the ticket price for non-season ticket holders is $10.

Quakes to Host RSL on April 14

The San Jose Earthquakes will host Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, April 14 at Buck Shaw Stadium in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Play-in match. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game "A" ticket for the match. For non-season ticket holders, tickets for the match go on sale on Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets range from $20-$50 and can be purchased by calling (800) 225-2277 or by logging on to sjearthquakes.com. The Earthquakes will face RSL for the second time in an Open Cup Play-in match, losing 4-0 in 2008 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Last season, San Jose lost to the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in an Open Cup Play-in match at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Quakes Launch YouTube Channel

The Earthquakes have launched their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/sanjoseearthquakes. Make sure to check out the latest video content from the San Jose Earthquakes during their trip to London.

Philadelphia match on Sept. 18 Moved to Sept. 15

The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that their game that was scheduled for Saturday, September 18 has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The full 2010 Earthquakes schedule is available on www.sjearthquakes.com.

Quakes Individual Tickets Now On Sale

The San Jose Earthquakes announced that individual tickets for all 2010 Earthquakes home games are now on sale. The Quakes significantly reduced prices for the 2010 season with prices ranging from $20-50. Tickets for the much anticipated 2010 campaign are available online at sjearthquakes.com or by calling 1-800-225-2277. The new, reduced prices for the 2010 season are as follows; Premier Midfield $50 per game ($60 in 2009), Center Circle $35 per game ($40 in 2009), Sideline $25 per game ($35 in 2009) and Goal View $20 per game ($22 in 2009).

Earthquakes Announce 2010 Partial Plans

The San Jose Earthquakes announced two different partial plans for the 2010 season. There are two options this year for partial plans; both are six game packages. Benefits for those who purchase one of these partial plans include; discounted tickets to additional games on the 2010 schedule, discounted merchandise and priority to purchase tickets to international games and Earthquakes playoff games. The Pint Partial Plan includes a free Earthquakes pint glass per seat for a limited time only. Fans must purchase this plan on or before March 26, 2010 in order to receive the pint glass for free and after March 26, pint glasses are available for purchase. With the Pick 6 Plan you can select any six Earthquakes home games at Buck Shaw Stadium during the 2010 regular season. Prices are as follows: Corona Cove - $330, Center Circle - $192, Sideline - $132, Goal View - $108, Supporters Section - $90. To purchase either of these partial plans or full season tickets, call the front at 408-556-7700 and ask to speak to a ticket sales representative. Guarantee the best available seats by ordering now, before individual tickets go on sale to the general public.

Quakes 2010 Season Tickets

The San Jose Earthquakes have significantly reduced season ticket prices for the 2010 Major League Soccer season. Season tickets start as low as $204. Season ticket prices have been reduced in all sections; Premier Midfield will now be $40 per game ($50 in 2009), Center Circle $30 per game ($35 in 2009), Sideline $20 per game ($30 in 2009), Goal View $15 per game ($20 in 2009) and Supporters Section $12 per game ($18 in 2009). For more information on season tickets, to renew season tickets or to place a deposit, call the Earthquakes Front Office at 408-556-7700. The Quakes have also created a number of new features and benefits for season ticket holders next year. A family section has been added inside the stadium, and the Supporters Section has been expanded to create an even greater home field advantage. Season Ticket Holders will additionally have access to the exclusive tailgate parking lot. Corona Cove seats will now be available as a season ticket option, and an extra row of NetSuite VIP On-field seats will be added for next season. Season Ticket Holders will also have first priority to purchase Earthquakes playoff tickets and tickets for international games. They will receive a 15 percent discount on game day merchandise, invitations to exclusive events, and priority rights to seats in the new stadium. The one thing that is not exclusive to Season Ticket Holders is savings.