Earthquakes Weekly Update

Quakes host Real Salt Lake, New England Revolution this week

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This Week
Coming off their first win of the season, the San Jose Earthquakes return home for two matches this week. The Quakes host Real Salt Lake in a U.S. Open Cup Play-in match on Wednesday, April 14 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7 p.m. PT. The team then returns to Major League Soccer action on Saturday, April 17 with a contest against the New England Revolution. The game kicks off at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7 p.m. PT and will be aired live on Comcast SportsNet California, 1220 KDOW (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
 
Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 3-3-4
Home: 2-2-1
Away: 1-1-3
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-in: 0-1-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 14, Real Salt Lake – 19
 
Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 16-11-4
Home: 7-5-3
Away: 9-6-1
Shootout (1996-99): 0-2
Overtime (00-03): 0-0-3
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 59, New England – 42
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 04/12/10
Tuesday, April 13 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Wednesday, April 14 – Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Thursday, April 15 – TBD
Friday, April 16 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Saturday, April 17 – Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet California, 1220 KDOW and 1370 KZSF.
 
Injury Report
Probable: Arturo Alvarez (left thigh contusion).
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 2, Chicago Fire 1; April 10, 2010; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,276 in Chicago’s home opener at Toyota Park. San Jose capitalized on a communication breakdown between Fire ‘keeper Andrew Dykstra and defender C.J. Brown to take the lead. Arturo Alvarez was the hero for the Earthquakes, chipping an 18-yard shot over the heads of Brown and Dykstra – who were still on the ground after colliding – to score in the 49th minute. Marco Pappa put the Fire level only three minutes after San Jose opened the scoring, ripping a 25-yard shot into the right upper 90. The Fire almost scored again in the 73rd minute when Patrick Nyarko pulled Cannon out of net before squaring the ball to John at the top of the 18. John one-timed his shot towards goal, but San Jose's Jason Hernandez came up with a miraculous goal line clearance to keep the game knotted up at one. Nine minutes later, the Earthquakes made the Fire pay for their near miss, when rookie defender Opara headed midfielder Bobby Convey’s cross into the back of the net from eight yards out for the game-winner.
 
Last Game vs. Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake 3, Earthquakes 0; March 27, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes opened their season with a 3-0 loss at the hands of defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake in front of a crowd of 10,589—the largest ever to watch the Quakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Javier Morales opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he craftily controlled a pass from Espindola and fired a wicked shot from 35 yards out. The dipping rocket found the upper corner at the far post, leaving San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon no recourse. It was 2-0 in the 27th minute, when Jason Hernandez attempted to break up a lead pass from Morales meant for Fabian Espindola. Instead, the ball bounced off Espindola’s chest and landed at his feet, affording him ample opportunity to beat the charging Cannon. The outcome was cemented in the 53rd minute, when Robbie Findley flicked on a pretty back header that Espindola ran onto. Chris Leitch made the only play he could, holding back Espindola and drawing a red card at the edge of the penalty area. Morales duly stepped up and curled home a gorgeous free kick, once again high and to the far post, leaving Cannon diving at air.
 
Last Game vs. New England
New England Revolution 2, Earthquakes 1; Aug. 29, 2009; Gilette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

Steve Ralston notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season and added an assist as the New England Revolution beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at a rainy Gillette Stadium. Two goals in six minutes turned the game on its head and handed the Revolution a decisive advantage. Ralston notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 68th minute. The direct, Route One play saw a long ball lumped out of the back. Joseph -- switched up top when Dube went off in the 62nd minute -- flicked on service. Luiz couldn't deal with the flick-on, allowing Ralston to surge in behind the back line and loop over Cannon. Thompson doubled the advantage with a sublime finish six minutes late. Ralston started the move with a sweeping long ball to Thompson down the right wing. Thompson ran at the beleaguered Corrales, cut inside far too easily and curled his left-footed effort into the upper corner. Corrales made sure San Jose's late pressure paid off with a fine cross for Sanchez to head home in second-half stoppage time, but the final whistle soon blew to ensure the Revs would grab their third win on the trot.
 
                                                              
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Amway Global Kicks For Kids
Who: Steven Beitashour
Location: Cureton Elementary in Alum Rock
Date: Tuesday, April 13th
Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Details: Beitashour will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
 
What: Get Earthquakes Fit
Who: Brad Ring
Location:  Holly Oak Elementary School
Date: April 13th
Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Details: Ring will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
 
What: Meet and Greet at UCYSL Spring Opening Day
Who: Justin Morrow
Location:  Delaine Eastin Elementary School in Union City
Date: Saturday, April 17th
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Details: Morrow will speak sign autographs and pose for pictures with children in attendance.
 
Beitashour Debuts
Earthquakes rookie and San Jose native Steven Beitashour made his Major League Soccer debut Saturday night against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. The Leland High School product started and played 90 minutes at right back.
 
Quakes Win First Road Game
The San Jose Earthquakes started their 2010 road campaign on the right foot Saturday against the Chicago Fire with a 2-1 victory. The Quakes won only one road game all last season and that victory came in September. The last time San Jose won their first road game of the season was 2003 when they defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 at Invesco Field at Mile High.
 
Opara Comes Through
Rookie defender Ike Opara scored his first career goal Saturday against the Chicago Fire and it couldn’t have come at a better time. His 82nd minute header proved to be the game-winner for San Jose.
 
Alvarez Notches First
Arturo Alvarez scored the Earthquakes first goal of the season on Saturday night, chipping a shot over Chicago Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra in the first half. Alvarez scored five goals for San Jose last year.
 
Two Rookies on Backline
Head coach Frank Yallop started two rookies in defense on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. Ike Opara started his second straight game at central defense, while Steven Beitashour made his MLS debut in the game. The last time two rookies started in defense was in 1999 when Jamie Clark and Richard Mulrooney started together on Oct. 1 against Colorado. It happened seven times in 1998 when Wade Barrett and Tim Weaver started games together.
 
Gjertsen Makes First MLS Start
Quakes midfielder Joey Gjertsen made his first career start in MLS on Saturday, April 10 against the Chicago Fire in the Quakes 2-1 victory. Gjertsen made his MLS debut as a substitute on March 27 against Real Salt Lake.
 
Cannon Closes in on Century Mark
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon notched his 99th career win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. With his next win, he will become the fourth goalkeeper in MLS history to record 100 career wins. Kevin Hartman is the all-time leader with 146 wins.
 
Alvarez Set to Make 150th Appearance
Quakes midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez will make his 150th career appearance in MLS if he plays on Saturday, April 17 against the Revolution. He has started 92 games and scored 22 goals and notched 17 assists in his eight-year career.
 
Leitch Set to Make 150th Start
Quakes defender Chris Leitch was out this past Saturday due to suspension, but if he starts on Saturday, April 17 against New England, he will make his 150th career start in MLS. Leitch has made 168 appearances and notched 13 assists in his nine-year career.
 
Hernandez Set to Make 100th Appearance
Quakes defender Jason Hernandez will make his 100th career appearance in MLS if he plays on Saturday, April 17 against the Revolution. He has made 82 starts in his six-year career.
 
Quakes Make 2010 Debut on CSN California
Comcast SportsNet will televise a minimum of 15 Earthquakes games in 2010. The first will be Saturday, April 17 when the Quakes take on the New England Revolution at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:00 p.m. PT. 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 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.
 
Earthquakes – Real Salt Lake Connections
Current Earthquakes midfielder/forward Ryan Johnson played for Real Salt Lake in 2006. RSL selected Johnson in the third round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. He played seven games and made one start. He also played college soccer with RSL forward Robbie Findley at Oregon State ... Former Quakes midfielder Ned Grabavoy is now a member of RSL … Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley and midfielder Nathan Sturgis played for current Quakes head coach Frank Yallop in 2007 on the Los Angeles Galaxy before being traded to RSL, where they also played a year with current Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon ... RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman played in Colorado with Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon in 2003-2006 … RSL defender Nat Borchers also played with Cannon in Colorado, as he was a member of the Rapids from 2003 to 2005 … RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando played with Bobby Convey from 2002 to 2004 at D.C. United … Simon Elliott played with current RSL defender Chris Wingert in Columbus … Wingert also played with Joe Cannon in Colorado in 2006 ... RSL forward Pablo Campos began the 2009 season with the Earthquakes, before being traded to RSL in July.
 
History of the Quakes - RSL Rivalry
The Earthquakes and RSL met on April 30, 2005  for the first time in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with Real Salt Lake earning a 4-0 win ... The Quakes loss to RSL for the first time in team history on May 31, 20005  when RSL defeated the Quakes 3-1 at Rice-Eccles Stadium ... RSL was an expansion team in 2005, so the Quakes and RSL have only met eight times in their history, with San Jose winning three times and earning four draws ... The two teams tied 2-2 in the first ever meeting on Apr. 30, 2005 with Alejandro Moreno scoring a late goal for San Jose to tie the game ... RSL was the last regular season opponent to play against the Quakes at Spartan Stadium, earning a 2-2 tie on Oct. 8, 2005.   
 
Earthquakes Leaders vs. RSL
Arturo Alvarez has scored three goals and two assists in 15 career appearances and Cornell Glen has one goal … Joe Cannon has five wins and has posted four shutouts against Real Salt Lake.
 
RSL Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Javier Morales has scored four career goals against San Jose, while Robbie Findley and Andy Williams all have two career goals against the Quakes.
 
Earthquakes – Revolution Connections
Quakes rookie defender Ike Opara played with Revolution rookie forward Zach Shilawski at Wake Forest for three years and won a national championship in 2008 together and with Revs defender Pat Phelan in 2007 … Quakes forward Ryan Johnson is from Boston ... Quakes midfielder Brad Ring played at Indiana with Revolution defender Kevin Alston … Alston and fellow Revolution defender Darrius Barnes made their MLS debuts last season against San Jose on March 21 … Revolution goalkeeper Preston Burpo was a member of the Earthquakes 2008 team.
 
History of the Quakes – Revolution Rivalry
The Quakes are 16-11-4 all-time against the New England Revolution in the regular season, and dominated the series from 2001-2005. The Quakes did not lose to New England for 12 straight games, putting together a 9-0-3 record from May 5, 2001-Oct. 1, 2005. The Revs had not beaten the Quakes since July 22, 2000, until their victory on May 17, 2008. San Jose has outscored New England by a 59-42 all-time total. The Quakes have also lost just twice at Gillette Stadium, home of the Revolution, posting a 5-2-1 record there since 2002.
 
Earthquakes Leaders vs. Revolution
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon has 10 wins and six shutouts in his career against New England … Quakes midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez has scored three goals and tallied one assist against the Revolution … Quakes forward Cornell Glen has scored twice and notched one assist in five career appearances against New England … Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey has four career assists against New England.
 
Revolution Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Revolution forward Kheli Dube has scored two goals in his three career appearances against the Quakes, including the game-winner in the 2009 home opener for San Jose … Revolution forward Taylor Twellman has scored three goals in his career against San Jose … New England goalkeeper Matt Reis has four wins and two shutouts in his career.
 
San Jose in April
The Quakes are 20-22-11 all-time in April in MLS play.
 
Cannon Among All-Time Leaders
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon is among the all-time league leaders in a number of goalkeeping categories. He is second in goalkeeper appearances (276), starts (275) and minutes played (24,855). He is now third all-time in saves (1,127), third all-time in shutouts (68) and fourth all-time in wins (99) in league history. For San Jose, Cannon is first in club history as a goalkeeper in starts (161), minutes played (14,661), saves (659), wins (61) and shutouts (38) and second in goals against average (1.34), and saves percentage (72.8). He also holds the team's all-time record for saves in a game with 12 on July 8, 2000 at Colorado.
 
Corrales Among All-Time Leaders
Ramiro Corrales has the most appearances in franchise history with 169, has made 153 starts and 13,602 minutes played as a member of the Quakes. He is now third place in franchise history in starts and is third in all-time in club history for minutes played. He is two starts behind Richard Mulrooney for second all-time.
 
Quakes Launch YouTube Channel
The Earthquakes have launched their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/sanjoseearthquakes. Make sure to check out the latest video content from the San Jose Earthquakes.
 
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 2010 Partial Plan
The San Jose Earthquakes have one partial plan for the 2010 season still available, the Pick 6 Plan. 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.
 
Quakes 2010 Season Tickets
The San Jose Earthquakes have significantly reduced season ticket prices for the 2010 Major League Soccer season. Season tickets are now pro-rated. 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.