Earthquakes Weekly Update: April 26, 2010

Quakes look to rebound after 3-2 loss to Chivas USA with a home date against the Colorado Rapid

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This Week
The Quakes are back in the Bay Area after their 3-2 loss on the road at Chivas USA in southern California. San Jose will have back-to-back home matches for the first time this season, starting off with the visiting Colorado Rapids on Saturday, May 1 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7 p.m. PT. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet California, and can be heard on 1220 KDOW (English) and on and 1370 KZSF (Spanish). Saturday night is the Earthquakes second annual Going Green night. The Earthquakes have teamed up with MLS W.O.R.K.S., the charitable arm of Major League Soccer, and the Natural Resources Defense Council to off-set the carbon footprint for energy used at the stadium that night. The night will also feature numerous giveaway items. The first 2,500 fans will get a reusable water bottle. The first 5,000 fans will receive an eco-tip guide courtesy by the National Resources Defense Council and flower seed packets will be distributed to the first 4,000 fans, courtesy of America the Beautiful Fund. Also, select fans will receive an Eco-Metro Guide featuring discounts at local, sustainable businesses. Fans who drive a Hybrid car to the game receive $5 off parking, while patrons who take VTA or Caltrain to the match will receive a $5 discount for a game ticket by showing their VTA or Caltrain receipt. Additionally, the Quakes will implement a new recycling program in conjunction with Odwalla beginning with the May 1 game.
 
Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 20-16-8
Home: 10-7-5
Away: 10-9-3
Shootout (1996-99): 1-2
Overtime (00-03): 0-0-2
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 66, Colorado – 60
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 04/26/10
Tuesday, April 27 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at West Valley College
Wednesday, April 28 – 10:15 a.m. - Training at West Valley College
Thursday, April 29 – 10:15 a.m. - Training at West Valley College
Friday, April 30 – Noon – Grand Opening of Nutrilite Training Facility
Saturday, May 1 – Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. live on CSN California.
 
Injury Report
Probable: Arturo Alvarez (left hamstring strain); Cornell Glen (left hamstring strain), Eduardo (left hamstring strain).
 
Last Game
Chivas USA 3, Earthquakes 2; April 24, 2010; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA collected a victory on Saturday evening, holding off a late push from the visiting San Jose Earthquakes for a 3-2 victory at The Home Depot Center. Goals from Sacha Kljestan, Justin Braun and Chukwudi Chijindu were the difference as the Red-and-White claimed their second consecutive win at home. It was Kljestan who found the back of the net first. San Jose equalized just before halftime with a 41st-minute penalty kick. Chris Wondolowski netted from the spot for the visitors, slotting a low ball into the left-hand corner of the net after he was taken down in the box by Jonathan Bornstein. Any momentum the Quakes had going into the second half was quickly squelched by Justin Braun in the 54th minute. The big Chivas striker got onto the end of an incisive cross from Mariano Trujillo to head the ball past a diving Cannon and into the far left side of the net. It was Braun’s fourth consecutive goal against the Earthquakes. Substitute striker Chukwudi Chijindu added a third notch for the Red-and-White in the 88th minute after collecting a long pass from Lahoud and outpacing Steven Beitashour. The SoCal native calmly slipped the ball under Cannon, who had charged off his line. The Quakes swarmed in the game’s closing minutes, getting a goal of their own in the 92nd minute when defender Steven Beitashour hit a speculative shot from beyond the 18-yard line that sailed over the Chivas USA defense but dipped under the bar at the last moment.
 
Last Game vs. Colorado Rapids
Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 1; Sept. 23, 2009; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Col.
After coughing up Conor Casey’s stoppage time penalty kick in Friday’s 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids, history repeated itself five days later, as Casey once again snatched victory away from San Jose with a spot kick equalizer three minutes into added time. It was a fortuitous bounce that allowed the visitors to take the lead in the 67th minute. A Simon Elliott free kick was flicked on by Ramon Sanchez, and in an effort to cut out the pass, Rapids midfielder Pat Noonan played the ball off his arm and back to Burpo. Referee Salazar immediately pointed to the spot, and Wondolowski buried the ensuing spot kick, driving it straight down the middle with more than enough power to beat Burpo. It was stoppage time when Jordan Harvey sent a long ball towards Omar Cummings down the left wing, and after evading Bobby Burling the Jamaican carried the ball into the box, where Quakes defender Jason Hernandez upended him, leaving Salazar with an easy call. Casey proceeded to send Cannon the wrong way on the penalty for his league-leading 15th goal of the season.
                                                              
Misc. Notes
 
Grand Opening for Nutrilite Training Facility Friday, April 30
The San Jose Earthquakes will hold a grand opening of their new practice site, the Nutrilite Training Facility, on Friday, April 30 at noon PT at 1125 Coleman Ave in San Jose, adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The event will feature the first-ever practice by the Earthquakes at the new facility and will include light refreshments. Along with the entire coaching staff and all the players, the ceremony will include Earthquakes President Mike Crowley, General Manager of Soccer Operations John Doyle, Executive Vice President David Alioto, members of the San Jose City Council and other local dignitaries.
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Get Earthquakes Fit
Who: Joe Cannon
Location:  Elementary
Date: Tuesday, April 27th
Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Details: Cannon will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
 
What: Amway Global Kicks for Kids
Who: Chris Wondolowski
Location: Costaño Elementary in East Palo Alto
Date: Tuesday, April 27th
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Details: Wondolowski will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
 
Jasseh Debuts as Youngest Player in Franchise History
Earthquakes midfielder Omar Jasseh became the youngest player to play in an MLS game in Earthquakes franchise history on Saturday, April 24 against Chivas USA when he came on as a substitute in the 62nd minute. Jasseh earned his first yellow card of his career just four minutes later. The young Gambian midfielder was 17 years, five months and 23 days old when he came onto the pitch April 24. Arturo Alvarez was previously the youngest player to play for the Earthquakes when he debuted at 17 years, nine months and 19 days old on April 19, 2003 against Kansas City, when he came on as a substitute in the 85th minute.
 
Beitashour Scores First Career Goal
Rookie defender Steven Beitashour scored his first career goal on Saturday, April 24 against Chivas USA in a 3-2 loss. His strike came in stoppage time, when the ball found him on the top of the box after a corner, he sent a left-footed shot past a diving Zach Thornton to pull the Quakes within one. Watch Beitashour’s goal here.
 
Wondo Strikes Again
Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored the first goal for San Jose against Chivas USA to draw them level just before the end of the first half. This was the second straight game for Wondolowski starting up top, and the second consecutive game where he is on the score sheet. The Danville native drew a penalty kick just before halftime, and stepped up and buried it to the right of Chivas ‘keeper Zach Thornton. Check out Wondo’s goal here.
 
Ring and Sealy Make Quakes Debuts
Earthquakes rookie midfielder Brad Ring made his professional debut on Saturday, April 24 against Chivas USA when he came on as a substitute in the 71st minute. Earthquakes forward Scott Sealy made his debut for the second time around against Chivas USA when he came on as a 83rd minute substitution. Sealy was previously a member of the Quakes in 2008, and spent the last season and a half in Israel, before re-signing with San Jose.
 
Alvarez Set to Make 150th Appearance
Quakes midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez will make his 150th career appearance in MLS if he plays on Saturday, May 1st against the Colorado Rapids. He has started 92 games and scored 22 goals and notched 17 assists in his eight-year career.
 
Quakes Launch Academy
The San Jose Earthquakes Academy tryouts are now underway. The Earthquakes will fully fund all team-related expenses for a total of 44 players in the Earthquakes Youth Academy pool - 22 apiece between the U-16 and U-18 levels.
 
Remaining Tryout Dates
Day / City / Time
Saturday, May 1 / Fremont / 5 pm
Sunday, May 2 / San Francisco / 5 pm
 
Earthquakes – Colorado Rapids Connections
Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon played four seasons with the Rapids from 2003-2006 … Rapids forward Quincy Amarikwa was traded from San Jose on April 7 of this year in exchange for a second round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft … Colorado midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy was an All-American at Santa Clara University and played briefly with Ryan Johnson in 2006 with Real Salt Lake … Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni played briefly in 1998 with Quakes midfielder Ramiro Corrales with the Miami Fusion and on the US national team with Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey … Rapids defender Drew Moor played with Quakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez with FC Dallas from 2005-2008 and played two years of college soccer at Indiana University, the same school as Quakes midfielder Brad Ring, who played there just one year later … Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens played briefly in 2006 with Ryan Johnson with the Chicago Fire … Quakes defender/midfielder Brandon McDonald played all four years at the University of San Francisco with Rapids defender Rob Valentino … Quakes forward Ryan Johnson has been in Jamaican national team camp with Rapids forward Omar Cummings … Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce played at Seton Hall University, the same school that Quakes defender Jason Hernandez played … Rapids midfielder Wells Thompson is a Wake Forest product (2003-2006), just like Quakes rookie defender Ike Opara (2007-2009) ... Quakes defender Chris Leitch played briefly in 2007 with Rapids defender Marvell Wynne with New York Red Bulls … Quakes defender Bobby Burling is from Monument, Colorado.
 
Earthquakes Leaders vs. Colorado Rapids
Joe Cannon has six wins and four shutouts against Colorado in his career ... Chris Wondolowski has scored a goal and tallied an assist in his career against Colorado … Scott Sealy has scored two goals in five career appearances against the Rapids … Brandon McDonald scored his first career goal against Colorado in 2008 as a member of the LA Galaxy and also tallied first assist as a member of the Earthquakes on Sept. 18, 2009 vs. the Rapids.
 
Colorado Rapids Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Forward Conor Casey has three career goals against San Jose after his successful penalty on Sept. 23, 2009 in the 1-1 draw … Forward Claudio Lopez has two career goals and two assists against San Jose in just four appearances.
 
San Jose in May
The Quakes are 22-26-2 all-time in May 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 (278), starts (277) and minutes played (25,035). He is now third all-time in saves (1,135), third all-time in shutouts (69) and fourth all-time in wins (100) in league history. For San Jose, Cannon is first in club history as a goalkeeper in starts (163), minutes played (14,841), saves (667), wins (62) and shutouts (39) and second in appearances (163, tied with Richard Mulrooney), goals against average (1.33), and saves percentage (73.0). 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 171, has made 155 starts and 13,782 minutes played as a member of the Quakes. He is now tied for second place in franchise history with Richard Mulrooney in starts and is third in all-time in club history for minutes played.
 
Quakes Host Club Partner Tottenham Hotspur July 17
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that they will play club partner Tottenham Hotspur from the English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday, July 17 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The kick-off time will be announced at a later date. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game “B” ticket for the match. Season ticket holders will also be able to purchase additional individual tickets and groups from April 21-28. From April 29-May 9, fans can purchase mini-plans that include the Tottenham Hotspur and Los Angeles Galaxy match, before tickets go on sale to the general public on May 10. Tickets range from $20-$50 and can be purchased by calling (800) 225-2277 or by logging on to sjearthquakes.com. Tottenham Hotspur, also known as Spurs, signed a club partnership agreement in 2008 with the objective of creating a long-term bond between the two clubs. The relationship focuses on both soccer and commercial development by exchanging and implementing the best practices from both organizations. The partnership to date has seen Earthquakes technical staff visiting Spurs Lodge on numerous occasions, with the team using the Tottenham Hotspur training facility as a base for this season’s pre-season preparations.
 
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
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.