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Quakes return to Buck Shaw on Saturday to host Toronto FC

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The San Jose Earthquakes return to Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday to host Toronto FC after picking up four points on the road, a scoreless draw against the New England Rebolution and Saturday's 1-0 result over Seattle Sounders FC. The Quakes are riding a four-game unbeaten streak in which San Jose has outscored opponents 6-0.

Toronto FC is coming off a 1-0 win against the New England Revolution last weekend. Preki's squad is third in the Eastern Conference with 13 points (4-4-1 overall record). Leading the way in 2010 has been a resurgent Dwayne DeRosario (6g, 3a). The former Earthquakes star is the second-leading scorer in the MLS.

The Earthquakes are among the hottest teams in MLS with five wins in their last seven outings. Chris Wondolowski continued to build upon his successful 2010 campaign with a game-winning goal against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday. Perhaps even more impressive, however, has been the Quakes defense, which posted its fourth clean sheet in-a-row and the fifth this season with Saturday's 1-0 win at Seattle.

This Week
The match can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet California and will be broadcast live on 1220 KDOW.
 
Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 1-1-2
Home: 1-1-0
Away:  0-0-2
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 4, Toronto FC – 4
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 05/24/10
Tuesday, May 25 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, May 26 – TBD
Thursday, May 27 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, May 28 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Saturday, May 29 – Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet California and live on 1220 KDOW.
 
Injury Report
Out: Eduardo (R oblique strain).
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0; May 22, 2010; Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash.
For San Jose, one was enough. Chris Wondolowski’s 11th-minute goal stood up as the Earthquakes’ imposing back line stretched the side’s shutout streak to four games. San Jose got on the board first through Chris Wondolowski. A Joey Gjertsen cross from the right side was nodded on twice by Quakes attackers, and the in-form striker was first to react at the far post, tucking the ball into the net with a side volley from close range. It was Wondolowski’s fifth goal of the season as the journeyman continues to establish himself in San Jose. The early goal gave the Quakes license to take a more defensive stance. Seattle tried to exploit that by sending balls in behind San Jose’s back line, forcing Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon off his line to smother Seattle chances on two occasions. San Jose withstood a lot of pressure, and although being outshot 18-3, they were able to defend well enough to preserve their fourth consecutive shutout, and earn a very big three points away from home.
 
Last Game vs. Toronto FC
Earthquakes 1, Toronto FC 1; Oct. 10, 2009; BMO Field; Toronto, Ontario.
The Quakes earned a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC thanks to a stoppage time equalizer from Trinidad & Tobago international forward Cornell Glen. San Jose trailed in the second half at BMO Field in part to a 47th minute strike from Nana Attakora just after halftime. It appeared the goal would stand up, however, Glen was able to finish coolly in the 93rd minute during a goal mouth scramble to send the visitors home with a share of the points.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Amway Global Kicks for Kids
Who: Justin Morrow
Location:  Luther Burbank Elementary
Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Details: Morrow will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
 
What: Amway Global Kicks for Kids
Who: Chris Leitch
Location:  Terrell Elementary
Date: Thursday, May 27
Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Details: Leitch will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
 
Quakes Off to Best Start in Franchise History
With a 1-0 win over Seattle on the road this past Saturday, the Earthquakes have tied their best start in franchise history. The Quakes sit 5-2-1 after their first eight games, which equals their starts in 2001 and 2002. With a win on Saturday against Toronto, San Jose will set a new record for their best start.
 
Quakes Tie Longest Shutout Streak for Consecutive Games
With their 1-0 win in Seattle on Saturday, the Quakes tied their longest shutout streak in consecutive games with four. They have not conceded a goal in 363 minutes, which is the third longest shutout streak in club history. The longest streak in franchise history is 459 minutes, which was done from Aug. 11 through Sept. 8 of 2004. The team also did not allow a goal in 399 minutes from July 19 until August 16 of 2003.
 
Cannon Posts Fifth Shutout of the Season
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon posted his fifth shutout of the season on Saturday in San Jose’s 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. Cannon now has 73 career shutouts and is alone in second in MLS for shutouts this season. If Cannon can reach the 48th minute of Saturday’s match against Toronto FC without conceding a goal, he will break his own franchise record of 410 consecutive scoreless minutes. That streak ran from Sept. 22, 1999 through March 25, 2000. His streak currently sits at 363 minutes.
 
Quakes Defense Among the Best in MLS
The Quakes defense kept Seattle scoreless in their 1-0 win on Saturday in the Emerald City. San Jose now has five shutouts this season, and has only conceded four goals in their past seven games, five of which have been wins. The Quakes are now third in MLS in goals allowed this season, having allowed only seven on the season. The Quakes have not allowed a goal at home since the 54th minute of their home opener versus Real Salt Lake on April 17, and since the 87th minute at Chivas USA on April 24 on the road.  
 
Wondo Stays Hot
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored his fifth goal in six games on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders in the 11th minute of play, marking his third game-winner of 2010. The Danville native had scored in four consecutive matches from April 17 through May 8 before being held off the score sheet on May 15 in New England. Wondolowski found the back of the net again in Seattle, as he was left unmarked on the back post. Joey Gjertsen whipped a ball into the box that was flicked on by both Brandon McDonald and Bobby Burling before finding San Jose’s leading scorer, who hammered home his fifth of they year. Check out Wondo’s goal here. Also, for a compilation of Wondolowski’s goals this season, check out What a Wondoful World here.
 
Wondolowski Among MLS Leaders
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski is now tied for third with former Earthquakes forward Kei Kamara (now in Kansas City) in all of MLS in scoring with his five goals. Those five goals also tie his career high from last season when he split time with Houston and San Jose.
 
McDonald and Burling Notch Assists
Earthquakes midfielder Brandon McDonald and defender Bobby Burling both were credited with assists on forward Chris Wondolowski’s 11th minute goal. They both flicked on a Joey Gjertsen cross that eventually reached Wondolowski, who was unmarked at the back post, and left Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller with no chance. The assist was the first of Burling’s career and McDonald’s third (second of 2010).
 
Quakes Win First Game at Qwest
San Jose notched its first ever win in Seattle this past Saturday thanks to an 11th minute goal by Chris Wondolowski. The Sounders had won the previous two matches at Qwest Field in 2009, by a combined score of 4-1.
 
Road Success
San Jose have doubled their win total on the road from a year ago following their 1-0 win on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders FC, and have matched their road win total of the 2008 season with two. So far in 2010, the Quakes are 2-1-1 on the road, compared to a 0-4-0 start on the road last season after the same amount of games.
 
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 29 against Toronto FC. He has started 92 games, has scored 22 goals and notched 17 assists in his eight-year career.
 
Quakes-Toronto FC Connections
TFC forward Dwayne DeRosario played with the Quakes from 2001-2005 and with Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski in San Jose in 2005 and in Houston from 2006-2008 … Quakes forward Ryan Johnson played briefly in 2006 with TFC forward Chad Barrett in Chicago … TFC defender Nick Garcia returns to San Jose this week, where he played from 2008-2009, before he was traded mid-season … TFC goalkeeper Jon Conway played with the Quakes from 2000-2005 and was a member of New York Red Bulls with Quakes defender Chris Leitch from 2007-2008 … Quakes defenders Bobby Burling and Jason Hernandez played at Chivas USA under current TFC head coach Preki … Quakes head coach Frank Yallop was the Canadian national team’s coach from 2004-06 and coached TFC’s DeRosario (whom he also coached in San Jose) … TFC midfielder Sam Cronin played at Wake Forest with San Jose rookie Ike Opara in 2007 and 2008, where they won a national title together in 2008 … TFC midfielder Dan Gargan played at Chivas USA in 2008 with Quakes defender Bobby Burling … TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei played his college soccer in the Bay Area at Cal … TFC equipment manager Malcolm Phillips was the Earthquakes equipment manager from 2002-2005.
 
History of the Quakes-TFC Rivalry
The Earthquakes and Toronto FC have met only four times in MLS play … The two teams tied 0-0 on July 19, 2008 at BMO Field in Toronto in the debut of Darren Huckerby … San Jose earned a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2008 in the regular season finale for both teams … Toronto FC earned a 3-1 win in Santa Clara on July 11, 2009 …The Quakes earned a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2009 thanks to a stoppage time equalizer by Cornell Glen.
 
Earthquakes Leaders vs. TFC
Cornell Glen has scored one goal against Toronto in his career.
 
TFC Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Chad Barrett has notched three goals and an assist vs. the Quakes ... Dwayne De Rosario has tallied two assists against San Jose.
 
San Jose in May
The Quakes are 25-26-3 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 (282), starts (281) and minutes played (25,395). He is now third all-time in saves (1,147), third all-time in shutouts (73) and fourth all-time in wins (103) in league history. For San Jose, Cannon is first in club history as a goalkeeper in starts (167), minutes played (15,191), saves (679), wins (65), and shutouts (43) and second in appearances (167), goals against average (1.32), and saves percentage (73.4). 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 175, has made 159 starts and has logged 14,135 minutes played as a member of the Quakes. He is now alone in second place in franchise history in starts, is third in all-time in club history for minutes played and seventh in assists with 26.
 
Quakes Host Club Partner Tottenham Hotspur July 17
The San Jose Earthquakes 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. Tickets are on sale now and 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.

Quakes Announce Partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank
The Quakes have announced that the team has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank for their game on Saturday, May 29 against Toronto FC. The two sides have teamed up to kick out hunger in the local community. Fans are encouraged to join the battle by bringing non-perishable food donations to the May 29 game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. The night will also feature the Second Harvest Food Bank Outstanding Youth Award winner, sixth grader Jordan Luke performing the ceremonial First Kick. For more information about the event, please visit sjearthquakes.com. To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank, or to make a donation visit SecondHarvestFood.org <http://www.SecondHarvestFood.org> . To donate directly to the Earthquakes food drive event, visit www.virtualharvest.net <http://www.virtualharvest.net> , select "Community Group" then "San Jose Earthquakes Soccer."

Quakes Launch Official Blog: The Core
The San Jose Earthquakes launched an official blog on Friday, May 21. The Core will bring fans in-depth anaylsis courtesy of commentator John Shrader as well as humorous videos, witty insights and other soccer-related news.

Win Pin 3.0
The Quakes won their third consecutive home game on May 8 over the New York Red Bulls 4-0. The participating location for the Win Pin is Mio Vicino in Santa Clara and the win pin will get you $10 off any purchase of $25 or more. It expires on Saturday, May 29 – so make sure you take advantage of this soon.
 
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
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.