Quakes Prep for Trip to Seattle

San Jose will try to extend its three-game unbeaten streak at Qwest Field on Saturday

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San Jose will complete its FieldTurf road trip with a flight to the Pacific Northwest to take on Seattle Sounders FC at noon on Saturday on Fox Soccer Channel.

After holding the New England Revolution to a 0-0 draw on a sticky pitch at Gillette Stadium, the Quakes will try to extend their unbeaten streak to four-in-a-row when they play the Sounders. Saturday's tie moved the Quakes into a four-way logjam for second in the Western Conference alongside the Houston Dynamo, the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake. San Jose is 2-0-1 in May, including wins over Colorado (1-0) and New York (4-0). The Quakes have recorded three consecutive shutouts and have notched four clean sheets this season.

Seattle Sounders FC are coming off a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Fredy Montero came off the bench to score the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute to hand New York its first loss at Red Bull Arena. Seattle has struggled in 2010, losing its last match at Qwest Field 4-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Seattle is one-point back of the second-place party with its win at New York.

This Week
The Quakes earned a draw on the road last Saturday at New England, earning their third consecutive shutout, and fourth on the season. The Quakes head to the Pacific northwest to take on Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, May 22 at 12 p.m. PT. at Qwest Field. The match can be seen on a tape delay at 3 p.m. PT on Fox Soccer Channel and will be broadcast live on 1220 KDOW.
 
Earthquakes vs. Seattle All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 1-2-0
Home: 1-0-0
Away: 0-2-0
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 5, Seattle – 4

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 05/17/10
Tuesday, May 18 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, May 19 – TBD
Thursday, May 20 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, May 21 – Travel to Seattle
Saturday, May 22 – Earthquakes at Seattle Sounderes FC at 12 p.m. PT at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. broadcast on tape delay at 3 p.m. PT on Fox Soccer Channel and live on 1220 KDOW.

Injury Report
Questionable: Eduardo (R oblique strain); Arturo Alvarez (L hamstring strain); Joey Gjertsen (L quad strain); Probable: Ike Opara (R hamstring strain); Steven Beitashour (R hamstring strain).

Last Game
Earthquakes 0, New England Revolution 0; May 15, 2010; Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.
San Jose extended New England's winless streak to six matches by collecting a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium. New England midfielder Joseph Niouky came closest to breaking the deadlock when he smashed a drive from distance off the post after 61 minutes. Despite Niouky's blast, San Jose enjoyed the better of the chances, particularly in the second half. Preston Burpo made three fine saves to keep the Revolution's first clean sheet since April 3. San Jose's best opportunity arrived after just eight minutes. In-form winger Bobby Convey sliced open the Revolution defense with a long through ball for Chris Wondolowski. The Earthquakes forward played a square ball to Ryan Johnson at the far post, but the Jamaican striker couldn't get much behind the shot and Burpo made the kick save. Burpo stopped Johnson twice and made the save of the match in the 68th minute. The Revs goalkeeper once again bailed out his teammates by blocking a shot by Quakes defender Bobby Burling in a one-on-one situation. San Jose midfielder Andre Luiz flicked a Revolution clearance back over the defensive line. Burling beat the trap, but Burpo stood strong to deflect the defender's effort. Neither side could create the type of chances in the late stages to secure all three points as the Earthquakes couldn't find their way through in the dying stages.

Last Game vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Earthquakes 4, Seattle 0; August 2, 2009; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
The Quakes earned a 4-0 win over a 10-man Sounders side, with goals coming from four different scorers. An Osvaldo Alonso own-goal opened the scoring with the game less than two minutes old. With Sounders FC reduced to 10 men after James Riley's 33rd-minute ejection, San Jose put the game away with goals from Cornell Glen, Darren Huckerby and substitute Chris Wondolowski. The match also marked the first clean sheet of the year for goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Kasey Keller had no chance to prevent the Quakes from breaking on top in the early going. Cornell Glen released Ryan Johnson down the left wing, and the Jamaican's cross was touched by Alonso into his own net to give San Jose a 1-0 lead. The match boiled over in the 33rd minute when former Quakes defender James Riley was shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Bobby Convey. The Quakes doubled their advantage in the 54th minute. Ramon Sanchez won a 50-50 ball in midfield to Shea Salinas, whose centering feed found Glen at the top of the box. Glen created space for himself, and his low shot made its way past Keller for his third goal in as many starts. Darren Huckerby then put the game beyond doubt in the 78th minute. The Englishman was put through by Sanchez, and while his first shot was deflected, Keller was unable to claim the rebound, allowing Huckerby the easiest of finishes. Chris Wondolowski then capped off the afternoon in the 84th minute, scoring from eight yards after great work from Salinas.

Misc. Notes

Cannon Posts Fourth Shutout of the Season
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon posted his fourth shutout of the season on Saturday in San Jose’s 0-0 draw against the New England Revolution. Cannon now has 72 career shutouts and is alone in second in MLS for shutouts this season.
 
Quakes Defense Among the Best in MLS
The Quakes defense kept New England scoreless in their 0-0 draw on Saturday in Foxboro. San Jose now has four shutouts this season, and has only conceded four goals in their past six games, four of which have been wins. 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. The Quakes have not lost or allowed a goal since Bobby Burling joined the lineup against the Colorado Rapids on May 1. Not only has Burling been solid on defense, but he also notched his first career goal on May 8 versus New York in a 4-0 win.

Quakes Continue to Earn Results at Gillette Stadium
After earning a scoreless draw on Saturday against New England, the Quakes have now lost just twice at Gillette Stadium, home of the Revolution, posting a 5-2-2 record there since 2002.

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 22 against the Seattle Sounders FC. He has started 92 games, has scored 22 goals and notched 17 assists in his eight-year career.

Earthquakes – Sounders FC Connections
Sounders defender James Riley played with the Quakes in 2008 before being selected by Seattle in the expansion draft following that season … forward Nate Jaqua played under Quakes head coach Frank Yallop with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 ...  Jaqua also played in Chicago for part of the 2006 season with current Quakes forward Ryan Johnson ... Roger Levesque played with the Earthquakes from 2003 to 2005, appearing in six matches for San Jose ...  Tyrone Marshall played for the Galaxy under Quakes head coach Frank Yallop from 2006-2007 ... Marshall also played on the Jamaican national team with Quakes forward Ryan Johnson ... Sounders technical director Chris Henderson played in Colorado with Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon from 2003-2005 and with Quakes general manager of soccer operations John Doyle in the early 1990s with the United States National Team.

History of the Quakes – Revolution Rivalry
The Quakes are 17-11-4 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 61-42 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 All-Time Leaders vs. Sounders FC
Chris Wondolowski and Cornell Glen have each scored a goal against Seattle.
Sounders FC All-Time Leaders vs. San Jose
Sounders forward Nate Jaqua has appeared in nine matches against San Jose in his MLS career and has one goal and two assists ... Midfielder Peter Vagenas has scored a goal and tallied three assists versus the Earthquakes in 16 career appearances ... Midfielder Brad Evans has scored one goal against the Earthquakes in two career appearances ... Defender Tyrone Marshall has notched two career assists in 20 games against the Quakes.

San Jose in May
The Quakes are 24-26-3 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 (281), starts (280) and minutes played (25,305). He is now third all-time in saves (1,144), third all-time in shutouts (72) and fourth all-time in wins (102) in league history. For San Jose, Cannon is first in club history as a goalkeeper in starts (166), minutes played (15,111), saves (676), wins (64) and shutouts (42) and second in appearances (166), goals against average (1.33), and saves percentage (73.3). 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 174, has made 158 starts and has logged 14,046 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 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. To donate directly to the Earthquakes food drive event, visit www.virtualharvest.net, select “Community Group” then “San Jose Earthquakes Soccer.”

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.

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.