Earthquakes Weekly Update: June 28, 2010

San Jose prepares for return to Buck Shaw against D.C. United on Saturday

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Photo Credit: 
John Todd

The San Jose Earthquakes return to Buck Shaw Stadium for the first
time since the World Cup break on Saturday, July 3 when they host D.C.
United at 7 p.m. PT (TICKETS). The Earthquakes are coming off a well-earned 0-0
draw against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday, June 25.
Saturday’s match will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet California,
1220 KDOW (in English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish). The first 5,000 fans in
attendance on Saturday will receive an Earthquakes drawstring backpack
courtesy of Xfinity.
 
Earthquakes vs. D.C. United
MLS Regular Season: 13-10-5
Home: 7-2-5
Away: 6-8-0
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-in: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 41, D.C. United – 47
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 6/28/10
Tuesday, June 29 – 3 p.m. – Earthquakes vs. U.S. U20 National Team at
Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, June 30 – TBD
Thursday, July 1 – 3 p.m. – Earthquakes vs. U.S. U20 National Team at
Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, July 2 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Saturday, July 3 – Earthquakes vs. D.C. United at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw
Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. live on Comcast SportsNet California,
1220 KDOW (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
 
Injury Report:
Out: Andre Luiz (L knee internal derangement); Questionable: Arturo
Alvarez (L hamstring strain); Joey Gjertsen (L quad strain); Eduardo (R
hip flexor strain); Scott Sealy (R quad strain).
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 0, Real Salt Lake 0; June 25, 2010; Rio Tinto Stadium;
Sandy, Utah
The San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake battled to a scoreless draw
at Rio Tinto Stadium as both teams returned to action in the first MLS
match following the break for World Cup play. The goalkeepers were the
stars of the show and earned the shutout. Jon Busch made his first start
for San Jose. Also debuting for the Quakes was newly acquired Sam
Cronin, who was inserted into the starting lineup in a central midfield
role. San Jose had an early chance as defender Nat Borchers misjudged a
ball, and striker Chris Wondolowski was able to get behind him. However,
Rimando was able to deal with his shot from distance. The visitors'
best chance of the opening half came in the 34th minute. The sequence
was started with a poor back pass by Andy Williams that gave the
Earthquakes a corner kick.  Bobby Convey’s delivery into the box was a
good one, glancing first off of Ned Grabavoy’s head, and then
ricocheting off of Borchers. Rimando used a reflex save to clear the
ball off the goal line. Both teams continued to spread the field and
attack in the second half.  Real Salt Lake’s best chance of the match
came in the 53rd minute when Saborio put a short cross to the far post.
Espindola was there but his deflection failed to put the ball on goal as
it rolled tantalizingly across the goal mouth. San Jose had two quality
chances late. The first came on a counter, with Convey sliding a ball
to the left to second half substitute Cornell Glen, who was unmarked.
Rimando foiled the Trinidadian with another acrobatic save. The last
real scoring opportunity came when Earthquakes substitute forward Javier
Robles took a long chance from 30 yards out. The dipping ball appeared
to fool Rimando who was able to get a glove on it at the last minute,
preserving the scoreless draw.
 
Last Game vs. D.C. United
Earthquakes 2, D.C. United 1; September 27, 2009; RFK Stadium;
Washington, D.C.
The San Jose Earthquakes ended a 20-match road winless streak, defeating
D.C. United 2-1 on second half goals by Ramon Sanchez and Ryan Johnson.
Johnson was dangerous the entire match for San Jose, additionally
scoring two goals that were taken away on refereeing decisions before
netting the game-winner in the 73rd minute. Jaime Moreno put United into
the lead in the 26th minute, but Earthquakes midfielder Ramon Sanchez
stroked home a perfectly taken free kick just before the hour mark for
the equalizer. D.C. broke through in the 26th minute as Moreno stepped
in front of Jason Hernandez near the top left corner of the 6-yard box,
turned, and powered a left-footed shot through Andrew Weber to give
United a 1-0 lead. An injury to goalkeeper Josh Wicks meant Milos Kocic
was called upon for D.C. With Kocic's feet still cold, the Quakes
finally got one that counted on a perfectly bent free kick from Sanchez
to equalize at 1-1 in the 58th minute. Julius James took down Johnson in
a prime location some 26 yards from goal straight on and the Salvadoran
midfielder made them pay, curving the left footer over the wall and
away from the flat-footed Kocic. Johnson's hard work was finally
fulfilled and Yallop's decision on Arturo Alvarez proved fruitful as the
two contributed to the Quakes go-ahead goal in the in the 73rd minute.
Alvarez collected a poor United clearing attempt and though stumbling
for a fleeting second, got off a decent left-footed shot. The ball was
deflected onto the crossbar by United defender Clyde Simms, with Kocic
out to cut down the angle. Alvarez’s shot caromed directly to Johnson on
the left side some 11 yards from the goal, who headed it into the
vacated net for his ninth goal of the season to make the score 2-1.
Corrales perhaps saved the game for the Quakes in the 82nd minute,
clearing a Pontius bicycle kick off the line from 10 yards out.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: World Cup Viewing Party
Who: Bobby Burling, Arturo Alvarez, Jason Hernandez
Location:  Silver Creek Sportsplex
Date: Tuesday, June 29
Time: 10 a.m.
Details: Players will sign autographs for fans in attendance at viewing
event.
 
What: Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Visit
Who: Justin Morrow, Jon Busch, Omar Jasseh, Scott Sealy
Location:  Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto
Date: Wednesday, June 30
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Details: Players will speak to the children, sign autographs and pose
for pictures.
 
What: Xfinity Clinic Series
Who: Ramiro Corrales, Bobby Burling, Brad Ring, Player TBD
Location:  Ocala Middle School in San Jose
Date: Thursday, July 1
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Details: Players will help run a free clinic for youth soccer players.
 
Xfinity Clinic Series Kicks Off this Week
The Xfinity Clinic Series, a series of five free clinics open to the
public and run by Earthquakes players and UK International Soccer Camps,
kicks off this week. The clinics give youth soccer players the
opportunity to learn passing, shooting and dribbling skills from some of
the top professionals along with some of the most respected coaches
from the club’s Development Schools. The first clinic will take place on
Thursday, July 1 at Ocala Middle School in San Jose. Other dates and
locations are; Thursday, July 29 in Palo Alto, Thursday, August 12 in
Hayward, Thursday, September 9 (location TBD) and Thursday, October 14
(location TBD). Each clinic will last from 6–8 p.m. PT. Registration for
the clinics starts at 5:45 p.m. and each clinic will close with an
autograph session for all participating players. Four Earthquakes
players will appear at each clinic. To sign-up for any of the clinic
dates, visit the San Jose Earthquakes office at 451 El Camino Real,
Suite 220 in Santa Clara and complete a registration form, fill out the
registration form online at sjearthquakes.com, pick up a registration
form at the Ticket Sales tent at Buck Shaw Stadium during Earthquakes
home games, or call (408) 556-7700. Space is limited for clinics and
participants will be registered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each
participant will receive a free soccer ball and an Earthquakes sack
pack, along with a ticket to the next Earthquakes home game following
the clinic, courtesy of Xfinity. The families of all participating
players will also receive a special ticket offer to the same game.
 
Jon Busch Debuts and Earns Clean Sheet
Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch made his regular season debut on
Friday, June 25 in a 0-0 draw with defending MLS Cup Champion Real Salt
Lake and earned a clean sheet. Busch made one save, but cut out multiple
crosses and was key in the shutout. The 2008 MLS goalkeeper of the year
had appeared in only exhibitions up until last Friday, his most recent
appearance being a Sacramento Cup victory on penalties on June 12
against Chivas USA. Busch becomes the first goalie other than Joe Cannon
to record a shutout since the Earthquakes returned in 2008.
 
Sam Cronin Debuts
Quakes midfielder Sam Cronin, the second overall draft pick in the 2009
MLS SuperDraft, made his Earthquakes debut on Friday, June 25 against
Real Salt Lake in the Quakes’ 0-0 draw. Cronin was acquired on Monday,
June 23 from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money. Cronin has now
appeared in 34 games in his career and scored one goal and notched five
assists. Cronin had a standout rookie season in MLS in 2009, starting
26 games and logging 2,363 minutes in central midfield. He scored his
first goal against the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 win in June and also
recorded four assists for the season.
 
Wondolowski Among MLS Leaders
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski is currently tied for third in scoring
in MLS with Conor Casey of the Colorado Rapids, Kei Kamara of the Kansas
City Wizards, Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union, and Marco
Pappa of the Chicago Fire with six goals. The six goals are one more
than his previous career high of five in 2009, when he split time with
Houston and San Jose.
 
Wondolowski Comes Through in the Clutch
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski is tied for second in game-winning
goals in MLS play with three goals, along with Juan Pablo Angel of the
New York Red Bulls, Guillermo Barros Schelotto of the Columbus Crew,
Dwayne De Rosario of Toronto FC, Kei Kamara of the Kansas City Wizards,
and Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire.
 
Convey Remains Near Top of Leaderboard
Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey sits alone in second in the league in
assists with seven. This total ties his career high, which he matched in
2001 for D.C. United. Convey trails only Galaxy midfielder, Landon
Donovan, who has nine assists. Convey also ranks third in assists per
game with a 0.58 average.
 
Clean Sheet Cannon
Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon is currently tied for second in shutouts
with five clean sheets, along with Bouna Coundoul of the New York Red
Bulls, Stefan Frei of Toronto FC, William Hesmer of the Columbus Crew,
Jimmy Nielsen of the Kansas City Wizards, and Nick Rimando of Real Salt
Lake.
 
Alvarez Approaching 25 Career Goals
Quakes forward Arturo Alvarez has 23 career goals in his eight year
career in the MLS. This season Alvarez has two goals in five games.
 
Earthquakes Strong at Home Against D.C. United
The Earthquakes are unbeaten at home against D.C. United in the last 10
matches. The last time the Earthquakes lost at home against D.C. was on
June 3, 1998 at Spartan Stadium, a 4-0 defeat. San Jose is 7-2-5
all-time at home against D.C. United, including 1-0-1 at Buck Shaw
Stadium.
 
Earthquakes – D.C. United Connections
Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop served as an assistant coach to
Thomas Rongen with D.C. United in 2000. He then left D.C. United to
become head coach of the Earthquakes in 2001 … Bobby Convey started his
MLS career with D.C. United and played from 2000-2004 with Ben Olsen
(2000-2004), Jaime Moreno (2000-2002, 2004), Bryan Namoff (2001-2004),
Santino Quaranta (2001-2004) … Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop
coached Quaranta while with the Los Angeles Galaxy … D.C. United
defender Marc Burch played in three games for the Los Angeles Galaxy in
2006 under Frank Yallop, and also played with Quakes forward Cornell
Glen … Burch also played with Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch and defender
Chris Leitch with the Columbus Crew in 2006 … Busch was on the D.C.
United roster in 1999 but did not appear in any games … Busch played
with D.C. midfielder Stephen King with the Chicago Fire in 2008 … Leitch
played with Quaranta in New York briefly in 2007 and with Moreno in
2003 … D.C. defender Julius James is a native of Trinidad & Tobago
and played with Quakes forward Cornell Glen on the T&T National Team
… James played with Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski for the Houston
Dynamo in 2009 … Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow played with D.C.
United developmental goaltender Andrew Quinn at Notre Dame (2006-2008) …
Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Weber was on the D.C. United roster in
2005 but did not appear in any games ... Quakes forward Scott Sealy
played on the Kansas City Wizards with D.C. midfielder Kurt Morsink
(2007-2008) … Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon played with Quaranta in
2007 with the Los Angeles Galaxy … D.C. United defender Carey Talley
played with Quakes forward Arturo Alvarez with FC Dallas in 2005, with
defender Bobby Burling with Chivas USA (2008-09), and with forward Ryan
Johnson with Real Salt Lake in 2006.
 
History of the Quakes – D.C. United Rivalry
The Earthquakes beat D.C. United 1-0 in the historic MLS Inaugural Game
on April 6, 1996 before 31,683 fans at Spartan Stadium … Current
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon made his MLS debut against D.C. United
on April 17, 1999 at RFK Stadium. He also picked up his first win that
day defeating D.C. United in a shootout … Current Quakes midfielder
Bobby Convey scored his first career goal playing for D.C. United
against Kansas City on April 7, 2001 … The Earthquakes lost to D.C.
United 3-0 on July 15, 2005 in their last appearance at RFK Stadium. The
Quakes would then finish the regular season without another loss that
season … Quakes forward Ramon Sanchez made his MLS debut against D.C.
United on July 25, 2010 at Buck Shaw Stadium … Quakes goalkeeper Andrew
Weber made his MLS debut against D.C. United on September 27, 2009 at
RFK Stadium … Quakes forward Scott Sealy scored his 20th goal against
D.C. United on April 14, 2007 as a member of the Kansas City Wizards.
 
Earthquakes Leaders vs. D.C. United
Scott Sealy has scored five goals and notched two assists in 13 career
appearances, Arturo Alvarez has one goal and two assists in nine career
appearances, Ryan Johnson has scored two goals in four career
appearances, and Cornell Glen and Ramiro Corrales each have one goal and
one assist … Joe Cannon has eight wins and four shutouts in 18 career
appearances, and Jon Busch has seven wins and five shutouts in 18 career
appearances against D.C. United.
 
D.C. United Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Jamie Moreno has scored nine goals and notched six assists in 20 career
appearances, Luciano Emilio, Santino Quaranta, and Clyde Simms each have
one goal, and Chris Pontius and Carey Talley each have one assist
against the Earthquakes … Troy Perkins is the only goalkeeper on the
roster that has played the Earthquakes and he has a loss in his lone
appearance.
 
San Jose in June
The Quakes are 26-18-15 all-time in June 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 (285), starts (284) and minutes played (25,665). He is now
second all-time in saves (1,154), second 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 (170), minutes played
(15,471), saves (686), wins (65), and shutouts (43) and second in
appearances (170), goals against average (1.33), 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 179
and has made 163 starts, while logging 14,495 minutes played as a member
of the Quakes. He is now alone in second place in franchise history in
starts, third in all-time in club history for minutes played and ninth
in assists with 21.
 
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 Launch Blog “The Core”
The Earthquakes have launched their official team blog at
http://www.quakescore.blogspot.com. Make sure to check out the latest
written 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.