Earthquakes Weekly Update: July 19, 2010

Quakes to take on rival Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday at the Home Depot Center

The San Jose Earthquakes resume MLS play against the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday, July 22 at the Home Depot Center at 7:30 p.m. PT. It will be the first meeting of the year between the two teams and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and KDOW 1220. Last week, the Earthquakes hosted club partner Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League and earned a 0-0 draw on Saturday, July 17 at Buck Shaw Stadium in front of a record crowd of 10,712.
 
Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
MLS Regular Season: 14-24-6
Home: 10-9-4
Away: 4-15-2
Playoffs: 3-4-1; U.S. Open Cup: 0-4-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 57, Los Angeles – 69 
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 7/19/10
Tuesday, July 20 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, July 21 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility and then travel to Los Angeles
Thursday, July 22 – 7:30 p.m. – Earthquakes at Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. PT at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and KDOW 1220.

Injury Report: Out: Andre Luiz (L knee internal derangement); Eduardo (R hip strain); Chris Leitch (L hip strain).
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0; July 17, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
The San Jose Earthquakes battled club partner and English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium in front of a record crowd of 10,712. Both sides created good opportunities, but were unable to find the back of the net. Tottenham Hotspur will remain in the Bay Area training at the Earthquakes facilities until Tuesday when they travel to the East Coast to continue their 2010 US Tour in New York.
 
Last Game vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Earthquakes 0; Oct. 24, 2009; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
The San Jose Earthquakes came into The Home Depot Center looking for favorable results to close out 2009. However, an own goal in the first half and a Landon Donovan goal in the second half led to a 2-0 win for the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000. The Galaxy took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when Donovan lobbed a ball over Cannon, but with the help of an Earthquakes defender. Bobby Burling tried to block what appeared to be a Donovan centered pass into the area from right to left by attempting to poke at the ball with his right foot. The ball instead deflected off of Burling's foot, re-directing its trajectory. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon could only watch as the ball floated over his head into the back of the net—out of the reach of his extended left arm for an own goal. San Jose tried to answer shortly after Donovan's goal. Earthquakes defender Brandon McDonald sent a point-blank header straight to Ricketts off a free kick in the 28th minute. McDonald was looking for the near post from the left side, but Ricketts was quick to react and slapped the ball away from danger. The Earthquakes didn't have another real threat before going into halftime trailing 1-0. David Beckham had a couple of shots of his own in the first half. He sent a signature free kick from about 28 yards out, bending it inches wide of Cannon's right post. The English midfielder sent another blast from about 30 yards out after dribbling across the defense from left to right, sending his shot whistling above the crossbar. Donovan then put the match out of reach in the 77th minute with his second goal against San Jose this season. Donovan finished a touch and go play that included a series of passes from goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to David Beckham to Chris Klein back to Donovan. In alone on goal, the U.S. international sent a rolling shot between the legs of a charging Cannon at the top of the area. Donovan's shot rolled to the left post and deflected into the back of the net.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Earthquakes Draw a Record Crowd in Friendly Against Tottenham Hotspur
A record crowd of 10,712 came to Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, July 17 to see the San Jose Earthquakes battle club partner Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League to a 0-0 draw. Tottenham will continue their 2010 U.S. Tour in New York against the New York Red Bulls.
 
Quakes Play Second English Premier Squad in Team History
Tottenham Hotspur was the second team from the English Premier League the San Jose Earthquakes have played in team history. The time the Earthquakes played a team from the Premier League was on Tuesday, May 13, 1997 against Aston Villa at Spartan Stadium in front of 13,522. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
 
Road Warriors
With a road record this season of 3-2-2, the Earthquakes have as many wins on the road as the team had in 2008 and 2009 combined. In 2008, the Earthquakes went 2-8-5 on the road in their first season back. In 2009, the Earthquakes went 1-10-5 with the lone win coming against D.C. United on September 27, 2009 at RFK Stadium. Additionally, the Earthquakes have 11 points on the road this season which is how many they had in the entire 2008 season.
 
Jasseh to Play For Gambia’s U-20 National Team
Earthquakes midfielder Omar Jasseh will leave to play with the Gambia U-20 National Team in the 17th African Orange U-20 Championship on Tuesday, July 20, and will return to the Earthquakes on Wednesday, August 11.
 
Quakes Potent in the Final 15 Minutes
With forward Arturo Alvarez’s goal in the 90th minute on Saturday, July 10, the Earthquakes now have scored seven goals in the final 15 minutes this season. On April 10, rookie defender Ike Opara scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute of a 2-1 victory on the road against the Chicago Fire. On April 24, midfielder Steven Beitashour scored in the 90th minute of a 3-2 road loss to Chivas USA. On May 8, forward Chris Wondolowski scored in the 76th minute, and defender Bobby Burling scored in the 85th minute of a 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Buck Shaw Stadium. On May 29, captain Ramiro Corrales scored in the 75th minute of a 3-1 home loss to Toronto FC. On June 2, Wondolowski scored in the 79th minute of a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew at Buck Shaw Stadium.
 
Alvarez Approaching 25 Career Goals
Quakes forward Arturo Alvarez scored his 24th career goal on Saturday, July 10 against the Philadelphia Union. This season, Alvarez has three goals in seven games.
 
Opara Leads MLS in Scoring Percentage
Quakes rookie defender Ike Opara leads the MLS in scoring percentage with a 42.9% clip. Opara has three goals on seven shots in nine games played.
 
Earthquakes Solid When Scoring First and Leading at Halftime
This season, the Earthquakes are 5-0-1 when scoring the first goal and 3-0-1 when leading at halftime.
 
Wondolowski Still Among MLS Leaders
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski currently ranks sixth in the MLS with six goals, behind Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy (11), Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls (9), Dwayne De Rosario of Toronto FC (8), Alvaro Saborio of Real Salt Lake and Conor Casey of the Colorado Rapids (7).
 
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.
 
Fans Flood Nutrilite Training Facility for Spurs’ Open Session
Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League held an open training session at the Nutrilite Training Facility on Thursday, July 15. The UEFA Champion’s League qualifiers played club partner San Jose Earthquakes to a scoreless draw on Saturday, July 17 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The exhibition match was televised on both ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Over 1,200 fans lined the field to watch the Spurs train. All of Tottenham Hotspur's - Robbie Keane, Carlo Cudicini, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Luka Modric included - signed autographs and posed for pictures on their way off the pitch. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and offensive tackle Joe Staley were also in attendance, giving interviews and taking part in the training session. Earthquakes players Jon Busch, Bobby Burling and Justin Morrow also joined in the action and chatted up Spurs players as well as Smith and Staley. Redknapp, who served as player-assistant manager with the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League from 1976 to 1979, said that he believes there is quality talent in the United States, as evidenced in the World Cup.
 
Galaxy Have Best All-Time Home Record
The Los Angeles Galaxy are an MLS best 130-55-36 all-time when playing at home.

History of the Quakes-Galaxy Rivalry
As the two original MLS teams in California, the Earthquakes (then known as the Clash) and the Galaxy met for the first time in league history on April 28, 1996 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. In front of a crowd of 40,347, the Clash fell to the Galaxy 2-1. From 1996-2005, the two teams met each other more than any other teams in the league. Along with playing each other 43 times in the regular season, the Quakes and the Galaxy have also met eight times in the playoffs and four times in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The teams squared off in the playoffs in 1996, 2001, 2003 and 2005 ... The Galaxy captured the 1996 playoff series two games to one, winning the final two games of the series at the Rose Bowl ... In 2001, the two teams met in MLS Cup with the Quakes earning a 2-1 overtime win. Dwayne De Rosario scored the winning goal in overtime for San Jose ... The 2003 playoff series between the Galaxy and the Quakes produced one of the most memorable games in league history. After losing the opening game of the two-game aggregate goal series 2-0, San Jose fell behind 2-0 in the second game to trail 4-0 overall in the series. However, the Earthquakes responded with four goals in regulation to tie the series 4-4. Chris Ronér tied the series in the 90th minute. Rodrigo Faria then scored six minutes into overtime to send San Jose to the Western Conference Championship game. The Quakes would go on to win the 2003 MLS Cup ... 2005 marked the end of the line for the Quakes. After losing the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals 3-1 to the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center, the Quakes needed another two-goal comeback to win the series. After going up 1-0 on a Brian Ching goal in game two on Oct. 29, 2005, Ned Grabavoy scored for the Galaxy to end the Quakes hopes. That match marked the Earthquakes final game before the team was relocated to Houston on Dec. 15, 2005.
 
Earthquakes – Galaxy Connections
Galaxy forward Landon Donovan played with the Earthquakes from 2001-2004, during which he won two MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003 … Goalkeeper Joe Cannon, midfielder/defender Brandon McDonald and assistant coach Ian Russell all spent time with the Galaxy in their careers. Cannon played one year for the Galaxy in 2007, appearing in 29 games and posting nine wins. McDonald was originally drafted by the Galaxy in 2008 and spent his rookie campaign in Los Angeles. He appeared in 16 games, 10 of which he started, scoring one goal and tallying one assist. Russell played three games for Frank Yallop with the Galaxy in 2007 … Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant played with the San Jose Earthquakes from 2003-2004, where he scored one goal and notched six assists … Galaxy forward Jovan Kirovski played in nine matches for the Quakes in 2008, and with Joe Cannon in Colorado in 2005 and 2006 … Galaxy defender Chris Klein played with Joe Cannon in 2007 under Frank Yallop on the Galaxy … Chris Klein played with Quakes forward Scott Sealy with Kansas City in 2005, and with Quakes forward Ryan Johnson with Real Salt Lake in 2006 … Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey played with Galaxy midfielder Dema Kovalenko with D.C. United in 2003 … Dema Kovalenko played with Quakes defender Chris Leitch in New York in 2007 … Galaxy midfielder Eddie Lewis spent 1996-1999 with the San Jose Clash and played on the United States national team with Bobby Convey … Quakes defender Chris Leitch played in New York with Galaxy forward Mike Magee for five seasons and Todd Dunivant in 2007 … Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena coached Bobby Convey with the US national team and also coached in New York, where Chris Leitch played under him … Galaxy forwards Bryan Jordan and Alan Gordon played at Oregon State with Quakes forward Ryan Johnson … Ryan Johnson has also played with Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on the Jamaican National team … Quakes goalkeeper played in Columbus with Galaxy forward Edson Buddle from 2002-2005 … Quakes forward Cornell Glen played with Edson Buddle in Columbus in 2005 … Galaxy midfielder Chris Klein, Galaxy forward Dema Kovalenko and Quakes midfielder Brad Ring went to Indiana University … Galaxy forward Mike Magee played in New York with Quakes forward Cornell Glen (2004), Quakes defender Jason Hernandez (2005), and with Quakes defender Chris Leitch (2004-2005) … Galaxy midfielder Clint Mathis played with Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon in Colorado (2006), with Quakes defender Ramiro Corrales in New York (2000), and with Quakes defender Chris Leitch in New York (2007) … Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders was on the Earthquakes roster in 2003 but did not appear in any games … Quakes defender Chris Leitch and Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter both went to the University of North Carolina … Quakes forwards Scott Sealy and Cornell Glen played with Galaxy midfielder Chris Birchall on the Trinidad and Tobago National team.
 
Quakes All-Time Leaders vs. Galaxy
Goalkeeper Jon Busch has six wins and four shutouts in 15 career games against the Galaxy while Joe Cannon has six career shutouts against the Galaxy … Arturo Alvarez leads the Quakes with two goals scored against Los Angeles along with one assist, while Ramiro Corrales and Chris Leitch each have two assists.
 
Galaxy All-Time Leaders vs. San Jose
Edson Buddle recorded a hat trick on June 14, 2008 and has scored seven career goals in 12 appearances against the Quakes … Former San Jose forward Landon Donovan has scored five goals and notched three assists against San Jose … Chris Klein has netted a pair of goals and also tallied seven career assists against the Earthquakes in his 32 appearances … Alan Gordon has notched four assists in five career appearances against the Earthquakes … Dema Kovalenko has scored four goals and tallied one assist in 18 career appearances … Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts has one shutout in three career appearances.

San Jose in July
The Quakes are 21-29-12 all-time in July in MLS play.
 
Corrales Among All-Time Leaders
Ramiro Corrales has the most appearances in franchise history with 181 and has made 165 starts, while logging 14,675 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 Launch Blog “The Core”
The Earthquakes have launched their official team blog at http://www.quakescore.blogspot.com <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.