Earthquakes Weekly Update: July 26, 2010

Convey to play in MLS All-Star Match; Quakes prep for Sounders FC

Joey Gjertsen Quakes vs. Galaxy 072210_11

Photo Credit: 
Victor Decolongon

The San Jose Earthquakes, who are unbeaten in their past four games, return home to take on Seattle Sounders FC on July 31 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7 p.m. PT. The game marks the second leg of the Heritage Cup. The Quakes can capture their second straight trophy with a win or a tie. In their last meeting, the Earthquakes were triumphant, posting a 1-0 victory at Seattle on May 22. The game will air live on CSN California on television and 1370 KZSF (Spanish) and 1220 KDOW (English) on radio.

Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC
MLS Regular Season: 2-2-0
Home: 1-0-0
Away: 1-2-0
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 6, Seattle – 4

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 7/26/10
Tuesday, July 27 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, July 28 – TBD
Thursday, July 29 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, July 30 - 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Saturday, July 31 – Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. live on CSNCA, KZSF, KDOW.

Injury Report:
Out: Andre Luiz (L knee internal derangement); Eduardo (R hip strain); Chris Leitch (L hip strain); Questionable: Joey Gjertsen (L ankle) Probable: Cornell Glen (L groin strain).

Last Game
Earthquakes 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 2; July 22, 2010; The Home Depot Center; Carson, California
The San Jose Earthquakes earned a 2-2 draw with the MLS-leading Los Angeles Galaxy in Carson, Calif. Bobby Convey, fresh off his selection to the MLS All-Star team proved why, scoring his first goal of the season in the 2nd minute of play. Convey put in a rebound off of a Cornell Glen effort from just inside the area that was spilled by fellow All-Star selection Donovan Ricketts. After a touch from Sean Franklin, Convey was there to finish for the fastest goal on the year for San Jose at one minute and 39 seconds into the match. Edson Buddle equalized in the 59th minute, finding the back of the net for the 12th time of 2010. Todd Dunivant found him alone towards the back post, and his touch crossed the line off of the crossbar. San Jose pulled the lead back in the 72nd minute off yet another set piece. Convey’s corner found Ike Opara, whose shot was saved initially by Ricketts, but McDonald was there for his first goal of the campaign, and third of his career. Los Angeles pulled out the draw with a stoppage time goal from Landon Donovan after a goalmouth scramble.

Last Game vs. Seattle Sounders FC
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.

Misc. Notes

Quakes in the Community
What: Wendy’s Store Appearance
Who: Bobby Burling
Location:  Wendy’s in San Bruno on El Camino Real
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Details: Burling will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans in attendance.

What: Kick, Lead, Dream Soccer Camp
Who: TBD
Location:  Cherry Chase Elementary School in Sunnyvale
Date: Wednesday, July 28
Time: TBD
Details: Players will speak to campers about healthy lifestyles and eating right.

What: Xfinity Clinic Series
Who: Javier Robles, Justin Morrow, Joey Gjertsen, Scott Sealy
Location:  Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto
Date: Thursday, July 29
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Details: Players will run a free clinic for the community alongside UK International Camp coaches.

What: Corporate Cup Kick Off Event
Who: Players TBD
Location:  Almaden Brittania Arms
Date: Thursday, July 29
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Details: Players will sign autographs and pose for pictures with participants.

What: Wendy’s Store Appearance
Who: Ike Opara
Location:  Wendy’s in Sunnyvale on S. Wolfe Rd.
Date: Friday, July 30
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Details: Opara will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans in attendance.

What: Wendy’s Store Appearance
Who: Brad Ring
Location:  Wendy’s in Oakland on E. 14th St.
Date: Sunday, August 1
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Details: Ring will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans in attendance.

Convey Named All-Star, Scores Goal
Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey was named to the MLS All-Star team by All-Star head coach Bruce Arena last Thursday as a replacement for the injured Jonathan Bornstein. He celebrated his third all-star selection by scoring his first goal of the season against the LA Galaxy on July 22 at The Home Depot Center. For the season, he has played in all 15 games for San Jose and notched one goal and eight assists. Convey and the MLS All-Stars take on Manchester United on Wednesday, July 28 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas  (5:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2, Telefutura).

Early Goals
The Earthquakes scored just one minute and 39 seconds into the match against the LA Galaxy on July 22. The goal marked the quickest goal from the start of the game since the team returned to MLS in 2008. In four of the past five games against the LA Galaxy, the Quakes have scored in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Unbeaten in Four
The Earthquakes have not lost in five matches overall since returning from the World Cup break. The team is 1-0-3 in MLS play, including three games on the road in that stretch. They also tied Tottenham Hotspur in an exhibition game on July 17 to push their overall streak to five games without a loss.

McDonald Loves the HDC
Quakes midfielder Brandon McDonald has scored three goals in his MLS career and they have all come at The Home Depot Center. He scored once for the Los Angeles Galaxy against Colorado on October 12, 2008. In 2009 as a member of the Earthquakes, McDonald scored against Chivas USA on October 17, 2009. McDonald’s third goal came last Thursday against the Galaxy.

Road Warriors
With a road record this season of 3-2-3, 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. With 12 points on the road so far this season, the Earthquakes have surpassed the 11 points the team had in 2008 for the most points earned on the road since the team returned. The franchise record for points on the road in a single season is 30 points, achieved in 2005.

Busch Makes 150th Career Start on Thursday
Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch made his 150th career start on July 22 in a 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The 2008 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Busch has totaled a career record of 61-43-45 in a 12-year MLS career.

The Heritage Cup Concludes on Saturday
The Heritage Cup will be decided on Saturday, July 31 when the Earthquakes take on the Seattle Sounders FC at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7 p.m. PT. With a 1-0 victory over Seattle on May 22, the Earthquakes need only to win or draw to win the Heritage Cup for the second consecutive year. In the first year of the competition, the Earthquakes won by a 5-2 aggregate score. On June 13, 2009 the Earthquakes fell to Seattle 2-1 at Qwest Field. On August 2, 2009 the Earthquakes won by a score of 4-0 to take the Heritage Cup. The Heritage Cup is contested between teams with North American Soccer League (NASL) ties. The trophy was designed by Earthquakes fan Rob Stevenson and was commissioned by San Jose’s Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Jasseh Playing for Gambia’s U-20 National Team
Earthquakes midfielder Omar Jasseh is currently playing with the Gambia U-20 National Team in the 17th African Orange U-20 Championship. He will return to the Earthquakes on Wednesday, August 11.

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 … Riley played at Wake Forest with Earthquakes forward Scott Sealy … Sounders 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 … Jaqua also played in Houston in 2007 and 2008 with Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski ... 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 … Sounders defender Taylor Graham played with Earthquakes defender Chris Leitch with the New York Red Bulls for part of the 2007 season … Sounders defender Patrick Ianni played with Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski in 2007 and 2008 with the Houston Dynamo … Sounders forward Pat Noonan and Earthquakes midfielder Brad Ring both attended Indiana University … Sounders midfielder Sanna Nyassi and Earthquakes midfielder Omar Jasseh have each spent time with the Gambian U-20 national team … Sounders defender Jeff Parke and Earthquakes defender Chris Leitch played with the New York MetroStars in 2004 and 2005, and with the New York Red Bulls in 2007 and 2008 … Parke also played with the New York MetroStars with Earthquakes forward Cornell Glen (2004) and Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez (2005) … Sounders midfielder Nathan Sturgis  and midfielder Peter Vagenas played with the Los Angeles Galaxy under Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop in 2006 and 2007 … Sounders defender Tyson Wahl played with Earthquakes forward Scott Sealy with the Kansas City Wizards in 2006-2008.

History of the Quakes-Sounders Rivalry
The Quakes are 2-2-0 all-time against the Seattle Sounders FC. In 2009, the Earthquakes and Sounders FC played three times in the MLS regular season. Seattle won both games at Qwest Field (2-0 and 2-1), while the Earthquakes defeated the Sounders FC 4-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium. This season, the Earthquakes defeated the Sounders FC in Seattle 1-0 on May 22.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Sounders FC
Chris Wondolowski has scored twice against Seattle Sounders FC in his career, including the game-winner on May 22, 2010 at Seattle.

Sounders FC All-Time Leaders vs. San Jose
Sounders forward Nate Jaqua has appeared in 11 matches against San Jose in his MLS career and has one goal and three assists ... Midfielder Peter Vagenas has scored a goal and tallied three assists versus the Earthquakes in 16 career appearances ... Midfielder Brad Evans has scored two goals against the Earthquakes in five career appearances ... Defender Tyrone Marshall has notched three career assists in 24 games against the Quakes.

Earthquakes Draw a Record Crowd in Friendly Against Tottenham Hotspur
A Buck Shaw Stadium 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 continued their 2010 U.S. Tour in New York against the New York Red Bulls and Sporting.

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 eight games.

Opara Leads MLS in Scoring Percentage
Quakes rookie defender Ike Opara leads the MLS in scoring percentage with a 37.5% clip. Opara has three goals on eight shots in ten games played.

Earthquakes Solid When Scoring First and Leading at Halftime
This season, the Earthquakes are 5-0-2 when scoring the first goal and 3-0-2 when leading at halftime.

Convey Remains in Second in Assists
Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey currently ranks tied for second in the MLS with eight assists along with Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC. Both trail Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy (11).

Wondolowski Still Among MLS Leaders
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski currently ranks tied for fifth in the MLS with six goals along with Justin Braun of Chivas USA, Kei Kamara of the Kansas City Wizards, Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC and Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire. Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy leads the MLS with 12 goals, followed by Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls (9), Dwayne De Rosario of Toronto FC (8), Conor Casey of the Colorado Rapids (7), Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union (7), Alvaro Saborio of Real Salt Lake (7) and Steve Zakuani of Seattle Sounders FC (7).

San Jose in July
The Quakes are 21-29-13 all-time in July 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 182 and has made 166 starts, while logging 14,765 minutes played as a member of the Quakes. He is now alone in second place in franchise history in starts, second in all-time in club history for minutes played and ninth in assists with 21.
 
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).