Earthquakes Weekly Update: August 16, 2010

Quakes prepping to host in-state rival Los Angeles Galaxy

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Photo Credit: 
Michael Pimentel

The San Jose Earthquakes look to take the momentum gained from their 1-0 victory over the Kansas City into their match against in-state rivals Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, August 21 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. PT and the game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet California, Telefutura and on the radio on 1220 KDOW (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish). The first 5,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive an Earthquakes rally towel, courtesy of Verizon.
 
Earthquakes vs.  Los Angeles Galaxy All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 14-24-7
Home: 10-9-4
Away: 4-15-3
Playoffs: 3-4-1; U.S. Open Cup: 0-4-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 59, Los Angeles – 71
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 8/16/10
Tuesday, August 17 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, August 18 – TBD
Thursday, August 19 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, August 20 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Saturday, August 21 – Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at 1 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. live on Comcast SportsNet California, Telefutura and 1220 KDOW (in English) and 1370 KZSF (in Spanish).

Injury Report/National Team Duty:
Out: Andre Luiz (L knee surgery); Eduardo (R hip strain); Chris Leitch (L hip strain); Ike Opara (L foot fracture); Ramiro Corrales (L knee sprain); Questionable: Scott Sealy (R quad strain); Probable: Bobby Burling (R toe contusion).
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 1, Kansas City Wizards 0; August 14, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
The San Jose Earthquakes pulled out a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Chris Wondolowski supplied the only goal, as he found the back of the net in the 35th minute after a delicate chip from the newest Earthquakes midfielder, Khari Stephenson. Wondolowski was free at the back post and finished with a volley to put the Quakes in front. Joe Cannon returned as Quakes goalkeeper and posted a shutout, his sixth this season, allowing San Jose to extend their home unbeaten streak against Kansas City to 13 games, which dates back to August of 2000.
 
Last Game vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Earthquakes 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 2; July 22, 2010; 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.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Verizon Adopt-a-Team
Who: Brandon McDonald
Location: Morgan Hill Sports Complex
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Details: McDonald will act as a celebrity coach for the Aftershocks soccer team.
 
What: Lucille Packard Hospital Visit
Who: Joey Gjertsen, Arturo Alvarez, Brad Ring, Bobby Burling
Location:  Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 18
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Details:  Players will spend time with children, sign autographs and pose for pictures.
 
What: Verizon Adopt-a-Team
Who: Brad Ring
Location:  Grant Elementary in Willow Glen
Date: Thursday, Aug. 19
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Details: Ring will act as a celebrity coach for the Chelsea youth soccer team.
 
What: Wendy’s Store Visit
Who: Chris Leitch
Location:  Wendy’s in San Leandro
Date: Thursday, Aug. 19
Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Details: Leitch will appear at event, sign autographs, pose for pictures and interact with fans.
 
What: Wendy’s Store Visit
Who: Brandon McDonald
Location:  Wendy’s in San Rafael
Date: Sunday, Aug. 22
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Details: McDonald will appear at event, sign autographs, pose for pictures and interact with fans.
 
Khari Stephenson Shines in San Jose Debut
Newly signed midfielder Khari Stephenson made his Earthquakes debut on Saturday, August 14 at Buck Shaw Stadium and made an immediate impact, assisting on the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards. Stephenson made a great lofting pass to Chris Wondolowski who made a run to the backpost and finished with a volley in the 35th minute of the game for his first career assist in MLS. Stephenson started and played all 90 minutes. Stephenson returns to the MLS after spending the past five seasons playing in Sweden and Norway. He began his professional career in the MLS with the Chicago Fire after being drafted 27th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft out of Williams College. He was traded to the Kansas City Wizards, appearing in nine matches from 2004-2005.
 
Joe Cannon Records Shutout in Return
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon returned to the San Jose starting lineup for the first time in six games and recorded a shutout in the Earthquakes 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, August 14 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Cannon made seven saves, including some impressive ones down the stretch as the Earthquakes held on to win for the first time at Buck Shaw Stadium since May 8.
 
Earthquakes Continue Home Dominance over Kansas City
With Saturday’s 1-0 win, the Earthquakes extended their unbeaten streak at home against the Kansas City Wizards to 12 matches in regular season play, and 14 matches overall. The 12-match regular season streak is tied for the second longest home streak against a single team in MLS history. Colorado (over Los Angeles), Columbus (over Dallas), Los Angeles (over Kansas City) and New York (over Kansas City) have each achieved a 12-match home unbeaten streak. The record is 13 games, achieved by Dallas (over Colorado) and New England (over New York). The 14-match home unbeaten streak (including playoffs) against Kansas City is the longest streak against a single opponent in franchise history. The last time San Jose fell to Kansas City at home was on August 16, 2000, a 3-0 loss at Spartan Stadium.
 
Hernandez to Miss Galaxy Game
Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez will miss Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Galaxy after he received a red card in the 88th minute of the game against the Kansas City Wizards for violent conduct. Hernandez served as the team’s captain in the Kansas City game in the absence of defender Ramiro Corrales.
 
Wondo Finds Back of the Net Again
Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards. It was Wondolowski’s first goal since scoring the equalizer in a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew on June 2 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
 
Jasseh Returns to Earthquakes after Playing in Africa
Midfielder Omar Jasseh returned to the Earthquakes after playing with the Gambia U-20 National Team in the 17th African Orange U-20 Championship. The Young Scorpions advanced to the next round of the tournament, winning on aggregate 4-1 over Sierra Leone. Jasseh scored in a 4-1 win on July 26 at Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia. The two sides drew 0-0 in the second leg in Sierra Leone. Jasseh came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute in the Earthquakes 1-0 win over Kansas City on Saturday.
 
Johnson Returns from National Team Duty
Forward Ryan Johnson returned to the Earthquakes after playing with the Jamaican National Team in their international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, August 11. Johnson started in Jamaica’s 3-1 victory at Marvin Lee Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
 
Win Pin 4.0
With the Quakes 1-0 win over Kansas City on Saturday, Aug. 14, came Win Pin 4.0. Bring your Win Pin into this week’s participating restaurant is SmokeEaters and receive a free side order with any purchase of $5 or more.
 
Road Warriors
With a road record this season of 3-3-3, 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.
 
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 – Los Angeles 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 in Kansas City with Quakes midfielder Khari Stephenson (2004-2005) and forward Scott Sealy (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 and Khari Stephenson have 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.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles Galaxy All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
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.
 
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 eleven games.
 
Earthquakes Solid When Scoring First and Leading at Halftime
This season, the Earthquakes are 6-0-2 when scoring the first goal and 4-0-2 when leading at halftime.
 
Convey Ranks Third in Assists
Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey currently ranks third in the MLS with eight assists, trailing Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy (11), Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC (9) and Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union (9).

San Jose in August
The Quakes are 30-23-6 all-time in August 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 (286), starts (285) and minutes played (25,755). He is now second all-time in saves (1,161), second all-time in shutouts (74) and fourth all-time in wins (104) in league history. For San Jose, Cannon is first in club history as a goalkeeper in starts (171), minutes played (15,561), saves (693), wins (66), and shutouts (44) and second in appearances (171), goals against average (1.32), and saves percentage (73.0). 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 184 and has made 168 starts, while logging 14,935 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.
 
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 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).