Earthquakes Weekly Update: August 2, 2010

Quakes look to rebound on the road vs. Colorado Rapids

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The San Jose Earthquakes look to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC at home when they travel to take on the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m. PT. The Earthquakes defeated the Rapids in the first meeting of the season 1-0 on Saturday, May 1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski scored the lone goal of the game, which took home MLS Goal of the Week honors, in the 33rd minute which began a streak of four consecutive shutouts for the Earthquakes.
 
Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 21-16-8
Home: 11-7-5
Away: 10-9-3
Shootout (1996-99): 1-2
Overtime (00-03): 0-0-2
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 67, Colorado – 60
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 8/2/10
Tuesday, August 3 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, August 4 – TBD
Thursday, August 5 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, August 6 – Travel to Colorado
Saturday, August 7 – Earthquakes at Colorado Rapids at 6 p.m. PT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Col. live on MLS Direct Kick and 1220 KDOW

Injury Report/National Team Duty:
Out: Andre Luiz (L knee internal derangement); Eduardo (R hip strain); Chris Leitch (L hip strain); Ike Opara (L foot fracture); Steve Beitashour (R hand fracture); Omar Jasseh (Gambian U20 National Team); Questionable: Scott Sealy (R quad strain).
 
Last Game
Seattle Sounders FC 1, Earthquakes 0; July 31, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
The San Jose Earthquakes fell 1-0 to visiting Seattle Sounders FC thanks to Fredy Montero’s seventh goal of the campaign. Seattle grabbed the lead in the 26th minute when Sanna Nyassi broke down the sideline and his cross found an unmarked Montero. The Colombian took advantage of the free space and his header beat Jon Busch to give the Sounders the early advantage. That lead was able to stand up as San Jose failed to find the back of the net. With the victory, the Sounders won the 2nd annual Heritage Cup based on a tie-breaker.
 
Last Game vs. Colorado Rapids
Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 0; May 1, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California.
Chris Wondolowski scored his third goal of the season to make the difference in a 1-0 victory for San Jose. The Earthquakes did an impressive job of making up for the absence of rookie center back Ike Opara <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/ike-opara> , throttling Colorado’s offense to post their second shutout of the season. San Jose (3-2) got a jolt from Wondolowski in the 33rd minute that carried them through. Wondolowski powered a left-footed shot past Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/matt-pickens> , driving the ball from just inside the penalty box off the crossbar and into the net. He was set up on the play by Ryan Johnson <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/ryan-johnson> , whose subtle touch on Ramiro Corrales <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/ramiro-corrales> ’ lead pass gave Wondolowski just enough room to get free from Drew Moor <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/drew-moor>  and strike the ball soundly on the bounce. It capped a first half in which the Rapids (3-2-1) held the advantage in time of possession -- just as Chivas USA did in beating San Jose last week -- but failed on most occasions to turn the run of play truly dangerous. Even as Colorado threw players forward in the second half, they couldn’t often crack San Jose’s back four. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/joe-cannon> ’s real work came on stopping long shots from the likes of Wells Thompson <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/wells-thompson>  and Danny Earls <http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/danny-earls> .
 
Misc. Notes

Quakes in the Community
What: Kick, Lead, Dream Soccer Camp
Who: TBD
Location:  Cherry Chase Elementary School in Sunnyvale
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 3
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Details: Player will speak to campers about healthy lifestyles and eating right.
 
Bad Breaks
Quakes Rookie of the Year candidate Ike Opara was diagnosed with a left foot fracture. Opara was injured on Saturday, July 31 in the Quakes 1-0 loss to Seattle. Rookie defender Steven Beitashour fractured his right hand during training on Monday. Both players are scheduled for surgery in the near future. Midfielder Andre Luiz, will also undergo surgery this week Wednesday to reconstruct the posterior cruciate ligament and repair medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
 
Quakes Release Midfielder Javier Robles
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that midfielder Javier Robles was released. Robles joined San Jose in the preseason and appeared in two matches in 2010. The Argentine midfielder started one of those matches and played 61 minutes this year.
 
Earthquakes Lose Heritage Cup
The Earthquakes were unable to win the Heritage Cup for the second year in a row with a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. With a 1-0 victory over the Sounders in Seattle on May 22, the Earthquakes need a win or a draw to claim the 2nd annual Cup. Despite an even 1-1 aggregate score, the Cup was awarded to Seattle based on total points amassed during the season thus far. Seattle has 25 points while San Jose has 23 points.
 
Loss Ends Multiple Streaks
San Jose’s 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC ended multiple streaks for the Earthquakes. First, it was the first time the Earthquakes lost since the team returned from the World Cup break. The Earthquakes had amassed a record of 1-0-3 in MLS play since the break, and earned a scoreless draw against club partner Tottenham Hotspur from the English Premier League on July 10. The loss was also the first defeat suffered since midfielder Sam Cronin was acquired from Toronto FC, and the first since Jon Busch was named as the starting goalkeeper.
 
Quakes Undefeated in Colorado since Return
Since their return to the MLS in 2008, the Earthquakes are undefeated in Colorado. In 2008, San Jose won 2-0, a victory that was one of two wins the club had on the road for the entire season. Last year, San Jose earned a 1-1 draw. Overall, the Earthquakes are 10-9-3 in Colorado.
 
McDonald Makes 50th Career Appearance on Saturday
Quakes midfielder Brandon McDonald made his 50th career appearance on Saturday, July 31 against Seattle Sounders FC. It was McDonald’s 34th appearance with the Earthquakes. McDonald signed with San Jose on March 20, 2009 after a year with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
 
Convey Plays in 2010 MLS All-Star Game in Houston
Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey played in the 2010 MLS All-Star game at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Wednesday, July 28. Convey, making his third all-star appearance (2001, 2004), entered as a substitute at the beginning of the second half for Sebastien Le Toux and played 45 minutes. The MLS all-stars fell to Manchester United 5-2, with former Earthquakes players Brian Ching and Dwayne De Rosario scoring the two goals for the MLS.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Quakes Academy Plays First Games in SUM Cup
The Earthquakes Academy team made its debut in the Sum U-17 Cup in Houston over the All-Star Break, going 0-3-1 over the course of the tournament, registering their first point against MLS competition in the final match, a thrilling 4-4 draw with FC Dallas.
 
Earthquakes – Colorado Rapids Connections
Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon played four seasons with the Rapids from 2003-2006 … Rapids forward Quincy Amarikwa was traded from San Jose on April 7 of this year in exchange for a second round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft … Colorado midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy was an All-American at Santa Clara University and played briefly with Ryan Johnson in 2006 with Real Salt Lake … Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni played briefly in 1998 with Quakes midfielder Ramiro Corrales with the Miami Fusion and on the US national team with Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey … Rapids defender Drew Moor played with Quakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez with FC Dallas from 2005-2008 and played two years of college soccer at Indiana University, the same school as Quakes midfielder Brad Ring, who played there just one year later … Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens played briefly in 2006 with Ryan Johnson with the Chicago Fire, and Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch in 2007 with Chicago … Quakes defender/midfielder Brandon McDonald played all four years at the University of San Francisco with Rapids defender Rob Valentino … Quakes forward Ryan Johnson has been in Jamaican national team camp with Rapids forward Omar Cummings … Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce played at Seton Hall University, the same school that Quakes defender Jason Hernandez played … Rapids midfielder Wells Thompson is a Wake Forest product (2003-2006), just like Quakes rookie defender Ike Opara (2007-2009) ... Quakes defender Chris Leitch played briefly in 2007 with Rapids defender Marvell Wynne with New York Red Bulls … Quakes defender Bobby Burling is from Monument, Colorado … Colorado midfielder Ciaran O’Brien played at the University of California, Santa Barbara where Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon played for one year.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Colorado Rapids
Joe Cannon has nine wins and six shutouts against Colorado in his career ... Chris Wondolowski has scored two goals and tallied an assist in his career against Colorado … Scott Sealy has scored two goals in five career appearances against the Rapids … Brandon McDonald scored his first career goal against Colorado in 2008 as a member of the LA Galaxy and also tallied first assist as a member of the Earthquakes on Sept. 18, 2009 vs. the Rapids.

Colorado Rapids All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Forward Conor Casey has three career goals against San Jose after his successful penalty on Sept. 23, 2009 in the 1-1 draw … Forward Claudio Lopez has two career goals and two assists against San Jose in just five appearances.

 
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.
 
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).

San Jose in August
The Quakes are 29-22-6 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 (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 183 and has made 167 starts, while logging 14,855 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 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).