Earthquakes Weekly Update: August 23, 2010

Quakes take aim at New York Red Bulls; Injured players on the mend

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Photo Credit: 
John Todd

Following two consecutive wins at home, the San Jose Earthquakes travel to take on the New York Red Bulls in the new Red Bull Arena on Saturday, August 28 at 4:30 p.m. PT. The game will air live on 1220 KDOW and the MLS Direct Kick Package. The Earthquakes defeated the Red Bulls 4-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium in the teams’ first meeting of the season on May 8. Last week, the Earthquakes defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium. San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
 
Quakes Viewing Party
Make sure you head to Brittania Arms in downtown San Jose for the Quakes official viewing party for Saturday’s match against the New York Red Bulls. The festivities kick off at 4 p.m., and fans can join the Shakers, street team and front office staff to take in one of the biggest matches of the season as the Quakes and Red Bulls jockey for playoff position. 
 
Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 15-8-6
Home: 11-2-2
Away: 4-6-4
Shootout (1996-99): 2-0
Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-4
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-in Game: 0-1-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 48, New York – 41
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 8/23/10
Tuesday, August 24 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, August 25 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Thursday, August 26 – Travel to New York
Friday, August 27 – Training in New York
Saturday, August 21 – Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls at 4:30 p.m. PT at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey live on 1220 KDOW and MLS Direct Kick.

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, Los Angeles Galaxy 0; August 21, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
The San Jose Earthquakes beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Chris Wondolowski scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the fourth minute from a tight angle. Bobby Convey picked up his team-leading ninth assist, and Arturo Alvarez also recorded an assist on the play. San Jose won 1-0 at home for the second consecutive week, after defeating Kansas City 1-0 last Saturday thanks to another Wondolowski tally. Newly signed Quakes designated player Geovanni made his debut as a substitute in the 72nd minute, coming on for Cornell Glen.
 
Last Game vs. New York Red Bulls
Earthquakes 4, New York Red Bulls 0; May 8, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
Playing with a man advantage for more than 75 minutes, the San Jose Earthquakes used their good fortune to clip the New York Red Bulls’ wings and garner three points in a 4-0 win on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Quakes forward Ryan Johnson opened up the scoring -- and his 2010 account -- just before half. After a neat pass to the touch line from Johnson’s strike partner Chris Wondolowski, Convey sent a sublime, curling cross into the box. Johnson took only one touch and slotted it past New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. The rout was on there from there, as the Earthquakes rattled off three goals after the break. Joey Gjertsen doubled the Quakes’ lead in the 54th minute with a low drive that Coundoul let slip by under his left arm. Wondolowski followed with his fourth goal of the season in the 77th minute off a nifty San Jose buildup and a pinpoint cross from Ramiro Corrales. And defender Bobby Burling put an exclamation point on the night by nodding home a goal in the 85th minute off Convey’s corner kick, finishing off the rout.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Verizon Adopt-a-Team
Who: Chris Wondolowski
Location: Tom Bates Soccer Complex in Berkeley
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 24
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Details: Wondolowski will act as a celebrity coach for a youth soccer team.
 
What: Verizon Adopt-a-Team
Who: Justin Morrow
Location: Lincoln Elementary School in Cupertino
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 24
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Details:  Morrow will act as a celebrity coach for a DeAnza Force soccer team.
 
Geovanni Makes His MLS Debut
Geovanni, the San Jose Earthquakes first Designated Player in club history, made his MLS debut in the Quakes 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 21 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Geovanni entered the game as a substitute in the 72nd minute, replacing forward Cornell Glen. Geovanni, who played the last two seasons with Hull City FC in the English Premier League and has played with such stand-out clubs as Manchester City, FC Barcelona and Benfica, was formally introduced in a press conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose on Friday, August 20.
 
Earthquakes-Galaxy Game Draws Record Crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium
The San Jose Earthquakes game against in-state rivals Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, August 21 drew a record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium. That number eclipses the previous record crowd of 10,712 who came to see the Earthquakes host club partner Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League on July 17.
 
Another Game Against LA, Another Early Goal for SJ
The San Jose Earthquakes continued a trend of scoring early goals against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, August 21 when forward Chris Wondolowski scored in the 4th minute of the game. In five of the past six games against the Galaxy, the Quakes have scored in the first 10 minutes of the game. Earlier this season, San Jose midfielder scored just one minute and 39 seconds into the match on July 22 at the Home Depot Center.
 
Back to Back 1-0 Wins for First Time
With a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 21, and their 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards on August 14, the San Jose Earthquakes notched their first ever set of back-to-back 1-0 wins in franchise history (over the course of 13 seasons). Chris Wondolowski scored game-winning goals in both matches.
 
San Jose Earthquakes Launch Pepsi Refresh Project
The San Jose Earthquakes are asking their fans to join them in making a difference in the Bay Area community. As part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, the Quakes will partner with the San Jose Unified School District to help gain funding for intramural sports at middle schools in the South Bay for low-income students whose sports programs are being threatened by state budget cuts. The Quakes will compete against MLS’ 15 other teams, vying for fan votes and an ultimate $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to fulfill the project. Launching today through Monday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fans can cast their votes at www.MLSsoccer.com/PepsiRefresh <http://www.MLSsoccer.com/PepsiRefresh> for the ideas they believe should receive a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.
 
Earthquakes Among MLS Leaders in Fewest Goals Allowed
With a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 21, the San Jose Earthquakes have allowed just 20 goals in 19 games this season, tied for the fourth fewest allowed in the MLS this season. The Los Angeles Galaxy have allowed the fewest goals this season (14), followed by Real Salt Lake (16), FC Dallas (17), the Columbus Crew (20) and the Quakes.
 
Quakes Look to Tie Shutout Record Since Return on Saturday
When the San Jose Earthquakes face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, August 28 they will be looking equal the record for shutouts in a season since the team returned in 2008. With eight shutouts already on the season, the Quakes will be looking to tie the nine shutouts the team recorded in 2008. San Jose has already shutout New York this season in a 4-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 8. The all-time club record for shutouts in franchise history for a season is 12, set in 2005.
 
Hernandez to Miss Game Against New York
San Jose defender Jason Hernandez will miss his second consecutive game on Saturday, August 28 against the New York Red Bulls after the MLS Disciplinary Committee issued an additional one-game suspension for Hernandez’s actions during the game against the Kansas City Wizards on August 14. Hernandez was issued a red card in the 88th minute of the game against the Wizards for violent conduct. Hernandez also missed the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 21.
 
Wondo Tied For Fifth in Goals, Second in Game-Winning Goals
San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski scored for the second consecutive game and moved into a tie for fifth place in MLS with eight goals. Wondolowski is tied with Kei Kamara of the Kansas City Wizards, Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC and Alvaro Saborio of Real Salt Lake. Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy leads the league with 13 goals, followed by Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls (12), Dwayne de Rosario of Toronto FC (9) and Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union (9). Wondolowski also ranks second in game-winning goals with five, trailing Buddle (6).
 
Convey Moves Into Second in MLS in Assists, First in Game-Winning Assists
With an assist on Saturday against the Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose defender Bobby Convey moved into a tie for second place in assists in MLS with nine, along with Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union and Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC. Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy leads MLS with 11 assists. Convey also ranks tied for the lead in game-winning assists with four along with Donovan and David Ferreira of FC Dallas.
 
Busch Among MLS Leaders in Two Categories
San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch currently ranks fourth in MLS in saves percentage (77.3) and goals against average (0.86). Busch has started seven games for the Earthquakes this season, amassing a 2-2-3 overall record.
 
Ward Starts 50th career MLS Match
Earthquakes defender Tim Ward started and played the full 90 minutes on Saturday, August 21 in a 1-0 win over the Galaxy for his 50th career start in his MLS career. Ward has appeared in 58 games and 4,627 minutes in his career.
 
Cannon Undergoes Successful Surgery
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that goalkeeper Joe Cannon underwent successful surgery today to repair a fracture in his left ankle. Cannon had his surgery performed by Dr. Michael Oberlander at Sequoia Surgical Pavilion in Walnut Creek. He has appeared in 12 matches in 2010 and posted six shutouts, including his last appearance, this past Saturday in a 1-0 win over Kansas City.
 
Trio of Quakes Scored First Career Goal Against New York
A trio of Earthquakes notched the lone goals of their careers in games against the New York Red Bulls. Midfielder Joey Gjertsen and defender Bobby Burling scored the only goals of their MLS careers in the Earthquakes 4-0 win over New York on May 8 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Midfielder Sam Cronin scored the lone goal of his MLS career in a game against New York on June 13, 2009 while with Toronto FC.
 
Earthquakes, Club Quake and SSV Team up for LLS Light the Night Walk
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that they have partnered with their supporter’s group, Club Quake, and the Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation for the third straight year to participate in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk on Saturday, Oct. 23 in San Jose. Earthquakes players, members of the team’s front office, along with Earthquakes fans will walk in the event that raises funds and awareness for blood cancers. This year the team will walk in honor of former Earthquakes player Joe Vide, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year. The Earthquakes will also host The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 11. Six-year old Aidan Bowen, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, will perform the honorary First Kick at this Saturday’s game against the LA Galaxy. At the following match on Sept. 11 against FC Dallas, the Earthquakes will also host a silent auction for signed Earthquakes jerseys. Proceeds from the auction will benefit both LLS and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund. Fans will be able to sign up for the Light The Night Walk at the LLS booth in the pregame vendor area this weekend and on Sept. 11.
 
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-Red Bulls Rivalry
The Earthquakes had a 10-game unbeaten streak against New York from Aug. 9, 1998-July 2, 2003, posting a 6-0-4 record during that stretch … New York and San Jose had two classic shootouts in 2003 and 2004. On July 2, 2003, the Quakes and then MetroStars tied 4-4 at Giants Stadium with Landon Donovan tying the game in stoppage time. The following year, the two teams combined for 10 goals in a 5-5 tie at Spartan Stadium on May 8. Cornell Glen tied the game for New York in the final minutes.
 
Earthquakes – New York Red Bulls Connections
Earthquakes defender Chris Leitch had two stints in New York, one from 2003-2004, and another from 2007-2008 ... New York defender Mike Petke played for one season in 2003 with D.C. United, where he played alongside current Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey ... Petke also played in 2005 with the Colorado Rapids with Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon ... New York midfielder Dane Richards and Quakes forward Ryan Johnson have both played for the Jamaican national team ... New York assistant head coach Richie Williams played at D.C. United in 2000 with Bobby Convey ... Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul played with Joe Cannon in Colorado in 2005-2006 and Cornell Glen in 2006 ... Glen also played with New York in 2004 in his first MLS season … Quakes midfielder/defender Brandon McDonald played with Red Bulls rookie forward Conor Chinn in 2006 and 2007 at the University of San Francisco ... Quakes defender Ike Opara and midfielder Sam Cronin were teammates with Red Bulls midfielder Austin Da Luz at Wake Forest, where they won a national championship in 2008 … Red Bulls midfielder Luke Sassano has ties to the Bay Area, having played his college soccer at Cal, and he is from Orinda, Calif. … Quakes head coach Frank Yallop coached Red Bulls goalkeeper Greg Sutton with the Canadian national team from 2004-06 … New York defender Chris Albright played with San Jose defender Bobby Convey with D.C. United from 2000-2001 … Albright also played under current San Jose coach Frank Yallop with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2006-2007, during which time he played with San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon (2007) and forward Cornell Glen (2006) … New York midfielder Carl Robinson and goalkeeper Greg Sutton played with San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin with Toronto FC in 2009 … San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch was born in Queens, New York and San Jose defender Jason Hernandez was born in New York City.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. New York Red Bulls
Defender Bobby Convey has one goal and six assists in 13 career appearances … Forward Ryan Johnson has three goals and two assists in six career appearances … Forward Scott Sealy has two goals in 14 career appearances … Forward Chris Wondolowski has two goals in five career appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch has eight wins and four shutouts in 13 career appearances.
 
New York Red Bulls All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Defender Chris Albright has three assists in 19 career appearances … Forward Macoumba Kandji has one goal and two assists in two career appearances … Forward Juan Pablo Angel has one goal in four career appearances … Goalkeeper Greg Sutton has one win (a shutout) in four 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 twelve games.
 
Earthquakes Solid When Scoring First and Leading at Halftime
This season, the Earthquakes are 7-0-2 when scoring the first goal and 5-0-2 when leading at halftime.

San Jose in August
The Quakes are 31-23-6 all-time in August in MLS play.

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).