Earthquakes Weekly Update: August 9, 2010

San Jose returns to Buck Shaw to host Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Photo Credit: 
Victor Decolongon

The San Jose Earthquakes return home looking to halt a two-game losing streak when they face the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, August 14 at 7 p.m. PT for the first of two consecutive matches at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California, 1220 KDOW (in English) and KZSF 1370 (in Spanish). Last season the Earthquakes and Wizards split the season series, with the Wizards winning 2-0 on April 5 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and the Earthquakes winning 1-0 on August 22 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Last week, the Earthquakes fell 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids on the road at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
 
Earthquakes vs. Kansas City Wizards All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 19-17-6
Home: 12-4-5
Away: 7-13-1
Shootout (1996-99): 3-4
Overtime (00-03): 0-0-4
Playoffs: 2-1-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-1-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 58, Kansas City – 56
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 8/9/10
Tuesday, August 10 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, August 11 – TBD
Thursday, August 12 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, August 13 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Saturday, August 14 – Earthquakes vs. Kansas City Wizards at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. live on Comcast SportsNet California and 1220 KDOW

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: Steven Beitashour (R hand fracture); Bobby Burling (R toe contusion).

 
Last Game
Colorado Rapids 1, Earthquakes 0; August 7, 2010; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colorado
The San Jose Earthquakes dropped their game Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to the Colorado Rapids 1-0. The lone goal of the match came when Omar Cummings sent a cross inside of the six yard box. The ball moved a bit on goalkeeper Jon Busch and skipped in off of his hands in the 26th minute, which was enough for the home side, as they held on for the three points. San Jose had some chances, but were unable to equalize.
 
Last Game vs. Kansas City Wizards
Earthquakes 1, Kansas City Wizards 0; August 22, 2009; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
Chris Wondolowski's goal in second-half stoppage time gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-0 victory against the Wizards. There had been chances aplenty, but some sharp goalkeeping from San Jose's Joe Cannon and Kansas City's Kevin Hartman, combined with some wasteful finishing, made it look like a scoreless tie was in the offing. But with time winding down, Wondolowski's glancing header from a Ramiro Corrales cross snuck inside the far post, giving the Quakes a dramatic victory.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Amway Global Kicks for Kids
Who: Brad Ring
Location:  Kipp Heartwood in San Jose
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 11
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Details: Ring will speak to students about healthy lifestyles and eating right.
 
What: Ronald McDonald House Visit
Who: Chris Wondolowski
Location:  Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 11
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Details: Wondolowski will spend time with children, sign autographs and pose for pictures.
 
What: Xfinity Soccer Series Clinic
Who: Bobby Convey, Chris Leitch, Brad Ring, Joe Cannon, Justin Morrow
Location:  Cherry Grove Park in San Leandro
Date: Thursday, Aug. 12
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Details: Players will appear as celebrity coaches at this installment of the clinic series.
 
What: Chronicle Live BBQ Block Party Presented by CSN Bay Area
Who: Arturo Alvarez, Jason Hernandez and Bobby Burling
Location:  Outside Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Studios in San Francisco
Date: Thursday, Aug. 12
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Details: Players will appear at event, sign autographs, pose for pictures and be guests on Chronicle Live.
 
What: Wendy’s Store Visit
Who: Steven Beitashour
Location:  Wendy’s on Bascom in San Jose
Date: Friday, Aug. 13
Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Details: Beitashour will appear at event, sign autographs, pose for pictures and interact with fans.
 
What: Wendy’s Store Visit
Who: Chris Wondolowski
Location:  Wendy’s in Walnut Creek on Main Street
Date: Sunday, Aug. 15
Time: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Details: Wondolowski will appear at event, sign autographs, pose for pictures and interact with fans.
 
Quakes Unbeaten at Home against Kansas City Since 2000
The Earthquakes are unbeaten at home against Kansas City since 2000, going 7-0-4 in the regular season during that stretch. In addition, San Jose has two wins in the MLS Cup Playoffs over Kansas City, making 13 consecutive home victories over the Wizards (Nov. 15, 2003 and Oct. 24, 2004). The last time the Earthquakes lost to Kansas City at home was a 3-0 defeat on August 16, 2000. The 13-match unbeaten streak at home against the Wizards is the longest streak against any team in franchise history. The Earthquakes are 12-4-5 all-time at home against Kansas City. Should the Quakes win or draw on Saturday, they would tie for the second most consecutive games without a loss against one opponent at home in MLS history, with 12. The record is 13, which has been by Dallas over Colorado and New England over New York.
 
Trio of Quakes Undergo Successful Surgeries
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Andre Luiz, defender Ike Opara and defender Steven Beitashour each underwent successful surgeries last week. Luiz had a procedure to repair his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and had a reconstruction of his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) on his left knee. Luiz is out for the season and played the last of his nine matches this season on June 5 against FC Dallas. Opara and Beitashour had their surgeries performed by Dr. Michael Oberlander at Sequoia Surgery Pavilion in Walnut Creek. Opara had surgery on his fractured left foot, which he suffered on July 31 against Seattle Sounders FC. Beitashour had surgery to repair his fractured right hand that he sustained at training this past Monday.
 
Quakes Acquire Defender Tim Ward From Chicago
The Earthquakes acquired defender Tim Ward from the Chicago Fire on Friday, August 6 in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Ward is in the sixth year of his MLS career, in which he has appeared in 55 games, having started 48 of those. He has tallied six assists in his career, notching three in both 2009 and 2006. Ward spent the last year and a half with the Fire, starting all 25 matches he appeared in.
 
Quakes Sign Jamaican International Khari Stephenson
The Earthquakes signed international midfielder Khari Stephenson today. Stephenson, 29, returns to MLS after playing the past five seasons in both Sweden and Norway. The Jamaican midfielder most recently played at Aalesunds FK in the Norwegian Tippeligean (the top league in Norway). He joined Aalesunds in 2008 and scored four goals in 39 appearances, helping his club to the Norwegian Cup title in 2009. Before his move to Norway, Stephenson spent three years in Sweden with AIK, a perennial top of the table club and GAIS in the Swedish Allsvenskan (the top Swedish league). Stephenson began his professional career in MLS with the Chicago Fire after being drafted 27th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft out of Williams College (a Division III school). He was soon traded to Kansas City and scored a goal in the playoffs on the Wizards’ run to the MLS Cup Final. In his MLS career, he has scored one goal in the playoffs and appeared in nine regular season matches for the Wizards, where he was a teammate of current Earthquakes forward, Scott Sealy. A native of Kingston, Stephenson has made 26 appearances for the Jamaican National Team. He has scored three goals for his country and is a national team teammate of current Earthquakes forward Ryan Johnson.
 
Johnson Joins Jamaica
Quakes forward Ryan Johnson has been called in to the Jamaican national team for their international friendly with Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, Aug. 11 in Port of Spain, Trinidad at 3 p.m. PT. Johnson has appeared in five matches for his country, scoring once, which came in a friendly against Argentina.
 
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.
 
Jasseh Playing for Gambia’s U-20 National Team
Earthquakes midfielder Omar Jasseh just finished 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. He will return to the Earthquakes on Wednesday, August 11.
 
Earthquakes – Kansas City Wizards Connections
Quakes forward Scott Sealy was selected by Kansas City with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft and played with the Wizards from 2005-2008, scoring 28 goals and notching five assists in 88 career appearances … Kansas City defender Matt Besler and Quakes defender Justin Morrow played with each other at Notre Dame from 2006-2008 … Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad played in San Jose from 1999-2002, appearing in 84 games and helping the Quakes to the 2001 MLS Cup championship … Both Quakes defender Chris Leitch and Kansas City defender Michael Harrington played at the University of North Carolina … Kansas City forward Kei Kamara played part of the 2008 season with the Earthquakes, appearing in 12 games and scoring two goals … Kamara played with Quakes defender Chris Leitch and goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Columbus Crew (2006), and with Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski with the Houston Dynamo (2008-2009) … Kansas City defender Shavar Thomas played with Quakes defenders Bobby Burling (2008-2009) and Jason Hernandez (2007) with Chivas USA … Thomas and Quakes forward Ryan Johnson have each played for the Jamaican National Team.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Kansas City Wizards
Bobby Convey has one goal and three assists in 11 career appearances … Ramiro Corrales has one goal four assists in 23 career appearances … Jon Busch has five wins and five shutouts in 16 career appearances … Chris Wondolowski, Arturo Alvarez, Scott Sealy and Cornell Glen each have one goal.

Kansas City Wizards All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Midfielder Davy Arnaud has three goals and two assists in 13 career games against San Jose … Forward Josh Wolff has three goals and two assists in 17 career appearances … Forward Jamar Beasley has two goals in four career appearances … Midfielder Jack Jewsbury has one goal and one assist in nine career appearances … Defender Aaron Hohlbein and forward Kei Kamara each have one goal.
 
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 ten 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 Ranks Third in Assists
Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey currently ranks third in the MLS with eight assists behind Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy (11) and Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC (9).
 
San Jose in August
The Quakes are 29-23-6 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 (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 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.
 
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).