Earthquakes Weekly Update: Sept. 6, 2010

Quakes return to Buck Shaw for two-game home stand

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Photo Credit: 
Michael Pimentel

The San Jose Earthquakes return home after defeating the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Sunday night in Houston to host FC Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. It is the second meeting of the 2010 season between the two teams. FC Dallas took the first match between the two sides on June 7 in Frisco, Texas 2-0 with a pair of goals from Brek Shea in the second half. The match with FC Dallas will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet California and broadcast on 1220 KDOW (in English) and 1370 KZSF (in Spanish).
 
Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 19-15-7
Home: 11-6-3
Away: 8-9-4
Shootout (1996-99): 4-3
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 67, FC Dallas – 47
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 9/6/10
Tuesday, September 7 – 9:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, September 8 – TBD
Thursday, September 9 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Friday, September 3 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Buck Shaw Stadium
Saturday, September 4 – Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Live on Comcast SportsNet California, 1220 KDOW (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).
 
Injury Report/National Team Duty:
Out: Andre Luiz (L knee surgery); Ike Opara (L foot fracture); Joe Cannon (L ankle fracture); Ramiro Corrales (L knee sprain); Doubtful: Questionable: Eduardo (R hip strain); Tim Ward (L ankle sprain).
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 2, Houston Dynamo 1; September 5, 2010; Robertson Stadium; Houston, Texas
The San Jose Earthquakes did a lot of new things Sunday night in Houston as they beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 at Robertson Stadium. They reached the nine win plateau for the first time since returning to San Jose in 2008, won for the first time ever in Houston, and had first-time goals from Geovanni and Khari Stephenson. Stephenson scored his first regular season goal of his MLS career in the 6th minute as he finished off a cross following a long run from Geovanni, who made his first start since joining San Jose. Geovanni burst down the right sideline leaving four Dynamo defenders behind and then picked out Stephenson in the area. Stephenson finished coolly to the right of a helpless Pat Onstad. Houston leveled just before halftime as Brad Davis headed in a Brian Mullan cross, beating Jon Busch to the far post. Geovanni found himself on the scoresheet again in the 64th minute as he scored the first goal of his MLS career, pouncing on a deflected ball inside the penalty area and beating Onstad low. The goal was set up by some nice combination play on the left wing, as Chris Wondolowski found Brandon McDonald down the line. McDonald played a low cross in to the feet of Cornell Glen, after Mike Chabala deflected it away, Geovanni found the back of the net with a powerful strike.
 
Last Game vs. FC Dallas
FC Dallas 2, Earthquakes 0; June 5, 2010; Pizza Hut Park; Frisco, Texas
The San Jose Earthquakes were defeated 2-0 by FC Dallas on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas in their last regular season match before they break for the World Cup. FC Dallas midfielder/forward Brek Shea scored a pair in a wild two minutes in the second half. Shea was the recipient of a David Ferreira pass across the face of goal in the 58th minute that he tapped past a helpless San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Shea struck again in the 60th minute when a ball was played over the top by Ferreira and Shea took advantage of some miscommunication in the back, scoring off of a rebound when Cannon saved his initial effort.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Amway Kicks for Kids
Who: Jason Hernandez and Omar Jasseh
Location: O.B. Whaley Elementary in San Jose
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 8
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Details: Players will speak to students about living healthy, active lifestyles, pose for pictures and sign autographs.
                  
What: School Visit
Who: Steven Beitashour
Location:  Oak Grove High School in San Jose
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 8
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Details: Beitashour will speak to students about living healthy, active lifestyles.
 
What: Earthquakes Elite Clinic
Who: Ian Russell, Sam Cronin, Khari Stephenson, Brandon McDonald, Scott Sealy and Tim Ward
Location: Portola Valley Town Center
Date: Thursday, Sept. 9
Time:  4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Details: Players will help coach and lead drills at soccer camp
 
What: Player Appearance
Who: Chris Wondolowski
Location: Silvercreek Sports Complex in San Jose
Date: Friday, Sept. 10
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Details: Wondolowski will perform a skills demonstration, pose for pictures and sign autographs.
 
What: Wendy’s Visit
Who: Chris Wondolowski
Location: Wendy’s in Dublin
Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Details: Wondolowski will pose for pictures and sign autographs.
 
Geovanni Makes First Start, Scores First Goal and Notches First Assist
Forward Geovanni had a night of firsts on Sunday, September 5th against the Houston Dynamo when he made his first MLS start, scored his first goal and notched his first assist. Geovanni scored in the 64th minute, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory. The assist came on the first goal of the game in the 6th minute on midfielder Khari Stephenson’s goal.
 
Stephenson Scores First Goal
San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson scored his first career goal in MLS play on Sunday against the Houston Dynamo when he gave the Earthquakes an early 1-0 lead in the 6th minute. It was Stephenson’s fourth appearance since joining the Earthquakes on August 11th. In his first game with San Jose, Stephenson assisted on the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards. Prior to joining the Earthquakes, Stephenson made nine appearances with the Wizards from 2004-2005 but did not tally a point.
 
Quakes Win for First Time in Houston
With a 2-1 victory on Sunday, the Earthquakes won for the first time in Houston, improving their record in Robertson Stadium to 1-2-0. The victory also marked the first time that the road team has won in the three year series between the two teams. Prior to Sunday, the home team was a combined 4-0-1.
 
Quakes hit Nine Wins
The San Jose Earthquakes recorded their ninth win of the regular season on Sunday, the most wins the club has had in a season since returning in 2008. In their first season back in 2008, the Earthquakes went 8-13-9, and in 2009 the club went 7-14-9. With 32 points this season, the Earthquakes still trail the 33 points amassed in the 2008 season for the most points in a season since returning to MLS play.
 
Johnson Scores for Jamaica
Quakes forward Ryan Johnson scored his second career international goal on Sept. 4 in the Reggae Boyz’ 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a friendly in Kingston. Johnson and his Jamaican teammates are now in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. where they will take on Peru on Tuesday night at Lockheart Stadium.
 
Cronin to Miss Game Against FC Dallas Due to Suspension
San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin will miss the Earthquakes upcoming game against FC Dallas on Saturday, September 11th at Buck Shaw Stadium due to a red card suspension. Cronin was sent off in the 84th minute in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Cronin had started all 10 games since joining the Earthquakes in a trade from Toronto FC.
 
Quakes Look to Tie Shutout Record Since Return on Saturday
When the San Jose Earthquakes face FC Dallas on Saturday, 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. The all-time club record for shutouts in franchise history for a season is 12, set in 2005.
 
Earthquakes Currently Tied for Seventh in Playoff Race
With 32 points in 21 games, the San Jose Earthquakes are currently tied for seventh place in the playoff race with Seattle Sounders FC. Seattle has 32 points yet has played 23 games, two more than the Earthquakes. San Jose has not reached the postseason since returning in 2008.
 
Hernandez, Alvarez to Make 100th Starts on Saturday
Should San Jose defender Jason Hernandez and midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez start on Saturday, September 11th against FC Dallas, it will be the 100th MLS start of both players’ career. Hernandez, a six-year veteran, is in his third season with the Earthquakes, while Alvarez, a nine-year veteran, is in his fifth season overall in San Jose.
 
Leitch Returns to the Field
San Jose defender Chris Leitch made his first appearance in three months on Sunday, September 5th when he started against the Houston Dynamo. Prior to Sunday, Leitch had not played since the Earthquakes’ game against FC Dallas on June 5th due to a left hip strain.
 
Earthquakes Amount MLS Leaders in Saves, Fewest Goals Allowed
The Earthquake have notched 84 saves in 21 games, ranking third in the MLS. Only the New England Revolution (89) and the New York Red Bulls (85) have more saves. The Earthquakes also rank sixth in the league in goals allowed with 23 goals in 21 games. Real Salt Lake leads the league, allowing just 16 goals, followed by the Los Angeles Galaxy (17), FC Dallas (17), Columbus Crew (20) and Colorado Rapids (21).
 
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 for the ideas they believe should receive a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.
 
Goal Differential Against FC Dallas Largest in Club History
The +20 goal differential against FC Dallas (67-47) is the largest goal differential against any team in San Jose club history.
 
Wondo Ranks Second in Game-Winning Goals
San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski is currently second in MLS in game-winning goals with five, trailing Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy (6). Wondolowski has eight goals overall in 19 games this season.
 
Convey Ranks Tied For Third in Assists, Tied For First in Game-Winning Assists
San Jose midfielder Bobby Convey currently ranks tied for third in assists in MLS with nine, along with Fredy Montero of Seattle Sounders FC and David Ferreira of FC Dallas. Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy leads the league with 12, followed by Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union (10). Convey also ranks tied for second in MLS in game-winning assists with four, along with Donovan. Ferreira leads the league five.
 
Busch Among MLS Leaders in Two Categories
San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch currently ranks fifth in MLS in saves percentage (76.7) and goals against average (1.00). Busch has started nine games for the Earthquakes this season, amassing a 3-3-3 overall record and two shutouts.
 
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 4-4-3, the Earthquakes have more wins on the road than 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 15 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- FC Dallas Rivalry
The Earthquakes were 9-1-4 in the final 14 games against Dallas prior to San Jose’s relocation to Houston … The Quakes posted a seven-game winning streak during that stretch from July 20, 2002-Apr. 15, 2004 … San Jose and Dallas met in an important match on Oct. 16, 2004, as San Jose needed a win or a tie to advance to the playoffs, while Dallas needed a win to clinch the final berth in the playoffs. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie at the Cotton Bowl, giving San Jose a spot in the playoffs, while Dallas did not qualify. Ramiro Corrales scored the Quakes second goal in that game … On Sept. 27, 2003, San Jose’s Dwayne De Rosario scored the fastest goal from the start of the game in MLS history, netting a goal 11 seconds into the match at Spartan Stadium against Dallas. De Rosario would go on to net a hat trick in the game, the second hat trick in Quakes team history … The Quakes +20 goal differential against Dallas is the highest against any team in the league.
 
Earthquakes – FC Dallas Connections
Current Earthquakes midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez played for FC Dallas from 2005 to 2008 before being traded on July 28 to the Earthquakes … Alvarez also scored his first career goal and tallied his first career assist against Dallas on June 14, 2003 … Dallas’ Jeff Cunningham and Atiba Harris played with Earthquakes forward Ryan Johnson with Real Salt Lake in 2006 … Atiba Harris was also teammates with Quakes defender Bobby Burling with Chivas USA in 2008 and 2009 … Cornell Glen was on the FC Dallas roster in 2005 with Cunningham … Cunningham also played with San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Columbus Crew from 2002-2004, and goalkeeper Joe Cannon with the Colorado Rapids in 2005 ... FC Dallas’ Marcelo Saragosa, Kevin Hartman and Ugo Ihemelu played for Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop in 2006 with the Los Angeles Galaxy ... Hartman also played with San Jose forward Cornell Glen with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2006, and San Jose forward Scott Sealy with the Kansas City Wizards from 2007-2008 … Quakes midfielder Brad Ring played at Indiana with FC Dallas rookie Eric Alexander from 2006-2008 … FC Dallas forward Andrew Weideman played his college soccer at Cal, and is from Oakland, CA … FC Dallas defender Heath Pearce is from Modesto, CA … FC Dallas midfielder Eric Avila and San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon both attended the University of California, Santa Barbara … FC Dallas defender Kyle Davies was born in Oakland, CA … FC Dallas midfielder played with San Jose defender Ramiro Corrales with the New York MetroStars in 2000 … FC Dallas midfielders Zach Lloyd and Dax McCarty, and San Jose defender Chris Leitch attended the University of North Carolina.
 
Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. FC Dallas
Defender Ramiro Corrales has four goals and six assists in 23 career appearances … Forward Scott Sealy has four goals in seven career appearances … Midfielder Bobby Convey has three goals and one assist in nine career appearances … Forward Arturo Alvarez has two goals and one assist in seven career appearances … Forward Cornell Glen has two goals in six appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch has four wins and two shutouts in nine career appearances.
 
FC Dallas All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Forward Jeff Cunningham has 11 goals and eight assists in 26 career appearances … Midfielder David Ferreira has two goals and two assists in three career appearances … Midfielder/defender Brek Shea has two goals and one assist in three career appearances … Midfielder Heath Pearce has two assists in two career appearances … Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has 17 wins and nine shutouts in 33 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 fourteen games.
 
Earthquakes Solid When Scoring First and Leading at Halftime
This season, the Earthquakes are 8-0-2 when scoring the first goal and 5-0-2 when leading at halftime.
 
San Jose in September
The Quakes are 25-21-5 all-time in September 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).