Earthquakes Weekly Update: September 20, 2010

Cronin, Quakes set for road trip against Toronto FC

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Coming off a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 15th at Buck Shaw Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes will travel to BMO Field to face Toronto FC on Saturday, September 25th at 1 p.m. PT. The match will be available on MLS Direct Kick and 1220 KDOW. Saturday’s game begins a stretch in which the Earthquakes will play three of their next four games on the road. Earlier this season, Toronto FC handed the Earthquakes a 3-1 defeat at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, May 29th. Former Earthquakes player Dwayne De Rosario scored twice while defender Ramiro Corrales scored the lone goal for San Jose.
 
Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 1-2-2
Home: 1-2-0
Away: 0-0-2
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 5, Toronto FC – 7
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 9/20/10
Tuesday, September 21 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, September 22 – 10:15 a.m. – Training at Nutrilite Training Facility
Thursday, September 23 – Travel to Toronto
Friday, September, 24 – Training in Toronto
Saturday, September 25 – Earthquakes at Toronto FC at 1 p.m. PT at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario live on MLS Direct Kick and 1220 KDOW.

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); Questionable: Scott Sealy (L groin strain); Probable: Khari Stephenson (L ankle sprain).
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 1, Philadelphia Union 0; Sept. 15, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
The San Jose Earthquakes picked up another important three points in the playoff chase, defeating the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night. The Quakes posted their fourth straight shutout at home and completed the season sweep of the Union. Chris Wondolowski netted his ninth goal of the season and sixth game-winner to lead San Jose to the win. Wondolowski is now tied for first in the league in game-winning goals. The Quakes posted their 10th shutout of the year Wednesday and are now one of five teams in the league in double digits in shutouts. The all-time club record for shutouts is 12, set in 2005.
 
Last Game vs. Toronto FC
Toronto FC 3, Earthquakes 1; May 29, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, California
Toronto marched into Buck Shaw Stadium and collected three valuable road points against the San Jose
Earthquakes on Saturday night as Dwayne De Rosario grabbed a brace to put his team in second place in the Eastern Conference. De Rosario - introduced in the second half after just returning from Canadian National Team duty - collected a long ball on a break away in the 66th minute and coolly slotted the game winner past Quakes keeper Joe Cannon. He also netted Toronto’s final goal in added time to seal the 3-1 victory. The tempo of the match turned in the 31st minute, when Toronto’s Chad Barrett opened the scoring. Barrett pounced on a header from San Jose defender Jason Hernandez that was intended for Joe Cannon and rolled a slow dribbler past him, who had come charging off his line. Toronto looked like it might run away with the game when De Rosario scored his first goal of the match after a long ball from right back Dan Gargan sent him on a one-on-one against Cannon. De Rosario ran past his defender and, with one touch, slipped the ball past Cannon to nab his seventh goal of the season. San Jose refused to give up, however, and kept the final minutes interesting. In the 76th minute, Corrales netted a header on a corner kick from Convey. That goal gave San Jose an extra boost in the final minutes of play and, in an all out effort to pull level, the home team switched to a five-man attack and proceeded to bombard Toronto’s back line for the rest of the match. Toronto's defense, behind Frei's command, held up the fort well and, with the game about to end, Cannon left his spot under the San Jose goal and joined the attack in a last-ditch effort to pull level. The move backfired, though, as the keeper slipped and hit the turf on the Quakes’ last possession of the match. De Rosario took advantage of the opportunity and scored his second of the match as he simply passed the ball into an empty net.
 
Misc. Notes
 
Quakes in the Community
What: Xfinity Clinic
Who: Jason Hernandez, Chris Leitch, Chris Wondolowski, Brad Ring, Steven Beitashour
Location:  Santana Park in San Jose
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 21
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Details: Players will assist in the running of the clinic, as well as sign autographs and pose for pictures with attendees.
 
What: Verizon Adopt-A-Team
Who: Arturo Alvarez
Location: Primary Plus School in Campbell
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 22
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Details: Alvarez will act as coach for a day for the West Valley United team.
 
Quakes Set Shutout Record Since Return
With a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 15th, the San Jose Earthquakes set the record for shutouts in a season since the team’s return in 2008 with their 10th clean sheet of the season. The all-time club record for shutouts in franchise history for a season is 12, set in 2005. Additionally, the Earthquakes are now one of only five teams in the league with double digit shutouts. Real Salt Lake has 13, the Los Angeles Galaxy have 11, and the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders FC each have 10 shutouts.
 
Current Home Shutout Streak Second-Longest in Club History
The San Jose Earthquakes recorded their fourth consecutive shutout at home with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 15th. The four-game streak is now the second-longest home shutout streak in franchise history. The longest home shutout streak is five games, coming during the 2005 season when the Earthquakes tied Dallas (0-0) and D.C. United (0-0), and defeated Real Salt Lake (3-0), Los Angeles (3-0) and Colorado (1-0).
 
San Jose Sets Highest Point Total Since Return
By earning three points against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 15th, the San Jose Earthquakes now have a total of 36 points, the most the team has earned in a season since returning in 2008. The previous high was 33 points, achieved in 2008. The club record for points in a season is 64, set in 2005 when the Earthquakes clinched their only Supporter’s Shield in club history.
 
Quakes Set Record for Most 1-0 Wins in a Single Season
The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 15, which that marked the fifth time San Jose has won a game by that scoreline this season, with Chris Wondolowski scoring the winner in each. The previous record for a San Jose team was four in 2005. The Quakes have won eight of their ten wins by a one goal margin, three shy of the team record 11, also in 2005.
 
Busch Records 50th Career Shutout
San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch recorded the 50th shutout of his career on Wednesday, September 15th in a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union. It is the fourth shutout of the season for the 10-year veteran goalkeeper.
 
McDonald Makes 50th Career Start
San Jose defender Brandon McDonald made his 50th career start in the Earthquakes’ 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 15th. McDonald already set another career milestone when he made the 50th appearance of his career on July 31st against Seattle Sounders FC. McDonald is playing in his third MLS season, second with the Earthquakes.
 
Quakes Hit Ten Wins
The San Jose Earthquakes recorded their 10th win of the regular season on Wednesday, September 15th, 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.
   
Earthquakes Currently in Tied For Seventh Place in Playoff Standings
With 36 points in 23 games, the San Jose Earthquakes are currently tied for seventh place in the playoff standings with Seattle Sounders FC, who have played 25 games so far this season. The Colorado Rapids sit in six place with 37 points and FC Dallas is in fifth place with 42 points. The Earthquakes are five points clear of ninth place Toronto FC (31 points).
 
Earthquakes Among MLS Leaders in Saves, Fewest Goals Allowed
The Earthquakes have notched 90 saves in 23 games, ranking fourth in the MLS. Only the New England Revolution (97), Toronto FC (96) and New York Red Bulls (92) have more saves. The Earthquakes also rank fourth in the league in goals allowed with 23. Real Salt Lake leads the league, allowing just 16 goals, followed by the Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas each with 19.
 
Wondo Tied For First in Game-Winning Goals
San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski is currently tied for the league lead in game-winning goals with six, the latest coming in the Earthquakes’ 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 15th. Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy also has six game-winning goals. Wondolowski has nine goals overall in 21 games this season, which has him tied for seventh in the league in scoring.

Alvarez Notches First Assist
Quakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez notched his first assist of the season when he set up Chris Wondolowski’s game-winner on Wednesday, Sept. 15 against the Philadelphia Union. Alvarez sent a left-footed cross in that found Wondolowski’s head in the 69th minute for the Quakes only goal against the Union.
 
Convey Ranks Tied for Third in Assists, Third 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 14, followed by Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union (10). Convey also ranks third in MLS in game-winning assists with four, behind Donovan and Ferreira (5).
 
Busch Among MLS Leaders in Two Categories
San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch currently ranks fourth in goals against average (0.82) and third in saves percentage (78.8). Busch has amassed a record of 4-3-4 in 11 games this season while notching four shutouts.
 
Quakes With Great Record in One-Goal Games
With a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 15th, the San Jose Earthquakes improved their record in one-goal games to 8-3-0, the third best record in the MLS. The Columbus Crew have the best record (7-2-0), followed by FC Dallas (6-2-0).
 
Morrow Continues to Play Well For FC Tampa Bay
Defender Justin Morrow started and played the full 90 minutes for the third consecutive game for the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday, September 19th in a 3-0 loss to the Montreal Impact. Morrow was loaned to the Rowdies of the USSF D-2 by the Earthquakes on September 7th. Morrow, a rookie drafted in the second round (28th overall) by the Earthquakes in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, appeared in two regular season matches, two exhibitions and one U.S. Open Cup play-in game.
 
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. Finally, the Earthquakes are tied with the Columbus Crew for the third highest winning percentage on the road in the MLS this season (.500). The Los Angeles Galaxy have the highest (.654), followed by FC Dallas (.583).
 
History of the Quakes-TFC Rivalry
The Earthquakes and Toronto FC have met only fives times in MLS play … The two teams tied 0-0 on July 19, 2008 at BMO Field in Toronto in the debut of Darren Huckerby … San Jose earned a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2008 in the regular season finale for both teams … Toronto FC earned a 3-1 win in Santa Clara on July 11, 2009 …The Quakes earned a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2009 thanks to a stoppage time equalizer by Cornell Glen … This season, Toronto FC defeated the Earthquakes 3-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 29th.
 
Earthquakes – Toronto FC Connections
San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin was selected by Toronto FC with the second overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and played with TFC until he was traded to the Earthquakes this season … Toronto FC forward Chad Barrett played with San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Chicago Fire from 2007-2008 … Toronto FC defender Adrian Cann and San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon both played on the Colorado Rapids in 2004 … Toronto FC goalkeeper Jon Conway played with the Earthquakes from 2000-2005, making 18 appearances … Conway also played with San Jose defender Chris Leitch with the New York Red Bulls from 2007-2008 … Toronto FC forward Dwayne De Rosario played with the Earthquakes from 2001-2005, scoring 27 goals in 108 appearances … De Rosario also played with San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski from 2006-2008 with the Houston Dynamo … Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei played at Cal from 2006-2008 … Toronto FC defender Nick Garcia played with the Earthquakes from 2008-2009, making 36 appearances … Garcia also played on the Kansas City Wizards with San Jose forward Scott Sealy (2005-2007) and San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson (2004-2005) … Garcia, Toronto FC forward Jacob Peterson and San Jose midfielder Brad Ring all played at Indiana University … Peterson also played with San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon and San Jose forward Cornell Glen on the Colorado Rapids in 2006 … Toronto FC midfielder Dan Gargan played on the Colorado Rapids with San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon (2005-2006) and San Jose forward Cornell Glen (2006), and with San Jose defender Bobby Burling on Chivas USA in 2008 … Gargan and San Jose midfielder Bobby Convey were both born in Philadelphia, PA … Toronto FC defender Ty Harden played under current Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 … Toronto FC forward Fuad Ibrahim played with San Jose forward Arturo Alvarez on FC Dallas from 2007-2008 … Toronto FC forward Maicon Santos played on Chivas USA with San Jose defender Bobby Burling in 2009.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Toronto FC
Defender Ramiro Corrales and forward Cornell Glen each have one goal … Forward Arturo Alvarez, midfielder Bobby Convey and forward Ryan Johnson each have one assist … Goalkeeper Jon Busch has two wins and one shutout in four appearances.
 
Toronto FC All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Forward Chad Barrett has four goals and one assist in eight appearances … Forward Dwayne De Rosario has two goals and three assists in five games … Defender Nana Attakora has one goal and one assist in three appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Conway has one win and one shutout in two 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 sixteen games.
 
Earthquakes Solid When Scoring First and Leading at Halftime
This season, the Earthquakes are 9-0-2 when scoring the first goal and 5-0-2 when leading at halftime.

San Jose in September
The Quakes are 26-21-6 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).