SJ to donate money from first match to Japan disaster victims

Earthquakes will donate $1 for every fan who attends the March 19 opener vs. RSL

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes will donate $1 to victims of the
natural disaster in Japan for every fan who attends the team’s 2011 home opener
against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 19 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff for
the match is 7:30 p.m. PT.

Additionally, the team will donate
$50 for every save an Earthquakes goalkeeper records during the 2011 season to
the American Red Cross for disaster relief. Last season, San Jose had 119 saves
in 30 regular season games. Fans can also contribute while at the Quakes home opener using donation bins around the stadium.

“We were deeply saddened by the
events that transpired in Japan on Thursday,” said Earthquakes President David
Kaval. “As an organization, it’s our mission to be a leader in the community.
We recognize that there are thousands of families in the Bay Area who were
affected by this tragedy and I would like to personally encourage all of our
fans to make a donation to the relief effort.”

In response to the 8.9 magnitude
earthquake that struck Japan on Thursday, The
Red Cross
has already launched relief efforts. Visit
or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone to support American Red
Cross emergency and disaster relief efforts.

Tickets for San Jose’s home opener
can be purchased at
or by calling 1-800-225-2277.

Note from the American Red Cross: Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief
efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami
throughout the Pacific. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American
Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare
for and serve victims of other disasters.