Earthquakes Weekly Update: April 4, 2011

Earthquakes prepare for home showdown with Toronto FC on Saturday, April 9

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San Jose Hosts Toronto FC at Buck Shaw Stadium
The San Jose Earthquakes will continue the search for their first home win of the season on Saturday, April 9, as they welcome Toronto FC to Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT. The match will be broadcast live on KDOW 1220 (English) and KZSF 1370 (Spanish).

Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC All Time
MLS Regular Season: 2-2-2
Home: 1-2-0
Away: 1-0-2
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 9, Toronto – 9

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 4/4/11
Tuesday, April 5 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, April 6 – Off.
Thursday, April 7 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Buck Shaw Stadium
Friday, April 8 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Nutrilite Training Facility
Saturday, April 9 – 7:30 p.m. PT –San Jose Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. live on KDOW 1220 (English) and KZSF 1370 (Spanish).
Sunday, April 10 – Off.

Injury Report
Out: Andre Luiz (L – knee injury), Scott Sealy (R – shoulder sprain); Doubtful: Tim Ward (R – hamstring strain); Questionable: Omar Jasseh (R – hamstring strain), Steven Lenhart (R – knee arthroscopy), Ellis McLoughlin (back strain).

Last Game
Earthquakes 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2; April 2, 2011; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA.
The San Jose Earthquakes erased a pair of one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against visiting Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium to improve to 1-1-1 overall. Khari Stephenson provided the game’s most exciting goal in the 52nd minute. Fresh off a pair of appearances for the Jamaican National Team, Stephenson teed up a shot from 35 yards that he scorched to the upper corner at the far post to knot things up at 2-2. San Jose initially trailed 1-0 after Brad Evans finished a close-range shot in the 17th minute. That set the stage for Simon Dawkins to score his first career MLS goal in the 32nd minute. Dawkins received a through ball from Ryan Johnson, turned and fired a left-footed shot that beat Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller to the far post. Sounders FC regained the lead in the 42nd minute when O’Brian White polished off a cross from just in front of goal, but the lead wouldn’t stand as Stephenson came off the bench to level the match in the second half.

Last Game vs. Toronto FC
Earthquakes 3, Toronto FC 2; Sept. 25, 2010; BMO Field; Toronto, Can.
In the first match-up between two Canadian head coaches in MLS history (Frank Yallop for San Jose and Nick Dasovic for FC Toronto), San Jose earned their first-ever win at BMO Field in the last contest between the two teams thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Wondolowski. The star forward struck early on a penalty kick after Bobby Convey was brought down in the area by Toronto FC defender Dan Gargan in the 3rd minute. Wondolowski increased the visitors’ lead in the 53rd minute by finishing off a cross from Ryan Johnson. Toronto FC would pull one back 13 minutes later with a goal from Dwayne De Rosario, but Wondolowski put things away with his third of the night just moments later. The home side made things interesting thanks to a goal from Maicon Santos in the 79th minute, but were unable to find an equalizer.

Quakes in the Community

Amway Kicks For Kids
Who: Matt Luzunaris
What: Amway Kicks for Kids
When: Wednesday, April 6
Where: Allen at Steinbeck Elementary
Details: Matt will speak to the students about the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. He will also sign autographs, pose for photographs and hand out t-shirts to 150 students courtesy of Amway.

Misc. Notes

Earthquakes Announce July 2 Match Against New York Red Bulls to be Held at Stanford Stadium
The San Jose Earthquakes have announced that their game against the New York Red Bulls on July 2 will be moved to Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. The Quakes will take on international stars Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez in front of a live national television audience on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. PT. Following the match, the Earthquakes will treat fans to the best fireworks show on the Peninsula for the Fourth of July weekend. Fans can stay in their seats or move onto the field for the best view to watch the fireworks. Season ticket holders will have a two-week presale to purchase additional individual tickets before tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Group tickets and a FIREWORKS 4 PACK are on sale now by calling the Earthquakes Front Office at 408-556-7700. The four-pack is also on sale at sjearthquakes.com and includes four tickets and two Chris Wondolowski t-shirts for $50. Individual tickets will range from $15 to $50 and can be purchased at sjearthquakes.com or by calling 800-225-2277. In addition to those ticket options, fans from San Francisco can also purchase a Quakes Blues Cruise ticket package by calling 408-556-7700. For $25, fans will receive a match ticket and transportation to and from the stadium from two locations in San Francisco. Season ticket holders can also ride the bus at a discounted rate and should contact their Earthquakes Fan Relations Representative to inquire about availability.

Corrales Breaks Cannon’s Record for Most Starts in Earthquakes History
With his start against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, Ramiro Corrales set the club’s all-time record for games started at 172, a mark previously shared with former goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Earthquakes defender Ramiro Corrales was already the all-time club leader in appearances with 191 and second all-time in club history for minutes played (15,343). The Earthquakes captain will look to build on his new record this coming Saturday when San Jose hosts Toronto FC at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Chris Wondolowski’s Record Scoring Streak Comes to an End
With Simon Dawkins’ first-half goal on Saturday against Seattle Sounders FC, Chris Wondolowski’s 12-goal scoring streak for San Jose was broken. Prior Dawkins’ strike, Wondolowski had notched the team’s last 12 regular season goals, dating back to Sept. 15, 2010. The Danville native had two hat tricks and two braces during the streak. The record originally belonged to former LA Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz who scored nine straight from 2002 to 2003.

Stephenson Nominated for MLS Goal of the Week
Khari Stephenson found the scoresheet for the first time this season with a 35-yard missile against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. The second-half blast into the far upper corner has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week along with Caleb Folan (Colorado Rapids), Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC), Stephen McCarthy (New England Revolution) and Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls) have also been nominated. To vote, please visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/att-goal-week or text “GOAL” to 22442. Voting runs from 12 p.m. ET on Mondays until 11:59 pm PT time on Thursdays.

Simon Dawkins Scores First Career MLS Goal
Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins tallied his first career MLS goal on Saturday. In just his second start in the league and third appearance, the British acquisition made a near-post run that Bobby Convey picked out with a well-placed pass. The import turned and fired a left-footed shot past diving goalkeeper Kasey Keller just inside the far post to tie the match at 1-1 in the 32nd minute.

Both Earthquakes Academy Teams Earn Draws Against Santa Cruz Breakers
The San Jose Earthquakes U16 and U18 teams were back in action in the US Soccer Development Academy league after taking the previous weekend off and each came away from their visit to Santa Cruz with one point. The U18s took the pitch first at Cabrillo College and jumped out to an early lead in the 6th minute thanks to a goal from Jorge Valdovinos. But the Breakers responded just ten minutes later through Daniel Johnsen, and the score would remain knotted until the final whistle. The U16s kicked-off in the second game and also jumped out to an early advantage with first half goals from Travis Pillon and Jose Navarro. However, the young Quakes were unable to make their two-goal halftime lead stand as Santa Cruz pulled one back seconds after the break and were able to equalize on a penalty kick in the 80th minute for a 2-2 final.

Quakes Reserves Fall to Seattle Sounders FC on a Late Goal
The Earthquakes reserve team battled Seattle Sounders FC reserves on Saturday in their second match of the 2011 season, but lost a nail-biter, 1-0, when Michael Tetteh came off the bench to score the game winner in the 87th minute at the Nutrilite Training Facility. San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Weber made several quality stops for San Jose and finished with seven saves in his second Reserve League start of 2011. Both sides had their chances at goal with a narrow 13-11 shot advantage for Seattle, but it was Weber that was tested more often with Sounders FC placing eight shots on goal to San Jose’s one. The Earthquakes Reserves return to action on Saturday, April 23 when they host Chivas USA at 4:30 p.m. PT at the Nutrilite Training Facility.

Brandon McDonald Plays in 50th Match with San Jose
San Jose Earthquakes defender Brandon McDonald featured in his 50th match with the club, all starts, in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Seattle Sounders FC. The center back signed with San Jose on March 20, 2009 after one season with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He made his debut with the Quakes on June 7, 2009 at FC Dallas in a 2-2 tie. McDonald has scored three goals and notched four assists for the Earthquakes.

San Jose’s Record in April
The Quakes are 21-23-12 all-time in April in MLS play.

History of the Quakes – Toronto FC
The Earthquakes are 2-2-2 all-time against Toronto FC. 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 … Last season, Toronto FC defeated the Earthquakes 3-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 29, though the Quakes returned the favor at BMO Field on Sept. 25 with a 3-2 win, with Chris Wondolowski netting all three goals.

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 last season … 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 goalkeeper Stefan Frei played at Cal from 2006-2008, overlapping with San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham, who was a freshman in 2008 … Bingham also played all three years at Cal with Toronto FC defender Demitrius Omphroy ... Toronto FC forward Jacob Peterson and San Jose midfielder Brad Ring played at Indiana University … Toronto FC midfielder Dan Gargan played 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 Alan Gordon played under current Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2006 and 2007 seasons ... Gordon also played with San Jose defender Brandon McDonald at the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2008 ... Toronto FC midfielder Nathan Sturgis played under current Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2006 and part of the 2007 season ... Toronto FC forward Maicon Santos played on Chivas USA with San Jose defender Bobby Burling in 2009.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Toronto FC
Forward Chris Wondolowski has three goals against Toronto FC, all coming in the 3-2 win on Sept. 25, 2010 … Forward Ryan Johnson has three assists, grabbing two in the 3-2 win on Sep. 25, 2010 … Goalkeeper Jon Busch has three wins and one shutout in five appearances against Toronto FC.

Toronto FC All-Time Leaders vs. San Jose
Defender Nana Attakora has one goal and one assist in three appearances … Forward Maicon Santos has one goal ... Forward Alan Gordon has four assists against San Jose, all while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy ... Goalkeeper Stephan Frei has two wins in three appearances.

2011 Individual Tickets on Sale
Individual tickets for 2011 San Jose Earthquakes home matches are now on sale. Ticket prices are $20, $25, $35 and $50 for games at Buck Shaw Stadium. To purchase tickets, fans should visit sjearthquakes.com or call 1-800-225-2277.