Earthquakes Weekly Update: May 2, 2011
San Jose Visits Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Play-In Game
The San Jose Earthquakes will try to end a three-game skid when they travel to face the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday, May 3 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in game. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live online at SJEarthquakes.com (webstream) and at www.955thegame.com (radio).
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 5/2/11
Tuesday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers, JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
Wednesday, May 4 – Off
Thursday, May 5 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Nutrilite Training Facility in San Jose, Calif.
Friday, May 6 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Nutrilite Training Facility in San Jose, Calif.
Saturday, May 7 – TBD
Sunday, May 8 – Off
Injury/Discipline/International Duty Report
Out: Andre Luiz (L – knee injury); Doubtful: Simon Dawkins (R/L – Lower leg compartment syndrome), Tim Ward (R – hamstring strain); Probable: Joey Gjertsen (R – groin strain), Scott Sealy (R – hamstring strain).
Philadelphia Union 1, Earthquakes 0; April 30, 2011; PPL Park; Philadelphia, Penn.
The San Jose Earthquakes fell 1-0 on the road after yielding a late penalty against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday. Quakes defender Jason Hernandez was whistled for a questionable handball in the box while sliding in to prevent a cross by Amobi Okugo in the 75th minute. Sebastien Le Toux converted the resulting penalty, giving the Quakes their third consecutive loss. The match featured five new faces in the Earthquakes lineup. Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Justin Morrow and Steven Lenhart made their first career starts for San Jose while Bobby Burling and Brad Ring each featured in the first XI for the first time this season.
Quakes in the Community
Thai Night with Anthony Ampaipitakwong
Who: Anthony Ampaipitakwong
What: Fan Meet & Greet
When: Saturday, May 7 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: WOW Thai Noodle: 78 S First St, San Jose, CA 95113
Details: Anthony will meet with fans, sign autographs and take photos with fans while in Downtown San Jose.
Earthquakes-LA Galaxy Match Time for June 25 Changed to 3:30 p.m. PT
The San Jose Earthquakes have announced that the game time for their June 25 match against the LA Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium has been changed to 3:30 p.m. PT on FOX Soccer. Additionally, individual tickets for that game are now on sale. In 2010, Chris Wondolowski stunned a league-leading LA Galaxy squad with a fourth minute goal that would stand up for a 1-0 win. The Earthquakes drew a record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium for the day game on Aug. 21. San Jose is 3-3-2 against LA Galaxy since returning to MLS in 2008 and holds a 9-7 scoring advantage over that stretch.
Quakes Among Launch Partners for Facebook Deals
The San Jose Earthquakes were among the businesses featured in the highly anticipated launch of Facebook’s version of social purchasing, Facebook Deals, last week. Facebook Deals was unveiled in five markets–Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco – and offers users a digital coupon system. As with all Facebook products, folks have the option to “Like” or “Share” deals with their friends. The Earthquakes’ special includes a premier midfield ticket to the club’s July 2 match against Thierry Henry, Rafael Márquez and the New York Red Bulls as well as the opportunity to meet-and-greet members of the 1994 US World Cup team. Additionally, the July 2 date will feature the best fireworks show on the Peninsula. To find San Jose’s special, Facebook users should navigate to the Quakes fan page and then click “Deals” on the panel below the profile picture. After making a purchase, fans must redeem their voucher at SJEarthquakes.com/form/facebookdeal.
Second Installment of EARTHQUAKE VS. SHARK Unveiled
The second competition between Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch and Sharks defenseman Jason Demers was unveiled last week on SJEarthquakes.com. Busch won the first round, a shootout on ice using a soccer ball. Find out who took home long ball honors in this week’s episode by visiting the Quakes YouTube Channel.
Earthquakes Academy Update
The Earthquakes U18s drew 2-2 and the U16s won 1-0 against the California Development Academy in Sacramento on Sunday. Jimmy Callinan linked up with Michael Bernardi for a pair of goals to earn a point for the U18s. Christian Cruz scored the game winner for the U16s on an assist from Travis Pillon. The Earthquakes will return to action when they host the De Anza Force on May 7 (10 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.) and Santa Cruz Breakers on May 8 (10 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.) at the Mustang Soccer Complex in Danville, Calif.
History of the Quakes – Timbers Rivalry in U.S. Open Cup Play
The Earthquakes won the only two match-ups between the two clubs in U.S. Open Cup play, both of them in the fourth round of the tournament ... In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, San Jose came out victorious at PGE Park on July 15, 2004 with a 3-0 victory ... The second goal of that match was scored by current Earthquakes defender Ramiro Corrales ... In the second match-up between the two teams on Aug. 3, 2005, also at PGE Park, San Jose came out victorious with a 2-0 win.
Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Portland Timbers
Defender Ramiro Corrales scored a goal against the Timbers in the U.S. Open Cup on July 15, 2004.
Portland Timbers All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Forward Kenny Cooper has scored two goals in three career appearances against the Earthquakes ... Midfielder Jack Jewsbury has one goal and one assist in 11 career appearances ... Defender Eric Brunner has one assist in three appearances ... Goalkeeper Adin Brown has one win, one tie and one shutout in seven appearances.
Quakes Launch Weekly E-Newsletter
The San Jose Earthquakes launched a weekly newsletter on Monday giving fans the chance to receive emails straight from the Front Office regarding team-related news, player appearances, giveaways and more. To sign up for the Quakes Update, visit sjearthquakes.com/quakesupdate.
Wondolowski Moving Up Quakes’ All-Time Scoring Charts
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski continues to inch up the franchise’s all-time scoring charts. Wondo’s goal against Chivas USA last week against Chivas USA was his 24th with the Quakes, fifth-most in Quakes history. Next up on the list is current Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching, who tallied 25 goals during his time at the Earthquakes from 2003-05. The career leader for the club is Ronald Cerritos, who notched 61 from 1997-2001, when the team was known as the Clash, and one year in 2005.
Busch Among MLS Career Leaders List for Shutouts
Jon Busch is No. 8 on the MLS career shutouts list with 54. The Earthquakes’ starting goalkeeper has recorded eight clean sheets in San Jose. He earned 21 shutouts during three seasons (2007-09) with the Chicago Fire and had 25 in five seasons with the Columbus Crew (2002-06).
Lenhart, Ampaipitakwong, Morrow Make First Starts With Earthquakes
Forward Steven Lenhart, midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong and defender Justin Morrow made their first career starts with the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. Lenhart came off the bench against Chivas USA the previous week to make his San Jose debut at Buck Shaw Stadium in the 80th minute and played a full 90 minutes against the Union, recording the team’s lone shot on goal. Ampaipitakwong, a rookie selected in the second round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by San Jose, played 72 minutes at left and right mid before subbing off for Ryan Johnson. Morrow, a second-round pick in 2010 from Notre Dame, played a full 90 minutes at left back in his fourth appearance with the club.
Earthquakes – Portland Timbers Connections
Timbers defender Kevin Goldthwaite appeared in three games for San Jose in 2005 ... Goldthwaite also played with Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski at the Houston Dynamo in 2006-07 and Quakes defender Chris Leitch at the New York Red Bulls in 2007-08 ... Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart played with Timbers midfielder Adam Moffat (2008-10) and Timbers defender Eric Brunner (2009-10) at the Columbus Crew ... Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins and San Jose midfielder Bobby Convey played together with D.C. United in 2004 ... Portland midfielder Ryan Pore played with Quakes forward Scott Sealy (2005-08) and Quakes midfielder Khari Stephenson (2005) with the K.C. Wizards ... Stephenson also played with Portland goalkeeper Adin Brown at Norwegian side Aalesunds FK in 2008-09 ... Sealy (2005-08) and Stephenson (2004-05) also shared time at K.C. with Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury ... Jewsbury and San Jose defender Tim Ward both attended Saint Louis University ... Timbers midfielder Rodrigo Lopez played with Quakes defender Bobby Burling at Chivas USA in 2007 ... Portland midfielder Peter Lowry attended Santa Clara University, playing his games at Buck Shaw Stadium, and also played for the San Jose Frogs USPDL) in 2007 ... Lowry played with Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch at the Chicago Fire in 2008-09 ... Timbers forward Bright Dike and Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow played together at Notre Dame from 2006-09 ... Timbers defender Kevin Goldthwaite also attended Notre Dame ... Portland forward Darlington Nagbe and Earthquakes midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong were teammates at Akron University, where they helped lead the Zips to the national championship ... Ampaipitakwong also played with Portland midfielder Jeremy Hall at the IMG Academy in 2004-05 ... Timbers defender Steve Purdy and Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham both attended the University of California at Berkeley.
Earthquakes, Alaska Airlines Partner for Giveaway on June 4
The San Jose Earthquakes and Alaska Airlines will partner up for a giveaway on June 4 when the Quakes host the Houston Dynamo at Buck Shaw Stadium. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free Hawaiian shirt bag tag. One fan in attendance will also have the chance to win a trip to Hawaii or Mexico courtesy of Alaska Airlines during a halftime kick-to-win contest.
San Jose Partners Up with Fresh Coast Beach Soccer Tournament
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that they have signed a tournament partnership with the Fresh Coast Beach Soccer Championships. This year, the 5-on-5 tournament will be held on June 18 and 19 in front of the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California. There will be several youth, men’s and women’s divisions, with an open men’s cash prize division. The Quakes will be providing each team ticket vouchers to see the team take on either the New York Red Bulls or Philadelphia Union. Several Earthquakes players will also make an appearance to meet with fans, sign autographs and take photos.
July 2 Match vs. New York Red Bulls to be Played at Stanford Stadium
The San Jose Earthquakes have moved their Saturday, July 2 match against international stars Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez and the New York Red Bulls to Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT and air live on ESPN2. 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. The Epicenter Fan Zone will be moved from Buck Shaw Stadium to Stanford for the match. Fans will be able to enjoy foosball, corn hole, face painting and poster making prior to kickoff. Gourmet food trucks will also be on site.
Quakes Weekly Podcast Available on iTunes
The Earthquakes’ weekly podcast is available for free download on iTunes <http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/quakes-cast/id381540789> . Hosts Kelly Gray, Robert Jonas and Joe Nuxoll regularly feature soccer personalities from the club and around the nation. Last week, San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch and ESPN/Philadelphia Union color commentator Taylor Twellman joined in the discussion. Subscribe <http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/quakes-cast/id381540789> to get the latest in Quakes news each week.
San Jose Earthquakes on Twitter
You can now follow five different San Jose Earthquakes players on Twitter, as well as @SJEarthquakes. Their respective hashtags are:
2010 MLS Budweiser Golden Boot Winner Chris Wondolowski: @ChrisWondo
Rookie from NCAA Champion Akron University Anthony Ampaipitakwong: @AnthonyAmpai
Veteran central defender Bobby Burling: @bobbyburling
Third-year central midfielder Brad Ring: @BradRing87
Starting center-back Jason Hernandez: @J_Hernandez_21
San Jose’s Record in May
The Quakes are 25-27-11 all-time in April in MLS play.