This & That: Quakes notes for June 25, 2012

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Ramiro Corrales vs Houston Dynamo

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John Todd

This Week

The San Jose Earthquakes (10-3-3, 33 pts.) open their week up with a U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal against Seattle Sounders FC on Tuesday, June 26 at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on www.sjearthquakes.com. Next up is the Bay Area sporting event of the summer with the Earthquakes hosting the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, June 30, presented by XFINITY. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2, ESPN3, Galavision, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 6/18/12
Tuesday, June 26 – Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC, U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, live on www.sjearthquakes.com
Wednesday, June 27 – Off
Thursday, June 28 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Stanford Stadium

Friday, June 29 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Earthquakes Training Facility
Saturday, June 30 – 7 p.m. PT – Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy, Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif., live on ESPN2, ESPN3, Galavision, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF
Sunday, July 1 – Off

Injury Report
Out: Simon Dawkins (L – sprained shoulder), Sam Garza (Fractured ribs), Joey Gjertsen (R – knee surgery), Tim Ward (L – non-specific soft tissue injury).

Earthquakes in U.S. Open Cup Play

All-Time Record: 12-8
Home: 3-4 (8 GF, 7 GA)
Away: 9-3 (30 GF, 11 GA)
Shootout: 2-2; Overtime: 1-1
All-Time Scoring: 38 GF, 18 GA
All-Time Leading Scorer: Ronald Cerritors (4g, 1a)

OPPONENT INFO

Seattle Sounders Scouting Report
The Sounders enter Tuesday’s contest after defeating amateur side Cal FC 5-0 on June 5, ending Cal FC’s dream run in the U.S. Open Cup. Osvaldo Alonso and Fredy Montero each notched a brace for the Sounders, with Andy Rose also grabbing a goal for the Sounders. The Sounders’ attack is led by David Estrada, Fredy Montero, and Eddie Johnson, with Estrada scoring five goals, Montero scoring 4, and Johnson adding three in MLS play.

History of the Earthquakes- Seattle Sounders Rivalry
The Quakes are 3-4-1 all-time against Seattle Sounders FC … The teams played three times in 2009, with Seattle taking both meetings at what was then called Qwest Field (2-0 on April 25 and 2-1 on June 13), before the Earthquakes registered a 4-0 triumph at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug. 2 … In 2010, the Earthquakes edged Sounders FC at Qwest Field, 1-0 on May 22 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal, with Seattle returning the favor at Buck Shaw on July 31 through a Fredy Montero strike … A season ago, the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw on April 2, with Seattle taking a 2-1 decision at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 15 … The Quakes and Sounders last met on March 31 in Seattle in the third game of the 2012 season. The Quakes brought home a 1-0 victory by way of a Wondolowski penalty kick in the 24th minute, Wondolowski’s fourth goal all-time against the Sounders.

Earthquakes- Seattle Sounders Connections
Seattle Sounders FC was brought into MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2009 season, a year after the San Jose Earthquakes rejoined the league following a two-season absence … Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson played with Quakes General Manager John Doyle in the early 1990s for the U.S. Men’s National Team … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski played with Sounders FC defender Patrick Ianni from 2006-08 for the Houston Dynamo … Wondolowski and Seattle forward Fredy Montero shared the MLS lead in road goals a season ago with nine each … Earthquakes midfielder Tressor Moreno and Seattle’s Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado are all citizens of Colombia, with all three having previously played for Colombian side Deportivo Cali … Moreno (32) and Montero (4) have both been capped by Colombia’s full national team … Earthquakes defender Ike Opara (U.S.) and Seattle forward Babayele Sodade (Canada) played against each other in Olympic qualifying on March 24 … Sounders FC goalkeeper Andrew Weber appeared in two MLS matches for the Earthquakes from 2009-11 … Seattle forward Roger Levesque, a Stanford product, played with the Earthquakes from 2003-05, appearing in four matches for San Jose … Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez played with Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2005 … Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham and Seattle midfielder Servando Carrasco were teammates at Cal from 2008-10 … Earthquakes midfielder Sam Garza and Sounders FC midfielder Michael Tetteh played together at UC Santa Barbara during the 2010 season … Bingham (and Carrasco) played against Tetteh (and Garza) in the 2010 NCAA Championship Second Round on Nov. 21, 2010 … Tetteh (82nd) and Carrasco (89th) each scored late for their respective teams, with the host Cal Bears grabbing the winner with one tick remaining in the first overtime period to advance, 2-1 … Earthquakes midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong played with Sounders FC forward Steve Zakuani for two seasons at Akron in 2007 and 2008 … Zakuani (London), Seattle teammate Andy Rose (Bristol) and Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins (Edgware) all list their hometowns in England … Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart and Seattle midfielder Brad Evans played together for the Columbus Crew in 2008 … Earthquakes midfielder Khari Stephenson and Seattle’s Swedish defender Adam Johansson played against each other in the Swedish Allsvenskan (2006-08) … Leading Sounders goal-scorer David Estrada grew up in Salinas, Calif., starring at Alisal High School before moving on to UCLA … Earthquake Ellis McLoughlin was born in Seattle, while Joey Gjertsen was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash., and rookie Jacob Hustedt was born in Bothell, Wash.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Chris Wondolowski has scored four goals in seven matches against Seattle Sounders FC in his career, with one coming in each of the past three seasons since Seattle joined MLS, including the 11th-minute game-winner in a 1-0 victory on May 22, 2010, at what was then Qwest Field … Shea Salinas has three assists in seven meetings, all three of them coming in three appearances with San Jose in 2009 … Simon Dawkins scored his first career goal in his first of three appearances against Seattle on April 2, 2011 … Khari Stephenson has one goal in two appearances … Rafael Baca has one assist in two appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 1-2-3 all-time against Seattle, with a road shutout while playing for the Chicago Fire on July 25, 2009, and 1-2-1 in three match-ups in a Quakes uniform.

Seattle Sounders FC Leaders vs. San Jose
Forward Fredy Montero has produced three goals and one assist in seven matches against the San Jose Earthquakes in his career, with one goal, all of them game-winners, coming in each of the past three seasons since Seattle joined MLS … Montero’s winners have included his 26th-minute strike in a 1-0 victory on July 31, 2010, at Buck Shaw Stadium, and an 87th-minute tally in a 2-1 win at CenturyLink Field in the most recent meeting on Oct. 15, 2011 … Midfielder Brad Evans has three goals and one assist in seven career appearances, including two goals and one assist in five matches with Seattle … Forward Sammy Ochoa scored the 82nd-minute equalizer in the 2-1 win on Oct. 15, 2011, for his only goal in his first of two appearances against San Jose … Argentinian midfielder Mauro Rosales assisted on a pair of goals in two meetings during his first MLS season a year ago … Defender Patrick Ianni has one assist in nine appearances (seven with Seattle) … Forward Steve Zakuani, who is still recovering from a serious leg injury suffered at Colorado on April 22, 2011, and may not be available on March 31, has tallied one goal and two assists in six appearances … Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning made four saves in his first appearance against the Quakes, a 1-0 loss at Seattle.

Community Info

Who: Rafael Baca
What: Speaking to kids at the Kick, Lead and Dream Soccer Clinic
Where: Cherry Chase Elementary School, 1138 Heatherstone Way, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94087
When: Monday, June 25 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Details: The Kick, Lead and Dream (KLD) Initiative was founded in 2007 to create an environment where motivated high school and middle school students come together with at-risk kids to provide them with role models and opportunities to learn soccer skills, leadership skills and the ability to dream BIG!

Who: Jean-Marc Alexandre and Jason Hernandez
What: Visiting patients and their families at the Ronald McDonald House
Where: Ronald McDonald House, 520 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA
When: Monday, June 25 from 2:30-4 p.m
Details: Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.

Who: Khari Stephenson, Sercan Guvenisik, Ellis McLoughlin and Joey Gjertsen
What: Celebrity Bartending
Where: Old Pro, 541 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
When: Wednesday, June 27
Details: The Quakes players will be pouring drinks and promoting the upcoming game against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium.

Who: Chris Wondolowski and Shea Salinas
What: Visiting patients at Lucile PackardChildren’s Hospital
Where: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304
When: Wednesday, June 28 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Details: With over 650 physicians and 4750 staff support and volunteers, Packard Children's Hospital is a world-class, non-profit hospital devoted entirely to the care of babies, children, adolescents and expectant mothers.

Who: Cesar Diaz Pizarro, Brad Ring, Josh Suggs, Ike Opara and Earthquakes Ambassador Kelly Gray
What: San Jose Earthquakes Xfinity ClinicSeries
Where: Cesar Chavez Field in Oakland California
When: Thursday, June 28 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Details: The San Jose Earthquakes and Xfinity are back for a third-straight year to offer Bay Area youth a free opportunity to participate in soccer clinics coached by current Quakes players.

Miscellaneous Notes

Earthquakes Prepare for Nationally Televised California Clasico
The San Jose Earthquakes will host the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 30, presented by XFINITY, in a nationally televised event. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision. The club won the first leg of the California Clasico 3-2 on May 23 at The Home Depot Center, rallying from a 2-0 deficit with a trio of goals over the final quarter-hour.

Sellout Crowd Expected for June 30 Spectacular
The Earthquakes are expecting a sellout crowd of 50,000 at the club’s June 30 match against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays. 

Earthquakes to Host U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal at Kezar Stadium vs. Sounders FC
The Earthquakes will host a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against Seattle Sounders FC on Tuesday, June 26 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT. For tickets or more information, visit sjearthquakes.com.

Quakes Win Bid to Host U.S. Open Cup Semifinal
The San Jose Earthquakes won their bid to host the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals on July 10 at Buck Shaw Stadium. If the Quakes defeat Seattle Sounders FC on June 26 in the quarterfinals, they would host the winner of the Chivas USA-Charlotte Eagles match on July 10 at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Quakes Sign D Jed Zayner
The San Jose Earthquakes signed former Generation adidas right back Jed Zayner on Wednesday. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Zayner appeared in 49 games with the Columbus Crew and D.C. United from 2006-11. A No. 13 overall 2006 MLS SuperDraft selection out of Indiana, the right back spent 2006-10 in Columbus before being traded to United in August of 2010. While in the nation’s capital, Zayner started each in each of his 13 appearances.

Road Trip Wrap-Up
The Earthquakes navigated their season-long four-game road trip with a 3-1-0 mark. San Jose defeated the LA Galaxy 3-2 on May 23, Colorado Rapids 2-1 on June 20 and Real Salt Lake 2-1 on June 23. The lone loss during the trip was 2-1 against Sporting Kansas City on May 27. Of note, each of the club’s eight goals during the four-game stretch came in the 72nd minute or later.

Quakes First in the Western Conference, Supporters’ Shield Standings
With their wins against the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake last week, the San Jose Earthquakes (10-3-3, 33 pts.) moved into first place in both the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings. The Quakes are one point ahead of Real Salt Lake (10-5-2, 32 pts.) with a game in hand.

Quakes Among MLS Category Leaders
Through 16 weeks of the 2012 MLS season, the Earthquakes are No. 1 in MLS with 31 goals scored and 32 assists. With 19 scores conceded, the Quakes are also No. 1 in the league with a +12 goal differential.

Race for the Budweiser Golden Boot
Chris Wondolowski overtook sole possession of the Budweiser Golden Boot race with a pair of goals last week, bringing his season haul to 13. New York Red Bulls striker Kenny Cooper is next with 11, followed by teammate Thierry Henry and Houston’s Will Bruin with nine apiece.

Quakes Surpass Total Wins from 2011 Season
The Earthquakes recorded win Nos. 9 and 10 of the season against the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake last week, surpassing the club’s 2011 total one game before the halfway point of the 2012 campaign. The Quakes need three more wins to equal their best season total (13 in 2010) since rejoining the league in 2008. Additionally, San Jose has 33 points this season, five away from their 2011 haul.

Salinas Returns to Quakes’ Lineup
Midfielder Shea Salinas came on as a substitute in both of San Jose’s 2-1 wins last week in Colorado and Salt Lake City. He replaced Steven Beitashour in the 75th minute on Wednesday, his first MLS appearance since fracturing his collarbone against the New York Red Bulls on April 14. On Saturday, Salinas came on for Simon Dawkins in the 66th minute.

Wells Fargo Goals for Education
Wells Fargo has again pledged to donate $250 for each goal the Earthquakes score in 2012 through the Goals for Education program. With 31 goals through 16 games, the donated total for this season already stands at $7,750. Thanks to 40 goals in 2011, the partnership raised $10,000 for local youth soccer and athletic development programs a year ago.