This & That: Quakes notes for June 4, 2012

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Tressor Moreno vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Michael Pimentel / ISIPhotos.net

This Week

The San Jose Earthquakes (8-3-3, 27 pts.) continue their quest for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title on Tuesday against Minnesota Stars FC at Stanford’s Cagan Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. PT with a live audio and video stream available at www.sjearthquakes.com. Tickets for the match are $10 for Earthquakes season ticket holders and $15 for the general public.

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 6/4/12
Tuesday, June 5 – 8 p.m. PT – Minnesota Stars FC at Earthquakes, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round, Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif., LIVE on www.sjearthquakes.com

Wednesday, June 6 – TBD
Thursday, June 7 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Earthquakes Training Facility
Friday, June 8 – 11 a.m. – MLS Reserve League – Earthquakes at Chivas USA, location TBD
Saturday, June 9 – TBD
Sunday, June 10 – Off

Injury Report
Out: Joey Gjertsen (R – knee surgery), Tim Ward (L – non-specific soft tissue injury); Probable: Shea Salinas (L – fractured clavicle).

Earthquakes in U.S. Open Cup Play

All-Time Record: 11-8
Home: 2-4 (7 GF, 7 GA)
Away: 9-3 (30 GF, 11 GA)
Shootout: 2-2; Overtime: 1-1
All-Time Scoring: 37 GF, 18 GA
All-Time Leading Scorer: Ronald Cerritors (4g, 1a)

Opponent Info

Minnesota Stars Scouting Report
Minnesota (4-0-5, 17 points) enters Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup match fresh off of a 3-1 third-round upset over current MLS Supperter’s Shield leaders Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 29. The Stars were lifted by goals from Kevin Venegas, Neil Hlavaty and Simone Bracalello on their way to becoming only the second team to win at Rio Tinto this year. The Stars are the reigning NASL champions and currently are tied atop the league table with the Puerto Rico Islanders. Forward Amani Walker leads the Stars with three goals in NASL play. In their last NASL outing, the Stars tied the San Antonio Scorpions 0-0 in San Antonio.

History of the Earthquakes-Minnesota Rivalry
While the Earthquakes have never faced Minnesota Stars FC, the clubs’ history with professional soccer in the state dates back to April 24, 1976, when San Jose defeated the Minnesota Kicks 4-2 in the second game of the NASL regular season. From 1976-1981, the Earthquakes had a record of 2-6-0 against the Kicks. On July 14, 2002, the Quakes faced the Minnesota Thunder in an exhibition match. The Quakes won that meeting behind a spectacular volley from Dwayne De Rosario, as well as a goal from Luchi Gonzalez. Former Quakes midfielder and current Stars coach Manny Lagos wore the captain’s armband for the Quakes that game. The Quakes last faced the Thunder on August 4, 2004, in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. After a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation and extra time, the Quakes defeated the Thunder 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals. Buzz Lagos, father of Manny Lagos, coached the Thunder in both of their meetings against the Quakes.

Earthquakes- Minnesota Stars Connections
Former Quakes midfielder Manny Lagos currently coaches the Stars … Lagos made 79 appearances for the Quakes in MLS play between 2001-2003, contributing 14 goals during that span and helping lead the Quakes to MLS Cups in ’01 and ’03 … Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham and Stars defender Evan Sassano were college teammates at Cal … Quakes midfielder Khari Stephenson and Stars forward Amani Walker both have represented Jamaica at the international level. Stephenson has 26 caps with the full national team while Walker has an appearance for Jamaica’s U-20 team … Quakes forwards Sam Garza (UC Santa Barbara) and Cesar Diaz Pizarro (UC Riverside) and Stars players Amani Walker (UC Irvine), Miguel Ibarra  (UC Irvine), Devin Del Do (Cal State Northridge) and Kevin Vanegas (Cal State Fullerton) played college soccer in the Big West Conference … Quakes midfielder Rafael Baca (Loyola Marymount) faced Justin Davis (New Mexico) in 2007, with Baca’s Lions winning 1-0 … Davis and New Mexico defeated Bingham’s Golden Bears during the regular season 2-1 in 2009 … Quakes forward Garza notched the tying goal in a 1-1 draw against Davis and New Mexico in 2010 … Quakes forward Ellis McLoughlin and Stars forward Fuad Ibrahim both played for the United States at the 2007 U-17 World Cup … Garza, Ibrahim, and Stars midfielder Shawn Chin each played for the United States U-20s in 2008 … Quakes defender Ike Opara (Wake Forest) faced Chin (Boston College) three times, with Opara’s Demon Deacons winning once and losing twice … Quakes defender Justin Morrow (Notre Dame) faced Chin twice in 2009 after Chin transferred to the University of South Florida, with the Fighting Irish winning once and losing once … Quakes midfielder Tressor Moreno and Stars defender Ernest Tchoupe both played professionally in Colombia.

Quakes in the Community

Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente Closing Ceremony Assembly
Who: Evan Newton
What: Newton will congratulate third and fourth graders at Barrett Elementary for completing the Earthquakes’ five-week health and fitness program, Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente         
When: Monday, June 4 at 1:45 p.m.
Where: Barrett Elementary School, 895 Barrett Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Details: Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente is a fun, five-week program designed by Earthquakes Head Athletic Trainer Bruce Morgan and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to increase physical activity in the classroom and at home. This spring, 12 local schools will be incorporating this program in their 3rd and 4th grade curriculum.

Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente Closing Ceremony Assembly
Who: Steven Beitashour
What: Beitashour will congraulate third and fourth graders at Goss Elementary for completing the Earthquakes’ five-week health and fitness program, Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente  
When: Monday, June 4 at 1:45 p.m.
Where: Goss Elementary School, 2475 Van Winkle Lane, San Jose, CA 95116
Details: Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente is a fun, five-week program designed by Earthquakes Head Athletic Trainer Bruce Morgan and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to increase physical activity in the classroom and at home. This spring, 12 local schools will be incorporating this program in their 3rd and 4th grade curriculum.

Gilroy Community Service Day      
Who: Shea Salinas
What: Salinas will speak to ninth graders about the importance of volunteering and being an active member of the community.
When: Tuesday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy, CA 95020

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Soccer Clinic    
Who: Two Earthquakes players TBD
What: Earthquakes players will host a clinic for underserved youth  
When: Thursday, June 7 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Silver Creek Sportsplex, 800 Embedded Way, San Jose, CA 95138

The 32nd Annual Nativity Carnival
Who: Steven Beitashour, Kelly Gray and Chris Leitch
What: Players and ambassadors will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans
When: Friday, June 8 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Nativity School, 1250 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA

T-Mobile Grand Opening at Walmart
Who: Rafael Baca   
What: Rafa will sign autographs and play soccer games with kids on T-Mobile tablet devices
When: Saturday, June 9 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Walmart, 777 Story Road, San Jose, CA 95122

Bay Area Self Storage Grand Opening
Who: Rafael Baca   
What: Signing autographs at the grand opening of the new Bay Area Self Storage in San Jose
When: Saturday, June 9 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Bay Area Self Storage, 2185 Stone Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente Closing Ceremony Assembly
Who: Brad Ring
What: Ring will congratulate third and fourth graders at Castro Elementary for completing the Earthquakes’ five-week health and fitness program, Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente  
When: Monday, June 11 at 1:45 p.m.
Where: Castro Elementary School, 505 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041
Details: Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente is a fun, five-week program designed by Earthquakes Head Athletic Trainer Bruce Morgan and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to increase physical activity in the classroom and at home. This spring, 12 local schools will be incorporating this program in their 3rd and 4th grade curriculum.

eBay Post Euro Cup Event
Who:  Tim Ward
What: Ward will help judge the “Best Goal Announcer” award and will sign autographs for employees
When: Monday, June 11 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: eBay, 2145 E. Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

Miscellaneous Notes

Wondolowski, USMNT to Face Antigua & Barbuda, Guatemala in 2014 World Cup Qualifiers
Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Antigua & Barbuda on Friday, June 8 (4 p.m. PT, ESPN / Galavision) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Wondolowski played the final 11 minutes of the USMNT’s 0-0 draw with Canada on 6/3 after not suiting up in either of the USMNT’s first two matches, a 5-1 drubbing of Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 26 and a 4-1 defeat to Brazil on May 30. Following Friday’s fixture, Wondolowski will wrap up his USMNT stint with a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, June 12 at Guatemala (7 p.m. PT, ustream.tv) at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.

Earthquakes Notch First U.S. Open Cup Win Since 2005
Last week’s 2-1 comeback win against Fort Lauderdale marked the first such result for the San Jose Earthquakes in U.S. Open Cup play since 2005. The last time the Earthquakes advanced in the tournament was Aug. 3, 2005 when Wade Barrett and Brian Mullan scored to send the club past the Portland Timbers, then of the USL, to the quarterfinals. Among the players on the field for San Jose that day were MLS leading goal scorer Chris Wondolowski and current Earthquakes assistant coach Ian Russell. In fact, Wondolowski entered the game in the 80th minute for Russell.

Garza Records Seventh Brace in Earthquakes’ U.S. Open Cup History
Earthquakes rookie midfielder Sam Garza became the seventh player in club history to notch a brace in U.S. Open Cup play. The other players to record multi-goal games for San Jose in the tournament include:

Lawrence Lozzano – Clash 5, Central Coast Roadrunners 2 on July 27, 1997
John Doyle – Clash 2, El Paso Patriots 0 on July 7, 1998
Ian Russell – Earthquakes 5, Stanislaus United Cruisers 0 on June 14, 2000
Abdul Thompson – Earthquakes 5, Stanislaus United Cruisers 0 on June 14, 2000
Scott Bower – Earthquakes 6, Central Coast Roadrunners 0 on June 27, 2001
Ronnie Ekelund – Earthquakes 4, Seattle Sounders 3 on July 17, 2002
Sam Garza – Earthquakes 2, Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 on May 29, 2012

Former Quakes Midfielder Manny Lagos to Take on Former Club
Former Earthquakes midfielder Manny Lagos will be on the sidelines Tuesday at Cagan Stadium when his current club – Minnesota Stars FC – takes on his former club – the San Jose Earthquakes. Lagos played with the Quakes from 2001-03, winning MLS Cups in his first and final years in the Bay Area. During that time, he scored 14 goals and had 17 assists. The 10-year MLS veteran retired after two seasons with the Columbus Crew in 2005 before taking over as head coach of Minnesota Stars FC in 2010. In his second year with Minnesota, Lagos led the club to its first-ever NASL Championship, defeating the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-1 on aggregate in a two-game series.

Earthquakes to Host U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal at Kezar Stadium with Win vs. Minnesota
Should the San Jose Earthquakes get past Minnesota Stars FC Tuesday night at Cagan Stadium, the Quakes would host a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against either Seattle Sounders FC or Cal FC on Tuesday, June 26 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT.

FIFA International Break
The Earthquakes and MLS will observe a FIFA break beginning this week and extending through June 12. Immediately following that break, San Jose has its first bye week of the 2012 MLS regular season, which means the club’s next league match will come on Wednesday, June 20 at the Colorado Rapids (6:30 p.m. PT, CSN Plus).

Quakes Second in the Western Conference
Approaching the midway point in the season, the San Jose Earthquakes (8-3-3, 27 pts.) are second in the Western Conference, two points behind Supporters’ Shield leaders Real Salt Lake (9-3-2, 29 pts.). Seattle Sounders FC (7-3-3, 24 pts.) are next followed by the Colorado Rapids (6-6-1, 19 pts.) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (5-3-4, 19 pts.).

Quakes Among MLS Category Leaders
Through 12 weeks of the 2012 MLS season, the Earthquakes are No. 2 in MLS in goals scored (27) and assists (29). With 17 scores conceded, the Quakes boast the top goal differential in MLS at +10.

Race for the Budweiser Golden Boot
Chris Wondolowski is tied with New York Red Bulls striker Kenny Cooper atop the 2012 Budweiser Golden Boot race with 11 goals. Thierry Henry is next with nine followed by MLS newcomer Saer Sene of New England and D.C. United’s Maicon Santos with seven apiece.

Take Advantage of the Red, White & Blue Mini Plan for June 30
Quakes fans can enjoy the best possible seating for the Earthquakes’ highly-anticipated meeting with the rival LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 30, and three more home games of their choice at Buck Shaw Stadium this season in the Sideline section, by taking advantage of the Red, White & Blue Mini Plan. Packages start at $100 per person and include a commemorative Independence Day scarf. To learn more about this plan, click HERE, call (408) 556-7700 or email seasontickets@sjearthquakes.com.

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 27 goals through 14 games, the donated total for this season already stands at $6,750. Thanks to 40 goals in 2011, the partnership raised $10,000 for local youth soccer and athletic development programs a year ago.

Earthquakes Youth Academy Update

Academy Pair Wrap Up Marveld Tournament
Earthquakes Youth Development Academy U-16 players Amir Bashti (Cuprtino, Calif.) and JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif.) wrapped up international play at the Marveld Tournament in Holland on June 3 with the U.S. U-15 Boys. The duo were part of a 2-2-1 run with the U.S. The Americans defeated Real Madrid 2-0 and FC Twente 1-0, lost 1-0 against eventual tournament champions Bayer Leverkusen and 4-2 against Feyenoord and drew 1-1 with Ajax.