This & That: Quakes notes for July 16, 2012

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Sam Cronin vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Dave Elkinson

This Week

The San Jose Earthquakes (12-4-4, 40 pts.) will host FC Dallas on Wednesday, July 18 at Buck Shaw Stadium, presented by California Lottery, for Dollar Dog Wednesday. Kickoff is 8 p.m. PT on NBC Sports, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF. To close out the week, the Earthquakes travel to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, July 22 at BC Place. Kickoff is 4 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 7/16/12
Tuesday, July 17 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Buck Shaw Stadium
Wednesday, July 18 – 8 p.m. PT – Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., live on NBC Sports, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF
Thursday, July 19 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Earthquakes Training Facility

Friday, July 20 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Earthquakes Training Facility
Saturday, July 21 – Travel to Vancouver
Sunday, July 22 – 4 p.m. PT – Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF

Injury Report
Out: Sam Garza (Fractured ribs), Joey Gjertsen (R – knee surgery), Steven Lenhart (concussion symptoms), Tim Ward (L – non-specific soft tissue injury); Questionable: Cesar Diaz Pizarro (L – ankle sprain).

Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 21-15-9
Home: 12-6-4 (40 GF, 20 GA)
Away: 9-9-5 (33 GF, 29 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 4-3; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-0; Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 73, FC Dallas – 49

Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 1-1-2
Home: 1-0-1 (5 GF, 3 GA)
Away: 0-1-1 (2 GF, 3 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): NA; Overtime (2000-03): NA; Playoffs: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 7, Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 6

FC Dallas Info

FC Dallas Scouting Report
After starting the season with 16 points from 15 games, FC Dallas has compiled a four-game unbeaten streak over the most recent stretch. That series included a scoreless draw against the Earthquakes on July 7 at FC Dallas Stadium. FC Dallas is 1-0-3 in their last four, the lone win coming in comeback fashion in Denver over the weekend. The Texas squad fell behind 1-0 in the 50th minute, but rallied with goals from Carlos Rodriguez and Fabian Castillo to take three points from the Rapids. Panamanian striker Blas Perez leads the squad in both goals scored (5) and assists (3).

History of the Quakes-FC Dallas Rivalry
The Earthquakes were 9-1-4 in the final 14 games against Dallas prior to San Jose’s relocation to Houston … The Quakes posted a seven-game winning streak during that stretch from July 20, 2002-Apr. 15, 2004 … San Jose and Dallas met in an important match on Oct. 16, 2004, as San Jose needed a win or a tie to advance to the playoffs, while Dallas needed a win to clinch the final berth in the playoffs. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie at the Cotton Bowl, giving San Jose a spot in the playoffs, while Dallas did not qualify. Ramiro Corrales scored the Quakes second goal in that game … On Sept. 27, 2003, San Jose’s Dwayne De Rosario scored the fastest goal from the start of the game in MLS history, netting a goal 11 seconds into the match at Spartan Stadium against Dallas. De Rosario would go on to net a hat trick in the game, the second hat trick in Quakes team history … The Quakes +24 goal differential against Dallas is the highest against any team in the league … The Earthquakes won both matches against FC Dallas last season … The Earthquakes defeated FC Dallas in a 2-0 road win in the first meeting of this season on Mar. 26, and closed out the 2011 season with a 4-2 win at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 22 … In their one previous meeting this season, the two teams battled to a scoreless draw on July 7 at FC Dallas Stadium.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. FC Dallas
Defender Ramiro Corrales has four goals and six assists in 24 career appearances … Forward Chris Wondolowski has three goals and one assist in 12 career appearances … Midfielder Simon Dawkins has two goals in two career appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 6-3-4 with four shutouts in 13 career appearances.

FC Dallas All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Midfielder David Ferreira has two goals and two assists in six career appearances … Midfielder Brek Shea has two goals and one assist in five career appearances … Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is 17-11-7 with 11 shutouts in 36 career appearances.

Earthquakes-FC Dallas Connections
FC Dallas’ Kevin Hartman and Ugo Ihemelu played for Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop in 2006 with the LA Galaxy ... In January 2009, Ihemelu and Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez were both called up to the US Men’s National Team’s training camp before a friendly against Sweden … FC Dallas forward Scott Sealy played for the Earthquakes in 2008 and again from 2010-2011… In total, Sealy made 40 appearances for the Quakes and scored 2 goals … Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez played for FC Dallas from 2009-2011, making 54 appearances and scoring 6 goals … FC Dallas forward Andrew Wiedeman (07-09) played his college soccer at Cal with Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham (08-10), and is from Oakland, Calif. … FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson (2003-2007) also attended Cal, and is from Palo Alto, Calif. … FC Dallas defender Bobby Warshaw is a 2011 SuperDraft first-round pick out of Stanford ... FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez played with San Jose defender Ramiro Corrales with the MetroStars in 2000 … FC Dallas defender Zach Lloyd and Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski have played together three times with the U.S. Men’s National Team, against Chile on January 22, 2011, against Venezuela on January 21, 2012, and against Panama on January 25, 2012 … FC Dallas forward Blas Perez, defender Carlos Rodriguez and Panama have faced off against Wondolowski and the USMNT in a friendly on January 25, 2012.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Info

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Scouting Report
The No. 4 team in the Western Conference is looking to rebound after back-to-back losses, including a 3-2 stumble against Toronto FC and 1-0 blanking by the Chicago Fire last week. Vancouver recently made headlines for a trade that sent French striker Sebastien Le Toux to New York for speedy winger Dane Richards. Le Toux was second on the team in scoring with four goals before the move. Meanwhile, Darren Mattocks leads the way in goals with six and Davide Chiumiento paces the club with five assists.

History of the Quakes – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Rivalry
The Quakes and Vancouver Whitecaps FC drew in each of their first two all-time meetings a season ago … The teams tied 1-1 at Empire Field in Vancouver on May 11 as Chris Wondolowski scored a 39th-minute goal on a back-heeled flick that earned MLS Goal of the Week consideration, with Ryan Johnson assisting … The ‘Caps equalized in second-half stoppage time when Davide Chiumiento scored for a share of the points … The return fixture inside Buck Shaw Stadium on July 20 ended in a 2-2 tie with dueling braces by Wondolowski and Vancouver’s Eric Hassli as San Jose was unable to hold on to a pair of one-goal leads … In the first of three meetings in 2012 back on April 7 at Buck Shaw, the ‘Caps took a 1-0 lead early in the second half through a Sebastien Le Toux strike, only to see the Quakes storm back for three goals within a 10-minute span from the 68th to the 78th … Wondolowski tallied two more around what proved to be a game-winning header from second-half substitute Alan Gordon in the 72nd from a Ramiro Corrales cross … Vancouver rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Earthquakes 2-1 on May 5 thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Eric Hassli.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Chris Wondolowski has six goals in four match-ups … Ramiro Corrales has two assists in four games … Marvin Chavez has a goal and two assists in four meetings with the ‘Caps … Another Quakes newcomer, Jean-Marc Alexandre, had his best offensive day as a three-year member of Real Salt Lake on June 4, 2011, scoring his first MLS goal as the game-winner in the 32nd minute and adding the assist on a 79th-minute clincher in a 2-0 home triumph … Jon Busch is 1-1-2 with 14 saves.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Leaders vs. San Jose
Forward Eric Hassli has three goals and one assist in four match-ups with San Jose … Midfielder Davide Chiumiento has one goal and two assists in four matches … Goalkeeper Joe Cannon is 2-5-4 with two shutouts in 11 career games against his former team, and is 1-1-1 with eight saves as a member of the ‘Caps.

Earthquakes – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Connections
Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon played for San Jose from 1999-2002 and 2008-10 … He also played under current Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop with the LA Galaxy in 2007 … Cannon played his college soccer at Buck Shaw Stadium as a former All-American at Santa Clara University (1995-97) … Cannon grew up in Los Altos Hills and graduated in 2003 from Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. … Yallop spent part of his youth in Vancouver from age 10-16, later earning 52 caps for the Canadian men’s national team before serving as its head coach from 2004-06 … Earthquakes assistant coach Mark Watson is a native of Vancouver … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas, who will not be available on Saturday while still recovering from surgery to repair a fractured left clavicle, played for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 after being selected by the club during the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft … Salinas was traded from Vancouver to San Jose on Nov. 30, 2011, in exchange for allocation money … Salinas and Vancouver defender Jordan Harvey played together with the Philadelphia Union in 2010 … Harvey is a California native (Mission Viejo) who attended UCLA … Recent Whitecaps FC Designated Player signing, forward Kenny Miller, played for Scotland in a May 26 friendly against the U.S. in Jacksonville, a match that Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was on the bench for … Whitecaps FC midfielder John Thorrington was a teammate of Quakes players Jon Busch (2007-09) and Tim Ward (2009-10) with the Chicago Fire … San Jose defender Justin Morrow and Vancouver defender Greg Klazura were teammates at Notre Dame from 2007-09 … ‘Caps forward Darren Mattocks and Earthquakes midfielder Khari Stephenson are both Jamaican nationals … Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins (Edgware) and Vancouver midfielder Matt Watson (Bromsgrove) are both natives of England … Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch (1994-96) and Vancouver midfielder Floyd Franks (2002-05) both played at UNC Charlotte … NBA All-Star Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC ownership group, played basketball at Santa Clara University.

Community Events

Who: Sam Garza and Evan Newton
What: San Jose Earthquakes 4v4 Tournament presented by Wells Fargo
Where: Crocker Amazon Park, 1537 Geneva Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
When: Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Details: The San Jose Earthquakes and Wells Fargo have again teamed up to host a series of youth and adult soccer tournaments around the Bay Area for a second straight year. Divisions Include: Boys & Girls U-8 through U-19, Adult CoEd, Men's & Women's Rec and Men's Open.

Who: Tim Ward, Sam Garza and Evan Newton
What: San Jose Earthquakes Viewing Party
Where: Double D's Sports Grille, 354 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA
When: Sunday, July 22 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Details: Join the Shakers and fellow Quakes fans to watch the Quakes take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, July 22 at Double D's Sports Grille. Also, enter a raffle to win prizes and enjoy drink specials during the game.

Miscellaneous Notes

A&W Root Beer Float Night Raises $10,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Earthquakes raised $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Saturday as part of the club’s second annual A&W Root Beer Float Night. Fans showed up in numbers to pose for photos and interact with celebrity participants, including former U.S. Women’s National Team player Brandi Chastain, hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut and former Strikeforce World Lightweight champion Josh Thomson. In addition to the event, fans were treated to a 5-0 Earthquakes win against Real Salt Lake later in the evening.

Dollar Dog Wednesday
The Earthquakes will host their second Dollar Dog Wednesday of 2012 this week against FC Dallas on July 18. Per the promotion, fans can buy $1 hot dogs at Buck Shaw Stadium. The offer will also extend to the club’s final Wednesday match on Sept. 19 against the Portland Timbers. Kickoff for San Jose’s match against FC Dallas is 8 p.m. PT.

Wondolowski, Beitashour, Corrales Selected to MLS AT&T All-Star Gameday Roster
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and defenders Steven Beitashour and Ramiro Corrales will face European Champion Chelsea in the 2012 MLS AT&T All-Star Game on July 25 at PPL Park (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN2, TeleFutura) after the trio were named to the gameday roster by coach Ben Olsen on Sunday. San Jose and Sporting Kansas City were the lone teams to place three on the squad. The last time the Earthquakes had three or more players selected to the MLS All-Star game was in 2004 when Jeff Agoos, Brian Ching, Landon Donovan, Richard Mulrooney and Pat Onstad made the list.

Wondolowski Named MLS Player of the Week
Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 19, his second time winning the honor in 2012. Wondolowski recorded a hat trick— the third of his MLS career — and added an assist in the Earthquakes’ 5-0 defeat of Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Earthquakes Remain Undefeated at Buck Shaw Stadium
The Earthquakes are 5-0-2 at Buck Shaw Stadium this season and 6-1-2 when playing in the Bay Area. The Earthquakes played their first match at Buck Shaw Stadium since May 19 on Saturday against Real Salt Lake, winning 5-0 thanks in large part to a hat trick by Chris Wondolowski. San Jose has also played MLS matches at AT&T Park (1-0 loss vs. Houston on March 17) and Stanford Stadium (4-3 win vs. LA Galaxy on June 30).

Prolific Scoring
Saturday’s 5-0 win against Real Salt Lake marked the first time in club history that the Earthquakes have scored five goals in a single game twice in the same season. The first came on May 2 in a 5-3 win against D.C. United. San Jose has scored 41 goals this season, 14 shy of the club record set in 1997 with 14 games remaining.

Hat Trick Hero
Chris Wondolowski netted his third career hat trick in Saturday’s 5-0 win against Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium. His previous two came toward the end of San Jose’s 2010 campaign, on Sept. 25 in a 3-2 win at Toronto FC and Oct. 20 in a 3-0 win against Chivas USA. Wondolowski’s hat trick was his fourth multi-goal game of the season and ninth of his career.

Wondolowski Approaching MLS Single Season Record for Game-Winning Goals
Chris Wondolowski is one game-winning goal away from tying an MLS record that he shared with former LA Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz. Wondolowski (2010) and Ruiz (2002) have each recorded nine game-winning goals in a single season. San Jose’s striker has scored the game winner in eight of San Jose’s 12 victories to date. The Earthquakes have 14 games remaining for Wondolowski to try and match the record.

Wondolowski Closing in on Club Scoring Mark
Chris Wondolowski is seven goals away from matching Ronald Cerritos’ club record for career goals scored. Cerritos scored 61 goals in 148 games over six seasons in San Jose. Meanwhile, Wondolowski has 54 goals in 92 games over five seasons for the Earthquakes.

Quakes First in the Western Conference, Supporters’ Shield Standings
The Earthquakes (12-4-4, 40 pts.) solidified their spot atop the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings with a 5-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. San Jose is four points clear of Real Salt Lake (11-7-3, 36 pts.) with a game in hand for the Western Conference lead. Meanwhile, Sporting Kansas City (11-5-3, 36 pts.) has a game in hand on the Earthquakes in the Supporters’ Shield standings.

Busch, Earthquakes Defense Record Second Consecutive Shutout
Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch recorded his fifth shutout of the season and second in a row in San Jose’s 5-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The back-to-back clean sheet count was San Jose’s second of the season after blanking Toronto FC 3-0 and Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 in consecutive games to close out March. Busch is No. 6 all-time in MLS history with 65 career shutouts during his 12 seasons in the league.

Quakes Among MLS Category Leaders
Through 20 games, the Earthquakes are No. 1 in MLS with 41 goals scored and 44 assists. With 24 scores conceded, the Quakes are also No. 1 in the league with a +17 goal differential.

Race for the Budweiser Golden Boot
Chris Wondolowski is well clear of the chase pack after netting his third career hat trick in the Earthquakes’ 5-0 rout of Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Buck Shaw stadium. The Danville native has 17 goals, six more than his closest pursuer, New York’s Kenny Cooper.

Quakes Surpass Points Total from 2011 Season
The Earthquakes surpassed their 2011 season point total with Saturday’s 5-0 rout of Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium. The win pushed San Jose to 40 points in 2012, two more than their haul one year ago. The club already surpassed their 2011 win total with a 2-1 result against the Colorado Rapids on June 20 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Wine & Dine with the Earthquakes Set for Sept. 9 at Guglielmo Winery
The club will host its Wine and Dine with the Earthquakes wine tasting and fundraising event on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. The event includes wine tasting, VIP catering and the opportunity to mingle with Earthquakes players, coaches and front office members. Tickets to the event are available to all Earthquakes fans starting at www.sjearthquakes.com/wine. Tickets for this exclusive event are $100 per person or a table of eight for $800. You can also purchase one of five VIP tables for eight guests for $1,200 and have Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart, Jon Busch, Alan Gordon or Frank Yallop as the guest at your table. Guests must be 21 years of age or older in order to attend. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. All proceeds will benefit the Earthquakes Community Fund.

Earthquakes Set to Host Swansea City on July 31
The San Jose Earthquakes have announced their 2012 international friendly, with Welsh side Swansea City of the English Premier League coming to Buck Shaw Stadium on Tuesday, July 31, for a 7:30 p.m. kick-off. Individual tickets for the match are on sale now, and can be purchased by visiting sjearthquakes.com or by calling Tickets.com at (800) 225-2277. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game “A” ticket for the contest. Swansea City, founded in 1912, is the first Welsh club to reach the Premiership since the league was formed. The Swans, who have lifted the Welsh Cup 10 times, went 12-15-11 this season, beating Liverpool on the last day of an impressive debut Premier League campaign to place 11th in the table.

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 41 goals through 20 games, the donated total for this season already stands at $10,250. Thanks to 40 goals in 2011, the partnership raised $10,000 for local youth soccer and athletic development programs a year ago.