This & That: Quakes notes for July 2, 2012

Lates club headlines, injury report and more

Chris Wondolowski goal celebration vs. D.C. United

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This Week
The San Jose Earthquakes (11-3-3, 36 pts.) play a pair this week, starting with a trip to Cascadia to take on the Portland Timbers Tuesday, July 3 at JELD-WEN Field. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 95.3 KRTY and 1370 KZSF. Next up is a date with FC Dallas on Saturday, July 7 in Frisco, Texas. That match kicks off at 6 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 7/2/12
Tuesday, July 3 – 7:30 p.m. PT – Earthquakes at Portland Timbers, JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 95.3 KRTY and 1370 KZSF
Wednesday, July 4 – Off
Thursday, July 5 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Earthquakes Training Facility
Friday, July 6 – Travel to Dallas
Saturday, July 7 – 6 p.m. PT – Earthquakes at FC Dallas, FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF
Sunday, July 8 – Off
 
Injury Report
Out: Jon Busch (L corneal abrasion), Simon Dawkins (L – sprained shoulder), Sam Garza (Fractured ribs), Joey Gjertsen (R – knee surgery), Tim Ward (L – non-specific soft tissue injury); Doubtful: Ike Opara (L – hip flexor strain).
 
 
Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 0-0-2
Home: 0-0-0 (1 GF, 1 GA)
Away: 0-0-0 (1 GF, 1 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): NA; Overtime (2000-03): NA; Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 2-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 1-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 2, Portland Timbers – 2
 
Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 21-15-8
Home: 12-6-4
Away: 9-9-4
Shootout (1996-99): 4-3; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-0; Playoffs: 2-2-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 73, FC Dallas – 49
 
 
Portland Timbers Info
Portland Timbers Scouting Report
The Timbers (4-7-4, 16 pts.) enter Tuesday’s match following a 3-0 loss at the Colorado Rapids’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Scottish Designated Player Kris Boyd leads the Timbers’ attack with five goals on the year while Liberian midfielder Darlington Nagbe is next with three of his own. Meanwhile, Eric Alexander leads the squad with three assists. The club is 2-2-1 in their last five matches, including a Cascadia Cup win against rival Seattle Sounders FC on June 24.
 
History of the Quakes – Portland Timbers Rivalry
The Earthquakes and Timbers rivalry dates back to when the teams played in the North American Soccer League … The squads faced off for the first time as members of the NASL in 1975 in San Jose and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-1 with Ilija Mitic scoring both goals for the Quakes … The Timbers evened the series with a 2-1 home victory towards the end of the ’75 season … In 1976 the teams only met once and Portland got the better of the Earthquakes in a 1-0 victory in San Jose … The Earthquakes swept the 1977 season series with a 3-2 victory at home and 2-1 win in Portland … The Timbers came back in 1978 and outscored the Earthquakes 8-2 in two wins on their way to the NASL National Conference Final, where they lost to the New York Cosmos … The teams split the 1979 series with Portland winning 4-3 in San Jose and the Earthquakes winning 2-1 in Portland …In 1980 the Earthquakes dropped both games to the Timbers, losing each match by just one goal … The Timbers got the best of the Earthquakes in 1981 as well, sweeping the season series by finals of 3-0 and 2-1 … 1982 was the last NASL series between the two teams … The Earthquakes won the first game 1-0 in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 1-0 when they traveled to San Jose … The two sides played again in a 2001 exhibition in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 2-1 … The next meeting came in 2004 during the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes won 3-0 … In 2005 the sides met again in the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-0 … The Earthquakes topped Portland in U.S. Open Cup Qualifying 1-0 on May 3, 2011 with Ike Opara scoring the game winner in the 120th minute … The Earthquakes and Timbers battled to a tie on August 6, 2011 with goals from Kenny Cooper of Portland and Alan Gordon of San Jose … The Earthquakes and Timbers last played on September 21, 2011 in Portland where the match again ended in a 1-1 draw.
 
Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Portland Timbers
Forward Alan Gordon has one goal in one appearance, and midfielder Khari Stephenson has one goal in two appearances  … Defender Steven Beitashour and midfielder Rafael Baca each have one assist in two appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 0-0-2 and has nine saves in two appearances.
 
Portland Timbers All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Forward Kenny Cooper has scored two goals in two appearance against San Jose … Forward Jorge Perlaza and midfielder Darlington Nagbe have each notched two assists in two appearances against San Jose … Goalkeeper Troy Perkins is 0-0-2 and has nine saves in two appearances.
 
Earthquakes– Portland Timbers Connections
Portland defender Eric Brunner played for the Columbus Crew with San Jose Forward Steven Lenhart from 2009-10 ... San Jose All-Star forward Chris Wondolowski played for Houston Dynamo with Portland defender Mike Chabala from 2006-09 ... San Jose defender Justin Morrow attended Notre Dame with Portland forward Bright Dike from 2007-09 ... Portland Midfielder Jack Jewsbury and San Jose Defender Tim Ward both attended St. Louis University … Jewsbury played for the Wizards with San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson from 2004-05 … Portland defender Steve Purdy (2003-2006) and San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-2010) … Portland midfielder Eric Alexander (2006-2009) and San Jose defender Jed Zayner (2003-2005) both played college soccer at Indiana … Alexander and Wondolowski both played for the United States National Team in a 1-1 draw against Chile on January 22, 2011 … Portland midfielder Diego Chara, defender Hanyer Mosquera and forward Sebastian Rincon and San Jose midfielder Tressor Moreno were all born in Colombia… Chara and Moreno have both made appearances for the Colombian national team … Portland midfielder Lovel Palmer and San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson have both represented Jamaica internationally, with Palmer winning 19 caps and Stephenson winning 32 caps.
 
 
FC Dallas Info
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 +20 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 October 22.
 
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 6-3-3 with three shutouts in 12 career appearances.
 
FC Dallas All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Midfielder David Ferreira has two goals and two assists in five career appearances … Midfielder Brek Shea has two goals and one assist in four career appearances … Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is 17-11-6 with ten shutouts in 35 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 … 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 … FC Dallas defenders Jair Benitez, Hernan Pertuz, forward David Ferreira and Earthquakes midfielder Tressor Moreno were all born in Colombia … Ferreira and Moreno played together for America de Cali in the Colombian Primera league in 2002 … Ferreira (39), Benitez (7), and Moreno (32) have all represented Colombia at the international level … Benitez (06-09) and Moreno (04) both played for Colomnia’s Deportivo Cali.
 
 
Miscellaneous Notes
 
Earthquakes to Donate $1,000 to Operation Care and Comfort
The San Jose Earthquakes will donate $1,000 to Operation Care & Comfort as part of a promotion to benefit the organization. The drive called for fans to like the club’s team Facebook page, offering $1 on behalf of all new likes from noon on Saturday to the end of the post-game fireworks show. Operation Care & Comfort is a group that helps members of the U.S. Armed Forces by sending care packages and other donations to deployed service members or Veteran’s families.
 
Quakes First in the Western Conference, Supporters’ Shield Standings
The Earthquakes (11-3-3, 36 pts.) solidified their position atop the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings with a 4-3 win against the LA Galaxy on June 30. San Jose is four points clear of Real Salt Lake (10-6-2, 32 pts.) in the conference table and three ahead of D.C. United (10-5-3, 33 pts.) in the Supporters’ Shield race with a game in hand on both teams.
 
Quakes Among MLS Category Leaders
Through 17 weeks of the 2012 MLS season, the Earthquakes are No. 1 in MLS with 35 goals scored and 37 assists. With 22 scores conceded, the Quakes are also No. 1 in the league with a +13 goal differential.
 
Race for the Budweiser Golden Boot
Chris Wondolowski continues to pace the pack in the Budweiser Golden Boot race after scoring No. 14 of the season on June 30 against the LA Galaxy. New York Red Bulls striker Kenny Cooper is next with 11, followed by teammate Thierry Henry, D.C. United’s Chris Pontius and Houston’s Will Bruin with nine apiece.
 
Quakes Surpass Approaching Points Total from 2011 Season
Midway through the 2012 season, the Earthquakes are two points away from matching their previous season haul. In 2011, San Jose finished 8-12-14 with 38 points. The club is currently 11-3-3 with 36 points, having already surpassed their 2011 win total with a 2-1 result against the Colorado Rapids on June 20 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
 
Bingham Stellar in Third Appearance
Second-year Generation adidas goalkeeper David Bingham responded gamely after being pressed into action in San Jose’s 4-3 June 30 comeback win against the LA Galaxy. Subbing on for an injured Jon Busch at halftime, Bingham came up with a pair of crucial saves, one on a David Beckham shot from inside the area and another to deny Chad Barrett.
 
Three-for-Three
The Earthquakes have won each of their three games since a three-week layoff, including 2-1 wins against the Colorado Rapids on June 20 and Real Salt Lake on June 23 as well as a 4-3 victory against the LA Galaxy on June 30. The common denominator: Chris Wondolowski has scored the game winner in each contest.
 
Record Crowd of 50,391 Watches Quakes Beat Galaxy at Stanford Stadium
The Earthquakes set a pair of attendance records in their June 30 4-3 win against the LA Galaxy. The 50,391 at the match set a new Stanford Stadium record since the facility was renovated in 2006 and also marked a new club record for a non-doubleheader event.
 
Cronin, Bernardez Opens Scoring Accounts
Sam Cronin Scored his first goal in three seasons with the Earthquakes in the 47th minute to draw even with the LA Galaxy on June 30. The midfielder has appeared in 58 games with San Jose. Meanwhile, Honduran international Victor Bernardez tallied his first career MLS goal in the same game, one-timing a corner kick from Marvin Chavez in the 44th 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 35 goals through 17 games, the donated total for this season already stands at $8,750. Thanks to 40 goals in 2011, the partnership raised $10,000 for local youth soccer and athletic development programs a year ago.