Weekly Update: Quakes hit the road
The San Jose Earthquakes hit the road for a pair of games this week with the first stop in South Carolina for the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Earthquakes face the Charleston Battery on Tuesday, May 28 at Blackbaud Stadium. The match kicks off at4:30 p.m. PT with a livestream available at www.uslnation.com. Next up is Real Salt Lake in league play at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, June 1. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
San Jose’s Record in June
The Quakes are 31-19-16 all-time in June in MLS play.
FC Dallas 1, Earthquakes 0; May 25, 2013; FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas
The Earthquakes fell 1-0 against Western Conference leading FC Dallas. San Jose outshot their hosts 17-10 and out-possessed them, but came up short thanks in part to several key saves from FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. FC Dallas scored the game’s only goal midway through the first half. David Ferreira carried the ball for half the length of the field on a counterattack before finding Fabian Castillo open on the right wing. Castillo cut back toward the goal and then placed ashot to the far post that narrowly eluded Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. San Jose had its chances in the second half, including a pair from reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski. The first came in the 81st minute as Shea Salinas floated a cross to the back post where Wondolowski volleyed a shot that was bound for the net if not for a reaction save by Fernandez. He had another chance minutes later, sending a header low toward the near post, but Fernandez was again game to the challenge with a diving stop.
CHARLESTON BATTERY INFO
Charleston Battery Scouting Report
The Battery (6-2-1, 19 pts.) enter Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup match second in the USL PRO standings. They are 3-0-1 at home this season including their latest result, a scoreless draw against the Rochester Rhinos. Nicki Paterson and Michael Azira lead the squad with three goals apiece while Paterson and Zach Prince pace the team with two assists each. They are 8-11 all-time against MLS squads in U.S. Open Cup play.
Earthquakes – Charleston Battery Connections
Charleston goalkeeper Kevin Klasila (2007-11) andEarthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy (2003-05) both attended Santa Clara University … Charleston defender Colin Falvey and Quakes defender Peter McGlynn were both born in Ireland … San Jose defender Nana Attakora and Charleston Battery midfielder Ben Fisk are from Canada … Charleston defender Taylor Mueller (2007-10) and Quakes defender Ty Harden (2003-06) both played theircollegiate soccer at the University of Washington … Quakes midfielder Brad Ring (2005-08) and Charleston Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser (1988-91) were once Indiana Hoosiers … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas was loaned to the Charleston Battery in 2008 … Quakes goalkeeper Evan Newton (2011) and defender Justin Morrow (2010 and 2011) both spent time in the USL Pro League when they were loaned to VSI Tampa Bay FC.
REAL SALT LAKE INFO
Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 6-6-5
Home: 4-4-1 (17 GF, 13 GA)
Away: 2-2-4 (7 GF, 11 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; US Open Cup Play-In: 0-2-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 27, Real Salt Lake – 31
Real Salt Lake Scouting Report
Real Salt Lake (6-5-3, 21 pts.) enter this weekend’s game third in the Western Conference behind FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers. They are 3-1-1 in their last five with the lone loss coming against the Montreal Impact by a 3-2 score. Alvaro Saborio leads the team in goals with four while Joao Plata paces thesquad with four assists.
Last Game vs. Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake 2, Earthquakes 0; March 3, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes dropped their 2013 opener 2-0 against Real Salt Lake. Alvaro Saborio took care of the scoring for the visitors with a pair of second half goals. The Costa Rican striker polished off his first in the 71st minute thanks to a through ball from Joao Plata. Saborio got behind the San Jose defense and then struck a shot on the run past goalkeeper Jon Busch. Saborio doubled his haul in the 85th minute, this time receiving a pass from Kyle Beckerman before slotting his shot past Busch to cap the scoring. The Earthquakes had their chances, including a Chris Wondolowski shot that found the crossbar in the 15th minute. The 2012 Budweiser Golden Boot winner led San Jose with seven shots during the match.
History of the Quakes-Real Salt Lake Rivalry
Real Salt Lakejoined MLS as an expansion side prior to the 2005 campaign … The two teams played to a 2-2 draw in their first-ever meeting on April 30, 2005, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, with Alejandro Moreno providing a late equalizer for San Jose … After going 2-0-2 over their first four MLS regular-season meetings, the Quakes dropped their first league tilt to RSL,3-1, on May 31, 2008, at Rice-Eccles … The Quakes sufferedtwo straight home defeats in league play in shutout fashion in back-to-back season openers in 2010 (3-0) and 2011 (1-0) … On March 19 the Quakes and RSL kicked off the 2011 season at Buck Shaw Stadium in a match later dubbed The Great Deluge as RSL took a 1-0 decision in a driving rainstorm through a 64th-minute Kyle Beckerman strike from 25 yards out that glanced off the left post and went in … That game marked Simon Dawkins’ MLS debut for the Quakes as a 66th-minute substitute … Real Salt Lake swept the 2011 season series with a 4-0 triumph in Utah on July 23 … The Quakes win against RSL on April 21, 2012 snapped a six-game winless streak in all competitions, including an 0-3-2 mark in the five prior MLS regular-season match-ups, and a loss via penalty-kickshootout in a 2010 US Open Cup play-in contest at Buck Shaw Stadium … The Quakes again beat RSL on June 23, 2012 by a 2-1 scoreline behind late goalsfrom Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski for their first-ever win at RSL’s Rio Tinto Stadium … RSL was the last Quakes opponent to play a regular-season match at Spartan Stadium, earning a 2-2 tie on Oct. 8, 2005 … San Jose was 3-0-0 against RSL in 2012, outscoring them 9-2 in the process.
Earthquakes – Real Salt Lake Connections
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski and RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando have played together twice for the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently featuring in head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup earlier this year on Jan. 25 for a 1-0 win over Panama in Panama City … On May 25, 2012, Wondolowski, Rimando, and RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman were all named to Klinsmann’s final 23 man roster for matches against Scotland, Brazil, Canada, and 2014 World Cup Qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala … RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy appeared in 24 games for San Jose in 2008 … Grabavoy and RSL goalkeeper Josh Saunders played under current Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop while with the LA Galaxy during the 2006 season … Grabavoy was a teammate of Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Columbus Crew in 2006 … Saunders played for the Earthquakes in 2003 … Grabavoy played with Quakes forward Alan Gordon for the LA Galaxy from 2004-06 … Busch also played alongside RSL defender Chris Wingert with the Crew in 2004-05 … Wingert (St. John’s) and Quakes defender Jason Hernandez (Seton Hall) played against each other in the BIG EAST Conference from 2001-03 … Second-year Real Salt Lake assistant coach C.J. Brown is a Hayward, Calif., native who starred in the South Bay in his college playing days at San Jose State (1993-96) prior to a 13-year MLS career, all with the Chicago Fire … Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon (2002-03), defender Colin Mitchell (2008-11) and RSL forward Robbie Findley(2003-06) attended Oregon State … Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski and defender Justin Morrow suited up alongside RSL defender Tony Beltran in the USMNT’s 0-0 draw against Canada on Jan. 29 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium … Quakes midfielder Brad Ring (2005-08) and RSL defender Rich Balchan (2007-10) and midfielder Ned Grabavoy (2001-03) attended the University of Indiana … Earthquakes defender Tommy Muller and RSL goalkeeper Jeff Attinella are both from the state of Florida … RSL defender Aaron Maund (2008-11) and Quakes defender Justin Morrow (2006-09) played together at the University of NotreDame … Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-10) and RSL goalkeeper Josh Saunders (2001-02) both attended Cal … RSL midfielder Khari Stephenson played for the Quakes from 2010-12, appearing in 69 games and scoring eight goals for San Jose.
Earthquakes Leaders vs. Real Salt Lake
Chris Wondolowski has five goals and one assist innine appearances … Alan Gordon has three goals and four assists in 11appearances … Shea Salinas has two assists in nine appearances … Steven Lenhart has one goal and one assist in seven appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 6-3-4 with six shutouts in 13 games.
Real Salt Lake Leaders vs. San Jose
Javier Morales has five goals and five assists in 11 appearances … Kyle Beckerman has three goals and six assists in 23 appearances … Alvaro Saborio has four goals and one assist in eight appearances … Robbie Findley has two goals and two assists in seven appearances … Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is 11-7-7 with eight shutouts in 25 games.
Earthquakes Face Charleston Battery in Third Round of 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
The Earthquakes will hit the road to face the Charleston Battery in the third round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, May 28 at Blackbaud Stadium. Last year, the Earthquakes won their first two U.S. Open Cup games at Stanford’s Cagan Stadium. They opened with a 2-1 comeback victory against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) and knocked off Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) 1-0 in the fourth round before bowing out 1-0 against Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinals at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. San Jose is 12-9 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play with a 9-3 mark on the road. The club has yet to face the Battery in nine years of participation in the tournament. The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest annual team tournament in American sports, dating back to 1914. The field includes teams from seven junctures of American soccer, including MLS, NASL, USL Pro, PDL, NPSL, USASA and US Club Soccer.
San Jose Faces Road Trip in Fourth Round of 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Should the Earthquakes defeat the Charleston Battery on Tuesday at Blackbaud Stadium in South Carolina, they will face the winner of Real Salt Lake and the AtlantaSilverbacks on the road on Wednesday, June 12. Real Salt Lake hosts Atlanta on Tuesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in third round action.
Yallop Aiming for 100th Win with Quakes
Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop is approaching a major milestone, aiming to become the first head coach in club history to win 100 games. Yallop is 99-85-72 during his nine years with the Earthquakes. He began his career in 2001, leading San Jose to its first MLS Cup. He won the MLS Cup again with San Jose in 2003 before departing to coach the Canadian national team following the 2003 season. Yallop returned to the Earthquakes in 2008, their expansion season. Since his and the team’s return, San Jose has twice qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs and won the Supporters’ Shield trophy in 2012.
Earthquakes New Stadium Update
The Earthquakes unveiled a number of new features for the club’s stadium that is under construction at Coleman Ave. in San Jose. The team has added Game DayClubs and has revealed that the seats in the new stadium will be blue. Additionally, the south end of the stadium will spell out ‘Quakes’ in the seats. All of the new features can be viewed in the newly launched interactive 3D seat map at www.sjearthquakes.com. The Earthquakes also announced thearrival of a new stadium mobile viewing center that allows fans to experience the club’s new venue in person. Appointments are available to drop by the mobile viewing center on game days or regular weekday business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT by calling club headquarters at 408-556-7700. Additionally, the Earthquakes gave fans a way to keep tabs on the construction process through a live webcam stationed at the construction site. The StreamCam HD will provide live and archived footage to fans atwww.sjearthquakes.com and will collect images for a timelapse video of the completed project when the stadium opens, courtesy of EarthCam.
Bernardez, Chavez Called to Honduras Duty
Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez and midfielder Marvin Chavez have been called up to the Honduran national team ahead of a friendly match and three 2014 World Cup qualifiers in June. The Hondurans take on Israel on June 2 in a friendly athome, before playing three key qualifiers. The face Central American rival,Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica on June 7, before hosting Jamaica on June 11 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The play their fourth match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on June 18 against the United States. Bernardez, 30, has a total of 64 career caps with Los Catrachos. He started for Honduras in a 2-2 draw against Mexico on March 22 and played all 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss against Panama on March 26 in the last round of qualifying matches. The 2012 MLS Best XI selection has been a mainstay on the back line for his home country during the qualification process. He started each of Honduras’ six games in group play during the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, scoring a goal in a 3-0 win against Cuba on Sept. 7, 2012. Chavez, 29, has four goals in 30 appearances for his country. He played in two matches during the third round of qualifying and also scored in Los Catrachos’ 3-0 win against Cuba. The speedy winger recently scored his first goal this season for the Earthquakes, a dramatic equalizeragainst the Colorado Rapids on May 18.
The San Jose Earthquakes currently have two players that have played every minute of all 14 matches this season, Chris Wondolowski and Jon Busch. They have played 1,260 minutes. Midfielder Sam Cronin has started every game and missed only 34 minutes of action this season.
Attakora Out of Canada Camp
After being initially named to the roster, Quakes defender Nana Attakora withdrewfrom Canadian National Team camp as the Canadians prepare to face Costa Rica on May 28 in Edmonton due to injury (concussion).
Earthquakes to Induct Gabbo Gavric, Peter Bridgwater to Club’s Hall of Fame
Former defender Momcilo “Gabbo” Gavric and former president Peter Bridgwater have been voted into the Earthquakes Hall of Fame. The pair of soccer legends will beinducted in a ceremony during halftime of San Jose’s match on July 27 against the Portland Timbers. For more information about the duo, click here.
Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge
The club will host its second annual Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, benefiting The Health Trust of Silicon Valley and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, on Sunday, Aug. 18. More information and a registration link are available at www.quakeschallenge.com. The 5K/10K Challenge begins at 8 a.m. with three options for runners of all ages. The club is offering an Early Bird Registration Special of $45 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K, and $20 for the Kids Fun Run (ages 12 and under). Prices will go up starting June 1 so fans are encouraged to sign up early. All participants receive a race t-shirt and access to a post-race celebration. The event is co-produced by Threshold Racing and Firstwave Events, the same companies that organize the San Jose Turkey Trot, Santa Cruz Half Marathon, and the San Jose Metro Triathlon.
T-Mobile 4G Power Zone Back for 2013
The Earthquakes have teamed with T-Mobile for the second year in a row to create the “T-Mobile 4G Power Zone” at all home games for the 2013 season. The promotion will give fans the opportunity to purchase great seats for only $17 – a discount of $10 off the day-of-game price, the most affordable Earthquakes tickets available to the public. Through the agreement, T-Mobile has rebranded the Corner Flag Section 107 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara as the “T-Mobile 4G Power Zone.” For more information, visitwww.sjearthquakes.com/tickets.
Quakes President Dave Kaval’s Office Hours
Earthquakes President Dave Kaval’s office hours will continue in 2013. Fans can drop by his office at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Santa Clara, Calif., on Tuesdaysbetween 3 and 5 p.m. PT. Participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to read his blog, Kaval’s Kickoff, exclusively at www.sjearthquakes.com, and follow him on Twitter at @QuakesPrez.
Season Tickets on Sale/Priority for New Stadium
Season tickets for the 2013 season at Buck Shaw Stadium are still available. By purchasing season tickets for the final season at Buck Shaw Stadium, fans can enter the queue for priority seating for the Earthquakes New Stadium. Season ticket holders are currently selecting their seats for the New Stadium. To purchase season tickets or for more information, please contact the Earthquakes headquarters at 408-556-7700.
Stanford Stadium Tickets Now on Sale
Ticket sales for the Quakes match at Stanford on June 29 against the LA Galaxy, presented by XFINITY, are moving quickly with over 30,000 tickets already sold. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com or calling 800-225-2277. Groups of 10 or more should call the club’s headquarters at 408-556-7700. Last year’s match drew a capacity crowd of 50,391 for a 4-3 Earthquakes win against theGalaxy.
Wells Fargo Goals for Education
Wells Fargo has again pledged to donate $250 for each goal the Earthquakes score in 2013 through the Goals for Education program. The club has raised $3,250 so far this season thanks to 13 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.