Weekly Update: Quakes return to action on June 15

Quakes face an away match at Colorado Rapids on Saturday, kickoff at 6 p.m. PT.

THIS WEEK

Following a weekend off, the San Jose Earthquakes return to action on Saturday, June 15 with a road match at the Colorado Rapids. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. PT live on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose’s Record in June

The Quakes are 31-20-16 all-time in June in MLS play.

Last Game

Real Salt Lake 3, Earthquakes 0; June 1, 2013; Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah

The San Jose Earthquakes lost 3-0 on the road to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night. RSL scored three first-half goals to take control of the match and the Earthquakes could not get back in the game in the second half. Real Salt Lake jumped on the board first behind a goal from Javier Morales. Robbie Findley received the ball on the right wing from Morales and broke into the box. After making some space for himself, he hit a low shot that was saved by Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. Morales pounced on the rebound and put it into the back of the net for a 1-0 RSL advantage. Ned Grabavoy put RSL up 2-0 with a blast from inside the box 33 minutes into the game. Morales got open on the left wing, and his cross found Grabavoy, who finished into the upper corner. Five minutes later, Findley got a goal of his own. After a Joao Plata cross was cleared directly to Findley, he curled a right-footed shot inside the far post for a 3-0 advantage. The Quakes had a handful of good chances in the second half, but RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando was up to the task. He stopped a Marvin Chavez drive early in the half, before denying Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart’s close-range efforts.

OPPONENT INFO

Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 24-18-10

Home: 12-8-6 (47 GF, 35 GA)

Away: 12-10-4 (33 GF, 33 GA)

Shootout (1996-99): 1-2; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-2; Playoffs: 0-1-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 80, Colorado Rapids – 68

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report

Colorado (5-4-5, 20 pts.) is currently fifth in the Western Conference. After missing the playoffs in 2012, Colorado has brought in numerous playmakers including veteran forwards Edson Buddle and Atiba Harris. Harris leads the team with four goals while rookie-forward Deshorn Brown paces the team with four assists. The Rapids’ defense has been the strength of the club all season, as they’ve allowed the least amount of goals (12) in the Western Conference. The defense is led by Drew Moor, Marvell Wynn, Chris Klute and Brian Mullan, who have all started at least 10 games for the squad.

Last Game vs. Colorado Rapids

Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 1; May 18, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Colorado got off to an early lead when Nathan Sturgis deflected home a Martin Rivero corner kick in the 27th minute. Atiba Harris nearly gave the Rapids a two-goal lead in the waning moments of the first half, but the ball clanged off the near post. The Earthquakes finally found the net in the 78th minute when Marvin Chavez drove a knuckling free kick towards Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin. The movement caused Irwin to misjudge the ball and jump in the wrong direction. Rapids defender Shane O’Neill was sent off in the 90th minute for a bad tackle on Chris Wondolowski. Despite the Rapids playing a man down for the length of stoppage time, the Earthquakes could not find the net for a game-winner. San Jose even had four forwards on the field at once; Adam Jahn, Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart and Chris Wondolowski.

History of the Earthquakes-Rapids Rivalry

The two teams played for the first time in 1996 and the Quakes swept the four-game season series, outscoring Colorado 9-3 in the process … Ramiro Corrales’ first career start came against Colorado on May 8, 1996 … In 1997 Colorado won three of four and swept the Quakes in two games at San Jose … Colorado dominated again in 1998 and had a memorable win at Stanford where they edged the Earthquakes 4-3 in penalty kicks … The Earthquakes returned the favor and beat Colorado 4-3 in penalty kicks in the first match of 1999 and they split the season series 2-2 … 2000 saw the teams split the series again with the Earthquakes winning the first two meetings … on August 25, 2001 the Earthquakes scored three goals in four minutes for their second win of the year against the Rapids. Manny Lagos scored his second goal of the match on an assist from Junior Agogo. Two minutes later Landon Donovan scored on an assist from Ian Russell. Then in the 40th minute Donovan assisted Agogo for the fourth goal. The Quakes added one more and then cruised to a 5-2 victory … In 2002 the teams split the series … In 2003 the Quakes opened the season at Colorado and Brian Ching scored 53 seconds into the match and the Quakes were victorious 2-1 … 2004 began an unbeaten streak in which the Earthquakes did not lose to the Rapids from 2004-2010. The Quakes were 8-0-4 during the streak before losing 1-0 on August 7, 2010 … The two teams met again in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals, but the Rapids beat the Quakes 1-0 on their way to winning the MLS Cup … The Quakes were unable to beat the Rapids last year, with the Rapids defeating the Quakes 2-1 on August 13, 2011 at Buck Shaw Stadium, and the sides tying 1-1 on September 24, 2011 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park … The Earthquakes swept their three games vs. Colorado in 2012, outscoring the Rapids 10-3 in the process … Chris Wondolowski’s most recent hat-trick came against Colorado on October 6, 2012 … Mehdi Ballouchy’s first career appearance for San Jose was against Colorado on August 25, 2012 … The Quakes and Rapids tied 1-1 in their only prior meeting this year on May 18, 2013.

Earthquakes - Colorado Rapids Connections

Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni played briefly in 1998 with Quakes midfielder Ramiro Corrales for the Miami Fusion and on the U.S. National Team with Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch on March 9, 2005 against Colombia … Earthquakes midfielder Brad Ring (2005-08) and Rapids defender Drew Moor (2003-04) attended the University of Indiana … Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens played with Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch in 2007 with Chicago ... Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan played with the Earthquakes from 2003-05 and played with Chris Wondolowski in Houston from 2006-09 … Rapids forward Edson Buddle was the runner-up to Wondolowski in the 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot race as a member of the LA Galaxy … Buddle was a teammate of Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Columbus Crew from 2002-05 … Earthquakes defender Nana Attakora and Buddle played for Toronto FC in 2007 … Buddle also played with Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon from 2007-10 for the LA Galaxy … Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy played for the Rapids from 2007-10, notching seven goals and 18 assists in 77 appearances … Earthquakes defender Dan Gargan began his career with the Colorado Rapids as a fourth round pick in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft; Gargan had three assists in 49 appearances from 2005-08 … Gargan played with Rapids forward Atiba Harris for Chivas USA in 2008 … Harris also played alongside Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 and Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for FC Dallas in 2009 and 2010 … Both Harris and Ballouchy started their careers with Real Salt Lake in 2006, playing two years with the Utah squad before parting ways … Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn and Rapids defender Kory Kindle area both from the Sacramento area … San Jose defender Justin Morrow and Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers are both Notre Dame alumni … Earthquakes players Walter Martinez, Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez and Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas have each represented the Honduran national team … Chavez and Rapids defender Drew Moor played together for FC Dallas in 2009 … Moor, Salinas and Earthquakes midfielder Sam Garza each grew up in the Dallas area.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Colorado Rapids

Forward Chris Wondolowski has seven goals and one assist in 13 games against … Forward Alan Gordon has five goals in 17 games … Defender Ramiro Corrales has five assists in 34 games … Midfielder Marvin Chavez has two goals and four assists in nine games … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 7-7-5 with three shutouts in 19 games.

Colorado Rapids All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes

Forward Edson Buddle has nine goals in 16 games … Midfielder Nick LaBrocca has one goal and one assist in 11 games … Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni has two assists in 23 games.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY APPEARANCES

Player Appearance at San Francisco Glens Soccer Camp

Who: Sam Cronin

Where: South Sunset Soccer Field, 40th and Vincente, San Francisco, 94116

When: Wednesday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Commencement Speaker for 8th Grade Graduation

Who: Rafa Baca

Where: Adelante Dual Language Academy, 2999 Ridgemont Drive, San Jose, CA 95116

When: Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

XFINITY Soccer Clinic

Who: Justin Morrow, Adam Jahn, Dan Gargan, Evan Newton and Kelly Gray

Where: San Jose (Exact location TBD)

When: Tuesday, June 18 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Player Appearance at Kick, Lead and Dream Soccer Camp

Who: Rafa Baca             

Where: Cherry Chase Elementary School, 1138 Heatherstone Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

When: Wednesday, June 19 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Player Appearance at Wells Fargo 4v4 Tournament

Who: Ty Harden and player TBD

Where: Cesar Chavez Elementary school, 2450 Ralmar Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

When: Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Player Appearance at Lucile Packard Summer Scamper

Who: Ty Harden and player TBD

Where: Sand Hill Field, Oak Road, Palo Alto, CA 94305

When: Sunday, June 23 from 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Player Appearance at A’s Root Beer Float Day

Who: Player TBD

Where: Overstock.com Coliseum

When: Wednesday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Visiting Patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Who: Sam Cronin, Mehdi Ballouchy, Shea Salinas

Where: 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

When: Thursday, June 27 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Busch Named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month for May

Earthquake goalkeeper Jon Busch was named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month for May thanks to his charitable efforts benefiting the U.S. Navy SEAL Foundation. Busch combined with San Jose’s Earthquakes Community Funds to raise more than $8,000 for the NSF last season and hopes to better that number this year with the addition of the Saves for SEALs Section at the Quakes’ game against the LA Galaxy on June 29. For more information about the Saves for SEALs special offer and Busch’s program, visit www.sjearthquakes.com/stanford2013.

Earthquakes Draw Montreal, Guatemalan Team in CONCACAF Champions League

The Earthquakes learned their opponents last week for the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. The Quakes were placed into Group 5 with the Montreal Impact and a Guatemalan team TBD. The Guatemalan team will be determined at the conclusion the Guatemalan League playoffs in the next few weeks. The Earthquakes will play each team twice (home and away) and the group winner moves onto the quarterfinals. The first round of games in group play start Aug. 6-8.

Six Earthquakes Player on 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Ballot

Major League Soccer launched fan voting and unveiled the ballots for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Monday morning. The six representatives up for selection from San Jose include: Chris Wondolowski, Victor Bernardez, Justin Morrow, Sam Cronin, Adam Jahn and Jon Busch. Fans can vote by visiting www.mlssoccer.com or texting a player’s last name to 22442. Twitter voting will occur June 20-21. The 10 players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will be named to the All-Star Fan XI.

Earthquakes, Head Coach Frank Yallop Mutually Agree to Part Ways

The Earthquakes and head coach Frank Yallop announced on Friday that they have mutually agreed to part ways. Assistant coach Mark Watson has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season. Watson’s first game as head coach will be Saturday, June 15 at the Colorado Rapids.

Bernardez, Chavez on National Team Duty

Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez and midfielder Marvin Chavez are with the Honduran national team for CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying. Bernardez started and played 90 minutes in Los Catrachos’ 1-0 loss against Costa Rica on Friday. The duo will be in action against Jamaica in Honduras on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT. Following that match, Honduras will travel to north for a Tuesday, June 18 game against the United States at Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium (6 p.m. PT / ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas).

Busch Two Games from 100

Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch played his 98th career game for San Jose last week against Real Salt Lake. He is second all-time behind Joe Cannon for games played by a goalkeeper with the Quakes.

Three players nearing milestones

Goalkeeper Jon Busch has currently played 21,965 minutes in his career with Columbus, Chicago and San Jose. Being just 35 minutes from 22,000, Busch will likely hit that milestone this weekend against Colorado. Chris Wondolowski needs 81 minutes to hit 11,000 career minutes and Steven Beitashour needs just 31 minutes to reach 6,000.

Ballouchy Makes First Two Appearances

Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy made his first two appearances of the year last week. He started and played 90 minutes for San Jose in the third round match of the U.S. Open Cup against the Charleston Battery on May 28. He then came on as a late sub against Real Salt Lake on June 1 to make his first league appearance. Ballouchy had been sidelined all season while recovering from an ACL tear suffered near the end of the 2012 season.

Iron Men

The San Jose Earthquakes currently have two players that have played every minute of all 15 matches this season, Chris Wondolowski and Jon Busch. They have played 1,350 minutes.

Hernandez Climbs Team’s All-Time Charts

With his start last week against Real Salt Lake, Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez moved past John Doyle into sixth place all-time in career starts in club history. He also tied Doyle for sixth all-time with 132 appearances.

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 Day Clubs 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 the arrival 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 at www.sjearthquakes.com and will collect images for a timelapse video of the completed project when the stadium opens, courtesy of EarthCam.

 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 be inducted 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, Presented by Stanford Hospital & Clinics

The club will host its second annual Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, presented by Stanford Hospital & Clinics, 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. 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, visit www.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 Tuesdays between 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 35,000 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 the Galaxy.

 

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.

 

ACADEMY NOTES

 

McIntosh Named to U.S. Roster for FIFA U-20 World Cup

Earthquakes Academy goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh was named to the United States’ roster ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, which takes place from June 21 to July 13. McIntosh played for the club’s academy squad in 2010-11 and has spent his last two years with the University of Santa Clara. The U.S. U-20’s were drawn into a difficult group for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. They open Group A play against Spain on Friday, June 21, at Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul. The match will be broadcast at 8:45 a.m. PT, live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. That is followed by a June 24 game against France in Istanbul, live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 7:45 a.m. PT. The U.S. closes out group play with a June 27 match against Ghana at Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri, Turkey, at 9:45 a.m. PT, live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.