Weekly Update: Quakes to wrap up a four-game road stretch at D.C. United on Saturday

Quakes to return to a home crowd on June 29 at Stanford Stadium

THIS WEEK

The San Jose Earthquakes wrap up a four-game road stretch at D.C. United’s RFK Stadium on Saturday, June 29. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. PT live on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose’s Record in June

The Quakes are 32-20-16 all-time in June in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 2, Colorado Rapids 1; June 15, 2013; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Steven Lenhart and Sam Cronin scored to lead the Earthquakes to a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids in interim head coach Mark Watson’s debut. The Earthquakes burst out of the gates to take the lead in the 11th minute. Justin Morrow sent a pass in the air that Alan Gordon nodded forward to his strike partner. Lenhart pulled the ball back and then fired between a pair of defenders from 23 yards out, beating Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin to the top shelf. The goal was Lenhart’s first of 2013. Cronin was next to the scoreboard in the 52nd minute. San Jose’s central midfield pairing teamed up to create the chance as Rafael Baca looped a perfectly weighted pass over Colorado’s defense to Cronin on the run. The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star nominee slotted his shot past Irwin for his first career game-winning goal. Colorado pulled one back in the 67th minute, but couldn’t find an equalizer. Brian Mullan sent a cross into the box and found Nathan Sturgis open at the top of the 6-yard box. Sturgis leapt and headed in his third goal of the season. San Jose held an advantage in possession for the night, including a 57-43 margin in the second half.  The match was also Watson’s first as interim head coach, marking the sixth time an Earthquakes head coach has won his first game on the sidelines. San Jose’s head coaches are 6-1-0 all-time in their first game with the club.

OPPONENT INFO

Earthquakes vs. D.C. United All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 16-11-6

Home: 8-3-6 (28 GF, 23 GA)

Away: 8-8-0 (25 GF, 32 GA)

Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; US Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 53, D.C. United – 55

D.C. United Scouting Report

D.C. United (1-11-3, 6 pts.) enters the weekend with the worst record in MLS one year after reaching the Eastern Conference Championship. United hasn’t won since March 9, a 1-0 result against Real Salt Lake in the second week of the regular season. Most recently, they fell 2-1 against Toronto FC at RFK Stadium. Dwayne De Rosario scored his second goal of the season in the 19th minute to give United an early lead, but Toronto FC roared back with a goal from Robert Earnshaw in the 30th minute and then took control thanks to a Daniel Woolard own goal in the 41st. De Rosario and Leonard Pajoy lead United with two goals apiece while Chris Pontius is tops in assists with two. 

Last Game vs. D.C. United

Earthquakes 5, D.C. United 3; May 2, 2012; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart each had braces as the Earthquakes powered past D.C. United at home in a midweek match. After falling behind 1-0 on an early goal from Dwayne De Rosario, the Earthquakes exploded for three goals to close out the half. The first came from Lenhart in the 19th minute, a powerful blast from the top of the area to equalize. Next up was a clinical finish from Wondolowski after nifty passes from Simon Dawkins and Tressor Moreno to set the two-time MLS leading scorer up on the doorstep. Justin Morrow capped the first-half onslaught with his first career goal, one timing his shot past goalkeeper Joe Willis at the near post. Wondolowski and Lenhart each added goals in the second half to link their braces. The first was a whipped header from Wondolowski in the 69th minute thanks to a teasing ball sent just over the D.C. United defense by Steven Beitashour. Lenhart closed the Earthquakes’ account in the 74th minute, chesting home a rebound after Marvin Chavez hit the crossbar with a long-range effort. With his two goals on Wednesday, Wondolowski became the fastest player to 10 goals in MLS history in what was his ninth game of the season. The markers were Nos. 50 and 51 in his career. He also moved one ahead of New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry in the Budweiser Golden Boot standings. The match marked the first time San Jose scored five goals in a game since the club rejoined MLS in 2008 and set a new Buck Shaw Stadium record.

History of the Quakes – D.C. United Rivalry

San Jose leads the all-time series, 15-11-6, and holds a 7-3-6 advantage at home … San Jose and D.C. United are two of the 10 original MLS teams from the inaugural 1996 season … San Jose beat D.C. in MLS’ historic inaugural match, 1-0, on April 6, 1996, before 31,683 fans at Spartan Stadium … In 2005, the Quakes were blanked by D.C. United at RFK Stadium, 3-0, on July 15, prior to reeling off a run of 11-0-3 en route to the franchise’s first MLS Supporters’ Shield … Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored a brace in a 2-0 win at D.C. United on Oct. 9, 2010, a result that clinched San Jose’s first MLS Cup Playoffs berth since the club rejoined the league in 2008 … The teams split their two meetings a year ago, which each winning on the opponent’s turf … In the first meeting on June 11, the Earthquakes won at RFK Stadium, 4-2, behind Steven Lenhart’s first MLS hat trick, with Lenhart also assisting on Simon Dawkins’ game-winner early in the second half … D.C. United returned the favor at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 30 as a Dwayne De Rosario brace gave the visitors a 2-0 victory … The result snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) for the Quakes against D.C. United dating back to June 22, 2008 … In 2012, San Jose came back from an early one-goal deficit to defeat D.C. United 5-3 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 2 thanks to braces from Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart.

Earthquakes – D.C. United Connections

D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario began his career with the Earthquakes from 2001-05 … He played with Earthquakes defender Ramiro Corrales from 2001-04 … De Rosario also teamed with Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski for San Jose in 2005 and for the Houston Dynamo from 2006-08, and with Quakes midfielder Sam Cronin at Toronto FC in 2009-10 … De Rosario played briefly with Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy for the New York Red Bulls in 2011 before being traded to D.C. … D.C. United assistant coach Pat Onstad played in San Jose for three years from 2003-05, 2003 earning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and an MLS Best XI selection while helping the club to the MLS Cup title in 2003 … Onstad played with Ramiro Corrales in 2003-04 and with Wondolowski in 2005 … Onstad also played with Wondolowski from 2006-09 in Houston … D.C. United defender Brandon McDonald made 58 appearances for San Jose from 2009-11, prior to being traded to D.C. on June 27, 2011 … McDonald played college soccer at the University of San Francisco (2004-07) … Quakes midfielder Sam Garza and D.C. United goalkeeper Joe Willis were members of the University of Denver men’s soccer team in 2008-09, with both earning all-conference distinction together in 2008 … Garza (2010-11) and D.C. United forward Chris Pontius (2005-08) each played at UC Santa Barbara … Pontius and Quakes forward Steven Lenhart are both natives of Yorba Linda, Calif. … Garza and rookie D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon were teammates on the adiPure side at the 2012 MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. … Garza (No. 6) and DeLeon (No. 7) were selected one pick apart in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft … Wondolowski and D.C. United midfielder Danny Cruz were teammates with Houston during the early part of the 2009 season … Garza (Denver) and Cruz (UNLV) played against each other in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 2008 … D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic played under Earthquakes interim head coach Mark Watson at the U-23 level during 2008 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying … United goalkeeper played with Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch for the Chicago Fire in 2009 … United defender James Riley played for the Earthquakes in 2008 … Riley (2001-04), Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin (2005-08) and Earthquakes forward Marcus Tracy (2005-08) played college soccer for Wake Forest … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas played with recent D.C. United acquisition Alain Rochat and United midfielder John Thorrington for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 … Thorrington teamed with United defender Daniel Woolard and Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch for the Chicago Fire from 2007-09.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. D.C. United

Chris Wondolowski has four goals in seven appearances … Steven Lenhart has five goals and three assists in six matches… Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 10-7-6 with six shutouts in 23 appearances.

D.C. United Leaders vs. San Jose

Dwayne De Rosario has six goals and five assists in nine games … Carlos Ruiz has six goals and two assists in 14 games … Goalkeeper Bill Hamid is 1-1-0 with one shutout in two appearances.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY APPEARANCES

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

Six Earthquakes Players 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 last week. 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 visitingwww.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.

Watson Wins in Debut

The Earthquakes’ 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids last week gave interim head coach Mark Watson a win in his first game with the new title. Earthquakes head coaches are 6-1-0 all-time in their first game with the club.

Lenhart Scores First Goal of 2013

Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart found the net for the first time this season in the 11th minute of a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids last week. Lenhart teed his shot up from 23 yards out, blasting it to the top corner for his 16th career goal with the club. Last year, Lenhart was third on the team with 10 goals.

Cronin Sets Career High

Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin set a new career high with his second goal of the season in the club’s 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids last week. The holding midfielder made a darting run up the middle and polished off a pass from Rafael Baca in the 52nd minute against Colorado for his first career game-winning goal. The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star nominee also has two assists this season.

Morrow Records First Assist of 2013

Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow recorded his first assist of the season in the club’s 2-1 win against Colorado last week. He began the scoring sequence on San Jose’s first goal, sending a pass down field to Alan Gordon before the target man flicked a header to Steven Lenhart at the edge of the box. Morrow set a career high with four assists last season.

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. Honduras faces the United States on Tuesday, June 18 at Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium (6 p.m. PT / ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas).

Busch One Games from 100

Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch played his 99th career game for San Jose last week against the Colorado Rapids. He is second all-time behind Joe Cannon for games played by a goalkeeper with the Quakes.

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 each played 1,440 minutes.

Hernandez Climbs Team’s All-Time Charts

With his start against the Colorado Rapids last week, Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez moved in front of John Doyle for No. 6 on the club’s all-time appearances list with 133.

Lenhart Climbs Team’s All-Time Goals Chart

With his goal against the Colorado Rapids last week, Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart moved into a tie with teammate Ramiro Corrales for No. 9 on the club’s all-time goals list with 16.

MLS Announces Partnership with You Can Play Project

Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Union announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project last week, demonstrating the league’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. You Can Play will build upon MLS’ existing anti-discrimination education and training resources, and players will have the ability to seek counseling or ask questions confidentially, providing professional athletes with a resource that is often lacking. MLS joins the National Hockey League as the second major male professional sports league to guarantee LGBT inclusion in all aspects of their sport through the work of You Can Play.

Quakes Waive Abu Tommy

The Earthquakes waived first-year midfielder Abu Tommy last week. The 23-year-old Sierra Leone native logged 199 minutes in three Reserve League games with the Earthquakes, but did not make a first-team appearance.

Quakes Announce Partnership with Stanford Hospitals & Clinics

The Earthquakes have partnered with Stanford Hospital & Clinics for the 2013 season. Through the partnership, Stanford Hospital & Clinics are now the official team physicians for the Earthquakes, as well as a commercial partner of the Earthquakes. Stanford is also now the title sponsor of the Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge and Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Oct. 26.

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 27against 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, 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 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 atwww.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 $3,750 so far this season thanks to 15 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, at9:45 a.m. PT, live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.