Weekly Update: Quakes to host EPL side Norwich City FC on Saturday

Quakes to face Antigua Barracuda FC on Monday at Kezar Stadium

THIS WEEK

The Earthquakes host a pair of events this week, starting with Monday’s Reserve League match against Antigua Barracudas FC at Kezar Stadium. Kickoff for that game is 7 p.m. PT with a livestream available at www.sjearthquakes.com. Tickets will be available at Kezar Stadium’s box office starting at 6 p.m. PT for $10 each with proceeds benefiting the You Can Play Project. San Jose will also host Norwich City FC of the English Premier League in an international friendly on Saturday, July 20 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT with a livestream available at www.sjearthquakes.com.   

San Jose’s Record in July

The Quakes are 24-37-19 all-time in July in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0; July 13, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Honduran winger Walter Martinez scored his first career MLS goal to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 win against Western Conference rival Seattle Sounders FC in front of a sold-out crowd. The Earthquakes received a stellar effort from their defensive unit, limiting Sounders FC to six total shots and just one on goal. The clean sheet was San Jose’s second of the season, the last coming in a 1-0 win against Seattle on March 23 at Buck Shaw Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Martinez tallied the game’s lone goal three minutes into the final stanza. Steven Lenhart misfired from the top of the box, but Martinez found the ball, cut back and curled a close-range shot into the upper corner for his first goal since signing with San Jose on March 15, 2013.  One minute later, Alan Gordon nearly doubled the Earthquakes’ lead after a long throw-in from Dan Gargan and a flicked header from Lenhart found the target man open in front of the goal. Gordon took a volleyed shot, but it went high of the target. Lenhart also had a golden opportunity to put San Jose in front by two, but his one-on-one with Sounders FC goalkeeper Andrew Weber was blocked. AT&T MLS All-Star nominees Victor Bernardez and Justin Morrow anchored the back line along with Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez and Dan Gargan, who replaced Hernandez in the 45th minute. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jon Busch earned his second shutout of the season and 22nd of his four-year career in San Jose. The match was interim head coach Mark Watson’s first at Buck Shaw Stadium. His home debut was a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 29.

ANTIGUA BARRACUDA FC INFO

Antigua Barracuda FC Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Molvin James, Corey Whisenhunt

Defenders (6): Omarie Daniel, George Dublin, Mervyn Hazelwood, Karanja Mack, Hazeley Pyle, Jamoy Stevens

Midfielders (7): Randolph Burton, Eugine Kirwan, James Marcelin, Toric Robinson, Lawson Robinson, Janeil Simon, Tamorley Thomas

Forwards (5): Lloyd Jeremy, Andre Manders, Orlando Mitchum, Alex Phillip, Rolston Phoenix

 Antigua Barracuda FC Season Recap

Antigua Barracuda FC has yet to pick up a point in 19 matches this season. They currently sit at the bottom of the USL Pro Division with a record of 0-19-0.

Antigua Barracuda FC Scouting Report

Forward Orlando Mitchum and midfielder Tamorley Thomas lead the team with two goals apiece, while midfielder Eugine Kirwan paces the team with two assists. Their squad plays all of its matches on the road without the benefit of a home venue.

Adrian Whitbread Appointed Head Coach

Adrian Whitbread took the reigns for Antigua Barracuda FC in 2013. After a stint as the assistant coach with Leicester City in England, Whitbread was named to the same position for the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2008. After four seasons, Whitbread was promoted to head coach for the 2012 season and led the club to a third-place finish. As a player, Whitbread made over 100 appearances with Portsmouth and Leyton Orient. Named head coach of the Barracudas on June 13, 2013.

Barracudas on West Coast Trip

Antigua is in the midst of a four-game road trip spanning the southwestern United States. The Barracuda will play two USL league matches and end the trip with a two exhibition games against MLS opponents.

Thursday, July 11 vs. Phoenix Wolves FC – L 0-1

Saturday, July 13 vs. Los Angles Blues – L 0-4

Monday, July 15 vs. San Jose Earthuqkes at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Calif., 7 p.m. PT

Tuesday, July 23 vs. FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium, Dallas, Texas, TBD

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Wondolowski Makes History for USMNT

Chris Wondolowski became the first player in U.S. Men’s National Team history to score five goals in CONCACAF Gold Cup Play with his brace in a 4-1 win against Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium over the weekend. He also recorded a hat trick in a 6-1 rout of Belize on July 5 at JELD-WEN Field. The USMNT wraps up group play against Costa Rica on Tuesday, July 16 at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn. (5 p.m. PT / FOX Soccer, UniMas, Univision Deportes).

A&W Root Beer Float Night Raises $10,500 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

The Earthquakes raised $10,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation thanks to the club’s A&W Root Beer Float Night on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. The amount raised was the most in the three years San Jose has hosted A&W Root Beer Float Night.

Earthquakes Sign English Defender/Midfielder Jordan Stewart

The Earthquakes announced last week that the club has signed English defender-midfielder Jordan Stewart pending receipt of his P-1 visa and ITC. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stewart, 31, is a 15-year veteran with experience in the top three flights of English soccer as a defender and midfielder. His presence will bolster the depth of San Jose’s defensive and midfield ranks as the club prepares for CONCACAF Champions League and a march toward the MLS Cup Playoffs. The versatile left-sided player began his professional career with Leicester City in 1999, representing the Foxes in the Premiership for three seasons before their relegation to the Football League Championship at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season. He remained with the club and helped lead them to a 26-6-14 record as the starting left back, earning the Foxes a return to the Premiership for the 2003-04 season. Stewart made 25 appearances for Leicester City in their return to the top division and racked up over 100 appearances during his six seasons with the club from 1999-05. In 2005, Stewart moved to Watford FC and helped their club achieve promotion at the end of the 2005-06 campaign. He remained with Watford FC through 2008, making 95 appearances in the process, before moving to Derby County. Over the next six seasons, his career included stops with Sheffield United, Skoda Xanthi of Greece, Millwall FC, Notts County FC and Coventry City FC.

Earthquakes to Host Norwich City in International Friendly

The Earthquakes will host Norwich City FC of the English Premier League in an international friendly on Saturday, July 20 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match is Bonus Game ‘A’ for the club’s season ticket holders. Tickets are still available to the general public by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com or calling 1-800-225-2277. Groups of 10 or more should call the club’s front office at 408-556-7700 to inquire about discounts. San Jose is 1-0-3 all-time against teams from the Premiership.

Earthquakes International Exhibitions All-Time

Date                            Opponent                                   Result      Attend.                      Goalscorers                                Site

May 26, 1996              Bayer Leverkusen                        3-4 L          10,389                         Rodas, Bravo, Iroha                     Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

June 12, 1996             UNAM Pumas                             1-2 L          11,995                         Bravo, Rodas                               Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

Oct. 30, 1996              at Sichuan Quan Xing                  3-0 W        35,000                         Baicher, Corrales                        Chengdu Municipal; Chengdu, China

Nov. 5, 1996               at Beijing Guoan                           0-1 L          20,000                         --                                                   Beijing Worker Stadium; Beijing, China

May 13, 1997              Aston Villa                                    1-1 T         13,522                         Medved                                         Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

Nov. 7, 1997               Atlas                                              1-1 T         11,533                         Welton (guest player)                  Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

May 5, 1998                Chivas de Guadalajara                1-1 T         10,093                         Cerritos                                        Civic Stadium; Portland, OR     

July 10, 1998              Morelia                                         2-3 L          14,852                         Wynalda, Mella                            Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

Nov. 18, 1998             Toluca                                           0-2 L          15,421                         --                                                   Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

Aug. 25, 1999              UNAM Pumas                             2-3 L          10,667                         Tinsley, Sequeira                         Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

Sept. 18, 2002             Club America                               1-1 T         22,512                         Roner                                            3COM Park; San Francisco, CA

Feb. 9, 2003                Shanghai Shenhua FC                 4-0 W        2,499                           Alvarez, Tennyson,                      Negoesco Stadium; San Francisco, CA

                                                                                                                                                Walker, Waibel         

Oct. 14, 2003              Chivas de Guadalajara                0-2 L          12,195                         --                                                   Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

May 12, 2004              Sporting Club of Portugal            4-1 W        5,254                           Mullan (2), Donovan (2)              Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

June 5, 2004               Canada                                         1-3 L          7,013                           Ching (PK)                                   Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

Aug. 5, 2005                Deportivo Alaves                         1-1 T         4,522                           Nash                                             Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

July 15, 2008              Honduran Olympic Team           4-0 W        2,200                           Grabavoy, Salinas,                      Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA

                                                                                                                                                Kirovski, Kamara

Oct. 7, 2008                CD FAS                                        2-1 W        5,495                           Arce, Kirovski                              Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA

Sept. 8, 2009               CD Aguila                                     0-0 T         2,089                           --                                                   Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA

July 17, 2010              Tottenham Hotspur                      0-0 T         10,712                         --                                                   Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA

July 12, 2011              West Bromwich Albion               2-1 W                                            Bingham, Stephenson                  Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA

July 31, 2012              Swansea City                               2-2 T         9,239                           Lenhart (2)                                    Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA

Martinez Scores First Career MLS Goal

Honduran midfielder Walter Martinez scored his first career MLS goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC at Buck Shaw Stadium. Martinez collected an errant shot from teammate Steven Lenhart, cut back and sent a perfectly-placed shot to the top corner in the 48th minute. The 31-year-old veteran signed with the Earthquakes on March 15, 2013 after a stint in China’s first division.

Earthquakes Earn Second Clean Sheet of 2013

Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch earned his second clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC at Buck Shaw Stadium. Busch made one save on the night with defenders Steven Beitashour, Victor Bernardez, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow and Dan Gargan, who replaced an injured Hernandez in the 45th minute, limited Seattle to one shot on goal. San Jose’s last shutout came in another 1-0 win against Sounders FC on March 23 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Watson Wins in Buck Shaw Stadium Debut

Interim head coach Mark Watson picked up a win in his Buck Shaw Stadium debut over the weekend. The Earthquakes topped Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 thanks to a goal from Honduran winger Walter Martinez. Watson’s home debut was a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 29.

 CONCACAF Gold Cup Update

The Earthquakes have three representatives in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Chris Wondolowski (USA), Clarence Goodson (USA) and Marvin Chavez (HON). See below for a schedule for the Americans and Hondurans:

United States

Tuesday, July 9 vs. Belize at Portland’s JELD-WEN Field – USA 6, Belize 1

Saturday, July 13 vs. Cuba at Salt Lake City’s Rio Tinto Stadium – USA 4, Cuba 1

Tuesday, July 16 vs. Costa Rica at East Hartford’s Rentschler Field, 5 p.m. PT on FOX Soccer and Unimas

Honduras

Monday, July 8 vs. Haiti at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena – Honduras 2, Haiti 0

Friday, July 12 vs. El Salvador at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium – Honduras 1, El Salvador 0

Monday, July 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, 6:30 p.m. PT

*For more information and livestream information, visit www.concacaf.com.

 Wondolowski Named to 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Gameday Roster

San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was among 20 players named to the AT&T MLS All-Star gameday roster on Monday. The All-Stars will face AS Roma in the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 31 at Sporting Park (6 p.m. PT / ESPN2, UniMas). Wondolowski, 30, leads the Earthquakes with five goals and is second on the club with three assists. Three of his goals were game winners. He is currently in camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Wondolowski has scored five goals in two Gold Cup games so far, becoming the first U.S. Men’s National Team player to score five in the tournament.

CONCACAF Champions League Schedule Unveiled

The Earthquakes will play four CONCACAF Champions League matches in group play after qualifying for the tournament by virtue of their Supporters’ Shield win in 2012. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 7 – 5 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes at Montreal Impact

Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 7 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes at CD Heredia (Guatemala)

Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 7 p.m. PT – Montreal Impact at San Jose Earthquakes

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 7 p.m. PT – CD Heredia at San Jose Earthquakes

NOTE: The Earthquakes’ match against Montreal on Tuesday, Sept. 17 will be Bonus Game B for the club’s season ticket holders. Season ticket holders will also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for that match during an exclusive window starting on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. PT. The public on-sale date is Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. PT. Ticket details for the club’s second CONCACAF Champions League home game will be announced at a later date.

Iron Man

The Earthquakes have one player that has played every minute of all 21 matches this season, Jon Busch. He has played 1,890 minutes. Sam Cronin is the only other player on the squad to start all 21 matches; he has logged 1,801 minutes in the process.

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.

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 $5,250 so far this season thanks to 21 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.