Weekly Update: Quakes prepare for Chivas USA

Quakes host Chivas USA on August 3 at 7 p.m. PT
The San Jose Earthquakes host Chivas USA on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Buck Shaw Stadium, presented by Alaska Airlines. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, Univision Deportes Network, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
 
San Jose’s Record in August
The Quakes are 33-27-8 all-time in August in MLS play.
 
Last Game
Earthquakes 2, Portland Timbers 1; July 27, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers in front of a sold out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. The win was San Jose’s first against the Timbers since Portland joined MLS in 2011. After a scoreless first half, San Jose broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 55th minute after Timbers defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste obstructed Shea Salinas in the area. Captain Victor Bernardez stepped up to take the kick and beat goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts with a smartly-placed shot to the lower left corner. The goal was Bernardez’s first of the season and third of his two-year career with the Earthquakes. Steven Lenhart doubled San Jose’s lead three minutes later on a set piece. Salinas teed a free kick up from 40 yards out and sent an in-swinger toward goal that found Lenhart open at the back post. The target man slid and bounced a shot over Ricketts for his second goal of the season. Portland pulled one back in the 83rd minute after a turnover in San Jose’s attacking third. Diego Valeri located teammate Frederic Piquionne downfield where the second-half substitute redirected a pass to Darlington Nagbe at the top of the box. Nagbe took a touch and then slotted his shot to the right past goalkeeper Jon Busch for his sixth goal of 2013. Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart made his MLS debut during the match, starting and playing 90 minutes at left back. He came close to scoring in the 51st minute, winning a header on a corner kick that nearly beat the keeper if not for a quick reaction save from Ricketts.
 
OPPONENT INFO
 
Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 5-6-6
Home: 3-3-2 (15 GF, 8 GA)
Away: 2-3-4 (10 GF, 11 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 25, Chivas USA – 19
 
Last Game vs. Chivas USA
Earthquakes 1, Chivas USA 1; July 27, 2013; StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Cordell Cato’s first career MLS goal was a timely one, rallying the Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA. The Earthquakes pressed the action for most of the night, out-shooting Chivas USA 21-7 while holding a 58-42 percent advantage in possession. However, after taking an initial 1-0 first-half lead, the hosts scored a pair of early goals in the second stanza to put the pressure on San Jose. Chris Wondolowski tallied for the fourth time in 2013 to open the scoring on Saturday. He broke loose at the far post on a spot kick from Shea Salinas in the 40th minute, tapping in a looped cross from close range for a 1-0 lead. Chivas USA scored the next two in a four-minute span out of the break. Jorge Villafana sent a cross into the 6-yard box that Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch tried to punch away in the 47th minute. However, the deflection came off of Chivas USA’s Mario de Luna and back into the goal to knot the match at 1-1. Tristan Bowen capped Chivas USA’s scoring in the 51st minute with a blast from inside the area. Eric Avila rolled a cross across the box and found Bowen open on the far edge. The striker punched his shot through traffic to beat Busch at the far post, giving Chivas USA a 2-1 lead. San Jose peppered Chivas USA’s frame for the remainder of the second half, but the equalizer didn’t come until the 67th minute. Cato, who came on for Marvin Chavez in the 67th minute, made a darting run to the near post to finish a Salinas cross from the wing. Nana Attakora was also credited with an assist on the play after chipping a ball past the back line to Salinas in stride.
 
Chivas USA Scouting Report
Chivas USA (4-12-5, 17 pts.) enters this weekend’s match eighth in the Western Conference. They are coming off a 1-2-2 showing in July with the lone win coming against Toronto FC 1-0 on July 17. Twenty-year-old striker Erick Torres has been the sparkplug of late with goals in both of his two games since joining Chivas USA on loan from its Mexican League affiliate, Chivas de Guadelajara, on July 10. The squad also recently bolstered its defensive unit with the addition of United States Men’s National Team defender Carlos Bocanegra. The former USMNT captain has started each of the last two games for Chivas USA after joining their side on July 13. While Torres is tied for the team lead in goals with Tristan Bowen and Eric Avila, forward Jorge Villafana leads the way in assists with four.
 
History of the Earthquakes-Chivas USA Rivalry
The two teams met for the first time on April 9, 2005, at Spartan Stadium, playing to a wild 3-3 draw … During the 2005 season, San Jose and Chivas USA met on three additional occasions: a 1-1 draw on June 12 at The Home Depot Center, a 3-0 win for the Earthquakes on Sept. 10 at Spartan Stadium, and a come-from-behind 2-1 Quakes victory on Sept. 17 in Carson in which Alejandro Moreno notched the 93rd-minute winner against his current club … Following that four-game unbeaten run by San Jose to begin the all-time series between the sides, Chivas USA has held the edge since the Quakes’ return in 2008, posting a 6-1-2 record over nine matches … The Quakes’ lone win during the stretch came on Oct. 20, 2010, when Chris Wondolowski posted a hat trick over 17 minutes after only coming off the bench in the 40th minute, for a 3-0 result at Buck Shaw … Chivas USA got an 85th-minute winner from Mariano Trujillo for a come-from-behind 2-1 win in the last meeting at Buck Shaw on April 23, 2011 … Wondolowski had given the Quakes a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, with Moreno leveling the score for the Goats in first-half stoppage time … Chivas USA went on to sweep the 2011 season series with a 2-0 home shutout on July 6 … The two teams tied 1-1 in their first meeting of 2012 on May 13 with Alan Gordon providing a dramatic 89th-minute equalizer … On Sept. 2, 2012, the Earthquakes defeated Chivas USA for the second time since rejoining MLS in 2008, knocking off their Southern California counterpart 4-0 … San Jose built on that win with another on Sept. 6, 2012, knocking off Chivas USA 2-0 at The Home Depot Center for the first time since 2005 … In 2013, the Earthquakes drew 1-1 in their first meeting with Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center, which has since been renamed the StubHub Center.
 
Earthquakes – Chivas USA Connections
Quakes defender Jason Hernandez made 50 appearances for Chivas USA from 2006-07 … Hernandez and Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy were briefly fellow members of the 2005 New York/New Jersey MetroStars … Kennedy (2001-04), Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (2005-07) and Quakes midfielder Sam Garza (2010-11) each played at UC Santa Barbara … Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart and Kennedy are both natives of Yorba Linda, Calif. … Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon and Chivas USA defender Ante Jazic played for the LA Galaxy from 2006-08 … Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez played with Chivas USA midfielder Erica Avila for FC Dallas from 2009-11 … Avila also played with Earthquakes defender Ty Harden for Toronto FC in 2011 and 2012 … Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling played for the Earthquakes from 2009-11 … Burling began his career with Chivas USA in 2007 and joined the Earthquakes via trade on Sept. 11, 2009 … Burling (2003-06) and Earthquakes midfielder Rafael Baca (2007-10) played for Loyola Marymount … Chivas USA defender Steve Purdy played for Cal (2003-06) … Earthquakes midfielder Jaime Alas and Chivas USA midfielder Marvin Iraheta are both from El Salvador … .
 
Earthquakes Leaders vs. Chivas USA
Forward Alan Gordon has seven goals and two assists in 12 appearances … Forward Chris Wondolowski has seven goals and two assists in 13 appearances … Defender Ramiro Corrales has two goals and one assist in 11 appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 6-3-2 with five shutouts.
 
Chivas USA Leaders vs. San Jose
Midfielder Eric Avila has one goal in seven games … Forward Tristan Bowen has one goal in four games … Forward Jose Correa has one goal in four games … Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is 3-2-2 with two shutouts.
 
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
 
Earthquakes-Chivas USA Home Match Rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3
The Earthquakes rescheduled their home match against Chivas USA at Buck Shaw Stadium for Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. PT, presented by Alaska Airlines. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet California and Univision Deportes Network. Tickets for the match are on sale at www.sjearthquakes.com or by calling 1-800-225-2277. Groups of 10 or more should call the club’s front office at 408-556-7700 to inquire about group rates. Tickets already printed and distributed for the match will still be valid, but holders should note the time and date change. The match was previously scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. PT and was changed to accommodate San Jose’s participation in CONCACAF Champions League.
 
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.
 
Earthquakes-Sporting KC Match on Aug. 18 Moved to 7 p.m. PT
The Earthquakes have moved kickoff for their home match against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, Aug. 18 to 7 p.m. PT, one hour earlier than previously scheduled. The match will air nationally on Univision Deportes Network. Tickets already printed and distributed for the match will still be valid, but holders should note the time change.
 
Trio of Earthquakes Players on United States’ CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship Team
The United States won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 result against Panama on Sunday at Chicago’s Soldier Field. A trio of Earthquakes players were on the Americans’ roster, including: Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson and Alan Gordon. Wondolowski took home the tournament’s Golden Boot after leading the field with five goals. Goodson was a regular in the lineup, playing 90 minutes for five of the United States’ six games. The last time the Americans won the tournament was 2007. San Jose’s trio will return to training with the Earthquakes on Thursday, Aug. 1.
 
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.
 
Stewart Makes MLS Debut
Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart made his MLS debut in Saturday’s 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium. Stewart started and played 90 minutes at left back. He came close to scoring in the 51st minute, winning a header on a corner kick that nearly beat the keeper if not for a quick reaction save from Ricketts.
 
Bernardez Finds the Net for First Time in 2013
Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez scored his first goal of 2013 in the club’s 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Bernardez converted a penalty kick in the 55th minute for his third goal in two years with San Jose. He also donned the captain’s armband for a second-straight game.
 
Salinas Extends Team Lead in Assists
Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas extended his team lead in assists with his sixth of the season during the club’s 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Salinas took a free kick in the 58th minute, whipping it to the far post where Steven Lenhart slid to tap home his second goal of the season.
 
Milestone Alert
The Earthquakes are four wins away from their 200th in club history while goalkeeper Jon Busch is two away from 100 wins in his 13-year MLS career.
 
Iron Man
The Earthquakes have one player that has played every minute of all 22 matches this season, Jon Busch. He has played 1,980 minutes. Sam Cronin is the only other player on the squad to start all 22 matches; he has logged 1,891 minutes in the process.
 
Wondolowski Bobblehead Night, Presented by Wells Fargo, Slated for Aug. 18
The Earthquakes will host Chris Wondolowski Bobblehead Night, presented by Wells Fargo, on Sunday, Aug. 18 when the club hosts Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m. PT. The bobblehead, available to 5,000 fans at the gates on Aug. 18, will commemorate Wondolowski’s memorable 2012 campaign. The Earthquakes and Wells Fargo are teaming up for the third-consecutive year for a commemorative bobblehead giveaway. The 2013 version will pay homage to Wondolowski’s record-tying 27-goal season and second career Budweiser Golden Boot. That haul also included an MLS-record 11 game-winning goals and a career-high seven assists. For his efforts, Wondolowski was rewarded with the league’s highest individual honor, the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player. As a lead up to the bobblehead giveaway, from July 12 through July 31, 2013, San Jose Earthquakes fans can visit a participating Wells Fargo banking location, open a new Wells Fargo consumer or business checking account, and receive an Earthquakes scarf.  Offer is available at over 100 Wells Fargo banking locations throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties.  See your local Wells Fargo banker for complete details. © 2013 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC.
 
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.
 
New Stadium Update
The Earthquakes announced Monday that due to unforeseen conditions at the stadium site, the team is pushing back the opening date of their new stadium to the second half of the 2014 season. With the change in opening date, the team will play eight games at Buck Shaw Stadium, one game at Stanford Stadium and nine games at the new stadium next season. Season ticket packages will now consist of 18 games, with 17 regular season games and one bonus game. For more information about season tickets for 2014, please contact the Earthquakes Front Office at 408-556-7700. During the demolition phase, the construction team uncovered numerous concrete vaults deep in the ground, used munitions from the FMC factory, steel beams and hundreds of concrete pilings. Due to the high water table at the site, the excavated vaults also had to be drained of water, causing more delays during the grading process. To drain one of the holes, over 600 tons of rock had to be used.
 
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.
 
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 $5,750 so far this season thanks to 23 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.